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Last Updated on February 2, 2018

What If You Can Calculate the Net Gain and Loss of Your Health?

What If You Can Calculate the Net Gain and Loss of Your Health?

Even the least mathematically knowledgeable person can grasp the concept of net gain and net loss when it relates to their own money. If you purchase a new phone for $900 and sell it for $1,100, your net gain is $200. But if the market is competitive and you have to sell it for $800, your net loss is $100. Naturally you want to prevent net loss, so you’re going to try to find buyers willing to pay the higher price, or you’ll be more conscious when initially purchasing the phone.

It’s pretty cut and dry, right? Well, what if I told you health works in much the same way? Each bite you take is either a net gain, or a net loss for your health. It’s a concept introduced in Tom Rath’s book, Eat Move Sleep.

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Each bite you take is a small but important choice

Rath presents the theory that the choices you make can sometimes do more harm that good, like choosing to have two cookies instead of stopping at one. Perhaps you choose a loaded baked potato instead of the steamed broccoli as your side…that’s a net loss. Oppositely, if you opt for water over beer or soda, it is a net gain.

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    While this is often on the forefront of the mind of someone dieting, it becomes all too easy to stop paying attention to the net gain/loss in day to day life. But that lack of consciousness can lead to net loss that can’t be regained.

    Be conscious about every bite

    Ask yourself if what you are about to eat is a net gain or a net loss. Basically: is this good for me, or not? Does this food nourish me, or do I just like the taste of it? When you’ve built a habit of asking this question, you become more and more conscious of the choices you’re making. It steadily becomes simpler and more habitual to modify your choices from unhealthy to healthy foods.

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      There are a few good and bad ingredients in most meals, all you need is do a little calculation

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      You will have bad days and weak points. That’s ok. It’s part of being human. No matter how hard you try, you are bound to eat some foods that are not ideal when it comes to long term health and overall net gain. But by asking yourself the question, “does this contribute to net gain or net loss?” you’ll have a healthier diet overall.

      No pain, no gain

      Sometimes it will be hard to think about your long-term health when you’re only looking at one bite of food, or one individual meal. But the harder you try to get into this habit, the easier it will be for you overall. This body is the only one you have, so it’s important to nourish it and treat it with respect. Healthier food choices lead to a healthier, happier, longer life. And isn’t that what we all want?

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      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

      1. Breathe

      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

      2. Loosen up

      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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      3. Chew slowly

      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

      4. Let go

      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

      It’s not. Promise.

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      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

      5. Enjoy the journey

      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

      6. Look at the big picture

      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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      Will this matter to me…

      • Next week?
      • Next month?
      • Next year?
      • In 10 years?

      Hint: No, it won’t.

      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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      8. Practice patience every day

      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

      Final thoughts

      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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