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10 High Fiber Foods That Make You Healthier

10 High Fiber Foods That Make You Healthier

Losing weight would be so much easier if we didn’t feel hungry all the time. Eating processed foods devoid of vitamins and minerals signals our body to respond with the most obvious survival reaction: hunger. No matter how many calories you eat, you will feel unsatisfied without the nutrients your body requires. The good news? Fiber is hunger’s Kryptonite. The following high fiber foods will help you feel satisfied after your meals and avoid those dreaded late-night binges.

Raspberries

This tasty berry packs a powerful punch of nutrition. Here is a short list of benefits you can look forward to:

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  • Reduced cancer risk thanks to a high dose of antioxidants (10x more than is contained in a tomato!)
  • Increased heart health due to a healthy dose of potassium, which will maintain your heart beat and blood pressure
  • Healthy skin and a beautiful complexion
  • Boosted mood and ability to focus

Barley

Barley is a high fiber grain with many uses. You could bake it into a casserole, stuff it into vegetables, or mix it with a hot bowl of soup when winter comes. You can also look forward to a lower cholesterol level, which is super important since high cholesterol tends to correlate with heart disease, the leading cause of death in America.

Lentils

Lentils are a quick and easy meal option that are high in fiber. They also carry a hefty dose of protein, the building block of muscle which will help you recover after a tough workout. You could add lentils to a pasta, salad, soup, or stir fry.

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Artichoke

The artichoke is a fiber-rich vegetable that requires careful preparation due to a tough exterior, but your effort will be rewarded with a high dose of Vitamin K, which will boost your bone strength and reduce the odds of future fracture in old age. Click here to access a step-by-step guide that will help you crack open an artichoke and enjoy the many nutritional benefits.

Hot Chocolate

Instead of going for that third or fourth cup of coffee, switch to some hot cocoa for a tasty surprise that will boost your brain power.

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Popcorn

Snack foods aren’t the healthiest option in the world, but we all deserve the occasional indulgence. Instead of munching on candy the next time you enjoy a movie marathon, opt for natural popcorn which includes fiber and a surprising amount of antioxidants

Oranges

If you would like to immediately boost the fiber in your diet, toss out your carton of orange juice and replace it with a whole orange. Most of an orange’s fiber content is lost in the juicing process, but if you insist on drinking juice, make sure it is full of pulp so you can get as much fiber as you can.

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Almonds

Fat does not make you gain fat: in fact, the opposite is much more likely according to a prospective study published by the journal ObesityThis 28-month study tracked the weight of 8,865 men and women in Spain. The study participants who ate nuts at least twice per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than those who did not eat nuts. The fat and fiber contained in nuts will help your stomach feel full and satisfied, so take a bag of nuts with you to work so you can make a healthy choice in case of hunger.

Oatmeal

Have a nice hot bowl of oatmeal with your eggs in the morning to start your day strong with a high dose of protein and fiber. For bonus points, toss some fresh raspberries in your oatmeal for a tasty and nourishing treat.

Hummus

Eating vegetables with ranch dressing might taste good, but it also adds a lot of empty calories devoid of nutritional content to your daily intake. Swap your ranch dressing for hummus to boost your fiber intake and feel more satisfied by your snack.

Eat these high fiber foods if you want to stay full and satisfied after every meal.

Make sure you eat a high fiber food at every meal if you want to avoid late-night hunger and the binge-eating that often accompanies it. If you would like to check out a comprehensive list of foods that contain fiber, click here. Do you have any delicious fiber-rich recipes that you’d like to share? If so, comment below!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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