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10 Warning Signs Your Diet Is Making You Cranky As Hell

10 Warning Signs Your Diet Is Making You Cranky As Hell

You wonder what the hell is wrong with you.

Why are you so cranky?

You don’t want to be short-tempered and downright mean.

But sometimes your fuse is short, really short, and you don’t know what to do.

You don’t want to go the Prozac route. And you wonder if murkier problems could be looming.  Your doctor would laugh in your face—since when is crankiness a disease?

You aren’t doomed to a lifetime of grumpiness.

You get to be a detective, and you will learn to read your body’s clues.

And the best part is you can change without taking drugs.

Read the following signs.  They are red flags from your body, highlighting where your diet is messing up your mood.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

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Don’t ignore these clues.

Everyone knows that diets affect waistlines.  There is much more to the story — your mind affects your digestion, which then causes changes in your mood.

This isn’t a new concept.  Alternative medicines like TCM and Ayurveda diagnose diseases by observing your tongue, nails, hair and pulse. A physical sign like peeling fingernails can indicate a nutritional deficiency — which can make you glum.

Because the sources of a bad mood are much harder to pinpoint, we often forget the mind-body connection.

Here are ten ways to recognize and act on the red flags your body throws to get you to pay attention:

1.  Your skin looks like crap.

Blemishes come from inflammation because your immune system fires up against outside attackers.  Often imbalances in hormones, like excess estrogen, cause inflammation.  And this also will make you angry as hell.   And yes, your diet can cause hormonal imbalances.

2.  Your fingernails peel and crack.

What’s up with your crappy nails?  In Ayurveda, dry, cracking nails are a sign of improper absorption of nutrients in the colon.  Your nails need the right nutritional balance to grow strong.  When you lack essential nutrients, you’ll also feel short tempered or glum.

3. When you get hungry, you want to kill someone.

Do you turn into a hangry (hungry + angry) maniac before you eat?  This is a sign that you are eating quick-burning sugars, or you aren’t eating regularly.  If you feel hangry often, take a look at your diet.  Are you scarfing down processed foods like pastries or candy?  Even  so-called “healthy” foods like bagels cause blood sugar slumps and a monster mood.  Nibble on a mix of whole grains, healthy fats, and proteins at regular intervals.

4. You crave sweet or salty foods.  A lot.

If you often crave certain foods, especially concentrated sources of a certain taste, like salty or sweet, you may have a deficiency in your diet.  And you will feel cranky as hell if you don’t get the nutrients you need.

5.  You catch colds easily.

Do you catch colds more often than you should?  Your diet is not fortifying your immune system.  So you are weak and run down.  No wonder you get cranky.  Certain foods, especially mushrooms and cruciferous vegetables, improve our immune system.

6. You enter a food coma after eating.

You feel sleepy, sluggish and achy a lot.  Finishing a meal, you enter a food coma.  Junk food makes you feel like crap — both physically and mentally.   A crappy diet can overwhelm your body and your mind. If junk foods aren’t the culprit, you are overeating, or you have food allergies.

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7. Sh** – you gotta run to the toilet again.

And you have those pesky pains in your tummy.  Did you know that the same neurotransmitter, serotonin, lives both in our GI tracts and in our brains?  Ninety percent live in our tummies.  Imagine you suddenly get tummy troubles like pain and bloating.  At the same time, you feel lethargic and blue.  Your tummy troubles affect your happiness hormone levels and make you feel glum.

If your GI tract is acting crazy, it is probably inflamed.  In ground-breaking recent news, depression and inflammation were linked. Try to decrease inflammation with your diet to boost your mood.  It’s not as hard as you’d think.

8. There’s a bizarre white coating on your tongue.

Open up and say, “Aaaah.”  Is your tongue covered with a fuzzy coating? (Stop and look in a mirror.)   In Eastern medicines, a fuzzy coating is a sign of buildup, aka sludge in your GI tract.  The sludge forms when food isn’t digested or assimilated.  Your GI tract should run like a fine-tuned engine.  And food powers your body. Studies link leaky guts with depression and anxiety.  Changes in your gut bacteria exacerbate depression.

9. You frequently morph from the energizer bunny to a lazy dwarf.

When you eat processed carbs or sugar, the high you experience results from a “sugar” in your bloodstream rush.   Your pancreas secretes insulin in massive quantities to regulate your blood sugar.   The low comes when your blood sugar drops a couple hours later.  High levels of insulin can cause depression and moodiness.

And there’s more….

People with diabetes have double the risk of depression.  Insulin resistance develops after insulin has been high for a prolonged period.  Insulin resistance is associated with depression.

10.  You poop like an old man.

Most people think constipation is for the elderly.  But did you know that constipation often coexists with depression?  Do you have at least one bowel movement per day?  High stress, anxiety, and depression are all linked to constipation.  Why?  The “fight or flight” response diverts blood away from the GI tract to the periphery.  Our bodies think they may need to run from a lion or a falling tree.  Digestion and elimination slow down.  Chronic stress affects both your bowels and your mood.

Do you recognize more than two of these ten signs?

What now?  You need to make changes.

It’s remarkably easy.  And you won’t have to become a sprout-eating hippie.

How To Tweak Your Diet To Improve Your Mood

Eat More Of The Following To Banish Inflammation

Have you heard the hype about Omega-3 Fatty Acids?  Omega-3s combat inflammation and lower rates of depression, anxiety, and stress.  You can find Omega 3s in walnuts, flax, chia and oily fish like salmon.

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Choose grass-fed milk and meat because they are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Turmeric is one of nature’s powerful anti-inflammatories.  It combats inflammation better than many drugs.  Take 1/2 teaspoon of the powder two times per day.

Try this anti-inflammatory ginger tea:  Boil 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger with three cups of water, turn off heat, filter and drink throughout the day.

Eat To Boost Your Energy (Even If You Are Lazy)

Simplify your meals to include vegetables, whole grains and high-quality protein. Examples are sautéed vegetables, brown rice with wild salmon, or tempeh.

Add variety to your diet by eating grains like oats, quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat.

Choose fruits, especially berries, to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Stop wasting your money on fast foods.  And watch your medical bills decrease.

Listen to your body.   When you get diarrhea or stomach aches after eating, eliminate the culprits.  Raw carrots, eggplants, peppers, dairy or wheat are common culprits.

Eat More Veggies and Spices To Boost Your Happiness

Choose plant-based proteins.  When you have the choice, go for the hummus and veggies over a steak. Eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables is even proven to improve moods.   This recent study found that vegans have lower levels of stress and anxiety than omnivores and vegetarians.

Eat veggies at least three times per week. This study found that eating vegetables three times per week cut the odds of developing depression by 60%. You can definitely eat vegetables three times per week.

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Spice up your diet to spice up your mood. Cloves, oregano, cinnamon, and nutmeg increase levels of serotonin, the happiness and well-being neurotransmitter. Those mood-boosting compounds are also found in apples, berries, grapes, kale, onions, and green tea.

Cut out hormonal disruptors.  Environmental chemicals such as BPA in the food supply mimic your hormones. BPA is used in the linings of many food products, including canned goods.

Don’t take my word for it.

You aren’t doomed to a lifetime of gloominess.  You can become happier, healthier and even fitter.  Start with a simple step like eating a salad with your lunch every day.  You don’t have to become a vegan to feel happier.

All this information is worthless if you stare at your navel and wish you were different.  So don’t be lazy.

Long-term changes that boost your health will make you happier.

Start to observe yourself, and be your own detective and health advocate.

We all deserve to be happy and healthy. But you must take an active role in your happiness.

You know it’s true.

When you are happier and healthier, you make the world a better place.

Start with one simple change.  How about oatmeal for breakfast?

Again, make the world a happier place, just one bite at a time.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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