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13 Benefits of Tofu That Convince You To Eat More of It

13 Benefits of Tofu That Convince You To Eat More of It

Tofu has been a staple in many diets for decades. It’s most known for being used in Chinese, American, and Japanese foods but you can find tofu recipes for any taste. It can be a viable substitute for meat in practically every dish. It’s not as flavorful as meat, but due to its unique tendency to absorb flavor from whatever you’re cooking, it’s capable of tasting like anything and that is what makes it so popular.

The debate has raged for years as to whether or not tofu is actually nutritional. Can it replace meat? Does it have adverse side effects? We’ll answer all those questions and more, below, by explaining the benefits of tofu.

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The benefits of tofu

  1. Studies have shown that if you eat enough tofu, you can get the appropriate amount of protein, total fat, carbohydrates, and fiber. To get the same amount you must eat about twice as much tofu as you would meat, but tofu is lower in calories so it balances out.
  2. Tofu has less cholesterol, fewer triglycerides, and less low-density lipoprotein than meat. That means if you switch out meat for tofu on a regular basis, it can actually help you lower these numbers! This is great news for people who want to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure (hypertension), as well as help those who already suffer from those conditions.
  3. Studies conducted by the School of Radiation Medicine and Public Health at Soochow University in Suzhou have concluded that eating tofu (and soy foods in general) may help reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
  4. Tofu is known to be high in calcium. In fact, a four ounce serving of tofu contains about as much calcium as a full eight ounce glass of cow’s milk. Calcium is an essential nutrient for growing children. It’s also important for women who are at an increased risk for osteoporosis.
  5. It’s been widely documented that tofu contains isoflavones, which have a variety of health benefits. Examples include the ability to ease symptoms of menopause and potentially lower the risk of some cancers, most notably breast cancer.
  6. Tofu has been shown to be very filling. Including it regularly in your meals can help prevent accidental overeating. Since tofu is low in calories, that means you’ll be consuming fewer calories overall and that can help combat obesity and other weight-related issues.
  7. It contains no saturated fat. Saturated fat is one of the worst kinds of fat and can contribute to heart disease, hypertension, and other diseases. This helps increase the value of tofu for those who want to be more heart smart.
  8. Tofu is considered to be a “complete food” because it contains all eight essential amino acids that people need to live.
  9. It’s been shown that tofu has a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids. According to WebMD, omega-3 fatty acids can help lower triglycerides, lessen depression, decrease inflammation, and help alleviate rheumatoid arthritis.
  10. It also contains a decent amount of selenium. Selenium has antioxidant properties that help prevent cell death and reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
  11. Tofu has a good amount of iron, copper, and manganese. These nutrients work to help the body absorb each other and all three are essential for a healthy diet but can also help boost energy.
  12. Soybean foods in general are high in fiber. Fiber can help keep us regular in the bathroom, but fiber can also reduce the risk of stroke, control blood sugar, relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and lower the risk of hemorrhoids.
  13. It has been shown to help relieve some symptoms of endometriosis in some people. This is likely because of the isoflavones we mentioned earlier. Once in the body, they act like estrogen and one of the popular treatments for endometriosis is hormone therapy.

All things in moderation

Soybean products like tofu have a range of health benefits. However, like all things, you should definitely make sure to eat it in moderation! Too much tofu can overload your body with many of the nutrients it contains, which can be just has harmful as when you don’t get enough of them. So if you do decide to add tofu to your diet, make sure you keep things in perspective. Many health organizations recommend about 4 ounces of tofu per day if you plan on adding it to your diet.

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Where can I find a recipe for tofu?

Good recipes for tofu are everywhere! It also helps that you can prepare tofu in so many different ways. You can slice it, crumble it, fry it, bake it, and sauté tofu. You can even do some creative recipes like blending tofu with chocolate to create a sort of chocolate mousse. There are literally thousands of recipes available that can fit anyone’s taste. The only thing left to do is find one you like and get started!

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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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