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30 Recipes Of Chocolate Art You Should Try Now

30 Recipes Of Chocolate Art You Should Try Now

If you love chocolate, then you are going to want to try these awesome chocolate recipes. Most of them are fairly easy, and the results are out of this world. Just try not to drool too much on your computer screen while you are checking them out.

1. Salted Chocolate Diablo Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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    It doesn’t get much better than this. These are definitely not the ice cream sandwiches you remember from when you were a kid. Delicious dark chocolate cookies with a hit of ginger with your favorite ice cream sandwiched in between. A little bit of salt helps to satisfy those salty/sweet cravings.

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    2. S’Mores Pie

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      If you love S’Mores, and if you love pie, you are going to go nuts for this S’Mores pie. Just imagine a soft, chocolate pie filling layered over a delicious graham cracker crust, topped with marshmallow, and even more chocolate. This is definitely a diet buster, but more than worth it. Besides, you can just do a few extra sit-ups tomorrow to make up for it.

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      3. Chocolate Fountain

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        There is more you can do with a chocolate fountain than just using plain chocolate. Check out these delicious recipes and maybe even get creative and try your own ingredients. Your next party will be the talk of the town with ChocolateFountainOnline!

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        4. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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          This is one of the simplest recipes to make, and also one of the most delicious. When you think back to the comfort foods you loved as a kid, chocolate chip cookies probably come to mind. Be sure to have at least one while it is still warm and gooey!

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          5. SweetAlmond (Tiramisu)

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            This looks fancy, but it is not difficult to make. The most difficult part of this recipe is waiting to eat these sweet treats. The recipe says to keep them in the fridge overnight, but you will be lucky to be able to wait a couple of hours. At least try to make sure that they get chilled.

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            6. Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Glaze

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              The name kind of says it all, doesn’t it? If you love chocolate and coffee, this is the dessert for you. Plus, the cinnamon in the glaze gives it an added burst of flavor.

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              7. DIY Chocolate Bowl

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                This is a fun project to do with the kids. This chocolate bowl is made with a balloon (no, you don’t eat the balloon). Use your imagination and try different types of flavored chocolate.

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                8. Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream Float

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                  This will take you back to your childhood days of hanging out at the soda shop. You can enjoy this cool, sweet treat any time, and it’s easy to make. Serve this tasty treat at your next barbecue.

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                  9. Chocolate Star Cookies

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                    This is a simple sugar cookie with a delicious chocolate twist. A chocolate star candy (also called rose buds) on top of each cookie turns a regular cookie recipe into total decadence. You don’t even need a cookie cutter!

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                    10. Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

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                      Chocolate and peanut butter. Is there any better flavor combination out there? Don’t forget the ganache, which will almost literally melt in your mouth.

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                      11. Paleo Banana Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins

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                        Believe it or not, healthy can still be delicious. This recipe, with plenty of delicious and healthy ingredients, proves it. These are great for kids’ lunch boxes, because there are no peanuts.

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                        12. Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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                          If you want a chocolate treat that is ready in less than 30 minutes, make these cookies. Just remember, they need time to set. You’ll need willpower to keep from eating them before they cool.

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                          13. Chocolate Orange Mousse

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                            This is more complicated than some other chocolate recipes, but oh so worth it. If you are having a dinner party, this is the ideal dessert. Just make sure that you don’t eat it all before your guests arrive.

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                            14. Chocolate Swiss Roll with Chocolate Ganache

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                              These melt in your mouth Swiss rolls may look like the ones you buy in stores. But, there is a big difference. Instead of melted chocolate on top, they are coated with creamy chocolate ganache.

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                              15. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan Banana Ice Cream

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                                Just because someone is vegan, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy delicious chocolate treats. This dessert is easy to make. It is also perfect for the vegan with a sweet tooth.

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                                16. Thick & Creamy Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake

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                                  This recipe proves that chocolate recipes can be healthy as well as delicious. It is loaded with healthy ingredients that actually taste great. You can even turn this into a vegan recipe with a couple of substitutions.

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                                  17. Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

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                                    The mascarpone cheese makes these brownies smooth and creamy. Forget the traditional chocolate frosting. Decadence requires more decadence, which in this case is a chocolate ganache.

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                                    18. Snickers Chocolate Cookie Cups

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                                      Do you love Snickers bars? Do you love cupcakes and cookies? If you answered “yes”, you need to try this delicious recipe that combines the best of both worlds.

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                                      19. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

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                                        Remember watching your mother making fudge, and it seemed like it took hours? This quickie recipe involves very little cooking, and no beating at all. You can have awesome fudge in just a few minutes (but you have to wait three hours for it to chill before eating).

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                                        20. Easy, Elegant Chocolate Souffle

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                                          Don’t let anyone tell you that soufflé is difficult to make. It just depends on the recipe, and this is an easy one. You only need four ingredients to make this tasty chocolate dessert.

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                                          21. Chocolate Ice Cream

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                                            You don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy this frozen dessert, and it’s easy to make. It is time consuming, so don’t expect to eat it right away. Just remember, it is definitely worth the wait.

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                                            22. Chocolate Cannoli

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                                              You can make your own chocolate cannoli shells for this recipe, or use packaged shells. With this treat, you get chocolate, creamy, and crunchy all in one. These can be tricky to make, but with practice you will be a pro in no time.

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                                              23. Homemade Almond Joys

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                                                This recipe is better than the store-bought bars. The filling is sticky to work with, so be sure to chill it before rolling into balls and dipping in chocolate. You can eat these right away.

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                                                24. Chocolate Cake with Strawberries

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                                                  This is an awesome dark chocolate cake with creamy frosting. The original recipe calls for raspberries. But, using strawberries adds a whole new delicious twist to an old favorite.

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                                                  25. Layered Chocolate & Lavender-Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

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                                                    The hint of lavender completes this sweet dessert. You can try variations of this recipe. If you’re in a hurry, simply eliminate one of the layers.

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                                                    26. Marshmallow Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

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                                                      Two of the best flavors in the world, in one awesome treat. You can also try using marshmallow fluff in place of the marshmallow filling. This will let you make the cupcakes even quicker.

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                                                      27. Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

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                                                        Everyone loves food on sticks. What could be better than dessert on a stick? This simple recipe involves dipping frozen bananas in chocolate. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

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                                                        28. Dark Chocolate Waffles

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                                                          Breakfast will never be the same again. Now you can have chocolate for breakfast, guilt-free. Or, enjoy them as a delicious dessert with any meal. Kids love these.

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                                                          29. Chocolate Fridge Cake

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                                                            Here is a cake you don’t have to bake. Simply combine the ingredients, and refrigerate until the cake is set. It even has some healthy ingredients, such as prunes and nuts.

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                                                            30. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Dutch Baby

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                                                              This fall treat can be enjoyed any time of the year. All of the flavors combine into one delicious dessert everyone will love. You can use canned pumpkin puree when pumpkins aren’t in season.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Dennis Wilkinson via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                                                              Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                                                              Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                                                              Feeling tired all the time?

                                                              Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

                                                              I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

                                                              Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                                                              If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                                                              In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                                                              What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                                                              If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                                                              Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                                                              • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
                                                              • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
                                                              • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                                                              • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
                                                              • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                                                              • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
                                                              • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                                                              Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

                                                              Unfortunately, yes!

                                                              Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

                                                              Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

                                                              Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

                                                              Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

                                                              Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                                                              Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

                                                              1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
                                                              2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                                                              3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                                                              The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

                                                              It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                                                              Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                                                              Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

                                                              If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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                                                              Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

                                                              Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

                                                              But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

                                                              Symptoms of fatigue include:

                                                              • Difficulty concentrating
                                                              • Low stamina
                                                              • Difficulty sleeping
                                                              • Anxiety
                                                              • Low motivation

                                                              These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                                                              Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                                                              How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                                                              The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                                                              Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                                                              So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

                                                              The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                                                              Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                                                              Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

                                                              If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

                                                              And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                                                              It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

                                                              4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                                                              Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                                                              1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                                                              2. Exercising regularly
                                                              3. Using stressbusters
                                                              4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                                                              So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

                                                              After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                                                              In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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                                                              I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                                                              Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                                                              • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
                                                              • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
                                                              • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                                                              • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                                                              The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

                                                              And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

                                                              But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

                                                              L — Living Healthy

                                                              Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

                                                              So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

                                                              In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

                                                              As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                                                              Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                                                              1. Unplug

                                                              Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

                                                              So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                                                              2. Unwind

                                                              Do something to relax.

                                                              Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

                                                              3. Get Comfortable

                                                              Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                                                              Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

                                                              Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                                                              Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

                                                              If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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                                                              Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

                                                              This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                                                              E — Exercise

                                                              Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                                                              That’s what happened in my case.

                                                              But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

                                                              As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

                                                              My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

                                                              That made sense to me.

                                                              So, I decided to swim.

                                                              I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

                                                              Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

                                                              Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

                                                              So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

                                                              If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                                                              A — Attitude

                                                              Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                                                              When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

                                                              Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

                                                              Breathing.

                                                              But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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                                                              Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

                                                              1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
                                                              2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
                                                              3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
                                                              4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
                                                              5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
                                                              6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

                                                              This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                                                              When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

                                                              Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

                                                              N — Nutrition

                                                              Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                                                              If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

                                                              Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

                                                              For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                                                              Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

                                                              Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                                                              1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                                                              2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
                                                              3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
                                                              4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
                                                              5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                                                              6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
                                                              7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
                                                              8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
                                                              9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

                                                              Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                                                              That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                                                              Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

                                                              If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

                                                              If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

                                                              • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
                                                              • Regular Exercise You Love
                                                              • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
                                                              • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

                                                              Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                                                              [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                                                              [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                                                              [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                              [5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                                                              [6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                                                              [7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                                                              [8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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