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4 Benefits of Avocado That Make It More Irresistible

4 Benefits of Avocado That Make It More Irresistible

Avocado is a nice fancy addition to any dish or beverage and leads to a delightful meal, and health and dining aficionados know this well. Our own observations would perhaps prove this: we see what is also known as “the alligator fruit” as a salad ingredient, tasty smoothie or milkshake additive, dip base and sandwich spread, among others. More than considering the benefits of Avocado, the culinary appeal has taken this tropical fruit by storm.

This green fruit has fast become a popular item in the typical food basket or food selections. In the last decade, avocado and guacamole mentions have increased on food service menus by 13%, while menu item count increased by 58% based on a study by the Hass Avocado Board. Imports from Mexico to the United States for example, has made the seasonal fruit available year-round. No doubt the hype is everywhere. Popular food stores have included avocado in their sandwiches and salads, putting more investment in promotions and advertising and leading to more craving and popularity of the avocado.

Before you start drooling and rush to the nearest store to indulge in an Avocado craving, it is a good habit to check what’s hot about this fruit not only in terms of taste but what it can do for us. Truly, the fuzz out there is alarmingly good and we do not want to miss anything. but could there be more to this fruit than taste and culinary options?

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Finding out about the benefits of Avocado is a good start. Have a good look at these 4 benefits that I will share with you and get your gastronomic indulgence into action without feeling guilty!

Benefit 1: Avocado is full of good fats

Recent years have freed the Avocado from the unhealthy tag being known to be fatty. Many marketing and trading associations have long fought the battle against the message that Avocado is a fatty food and transformed it into a heart-healthy one. In spite of this, many health buffs are still unaware or cautious.

Here’s what dietitician.com clarifies:

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One Avocado has 4 grams of protein, 15 gms carbohydrate and 31 grams of fat. So avocados are mostly fat. However, it is a good fat because avocados contain monosaturated fat (19 gms in 1 avocado) like olive oil and peanut oil.

Many of us are taken aback by the word fat, but remember that we are not just supposed to be conscious about having low fat in the diet but the right fat. (3) After the fat-drama, which we now know is just but a panic myth because avocado contains the right fat, there is no need to worry about its intake unless for medical reasons and assuming you are in an average healthy state. And surely, moderate amount is the key.

Barbara Davis, a dietitian from Health Focus International reminds that fats should only take a third of daily caloric intake. She says that one ounce of avocado, equal to about two table spoons, provides 4.5 grams of fat. Yes, yummy food no matter healthy is not something you can indulge in without control!

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Benefit 2: Avocado is rich in nutrients that are anti-inflammatory and protect cells from damage

The George Mateljan foundation reports in whfood.org that Avocado is found to be rich in nutrients known to be anti-inflammatory: phytosterols, carotenoid anti-oxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and polyhydrolated fatty alcohols.  All these may sound Greek to us but these nutrients prevent diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumathoid arthritis.  It is also linked to reduced risks of cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, carotenoids—which are found in abundance in Avocados—are also known to help in improving immune function, lowering risk of cancer, and contributing to protecting cells from damage due to aging and cancer.

Benefit 3: Avocado provides optimized absorption

It is also found that this fruit helps in the optimal absorption of the nutrients not only in the fruit itself but from other food consumed at the same time. This is because its enormous amounts of oleic acid makes it easier for the digestive track to form transport molecules that can help carry carotenoids and other nutrients into the body.

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With many nutrients lost nowadays by more artificial food around us, it is vital to get the most of what we eat, and a good absorption of nutrients from what we eat definitely keeps us ahead of the race to health.

Benefit 4: Avocado is a good source of dietary fiber

Avocado provides about 8 grams of dietary fiber, which in turn helps to keep a healthy digestion and detoxify our body.

As a consequence, when taken in moderate amounts, Avocado also has as one of its benefits in weight loss.  It is true that this fruit is high in calories, but because of its fiber content, it is also good in providing a high level of satiety—the feeling of fullness. This leads one to stop eating and hence control one’s calorie intake.

Round, healthy and delicious!

So much has been said about the healthy goodness and benefits of avocado, but it all boils down to serving it right and in the right amount. Avocado is full of good fats and therefore we should use it as our fat source and have just enough of that. Not too much.

Eat it alongside other healthy-nutrient food and you will have one nice meal that goes a long way to help your system strong and lively!

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Last Updated on October 13, 2020

How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

Burnout at work is an issue that most people who suffer from it, suffer unknowingly.

Have you ever felt that you can’t start an assignment, have an immense urge to Netflix binge, or couldn’t get yourself to wake up on time even though you have a lot on your plate? The cause for these might be burnout.

According to Deloitte’s report, “many companies may not be doing enough to minimize burnout.” This is to say that the responsibility is not only on the employee. According to that report, nearly 70 percent of professionals feel their employers are not doing enough to prevent or alleviate burnout within their organization, and they definitely should.[1]

Too many companies don’t invest enough in creating a positive environment. One out of five (21%) said that their company does not offer any programs or initiatives to prevent or alleviate burnout. It is the culture, not the fancy well-being programs that would probably do the best work.

This is a significant problem for individuals and companies, and it’s also an issue on a macro level. A Stanford University research found that more than 120,000 deaths per year, and approximately 5%–8% of annual healthcare costs, are associated with the way U.S. companies manage their workforces.[2]

It is both the employee and the employer’s responsibility—and the latter can certainly take more responsibility.

In this article, I’ll guide you on how to know if you suffer from burnout and, more importantly, what you can do about it.

Who Are Prone to Burning Out?

For starters, it is a good thing to know that you’re in good company. According to a Gallup poll, 23% (of 7,500 surveyed) expressed burnout more often than not. Additionally, 44% felt it sometimes. Nearly 50% of social entrepreneurs who attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in 2018 reported having struggled with burnout and depression at some point.[3]

According to Statista (2017), 13% of adults reported having problems unwinding in the evenings and weekends. According to a Deloitte survey (consisting of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees), 77% of respondents said that they have experienced employee burnout at their current job.[4]

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Burnout is not only an issue of the spoiled first-world. Rather, it is a serious matter that must be taken care of appropriately. It affects so many people, and its impacts are just too significant to be ignored.

Some occupations are more prone to burnout, such as people who deeply care about their jobs more than others. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Passion-driven and caregiving roles such as doctors and nurses are some of the most susceptible to burnout.”

The consequences can have life or death ramifications as “suicide rates among caregivers are dramatically higher than that of the general public—40% higher for men and 130% higher for women”. It is also the case for teachers, non-profit workers, and leaders of all kinds.[5]

Deloitte’s survey also found that 91% say that they have an unmanageable amount of stress or frustration. Heck, 83% even say that it can negatively impact their relationships. Millennials are slightly more impacted by burnout (84% of Gen Y vs. 77% in other generations).

What Is Burnout Syndrome?

So, what is it, exactly? Burnout was officially included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and is an occupational phenomenon.

According to the World Health Organization, burnout includes three dimensions:[6]

  1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job;
  3. Reduced professional efficacy.

The 5 Stages of Burnout

At this point, you must have a clue if you’re at risk of burnout. There are different methods for understanding where you are on the burnout syndrome scale, and one of the most common ones is the “five stages method.”

1. Honeymoon Phase

As you may remember If you’ve gotten married, there’s always the honeymoon phase. You’re so happy and feel almost invincible. You love your spouse and at this stage, you’re very excited about everything. It’s the same when it comes to taking on a new job or role or starting a new business.

At first, most of the time, you’re hyper-motivated. Although you might be able to notice signs of potential future burnout, in most cases, you might ignore them. You’re highly productive, super motivated, creative, and accept (and take) responsibility.

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The honeymoon phase is critical because if you plant the seeds of good mental health and coping strategies, you can stay at this phase for extended periods.

2. Onset of Stress

Let’s continue with the wedding metaphor. Now that you’re happily married for some time, you might start noticing certain issues with your spouse that you don’t like. You might have seen them before, but now they take up more space in your life.

You might be less optimistic and feel signs of stress or minor symptoms of physical or emotional fatigue at work. Your productivity reduces, and you think that your motivation is lower.

3. Chronic Stress

Let’s hope you don’t get there in your marriage, but unfortunately, some people get there. At this stage, your stress level is consistently high, and the other symptoms of stage 2 persist.

At this point, you start missing deadlines, your sleep quality is low, and you’re resentful and cynical. Your caffeine consumption might be higher, and you’re increasingly unsatisfied.

4. Burnout

This is the point where you can’t go on unless there is a significant change in your workspace environment. You have a strong desire to move to another place, and clinical intervention is sometimes required.

You feel neglected, your physical symptoms are increasing, and you get to a place where your stomach hurts daily. You might obsess over problems in your life or work and, generally speaking, you should treat yourself.

5. Habitual Burnout

This is the phase in which burnout is embedded in your life. You might experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, outbursts of anger or apathy, and physical symptoms of chronic fatigue.

The Causes of Burnout

So, now that we know how to identify our stage of burnout, we can move on to tackling its leading causes. According to the Gallup survey, the top burnout reasons are:[7]

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  1. Getting unfair treatment at work – This is not always something that you can fully control. At the same time, you should remember that even if you’re not calling the shots, it doesn’t mean that you have to accept unfair treatment. The consequences mentioned above are just not worth it in most cases.
  2. Workload – Another leading cause of stress according to dozens of interviews conducted before writing the article. According to Statista, in 2017, 39% of workers said a heavy workload was their leading cause of stress. We live in a busy work environment, and we will share some tips on how to manage that.
  3. Not knowing your role – While not something you can fully control, you can, and probably should, take action to better define it with your boss.
  4. Inadequate communication and support from your manager – Like the others above, you can’t fully control that, but as we’ll soon share, you can take action to be in better control.
  5. Time pressure – As mentioned, motivated, passionate workers are more in danger of experiencing burnout. One of the reasons is that they’re pressuring themselves to do more, sometimes at the expense of their mental health. We’ll address how to work on that as well.

How to Overcome a Burnout

After going over the stages of burnout and the leading causes of becoming burned out, it might be a good time to let you know that there is a lot you can do to fight it head-on.

However, let’s start with what you should not do. Burnout cannot be fixed by going on a vacation. It should be a long-term solution, implemented daily.

According to Clockify (2019), these are the popular ways to avoid burnout:

  1. Focus on your family life – 60% of adults said that stable family life is key to avoiding burnout. Maintaining meaningful relationships in your life is proven to reduce stress (instead of having many unmeaningful relationships).
  2. Exercising comes in second, with 58% reporting that jogging, running, or doing any exercise significantly relieves stress. Even a relatively short walk might improve your body’s resilience to stress.
  3. Seek professional advice – 55% say they would turn to a professional. There are online websites where you can speak with professionals at reduced costs.

Aside from the three most popular ways of avoiding burnout, you can also try the following:

1. Improve Time Management

Try understanding how you can use your time better and leave more time for relaxation. That’s easy to say (or write) but more challenging to implement. It would help if you started by prioritizing yourself. Understanding the connection between your values and your everyday tasks is a tremendous help. You can use proven methods to improve the relationship between your vision and goals to your daily life tasks’ lists. Check out the Horizons of Focus or V2MOM methods to get started.

2. Use the P.L.E.A.S.E. Method

The P.L.E.A.S.E. is a combination of things you should do to be at your best physically. It means Physical Illness (P.L.) prevention, Eat healthy (E), Avoid mood-altering drugs (A), Sleep well (S), and Exercise (E).

3. Prioritize

You don’t have to say yes to everything that comes across your way at work (or in other aspects of life). You’d be surprised how easy it can become once you start saying no. Some might even describe it as exhilarating.

4. Let Your Brain rest

Culturally, most of us are already wired to think that hard work is essential, and while that’s true in most cases, we sometimes forget that our brain needs to rest for it to recharge. Seven hours of sleep are essential (depending on your age). Meditation might be helpful, too.

5. Pay Attention to Positive Events

According to Therapistaid.com, we tend to focus on the bad things in our lives. However, by focusing on positive things, we can change our mindset. One way to practice this daily is by writing three good things about your life every morning or evening. It’s been scientifically proven that doing so for a few months can help rewire your brain.

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6. Take Some “You” Time

A Netflix binge is not always good for you, but it might be in some cases. The better the leisure time is, the better you’ll feel in the long term. It’s usually better to read a book or start a new hobby that requires more cognitive skills than just lying on the couch. But as long as you feel good watching a movie, that might be a good start.

7. New Technologies Might Be Helpful

There are tons of self-help apps such as Fabulous, Headspace (meditation), Noom (diet and exercise), and others. They’re good to use, but you should also be careful not to run away from your problems only to watch social media for hours. It’s not real, and no one’s life is perfect (even if their Facebook or Instagram feeds might seem so). You should also be aware not to be in an “always-on” mindset.

Bottom Line

Whether you’re at the first or the fifth stage of the burnout phases, the goal of this article is to show you that there are always ways to fight it. The first thing is self-awareness—knowing that there’s a problem. The second step is to decide what to do about it.

You can also consider using Lifehack’s community. You’re more than welcome to share your burnout story on our Facebook page.

Bonus: Rebound from Burnout in 8 Hours

Watch what you can do to rebound from burnout quickly in this episode of The Lifehack Show:

https://youtu.be/MNnyqQWK_zg

Featured photo credit: Lechon Kirb via unsplash.com

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