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4 Eating Mistakes You Can Fix Now.

4 Eating Mistakes You Can Fix Now.

Cooking for Eating

    Our grandparents’ generations used to wake up to a breakfast of ham, butter, cheese, jam, milk, eggs or whatever there was that their families could afford. Warm milk or tea with some bread to be dunk in. No digestive biscuits, no blackberries and low-fat yogurt, no cereal bars.

    Nowadays, most of us have the luxury of affording to be fussy. And it’s this very pickiness that has led to the current four major mistakes and utterly wrong food approaches of which we are sublimely unaware.

    Sweet Breakfast

    Eating a so called salty breakfast, that is bread, butter and ham, is just not fashionable. Instead, cereal bars, low-fat yogurt and berries are deemed as healthy and are the norm.

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    We praise multiculturalism and support diversity, but we stick to the same breakfast day after day after day and we ingest way too much sugar than we should. Numerous studies and research have already pointed out that certain cereal bars and low-fat products contain more sugar than their regular counterparts and that the fat-free diet that we have recently become obsessed may actually cause more harm than good. This article published in the British Medical Journal states that saturated fat has actually been found to be protective; dairy foods provide vitamins A and D as well as calcium and phosphorous that may have anti-hypertensive effects. According to the same article, the advice of cutting out saturated fat has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks.

    What to do?

    Overcome our fear and try some eggs, boiled or fried with some bread or toast with butter.

    Is butter too much for a first step, even though it has been finally proven that “butter is bad” is nothing but a myth? Then sprinkle some olive oil on that toast. And yes, adding some tomato slices on top is allowed. The whole purpose of eating is to satisfy a biological need: hunger. Let’s try some oatcakes or crackers with some cheese and whatever vegetables you fancy. Let’s be a bit more creative and diversify our breakfast. Meatballs and sausages are fine as long as there’s a sensible portion and we lower the quantity of the food during the rest of the day.

    This used to be the norm on our grandparent’s days: eating a larger quantity in the morning, a bit less at lunch and even less for dinner, so that the body can process the intake of food and eliminate the toxins.

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    There’s no cheap place where you can eat healthily nowadays

    Oh yes, there is such a place right under our nose: our very kitchen!

    But cooking is no longer a necessity with all the supermarket shelves filled to the brim. We cook because we get bored, because we want to show off, or because it’s trendy. But we don’t cook because we need to eat.

    Some recipes take less than 30 minutes, but we still find this too time consuming, difficult and messy. Unfortunately many people also wrongly assume you need to have some extra skills to be able to cook. Anybody can cook – that some can do it better than others – that’s a different story. But stick to the first statement – anybody can cook – it’s not rocket science!

    It takes 10 minutes to make an omelette – whisk two eggs, grate some cheese, chop some parsley or whatever herbs you want and there you go. Whisk four eggs and you’ve saved tomorrow’s lunch or breakfast as well. We have invented fridges and microwaves and this one-day old omelette will be much healthier than the supermarket foods sprinkled with “anti-aging” potions.

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    Fancy some meatballs? Why don’t we make them? Buy some minced meat, put it in a bowl, add one or two eggs, salt, pepper, herbs, grate one raw potato (the starch will make the composition stick together) mix everything, make some patties and fry them. 30 minutes of our lives to save our own lives!

    You’ll probably say that all that fried oil is far from being healthy, but the truth is that home-made meatballs are at least twice healthier than the powdery sachet lunches we pour into a bowl. This article published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal explains that it’s not red meat but the processed meat that is associated with higher incidence of coronary heart disease.

    A Burger is Cheaper than a Fruit Salad

    I’ve heard this so many times – that fruit salads are more expensive than a bar of chocolate or some crisps.  Well, with half the money we pay for a nicely packed salad, we’ll buy all the ingredients needed for five such portions. It does require some peeling skills indeed, and maybe 10 more minutes to chop the fruits as well.

    A “Shortcut” for Homemade

    There are so many food recipes and home-made cake pictures that although classified as homemade they just don’t seem genuine.

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    Buying some chicken stock to pour over some vegetables spoils the whole home-made concept. The same goes for the pancakes made with bought batter or the home made cupcakes we make as colorful as the rainbow. Good old recipes with butter, milk and flour are still to be found. Why spoil a day’s work with colorants and additives?

    Eating healthily is neither expensive nor complicated. It will take some time, but it will save some money and most importantly our lives. It’s all about getting back to cooking for eating.

     

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    Last Updated on January 17, 2019

    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

    Listen carefully:

    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

    1. Pray Daily

    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

    3. Smile Often

    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

    4. Organize Your Working Desk

    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

    How do you do that? This is my formula:

    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

    8. Go Exercise

    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

    The Bottom Line

    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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