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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 November 19, 2019

    20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

    If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

    1. Create a Daily Plan

    Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

    2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

    Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

    3. Use a Calendar

    Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

    I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

    Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

    4. Use an Organizer

    An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

    These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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    5. Know Your Deadlines

    When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

    But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

    6. Learn to Say “No”

    Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

    Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

    7. Target to Be Early

    When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

    For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

    Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

    8. Time Box Your Activities

    This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

    You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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    9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

    Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

    10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

    Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

    You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

    11. Focus

    Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

    Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

    Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

    12. Block out Distractions

    What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

    I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

    When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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    Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

    13. Track Your Time Spent

    When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

    You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

    14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

    You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

    Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

    15. Prioritize

    Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

    Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    16. Delegate

    If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

    When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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    17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

    For related work, batch them together.

    For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

    1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
    2. coaching
    3. workshop development
    4. business development
    5. administrative

    I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

    18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

    What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

    One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

    While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

    19. Cut off When You Need To

    The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

    Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

    20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

    Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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