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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 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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