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6 Quick Diet Swaps You MUST Start Making

6 Quick Diet Swaps You MUST Start Making

Trying to clean up your diet to boost your nutrition, enhance your health, and kick-start fat burning? If so, it is time to make a few diet swaps. Rather than focusing on the complete diet overhaul, simply focus on making a few minor adjustments to the way you are eating so you can move one step forward and see the success you desire. This way, you won’t feel quite so restricted and like you just cannot keep up.

Many people who go the route of the entire diet overhaul quickly come to find it is too much too soon. Instead, make a few changes every week. Once those new changes become habit, make a few more. It is a much better way for most people to approach healthier eating.

So let’s go over six places to start. If you can make these simple and easy swaps, you will be on track to success.

 

1. Swap cold cereal for oatmeal

Oatmeal

    The very first swap to make is to replace oatmeal with your usual cold cereal. Oatmeal is more filling, it typically contains fewer calories per cup of cereal, and is also sugar free. It is a great way to start your day. Just be sure to pick up the unsweetened variety.

    2. Swap sausage for egg whites

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      Getting sufficient protein into your morning meal is critical for success. But, sausages are not the way to do it. For best results, you should go for egg whites instead. These are high in protein, lower in calories, and a lean way to get your nutrients in. Plus they are a high-volume food, which means you can eat more of them without taking in too many calories therefore feeling more satisfied while consuming less food.

      3. Swap creamer for vanilla protein powder

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        Next up, in your morning cup of coffee, forgo that creamer, which is loaded with saturated fat. Instead, boost your protein intake by adding a small dose of vanilla protein powder. It will still add great flavor, less calories, and more protein – precisely what you need in your diet.

        4. Swap regular potatoes for sweet potatoes

        Sweet Potato

          If you are a meat and potatoes kind of person, make those potatoes sweet potatoes. They are the healthier variety as they have more nutrients, more fiber, and are going to rank lower on the glycemic index (GI), so it will help to stop hunger more effectively as well. Sweet potatoes rank in as one of the most filling foods you can eat, so it is a great choice to keep in your diet plan.

          5. Swap juice for milk

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            Juice is the biggest no-no if weight loss is the goal. The problem with juice is that it contains too much sugar, lacks the fiber you would get from fruit, and will spike blood sugar and insulin. Instead, opt for milk. Milk is higher in protein and is going to provide a nice dose of calcium and fosters stronger bone growth and development.

            6. Swap yogurt for Greek yogurt

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              Finally, the last smart swap to make is to exchange your usual yogurt variety for some Greek yogurt instead. This is going to be far healthier due to its higher protein content along with calcium. Furthermore, Greek yogurt is going to be perfect for improving your belly fat loss as those who consume dairy-rich foods in their diet tend to lose more fat from the abdominal region.

              So keep these smart swaps in mind. If you can get them into place, you can rest assured you are going to be seeing faster fat burning success and boost your heath at the same time.

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              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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