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7 Simple Ways To Be Healthy And Avoid Getting Sick

7 Simple Ways To Be Healthy And Avoid Getting Sick

The flu is out & there’s more and more susceptibility to the cold. In order to help you rise about the weather, here are 7 simple ways to be healthy & avoid getting sick this winter season:

Eat Less Grains

Grains have a whole host of issues associated with them. As many at 15% of the US is gluten intolerant and gluten itself is linked to 55 diseases. Even if you do manage to find something like quinoa – that doesn’t have gluten, many gluten-free grains, still tend to have anti-nutrients that not only make digestion difficult, leave you feeling bloated & cause you to feel sick. If you can’t eliminate grains from you diet – you’d do well to start eating less of them.

Eat Less Junk

Eat less junk food. Start with deciding to do something like cutting out sugar from your life and you’ll notice some huge changes. Some studies even argue that beyond simply being “bad” – sugar is actually toxic for you. Not cool. For more in-depth thoughts on this, consider watching a few minutes of the following talk.

Sugar The Bitter Truth

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If you want to take baby steps, consider adopting a paleo diet, or simply a whole food based diet. While you’re at it, check out these foods that can give your brain & your body a boost.

Cook Your Own Food

Get in your kitchen & start cooking your own food! Don’t fear if you don’t know how to cook – Google is your friend! Find some great recipes from across the internet & start experimenting!

By simply cooking your own food – you’re going to be eliminating sodium, preservatives and other stuff usually found in store-bought meals.

If you want to take things to the next level – consider growing your own food (even during the winter).

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Eat A Good Breakfast

Don’t down cereal to start the day. A breakfast filled with carbohydrates will spike your blood sugar & insulin levels and put an immediate hold on any fat-burning your body was engaged with overnight.

Eating a leaner breakfast will make it easier to burn fat, maintain your goal weight (not to mention bacon & eggs is pretty dang delicious after all). Lower bodyweight & insulin levels mean lower risks of diabetes & other weight related diseases. To get started, here are some good breakfast recipe ideas.

Go Outside

Go outside.

Being outdoors has a slew of benefits including increased happiness, higher vitamin D levels, and better concentration. Even if it’s cold outside – adjusting yourself to the cold can have some long term benefits. So much so that some people even have their children take naps outside. The ones that do tend to be less sick & stronger over the following years. While you’re outside, talk a walk, go hiking, or have an adventure.

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Move More

Heck, some studies even show moving as little as 7 minutes of interval training a day can help.

There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,”

So get out there & get moving – even if it’s only for 7 minutes. If you need to write to keep yourself accountable, start a blog and write about it.

Laugh

You grandmother used to say “laughter is the best medicine” and she wasn’t joking. According to this study, laughing also helps lower blood pressure, increase mood & decrease your stress levels. Laughing can even help give you a workout. Plus, it’s just fun.

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Stand Up

Sitting could be killing you – so stand up! Besides helping combat obesity & diseases, standing more can increase your productivity (and even your life span!).

What other tips & tricks do you for readers who want to know how to be healthy over the winter season?

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

    Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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