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7 Ways to Eat Healthier Without Changing Your Habits

7 Ways to Eat Healthier Without Changing Your Habits

Unless you spent the last few years outside of our solar system, you must have realized how our Western diet is causing an epidemic of obesity, along with other negative impacts on our health.

We all know we should exercise and eat healthy foods, but with today’s busy schedules, many people find it incredibly hard to take proper care of their diet. Too often, we end up with take-away fast food or random snacks from the vending machine.

Even if you can’t change your eating habits completely, you can make a few smart choices to get you started in moving towards eating better and more nutritious food.
We have listed seven easy decisions that you can make without committing to changing your eating habits; seven decisions that have a positive impact on your health, and overall well-being:

1. Replace juice from concentrate by fresh juice

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fresh juice

    If you buy juice from the grocery store, look in the fridges for the juice that is not made from concentrate. You will give yourself more vitamins and nutrients, and thus more energy by making this choice. Keep in mind that fresh juice lasts between 3 days (when containing berries) to a maximum 1 week (fresh orange juice) in your fridge.

    2. Ditch the sugary breakfast

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      When buying your breakfast cereal, turn the package around and quickly check the ingredients. If sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or a similar sweetener are among the first ingredients, don’t buy it. Try a cereal with more grains and less sugar instead.
      If you usually buy pre-packaged oatmeal, note that these contain lots of sugar and artificial flavoring as well. Buy regular oats, and add your own honey, cinnamon, raisins, nuts, etc. to it.

      3. Bring your own snacks to the office

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        Make sure you have something to snack on in your office, so that you can avoid expensive and unhealthy snacks from the vending machine. When shopping at the grocery store, simply get yourself some healthy items, and then store them in your office for whenever you need it. Fruits, nuts, dried fruits and baby carrots make great and energizing snacks to take to work.

        4. Bring your own lunch

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          Cook a little bit extra at dinner and take the leftovers to work for lunch. If you can’t heat food at your workplace, try to bring your own salad instead. Preparing a salad for the next day at home does not take more than 5 minutes: just toss some lettuce, raw veggies and a few toppings such as eggs, cheese, meat, or fish into a container. Don’t chop your tomato as it will make the lettuce soggy, and if you want to use dressing, take it in a separate little container.

          5. Make a batch of soup

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            A cup of soup before your meals tastes great, especially in the cold winter months. It also helps to fill you up before you reach out for the more caloric-rich foods on your dinner plate, and gives you an extra serving of vegetables.

            Soup lasts about a week when stored in a cool place (basement or fridge), and you can also freeze a few servings of your favorite soup.

            6. Check the labels of products

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              At the grocery store, make it a habit to turn your favourite products around so you can quickly look at the labels to check the ingredients. Use your common sense – if it contains ingredients that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food, then don’t put it in your mouth. Try to find a different option to replace your Frankenstein-food of preference.

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              7. Leave out the meat

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                A few times a week, skip the meat portion from your dinner plate and get an extra serving of vegetables instead. You will learn to appreciate different types of vegetables and ease your palate into recipes that contain more veggies and less meat. This tip will not only make your body happy, but also our planet, as the carbon footprint associated with eating meat is very large.

                Which easy and healthy choices do you make in your daily life? Have these helped you with easing into a better and healthier diet?

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                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                1. Breathe

                The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                2. Loosen up

                After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                3. Chew slowly

                Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                4. Let go

                Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                It’s not. Promise.

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                Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                5. Enjoy the journey

                Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                6. Look at the big picture

                The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                Will this matter to me…

                • Next week?
                • Next month?
                • Next year?
                • In 10 years?

                Hint: No, it won’t.

                I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                8. Practice patience every day

                Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                Final thoughts

                Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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