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Four Great Fat Rich Foods To Start Adding To Your Diet

Four Great Fat Rich Foods To Start Adding To Your Diet

If you’ve been working on making some improvements in your fat loss diet plan, one thing that you must give some serious consideration is which healthy fat rich foods you’re consuming. So many people come to believe that they should be eliminating all fats from their menu, but this isn’t the case at all.

In fact, healthy fats can improve the rate of progress you see because they’ll help to decrease your hunger level, stabilized blood sugar, and make sure that your body is functioning optimally. They are more calorie dense than proteins and carbs, however, so portion control will be a must.

As long as you are making sure to control your serving sizes, the following four healthy fat sources will make for a terrific addition to your plan. Most people get into the habit of relying on olive oil and almonds all the time, but these are great to shake things up and add variety to the mix.

1. Flaxseeds

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    The first form of healthy fat to add into your diet plan is flaxseeds. Flaxseeds are fantastic because not only are they rich in unsaturated fats, but they also contain the omega fat variety, which is absolutely critical for your overall health. Omega fats will help your body in a number of ways, including to promote a strong heart, improve brain function, lower your body fat composition, and boost your immune system.

    They are one fat that you can’t afford to miss out on.

    In addition to that, flaxseeds are also rich in dietary fiber content as well, so they are great for calming your appetite and making sure that you aren’t snacking when you shouldn’t.

    Try adding flaxseeds to a bowl of yogurt, into protein shakes, or even just sprinkling over a salad instead.

    2. Coconut

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      The next healthy fat to add into the plan is coconut. Coconut is high in medium chain triglycerides, which are slightly different than the typical fat variety since they can be used readily as an energy source by the body. With most fats, the processing time to convert them into usable energy is slightly longer, but MCT act more like carbohydrates once they enter your system.

      For this reason, anyone who is following a lower carb diet plan will definitely enjoy the benefits this type of fat has to offer.

      Coconut is rich in saturated fat, but keep in mind that MCTS are not harmful to your health like typical saturated fat is. Coconut can actually help to improve your blood cholesterol profiles and boost heart health while it’s at it.

      Coconut is also great since it adds a very unique taste to your dishes, so it is going to be something to consider trying out when food boredom strikes.

      You can either use coconut oil, coconut milk, or shredded dried coconut to incorporate this fat into your diet plan, so there are plenty of options here.

      If you are going to be using dried coconut, you’ll want to use the unsweetened variety so that you aren’t taking in a high amount of sugar with it is as well.

      Dried coconut works perfect for adding into baked goods such as protein muffins or squares. Coconut oil can be used for salad dressings, for preparing your main course protein source, or just used for any other dish you’re preparing where this flavor will blend nicely with the others.

      3. Avocado

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        Avocado is the next healthy fat that you should be adding to your diet to help liven it up and get good nutrition in. This is one of the only fruits that actually contains healthy fats, so is far different from most fruits out there.

        You’ll also get a good dose of fiber as well as antioxidants with avocado, making it a perfect choice for adding to your meals. The great thing about avocado is that it adds a very creamy texture to dishes, so can easily be used to replace butter in many situations.

        For example, sliced avocado works perfectly on sandwiches or in wraps where you would normally use butter or high fat mayonnaise.

        Many people also enjoy adding avocado to their salads, or they’ll prepare it into a dip format to serve with raw veggies or fruit.

        However you want to serve it, it’s a great addition to a healthy diet plan and is especially good for those who have nut allergies and can’t eat that form of healthy fat.

        4. Chia Seeds

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          Finally, the last type of healthy fats to add to your diet plan is chia seeds. These are a newer fat that many people aren’t even really aware of yet, but that do offer excellent health benefits.

          Chia seeds are very high in a number of nutrients including dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, as well as numerous antioxidants that will help to ward off free radical damage in the body.

          Chia seeds also contain a small dose of protein as well, which is great for those who are vegetarian or are simply struggling to get enough in their daily diet plan. Protein is also important for keeping blood sugar levels balanced, so by adding these to primary carb-rich meals, you can maintain your body on a more even keel.

          Chia seeds work great added into salads, sprinkled into stir-fries, or just added into any baked goods that you happen to be preparing.

          So there you have some of the primary healthy fats that you should consider adding to your diet plan. If you make smart choices and make sure that you measure out your servings so that you’re not taking in an overabundance of calories, these will all be great additions to your diet.

          Remember when setting up your diet that your carbohydrate and healthy fat intake must be balanced, so generally speaking, the more carbs you have the fewer fats you’ll eat and vice versa. Keep that in mind as you set up your plan.

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          Last Updated on February 18, 2019

          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

          Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

          Why is this so critically important to you?

          The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

          Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

          1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

          Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

          When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

          • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
          • The man facing the judge.
          • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
          • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
          • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
          • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

          These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

          Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

          Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

          2. Accept Your Fear

          Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

          We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

          And here’s what can be done.

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          3. Get Some Perspective

          I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

          And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

          That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

          We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

          So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

          • Are you really at risk?
          • Will this kill you?
          • Which leads us on to..
          • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

          4. Hold a Hand

          As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

          Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

          We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

          Ask yourself:

          • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
          • Could that really happen?
          • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
          • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

          By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

          5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

          This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

          Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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          The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

          It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

          For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

          Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

          6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

          I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

          Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

          Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

          Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

          Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

          Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

          7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

          Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

          I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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          It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

          One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

          Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

          It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

          8. Assume the Worse

          If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

          Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

          • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
          • Think about how they feel about champagne?
          • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

          And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

          When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

          Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

          9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

          If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

          Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

          Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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          10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

          One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

          11. Go with Fear

          When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

          I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

          Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

          One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

          However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

          We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

          12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

          And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

          The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

          What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

          13. Own Your Fear

          Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

          We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

          You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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          Featured photo credit: Ben White via unsplash.com

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