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Going Vegetarian? Remember These Simple Truths

Going Vegetarian?  Remember These Simple Truths

Thinking of adopting a vegetarian diet plan? More and more people are starting to make the switch from eating meat to choosing vegetarian-friendly foods instead.

For some people, it’s just a matter of cutting out meat once or twice throughout the week, while for others, they choose to go vegetarian because of their own personal beliefs.

Whatever the case, if you are thinking about going vegetarian, there are going to be some important points that you must remember before you do.

Those who go vegetarian without a game plan are not going to structure their diet properly and may be setting themselves up for long-term damage.

1. Vegetarian Does Not Mean Carb Loading

The very first thing that you absolutely must know about going vegetarian is that this doesn’t give you free rein to choose as many high carb foods as possible.

This is perhaps the biggest mistake people make. They think that, since they’re vegetarian, they should now be eating plates of pasta, bagels, bowls of cereal—basically anything that is a “whole” grain.

This isn’t the case at all. If you do this, there is a very good chance you will start to gain body fat as your body will consume far more calories and energy than it needs; not to mention, you’ll be on a roller coaster ride of hunger all throughout the day.

A proper vegetarian diet is actually quite low in all those foods just described. Instead, it’ll have you turning to ample amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, beans, lentils, and legumes, along with smaller amounts of rice, quinoa, barley, oatmeal, and whole wheat pastas.

This will provide far greater nutritional balance in your day and help to prevent energy highs and lows over the 24 hour period.

2. You’ll Need To Plan Your Day Properly

Next, you need to start doing some planning if you are going to adopt the vegetarian way of eating.

Since you won’t be taking in nearly as many “complete” sources of protein, which animal proteins provide, food combining is going to be more important for you.

Food combining will allow you to get your protein needs met because you will get specific amino acids from both of the foods that you’re eating; the combined foods together will complete the full spectrum.

This is important because if you aren’t getting the full spectrum of amino acids, you are not going to maintain your muscle mass as well and may not recover from workouts as quickly either.

Whenever you are eating grains such as brown rice or barley, try and combine them with some beans and lentils as well to complete the protein source.

One exception to this rule is quinoa, which is a complete grain itself and perfect to consume on a vegetarian diet plan.

3. Your Risk Of Nutritional Deficiencies Goes Up

The next thing that you need to know before starting a vegetarian plan is that your risk of nutritional deficiencies may also go up.

Vegetarians are going to be at risk for experiencing nutritional deficiencies in a number of different vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.

It’s going to be very important that you are either making sure to choose vegetarian friendly foods that are complete in these nutrients, or alternatively, supplementing with a multi-vitamin.

If you are going to choose to supplement with a vitamin, see if you can find one that is specifically designed for vegetarians.

This will ensure that you are getting as many of the nutrients you need as possible. Just always keep in mind that it is better to get your nutrients from whole foods whenever you can, so don’t think that just because you’re using a supplement, you don’t have to pay attention to your diet plan.

4. There Will Be An Adjustment Process

Finally, the last thing that you need to know and remember is that there will be a strong adjustment period when you first start up on a vegetarian diet plan.

You may find that it does take some time to get used to and at first, your energy levels may be low.

This will largely depend on just how well you structure your diet and if you are taking care to get the nutrients that you need.

Those who are paying good attention to proper vegetarian nutrition and use this right off the bat are less likely to find that they are dealing with energy slumps or related issues, so spend some time getting the proper concepts in place before you get going. It will be well worth the effort.

As you get started on the vegetarian diet plan, you may also want to consider using a vegetarian friendly protein supplement as well to make sure that your protein needs do get met.

Both hemp powder as well as soy protein powder can be used by those who are using the vegetarian diet and will offer high quality protein for few calories.

At times when you are trying to get your protein intake sufficiently met from beans, lentils, and other vegetarian sources such as tofu or tempeh, it can get harder to keep your calorie intake down as these foods, while they do contain protein, also contain quite a higher amount of fats and carbs as well.

By using the protein powder, which is almost entirely protein, you’ll avoid this problem.

So there you have the vital points to know about going vegetarian. Make sure that you fully research this way of eating so that you are prepared for all the challenges possible with a vegetarian diet plan.

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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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