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How Food Can Tell How You Feel

How Food Can Tell How You Feel

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”  ~William Shakespeare

Food is a mirror to your inner state. Like the outer world and other people can show your deepest  thoughts and feelings, food tells how you feel. We are so used to living in a constant hurry and do things automatically, that we have lost the connection of food to ourselves. Have a quick lunch. Order pizza or Chinese food for dinner or have a lot of snacks between meals — or instead of them — depending on our mood. Food has become a comforting thing, an easy way to sooth feelings and have pleasure. It never disappoints, you always receive what you have wanted. Food is no longer just about nutrition. We feed our feelings. Living in a never ending circle. Food cravings differ from one to the other but there are some similarities, which can help you to start look at eating certain things differently. And before going for lunch with colleagues ask yourself. Am I hungry? What I really want to have? How do I feel? Why I want this? Does my body ask for this or it is a certain feeling that wants to eat?

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Sweets and Chocolate

When you feel lonely, misunderstood or sad, the first thing that you may look for is chocolate. Chocolate gives you a reason to smile, to believe that life is good. But does it work in the long term? Try and find other ways to get those good feelings and raise your endorphins, such as through exercise or chatting with a friend. Then, you can enjoy and taste every bite of your chocolate for what it is.

Hot and Spicy Food

Being in a hurry with daily duties and responsibilities you can lose the joy of life. Spicy food awakens the senses and helps you to see the different colors of life — to taste every situation and feel the blessings. Learn to see the nuances of life and feel happiness in any daily situation. And spice it up occasionally with a your favorite spicy foods.

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Meat, Fast Food and Bread

Stress, overload, rush – when you need to ground yourself  you try to feed it with heavy food. Stop your daily rush regularly, feel yourself here and now. You don’t need to fill your stomach with everything you can to be able to feel yourself as whole. When your mind is everywhere but here, find a quick relaxation method to calm your mind.

  “Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”  ~B.K.S. Iyengar

There are no right or wrong foods, but how often you eat it. How do you feel when having this or that? Do you really enjoy it, feeling gratitude or trying to hide some feelings and fight with guilt afterwords? When you are in love, you can live all day without thinking of food or you can eat whatever you want but keep losing weight. A lot of who we are depends on our feelings, both positive and negative. Try to step out of this circle, when you feed negative emotions with food and then experience them more, you might want to look for other items to eat. Start writing down your foods and the emotions you are experiencing at the same time. This can help you listen to what your body really needs. Food is one of the strongest things that influence your life. You are what you eat. If you don’t have any goals or dreams you eat everything and anything. Look for fulfillment outside of eating food — try and find those parts of you that want to do other things. Then food can be a flavorful enhancement to your day.

The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.”  ~Chinese Proverb

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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