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4 Quick And Easy Tricks To Healthier Eating

4 Quick And Easy Tricks To Healthier Eating

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Today, let’s cover 4 quick and easy tricks to healthier eating: whether it’s switching up your usual breakfast meal, cutting something out of your daily diet, or starting your meal a certain way, these tricks will help you on your path to healthier eating.

If you aren’t sure why you should be eating healthier, consider watching some of these movies for motivation and additional information.

Healthier Eating with Smoothies

Drinking smoothies is a simple, easy way to consume more vitamins and minerals with little effort. Smoothies can be snacks or meal replacements, are fun to drink, and easy to take with you when you leave the house.

Start with a basic recipe:

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  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup frozen fruit
  • 3 ice cubes

Now add and customize the smoothie to your tastes:

You can adjust the amount of fruit, depending on how sweet you want  your smoothie to be. Consider using some of the fruit superfoods in your smoothie for extra oomph. To replace a meal with a smoothie be sure to add a protein source: yogurt or protein powders are the most common sources.

Few of us consume the minimum 5 servings of vegetables a day: you can add 1-2 handfuls of green leafy vegetables to your smoothie to get a few servings in easily. Spinach, arugula, and kale are just a few of the many great choices out there. Experiment with combining the different fruits and leafy greens in your smoothie.

Add additional health foods to boost your drink, such as wheat germ or chia seeds. If you’d like to add certain vitamins to your diet, you can reference this vitamin cheat sheet to find out which foods have them.

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Find more smoothie recipes here.

Begin Meals With a Salad

Salads are quick and easy foods that really get you on the path to healthier eating. If you are already adding greens to your smoothie, you probably have a large bag of baby spinach in the fridge. Simply add 1-2 cups to a small plate, sprinkle with some slivered almonds and a few apple slices, and you have a great salad—just combine olive oil with a bit of balsamic vinegar for a quick and easy salad dressing to top it off.

If this seems too difficult, start with the prepared salad mixes at the store: there are many different options and flavor combinations available, and going this route is a great way to start eating good salads. Just be sure to go light on the dressing that comes with those mixes though: they tend to be really high in fat. Read this article for more tips on how to transition to salads.

Cut a Food Out of Your Diet for Healthier Eating

There are a number of foods that cause problems for many people. Cutting out just one of these foods might just make a huge change in your health and well-being, so choose just one of these foods and cut it out of your diet completely. Try this for 30 days and see if you feel better.

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  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners

Many people are sensitive to these foods because they have found their way into so many of the products available on grocery store shelves. We end up consuming them at every meal and don’t even realize that we’re doing so. Letting your body rest from these foods can give it the time it needs to heal, and to better handle that food in the future.

Soup’s On

Soup is one of the faster meal options around: it’s super-easy to pour some chicken broth in a pan and start adding cut up veggies, meats, and spices. Work from a recipe the first few times and then just start experimenting with your own flavor combinations.

Soup can be easily prepared the night before and then set to cook in the crock pot the next day. As the soup will slow-cook over the course of the day, it will allow the flavors to really come alive (and it’ll be ready for you when you get home with no additional work needed).

What changes will you make today to start eating healthier?

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Featured photo credit:  Organic apples in basket in summer grass. Fresh apples in nature via Shutterstock

 

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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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Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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