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Why Fiber is so Important and How to Get Enough

Why Fiber is so Important and How to Get Enough

Fiber is a top priority to health that often gets overlooked. If you want to increase your energy, clear up your skin, and achieve your ideal weight, this article is for you.

A lack of fiber is much too common, and leads to constipation—a top complaint brought to physicians. And, if your body is not detoxifying properly you will feel sluggish, lack energy, have skin flare-ups, and be prone to weight gain.

Did you know that you need 25-35 grams of fiber a day ?

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This can seem like an arduous task if you’re not eating the right foods.

This article will give you an easy blueprint to ensure you get your daily fiber intake in a simple and enjoyable way.

1. Check Food Labels

It is imperative to check your food labels to discover how much fiber is in your food. Often people make poor food choices simply due to lack of awareness of the nutritional contents. Luckily, by law, all foods must be labeled, so you can empower your food choices by becoming aware of how much fiber is in the food you eat.  Check bread, rice, pasta, and all grain-products for fiber content per serving. You want to choose grains that have a minimum of 3 grams of fiber per serving, though it is often easy to find high fiber products with 5 grams per serving or more. Anything less and you know you are eating something stripped of its original nutrients. This is why white-flour based foods have no fiber, and these are the foods associated with weight gain. You need fiber to feel full and to promote healthy bowel movements. If you eat carbohydrates void of fiber, you will not feel as full as you would if the food did have fiber. Food void of fiber can lead to overeating and weight gain. Don’t let this happen to you—make an informed choice by reading labels, and choosing high fiber foods all of the time.

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2. Add Raw Fruit

Fruit is a great wholesome source of fiber and every fruit has roughly 3 grams of fiber. Aim for 3 servings of fruit a day.

3. Add Beans as a Diet Staple

Eating a diet rich in beans is imperative to receiving an adequate amount of daily fiber. One cup of beans has 15 grams of fiber! I suggest adding beans to your salads, or you can get creative with beans by turning them into a bean-burger or blending beans to make a dip such as hummus. Beans are one of the healthiest and easiest way to ensure you reach 25 grams of fiber a day.

4. Eat Your Veggies

Vegetables are also high in fiber and should be a priority to your daily diet. I recommend consuming 3-4 cups of greens a day. An easy way to do this is to make a green smoothie by blending about 2 cups of greens(such as spinach) with a banana and water. Adding a salad as a daily staple will ensure that you are getting 5-7 serving of veggies a day which is necessary to receive the fiber you need and the energy you want.

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5. Consume The Right Bread

If bread is part of your daily diet, be sure to get high-fiber bread. This is one of the easiest ways to increase your fiber intake in. Good quality high fiber breads often have added psyllium, flax and chia seeds—all which enhance the fiber count to about 5 grams of fiber per slice. If you are going to choose bread, choose wisely—aim for 5 grams of fiber per slice, and you will easily make your daily fiber quota

With these 5 tips in place, let’s look at a daily menu, and discover how easily you can get 25 grams of fiber in a day through food (no supplements required!)

Start the day with a slice of high fiber bread, an apple, and a tablespoon of pure nut butter. Right there, you have consumed 9 grams of fiber. Have a fruit for a snack ( 3 grams of fiber), add 1/2 cup of beans to your lunch (which can be soup or a salad), and you have another 10 grams of fiber just for lunch. Have a green smoothie as a late afternoon snack ( another 5 grams of fiber) and you are already at 27 grams of fiber, and we haven’t even reached dinner time! If you have a dinner with salad, a high fiber grain such as quinoa with some fish or chicken breast, you are well on your way to reaching 35 grams of fiber!

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As you can see, when you are smart about how you plan your day, it is easy and practical to reach the recommended daily fiber intake without any supplements or pills.

As you increase your fiber intake, be sure to drink plenty of water, which is important for the fiber to be absorbed and released from your system, helping with the detoxification process. When your body is fed right, and has the ability to detoxify on a daily basis, you will have more energy, clearer skin, and reach your ideal weight with ease.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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