Staying on Track

Staying on Track

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The strain of coming behind on something important and challenging that you want to achieve can be disabling; it can create avoidance techniques, depression, and ultimately derail your goals. If you are beginning to feel the weight of your intentions and the stress of the challenge that came along with them, don’t throw in just yet!

It is perfectly normal to struggle with making a change to your lifestyle or habits; and lucky for you, there are a couple of things you can do to keep the ball rolling.
Slow your roll, friend
Taking up a new goal usually comes with a boost of motivation for about the first week, then reality sets in, and your big plans of giving way to the gym for 2 hours every day of the week turn into endless hours of tv surfing.
The phrase “your eyes were bigger than your mouth”, come to play here. You are entirely capable of stretching your mental limits to a level before your head and body gang up on you.
Take it easy on yourself, if you are trying to do too much, break it down into smaller chunks. It is better to stretch a goal timeline out a couple weeks than to throw it away.
Take a Day Off
You don’t have to feel bad or guilty about taking a day for yourself from time to time. Our brains are naturally hardwired to resist change, and when we push too much, it often leads to fatigue and a lack of motivation.
Taking little breaks tend to give us a chance to reflect on what is causing the resistance to the desired goal or change. It also allows you to refill your motivation battery to get going again.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, give yourself a couple hours, or even a day, to read some motivational articles/books/quotes, meditate, and reflect on what has caused your discomfort. Take the time to get to know yourself, what makes and breaks you, and what gets you going.
Practice Mindfulness
What exactly triggers you to fall off the wagon and into the well of inactive despair?
Knowing the situations or actions that cause you to sway is a step in the direction of controlling your environment and mastering self-discipline. Finding ways to sidestep these triggers also strengthens your resolve and leaves you with a map to successfully make changes in your life no matter the challenges involved.
Mindfulness also helps you to better evaluate the processes of how you do things, making it easier to improve your routine and techniques.
This makes life a whole lot easier in general.

5 Top Benefits to Stay Healthy and Fit

5 Top Benefits to Stay Healthy and Fit

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Here are my top 5 benefits you get from staying healthy and fit:
Benefit #1: Living Longer and Thriving
There is no need for me to tell you that life on this earth is short. We all have things we want to accomplish and do while we are here, and studies have found that people who eat healthy, regularly exercise , avoid smoking, and consume alcohol only in moderation can add an additional 14 years to their life expectancy!
Now, this really doesn’t mean anything if you make it to 90 or 100 years old and you are confined to your bed and not able to enjoy the life you have.
You want to be able to blow out your birthday candles and cut a rug celebrating your amazing life!

Benefit #2: Increased Energy
It’s funny that people make up the excuse that they are too tired to work out, because exercising actually gives you more energy! Or maybe you are too tired to eat a healthy meal, but that will give you more energy as well!

Eating well and exercising triggers ‘feel-good’ endorphins in your body that makes you feel happier and bumps up your energy levels.

Benefit #3: Protects You Against Diseases and Illnesses
This world is plagued with unwanted colds, viruses, and bacteria. The best way to help your body combat these diseases and illnesses is to eat healthy and exercise.
When you eat healthy and exercise, you are supporting your immune system which fights off these infections.
Studies have also shown that treating your body well drastically lowers your risk for cancer.

Benefit #4: Better Mental Health
Your brain is connected to every aspect of your being. If you are treating your body well, your brain is going to benefit and function optimally.
We have already discussed how eat well and exercising boosts your mood and energy levels, but it also reduces depression and improves the sleep you get as well.

Benefit #5: Bone Health
Let’s be honest, the bones are the bricks of our body. If we are not making sure our bones are getting everything they need, we will literally crumble.
Regularly exercising and eating a balanced diet helps prevent osteoporosis and keeping your bones strong and healthy.

The Importance of Avoiding Grains

The Importance of Avoiding Grains

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Avoiding grains in your diet is a pretty difficult thing to do because it is in so many food items and prepared dinners that you can buy in the store. Ditching grains from your diet is also a relatively ‘new’ concept because there really was never a whole lot of research done on how grains affect your body. It still remains a very complex issue.

When I talk to people about how removing grains from my diet has helped me and my overall health, I generally get a response like ‘I love bread!’ or ‘I love pasta!’ But, what most people don’t know, is for almost everything that contains grains, there are much more healthier substitutes that share the same consistency and can be used in their favorite meals.

To clarify what constitutes as a grain, these are the most common grains found in food today: wheat, rice, corn, oats, rye, barley, couscous, buckwheat, and quinoa. Here are 5 reasons you should remove grains from your diet:

1. Lowers inflammation: Inflammations shows itself in the body in many ways, so even if you think this doesn’t affect you, chances are you are wrong. Inflammation includes any issues with bloating, acne, and arthritis. Most other diseases have inflammation as a common symptom.

2. Consuming grains makes it harder to lose weight: Grains actually contribute to weight gain, not only make it harder to lose weight. Grains are dense with calories without much nutritional value which usually leads to overeating. Of course, it is not just grains that contribute to unhealthy weight and obesity, but grains make it much easier.
3. Not digestive friendly: Even if you are not allergic to grains, they can still cause problems for your digestive system. Grain encourage the growth of unhealthy bacteria in your gut creating an imbalance. Our bodies are also not designed to process grains well, and some grains can tear the intestinal walls.
4. Skin and dental health: Poor skin and dental health are associated with the consumption of grains. As stated earlier, acne is a form of inflammation caused by higher insulin levels which produces more oil on the face. Just as grain promote bad bacteria growth in your gut, it does the same for your teeth.
5. Blood sugar imbalance: Consuming grains can actually make you feel more hungry because grains are composed of primarily carbohydrates that create a spike in blood sugar which means it has to bottom out eventually make you feel cravings and more hungry later on.
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