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Fast Food Is Not A Quick Fix

Fast food has an awful reputation and rightfully so. By choosing to go to these restaurants, you are deliberately harming your body by ingesting greasy and unhealthy food.

Fast Food Is Not A Quick Fix

Mmmm…McDonalds. Wendys. Burger King. Taco Bell. The list goes on and on. There are many fast food restaurants out that makes our mouths water. Yet, we know better. Honestly. We do. How often have you told yourself that you would give up fast food but never do? Plenty, right? Now is the time to get it into your head that fast food is not a quick fix for when you are hungry.

Fast food has an awful reputation and rightfully so. By choosing to go to these restaurants, you are deliberately harming your body by ingesting greasy and unhealthy food filled with saturated fat and content high in sodium. Why do we make this mistake of consuming them when we know they are bad for us? Because it’s easy.

Getting fast food when you are busy in life is an easy choice to make. You have plentiful of options around your neighborhood. When you do not feel like cooking, the first thing we jump to is fast food. It’s convenient and is there for us for when we need it.

The issue with this though is that we become too reliant on fast food as a result. We live busy lives and finding the time to cook can be difficult. We have been dependent on the availability of fast food and it has been ingrained in our mind that this is okay. But it’s not. It is the reliance on the fact that fast food is readily available is why we may be facing our own downfall.

Fast food is not a quick fix and can have a damaging effect on your health and well-being. The consumption of fast food will make you sluggish, force you to spend money, and hurt your heart. It is a given that the more fast food you eat, the less productive you will become.

If you think that there is no solution as opposed to starving then I suggest you try the following alternatives.

Cook Your Meals The Night Before

Gather the ingredients for the next day’s meal and cook it the night before. Or cook two meals at one go. That way, the following day at work, all you have to do is heat up your food and you are good to go. By doing this, you overcome the procrastination element. Yes, you still have to make an effort to cook, but preparing a few meals ahead of time will save you time.

Buy Food You Enjoy And Vary It Up!

When you are out shopping at the stores, make sure you are buying food that you enjoy. The tastier the food, the more you will be inclined to cook. A lot of people buy the same food but make sure you vary up your ingredients. We want to encourage you to mix up your meals and in doing so you will feel like you have an abundance of things to eat.

Plan One Cheat Meal

Choose a meal during one day of the week and use that as your go-to meal when it comes to fast food. I’ve been in that situation where I’ve been craving KFC or Pizza Hut and I give in to my temptation and eat there. I then regret my decision. If you have one cheat meal during the week, it will be a meal you are anticipating. Once you satisfy yourself, you can go about your week until the next cheat meal. Think of it as a reward for doing so well during the rest of the week.

Fast food is delicious. Fact. Fast food is convenient. Truth. But fast food is not a quick fix. Don’t mistake it for being the best choice you can make when you do not want to cook food at home. You will be hurting yourself more than you know if you go down that route. Make an effort to eat healthier and to cook more at home. Your body will thank you.

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Keep Imagination Alive

Keep imagination alive by setting a day in your week to have all outs fun. Go crazy and eat at a fun restaurant that you’d normally do not go to.

Keep Imagination Alive
Imagination keeps us from going crazy. Without our imagination, we would be uninspired and lost in this wacky world. You need to make sure that you do all that you can to preserve your imagination because it may be the one thing that can keep you going.

My definition of imagination is the ability to think freely without being hindered by reality. You are able to go beyond the ordinary and not give a darn to its feasibility. You are given permission to imagine whatever you like because whatever you conceive, is yours and no one can take that away from you.

As we get older, our minds falter and our busy lives give us no time to sit and use our imagination. We become encumbered by work and our duties that imagination ends up on the back burner. This is normal. But we must make sure we do not lose sight of it. Keep imagination alive by trying the following.

HAVE A DAY OF FUN

Keep imagination alive by setting a day in your week to have all outs fun. Go crazy and eat at a fun restaurant that you’d normally do not go to. Plan a day where you are hanging out with friends and chatting about the “what ifs.” Don’t limit the day or set any expectations. Live carefreely and enjoy life. The more you enjoy it, the more you will allow imagination to roam. I find that the more fun I have, my imagination of what my friends and I can do for the day has no limits.

DAYDREAM

Yes, you are given permission to daydream. Keep imagination alive by thinking about all the fun scenarios you have created in your mind. Don’t judge your thoughts If you want to be a superhero, fine, embrace it. Are you secretly crushing on someone? Don’t feel bad. Imagine yourself in their warm embrace. Laugh about the idea and learn to enjoy that moment. Daydreaming stimulates our minds and can give us clues to what our subconscious wants in life.

READ

Be sure to read, read, read as much as you can. By reading fictional stories of adventures and wonders, you immerse yourself in that landscape. Don’t limit the book options you have. Be open to reading about anything and everything. The more you know, the more you can invent things in your mind which allows for the expansion of your imagination. Keep imagination alive by fueling it with any information you didn’t have before and open up new doors of thoughts!

Imagination is a wonderful thing to embrace. Many people do not care for it and I find they can get grumpier as they become older. They lost their fascination for life. Make sure you don’t lose this. By encouraging yourself to not hold back and by using imagination freely and without judgement, you are freeing yourself of feeling burdened by the realities of life. You will be living in multiple worlds as you imagine and that is totally okay. Embrace it.

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Cook Healthier

Be mindful of how you prep your food and the ingredients you use because it can have a large effect on your body.

Cook Healthier

Cooking has always  fascinated me. I try to improve this skill every day. I would read recipes of cuisines I enjoy eating and try to replicate them. Unfortunately, my cooking ability is not that extraordinary and definitely does not compare to a lot of great pictures I’ve seen on the web but it has been gradually improving over the past few years. When it comes to cooking, there are several habits I try to implement when I am in the kitchen. Here’s is how to cook healthier.

Healthy Ingredients

I’m a huge proponent of making sure we cook with healthy ingredients. For example, I would select olive oil over regular canola oil because of its health benefits. I use less salt than I normally would, in order to reduce my sodium intake. I choose fresh herbs and vegetables that will do good for my body over less healthy alternatives. The point is that when you are cooking, you need to be conscientious of what you put into your body. If you make this effort, then you will see a healthier outcome in life. This is one of the ways you can cook healthier.

Protein and Carbs

When making my meal, I think in terms of nutrients, such as how much protein and carbs I am having. You can cook healthier by making sure each meal is balanced. What I mean is that each meal should have some form of protein, a few carbohydrates, and some fat. We need all of this in our bodies and without one or the other, it can create an imbalance and make you feel weak as the day progresses. Protein should be the bulk of your meal because it provides the nutrients needed for muscle growth. Carbs, as bad as a reputation they may have, is essential for energy production and you need to consume them. Don’t give into the hype that you need to avoid it at all costs. And finally our body needs fat. It is a misconception to avoid fat. But take in healthy fats that come from olive oil, grass-fed butter and other ingredients out there.

Vary Your Cooking

Be sure to vary your cooking. You can choose to fry food in a skillet one night but then on another night, make the choice to steam your food instead. By varying up how you cook your food, you add more excitement to your meals. You add change and this will allow you to not always rely on one way of cooking all the time. Variation is key to keeping me happy. If I eat the same thing constantly, I get bored and will become too lazy to cook. But when I know that I have options to make my food taste differently, I become more intrigued and more willing to cook.

Everyone has a different way of cooking that works for them. As long as it is healthy and provides you with a sense of stress-relief, there is no wrong way to cook. Be mindful of how you prep your food and the ingredients you use because it can have a large effect on your body. Change up your cooking routine  to keep the excitement of cooking. And finally make sure to always include proteins, carbs, and fats into each meal so it will feel balanced. These are the ways on you can cook healthier. Enjoy!

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Find The Wonder In Everything

When you start to find the wonder in everything, you will appreciate everything you have in life. Feel the sensation of your breath as you inhale in and exhale out.

Find The Wonder In Everything

Life is fascinating. There are miracles that happen every day and we don’t take the time to acknowledge them. We are giving birth, saving lives, and doing good deeds for one another. We live on a planet that fosters life, ranging from extraordinary wildlife to simple creatures. But with work and our priorities getting in the way, we can sometimes forget to marvel in the wonders of our world. I ask that you take the time in your life to find the wonder in everything and watch your sense of gratitude ignite.

When you start to find the wonder in everything, you will appreciate everything you have in life. Feel the sensation of your breath as you inhale in and exhale out. Is that not a truly wonderful thing? The fact that you can do it? You are alive. You are living proof that you exist. You have a soul and can control and shape your life however you like. Take this all in and see the wonder of it and how lucky you are to be alive.

In your day to day routine, take the time to sit outside and look at the world. Recognize what is happening in your community. People are moving. Kids are playing. We are interacting with one another. Isn’t it magnificent that we have a group on this planet that can engage with one another in a friendly way. Is it not mesmerizing to say that we are a planet that wants its people to connect with one another. We need to interact more with our community to not only embrace but to love each other.

And although we see ourselves as superior to the wildlife on our planet, they are part of our world. Bask in the wonders of these living creatures. Find the wonder in everything they do. See how they consume their food, engage with their companions and interact with humans. It is sad that we do not treat them well as much as we should because they coexist with us and we need to treat them well.

Find the wonder in everything and open your eyes up to the fact that you are not alone. It is important to realize how everything on this planet is a miracle and should be something we learn to embrace. Without this sense of wonder, we can fear life and everything that happens. Enjoy your life for what it is and find out how you can prosper each and every single day.

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What My Ideal Diet Looks Like

The ideal diet I envision to maintain a healthy diet is eating a big breakfast in the morning, filled with a combination of carbs and protein.

What My Ideal Diet Looks Like

I have never been the best at maintaining a healthy diet. The fact is I can sometimes be too busy in life and am forced into a situation where I have to eat out more than I would like. In addition, I have very little willpower. The slightest temptation of food will convince me to try that fattening burger or the high sodium appetizer which I know is bad for my body. There is a diet that I want to emulate because I know it is healthy. I am mindful of what needs to be done. If you are someone that struggles with food choices and unsure of what to eat, then I hope my ideal diet provides you with some ideas so you can make the necessary changes in your own life.

My education in nutrition has taught me that if you want to lose weight, you need to burn off more calories than you consume. You get most of your calories in carbohydrates so this means eating fewer carbs. But the issue is, carbs is a way of providing energy to your body. It is your resource so it is important that you do not eliminate it entirely. Doing so will result in low energy and you will struggle throughout the day from carb depletion. This might make you splurge during a random meal.

The ideal diet I envision to maintain a healthy diet is eating a big breakfast in the morning, filled with a combination of carbs and protein. A few hours later I would eat a smaller lunch and an even tinier dinner. In between these meals will be small snacks that will keep my appetite at bay. Studies have shown that eating smaller meals throughout the day can help you lose weight. This is because you will avoid overeating and curb your cravings. I struggle with this because it is a lot of work trying to plan out six meals/snacks a day but if you are determined to make this a priority, then it can be worthwhile.

We mentioned earlier that you should consume fewer carbs, but it is still an essential part of your diet. The carbs you eat do matter. During lunch and dinner, it is advisable that you eat complex carbs. Foods considered to be complex carbs take longer to digest. They won’t convert to sugar as easily and won’t force you to have a sugar crash. Eating them will provide energy throughout the day.

For me, I want to be able to eat things in moderation and not feel guilty about what I consume. On one day of the week, I choose it to be my cheat day where I can eat whatever I want and fulfill my temptations. This way I get my fill and have a day I can look forward to. It is important to satisfy your needs and live life to the fullest as much as you can. Don’t be held back in life by all these nutritional rules to maintain a healthy diet and feel you have to abide by them all the time.

Nutrition is a key part to maintaining a healthy diet. Without a proper diet and being aware of the foods you put into your body, you can find yourself feeling more miserable than you would have hoped. Life is about balance and you have to make sure you balance your food intake correctly, otherwise you will struggle. Focus on eating well and your life will improve.

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Dream Big, Don’t Limit Yourself

The goal at the end of your journey will be well worth it if you dream big. Use that as a motivation to not limit yourself.

Dream Big, Don’t Limit Yourself

Having dreams and goals is an important process of living life. You need to have something to work towards because without one, you’ll be living life aimlessly. It is important to make sure that you have meaning in your life or it can drag you down. However, sometimes our dreams feel like they are too big and unachievable. As a result, we hold back and limit our capabilities. Your dreams, hopes and wishes are never too big. Dare to be a big dreamer and you’ll find that you will be hungry for your ultimate goal. Don’t limit yourself and see yourself grow.

If you don’t limit yourself, you’ll find that you will have more fun on your journey to success. I find that our dreams and hopes are filled with happy moments and can make us aspire to live life fully. If you decide to limit what you are capable of you are telling yourself to not have fun and that the reward at the end of the journey won’t be worth it. You need to have a dream that will make you beam with joy once it is achieved.

You undersell what you are capable of if you limit yourself. It is a reflection of low confidence in your abilities. Do you have the faith and trust in yourself to be able to succeed? If so, then why should you hold yourself back? You’re putting an unnecessary barrier to success and it’s making you reevaluate your capabilities. Have the confidence to believe in yourself and know that you will do all that you can to make success happen.

The goal at the end of your journey will be well worth it if you dream big. Use that as a motivation to not limit yourself. Know that there will be much to celebrate when you did everything right. Imagine the happiness you’ll feel when you accomplish something that you’ve been working hard towards. Revel in the fact that you did not give up. By not putting a limit on yourself, you will feel amazing when your goal has been reached.

Far too many people put a limit on their dreams. They think it is too far-fetched and impossible to achieve. They lack the confidence in themselves and want to think about smaller goals and opportunities. But what they don’t realize is that these small goals will never live up to the big ones. Don’t limit yourself. Go for it. We only have one life and it’s better to go after what we deserve rather than let life pass you by.

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