Why Put Off Tomorrow What You Can Do Today?

We’ve all heard the saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today,” but how many of you really live by it? My guess is that while we all may have good intentions, we are all prone to procrastination at times— some more than others. Why, you may ask, is that? We are all complex human beings. Often times, our daily activities can seem overwhelming and get in the way of what we truly would like to accomplish. When this happens, our feelings often take over and can stop us from doing what we truly desire. So how can get around this? The answer is actually pretty simple…take one step at a time.

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In fact, Brian Tracy, Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, & Entrepreneur explains the concept with a metaphor. He asks, “‘How do you eat an elelphant?’ The answer is, ‘one bite at a time.’ This can be applied to any goal. You accomplish it one step, one task, one measure at a time. He also talks about eating your frog, which is about tackling your most important, daunting tasks, and getting them done. Brian’s main point is that you eat your most ugliest frog first, the next ugliest, and so on, until all your frogs are done. When you ‘eat your frog,’ you feel empowered, happier, energized and are more productive.”¹

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Robert Emmons, in his book, Thanks, tells us “to go through the motions and do it now, and the feeling will come.” ² Have you ever felt overwhelmed by doing a task, but went ahead with it anyway and then felt a sense of relief after, even if you didn’t complete it? Brian Tracy explains this as “‘Slice and Dice.’ You can cut a big task down to size with the ‘Salami slice’ method. Basically you lay out the task in detail and resolve to just one slice of the job for the time being.”³

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What have you been putting off that you want to do?  Perhaps you want to clean up your garage, so you can park your car inside during the winter months? So take that first step. Fold up that ladder. Get some boxes to organize your garden tools or other stuff. Hang up your bike and keep going until your space is uncluttered.

If you want to start eating better, again take that first step. Go to the grocery store and try shopping the perimeter of the store only. There you will find most things that you need to incorporate a healthier diet including fresh produce, meat, and dairy products. Shopping this way will help you avoid processed foods, which are often loaded with artificial ingredients, additives and sugar. When you get home, go to your pantry and get rid of any processed foods that you know are unhealthy and want to avoid.

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If you want to add more exercise to  your day, vow to take a walk after work. Change into those sweats and tennis shows and get yourself out the door. If you like going to a gym, pack your gym bag ahead and take it with you to work. That way you will be prepared and less likely to make an excuse for not going.

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So what are you waiting for? Make sure you take that first action step and keep going.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹Tracy, Brian. Eat That Frog. A book Summary. http://www.super-super.com/hpe152/page11/page16/page17/files/frog2P.pdf

Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes—Thanks. http://www.entheos.com/philosophersnotes/notes/all/Thanks, pg. 5

²Tracy, Brian. Slice and Dice The Task. http://www.briantracy.com/blog/leadership-success/slice-and-dice-the-task/

5 Reasons to Add Avocados To Your Diet…

Ah avocados! They are one of nature’s finest fruits. I’ve always thought of them as a vegetable, but they actually are considered a large berry and are bursting with healthy nutrients that our bodies love. Some nutrition experts actually rank them as one of the top five healthiest foods on the planet.

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Often times when people think of avocados, they think of guacamole, which is a tasty dip made from mashed avocados.  Avocados however, not only make a tasty appetizer, but make other tasty dishes great! You can find them combined with a variety of Mexican entrees and other side dishes, as well as in sandwiches, wraps and salads. You can also add them to your smoothies for an additional burst of nutrients, as well as add them in baked goods and more.

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Following Are 5 Reasons To Add Avocados To Your Diet:

  1. Rich in vitamins—Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins including vitamin A and potassium. They are also rich in B  vitamins that help us fight infections and disease and vitamins C and E that help fight cancer.
  2. Contains Healthy Fat—Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which is considered a healthy fat and can help lower bad cholesterol.
  3. Loaded With Fiber—Avocados are loaded with fiber and help give us a full feeling. The fiber also helps to support a healthy digestive tract, as well helps guard against cancer, kidney stones and other diseases.
  4. Rich in Potassium— Avocados are rich in potassium, which helps to support blood pressure in the body.  Many people reach for a banana when they want to add more potassium to their diet, but reaching for an avocado is actually better, as it contains more potassium. Combining them both together in a smoothie is a smart decision.
  5. May Help With Weight Loss—Avocados are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, which some studies show helps to promote weight loss. Dr. Mark Hyman, in his book, “Eat Fat Get Thin,” promotes eating avocados for their healthy fat, as well as their nutrient-dense properties.

The important thing to remember is that avocados are healthy and good for you. So the the next time you are out grocery shopping, go ahead and reach for an avocado or two. Your body will be glad you did.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/all-about-avocados

https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-mark-hyman-author-of-eat-fat-get-thin-eats-every-day-2016-3/#instead-of-steak-or-ribs-fatty-fish-4

Recipe: Southwestern Salad

Here’s a tasty recipe to try. It is easy to make, good for you and tasty. Go ahead and give it a try if you like.

Southwestern Salad

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1 bag romaine lettuce, or spinach
2 grilled chicken breasts (sliced)
1 small green pepper (chopped)
1 small red pepper (chopped)
1 small orange pepper (chopped)
1 small package cherry tomatos
1 small can corn
1 small can black olives
1 ripe avocado (cubed)
1 container feta cheese crumbles
Ranch dressing, or try another favorite

Pour lettuce or spinach in a  large bowl. Add chicken, chopped peppers, tomatoes, corn, olives, avocado, and feta cheese. Serve with dressing.

Options: Add a small can of black beans, or chopped red onion.

Enjoy!

Barb

Are You Going Green?

Most people know that going green is good for the environment and can help make the world a better place, but did you know that going green is also good for your health? That’s right! Greens are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E & K, which are good for our bodies.

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They also provide a host of other benefits such as improved circulation, blood purification, improved liver and kidney functioning, a strengthened immune system, and more.  Greens however, are the most common missing food for most people. While many people these days may have a salad for lunch, or add one to their dinner, we should really be including greens into our diets at every meal we eat to get enough of their healthful and beneficial nutrients.

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Although many people do eat greens and other vegetables, most people are definitely not including them at every meal. How about you? Where can you add in more greens? Maybe it is lunch time, or dinner, or perhaps an afternoon snack? How about breakfast? That one hits home and used to be problem for me, but over the last couple years I made some adjustments and now eat greens and vegetables pretty much every morning.

Adding in greens to your diet does not have to be complicated. It can be as easy as adding a little spinach, or kale to a smoothie, making some green juice, or adding some spinach, kale or chopped vegetables to your morning eggs, etc. You can also add greens into a stir fry,  chow mein, spaghetti and more. There are many ways to add more greens to our diets. All it takes is a little brainstorming, thinking ahead a little, and shopping, so you have what you need on hand.

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Here are some Popular greens you can include in a variety of food dishes:

  1. Spinach
  2. Kale
  3. Collards
  4. Swiss Chard
  5. Cabbage
  6. Arugula
  7. Romaine lettuce
  8. Radicchio

When we choose whole foods that contain the nutrients our bodies were made to thrive upon, we naturally feel better, so what is holding you back from making healthier choices? Go ahead and go green! Your body will thank you.

Thanks for reading!

Barb