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Comparing Yourself to Others: An Energy Suck You Can Avoid

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One of the biggest ways you can zap your energy is spending time comparing yourself to others.  It’s natural. We all do it. And you know it really gets you nowhere productive. It can really drain you and make you feel like you don’t have the energy to keep up.

Here are some strategies to help you avoid the comparison trap.  The less you compare yourself to others, the more energy you’ll have to live the life you love.

  1. Focus on your actions not outcomes.  Actions are under your control. Outcomes rarely are. Actions done consistently give you satisfaction and a sense of well-being.
  2. Look the other way. Sure role models can be helpful. But is there a person, a blog, a book that you keep looking at, but presents an ideal that seems like you’ll never attain?  Put it on hold, decide what YOU want, and then go back to it when you can glean information to help you with your actions (not your outcomes).
  3. Embrace appreciation.  Especially self appreciation. Every day jot down something you’re grateful for, something you’re looking forward to, and something you’re proud of. This will help transform your overall mindset from comparison to appreciation which will make you feel healthier and more energetic.

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Foods for Heart Vitality

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February is American Hearth Month, but every day should be your own personal Hearth Health Day. After all, Heart Disease is the number one killer of men and women in the US.

So here are some foods that help keep your ticker ticking (and therefore ensure you have optimal energy) that you can incorporate into your diet every day:

  • Berries – full of fiber and antioxidants
  • Leafy Greens –  loaded with nitrates that help blood pressure
  • Whole Grains – another fiber-rich food
  • Seeds – omega-3 powerhouses
  • Green Tea – liquid anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory gold
  • Beans – lots of resistant starches that your gut bacteria love so they in turn can help reduce your cholesterol
  • Avocados – loaded with heart-healthy potassium
You may have noticed what all these foods have in common…they are all plants!  Big hint there for maintaining optimal health!  Try to make half your plate plants at every meal.

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The Real Benefits of Optimism

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There is real evidence that having a positive outlook can have both psychological and biological benefits.

The data comes from an analysis of 15 studies with more than 200,000 participants, so there’s real science to back it up.  The lead research, Dr. Rozanski, said “In every case, there was a strong relationship between optimism and a lower risk of disease.”  And less disease means more vitality.

How do you amp up your optimism?  Look back with gratitude, look ahead with excitement.  Take some time each morning to think about 3 things from the day before that you’re happy about.  Then think about 3 things for the day that you’re looking forward to.  And these don’t have to be big things. You can be grateful for a great parking spot and look forward to pancakes.

When you focus on the positive, the negative pessimism gets less energy and goes away by itself. Which will leave you with more energy since pessimism “[bathes your body] in damaging stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine… Pessimism increases inflammation in the body and fosters metabolic abnormalities like diabetes.”

For more, check out this article from The New York Times.

 

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Slow Carbs Win! (Just Like the Tortoise)

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Remember The Tortoise and the Hare…the famous race won by the slow but steady tortoise over the fast hare that stopped to rest?

Well think of Slow Carbs as the Tortoise…slow and sustained energy that will help you win your race of a day. While Fast Carbs (think simple carbs and sugar) might give you a boost but are typically followed by a crash.

So go ahead and add carbs that give you slow burning energy to your meals every day. Slow Carbs are good! Some great ones include:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Cauliflower
  • Quinoa

And while you’re at it, eat them slowly. You’ll satisfy your appetite better and enhance the sustained energy release benefits.

 

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