How Water Intake Helps You Regulate What And How Much You Eat

Weight loss can be a hard task for anyone. There’re so many different elements that go into losing weight it can be like learning a completely new set of information. There is one simple thing that you can do to help regulate how much and what you eat. Drinking water is not a magical cure-all, but it may seem like it after you learn what it can do to help you regulate your eating.
Water Aids Digestion Through Saliva
Digestion starts with saliva. Saliva is made mostly of water. According to Everyday Health, the enzymes in saliva are the beginning of the digestive tract. These enzymes help break down food so that they can be properly digested in the stomach. Without these and times food would never be able to be processed in the stomach.
Water also helps break down the fiber. Water-soluble fiber is one of the biggest factors of filling full after you eat. If you have not had enough water, or are dehydrated, digesting water-soluble fiber becomes almost impossible. Make sure that you are able to digest this food element properly by drinking lots of water.
Water Soluble Vitamins
One of the reasons that we eat food is to get access to vitamins. Vitamins and minerals are vital to various body functions. Deficits in these minerals and vitamins can cause cravings in the body. San Francisco Gate tells how the body cannot digest certain water-soluble vitamins without enough water in the body.
Water-soluble vitamins are vitamins that can only be absorbed with the aid of water. These vitamins break down with the water in the digestive tract and men are absorbed into the body. Absorption of these essential vitamins stops when dehydration occurs, or when there is not enough water in the body.
When even slight deficiencies are present, you may begin craving additional foods even though you’re not hungry. These cravings are due to vitamin deficiencies and not hunger so make sure that you have enough water so that you can digest all of your water-soluble vitamins.
Eat Fewer Calories
Water can help you eat fewer calories than you would if you didn’t drink water before meals. Livestrong notes a study where participants consumed 75-90 fewer calories with 2 8-oz glasses before dinner per meal. Now consuming 90 fewer calories per meal may not seem like a whole lot. However, if you did this every meal you could lose up to 28 pounds a year.
How?
If you save 90 calories a meal, three times a day, that’s 270 calories every day that you’re not eating. If you do this every day for a week, you’ve not consumed 1890 calories.
Continue saving that 90 calories a meal every week for a year, and you’ve saved 98,280 calories. 3500 calories make up a pound. In weight loss, the theory is that a deficit of 3500 calories means 1 pound of weight loss.
By saving 98,280 cals you’ve created a pretty big gap, meaning 28 pounds!
On the flipside, if you were to continue eating as normal that 90 calories could be in excess. Therefore, instead of saving yourself you’ve actually gained 28 pounds in a year. All of this weight loss or weight gain is changed by only drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before each meal.
Hunger And Thirst Cues Are the Same
You may be reaching for a snack when what you should be reaching for is a tall glass of water. Spark people recently did an article describing how the body sends out the exact same signal for hunger that it does for thirst.
Many people don’t know how to tell the difference between hunger and thirst, and because we so rarely think about dehydration, we assume that we are hungry. Next time you’re getting hungry signals from your brain try reaching for a glass of water instead. You may find out that you were just thirsty.
Now you know four surprising ways that water can help you control how much and what you eat. Helping you stop cravings and eat less water is a fantastic one-stop shop for your diet solutions.
What are some ways that you have noticed water help you with your diet?

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Cultivating Your Support System

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Having relationships and making friends is part of life. Everyone does it. Having said that, some of us are better at doing it than others. If you’ve found yourself having a hard time making supportive friends, it’s time to take a deep look into yourself and figure out why. After all, the biggest part of our lives is spent with our friends and family and these relationships are what make us who we are.

* Be a Friend to Have a Friend – Building supportive relationships takes a lot of time and effort. If you expect people to be supportive of you when you need it then it’s very important for you to do the same for them. The “Golden Rule” is a very good rule to follow when it comes to friendships and supportive relationships.

* Be Who You Are from Day One – Differences are the spice of life, so never try to be someone you’re not just to have certain friends or to attract a certain person into your life. The fact is, people rarely change, and you can’t keep it up. The more you trust others to be themselves, the more they’ll trust you to do the same.

* Respect Others for Who They Are – By contrast, it’s imperative to be very accepting of other people’s differences too. It doesn’t mean you have accept illegal behavior, but you should be willing to accept some minor moral differences or things that are superficial differences, like skin color or whether or not they choose to get a tattoo.

* Avoid Taking Responsibility for Others – There is a fine line between support and enabling behavior. When a friend has to suffer the consequences of their erroneous actions, you do not have to take any type of responsibility for your actions to be supportive. You can be supportive even when visiting someone in jail.

* Believe in Your Friends to Be Better – Sometimes part of being a supportive person and a good friend is to want more for them than they do. If, for example, one of your friends is in an abusive relationship, don’t stand by and support that idea. Do demand that they get help and get out of that situation.

* Learn How to Listen Effectively – We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason. We should all seek to listen twice as much as we talk. But, there is a difference between just sitting there silently as opposed to truly listening. Try repeating back to people what you think they said in your own words until you get it right.

* True Friendships are 100/100 – No one is keeping score in a real friendship that offers support, so that is why they are 100/100 instead of 50/50. If you’re focused on providing 100 percent of yourself, you will not be focused on resentments and misunderstandings.

* Spend Real Time with Your Friends – When you foster a friendship and a real relationship with someone, spend real time with them that counts. Most people don’t need that much time. Sometimes it’s just ten minutes on the phone, other times it’s meeting for coffee. Another time it might be bringing the double chocolate chip ice-cream and the movie Terms of Endearment with a box of tissues.

* Learn to Accept Criticism (and Give It) – True supportive relationships aren’t always completely positive. Sometimes friends need someone to be willing to call them on their BS. Truly supportive people can do that for each other and allow it to be done for them.

* Ask for What You Need – Some relationships can seem one-sided at times, which is why it’s important to learn how to draw boundaries and ask for what you need. If you ask people for what you need and they don’t, can’t or won’t provide it, it might be time to move on.

Developing real support systems requires a lot of work, but it will pay off when you truly need the support. By setting the standard of what you expect in a relationship, you will be a good example to your friends and family of the type of support network that you need.

 

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5 Reasons Why We Struggle to Break Bad Habits

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Breaking bad habits is hard, even though we know we should. It seems that even though we understand we must change negative behaviors, sometimes this is very difficult to do. Why is that? Wouldn’t it make sense that we would be inclined to do what is healthy for us? There are many reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, and 5 of the most common are listed here.

1 – We Don’t Give the Process Enough Time

Maxwell Maltz found in the 1950s that habits took approximately 21 days to establish. This means changing previous behaviors, and breaking old habits. Research in 2009 found that modern men and women require approximately 66 days to establish a routine or behavior. Part of the failure in breaking bad habits is not allowing enough consistent, day-to-day effort for a long enough period of time.

2 – We Don’t Treat the Underlying Cause of the Behavior

An alcoholic or drug addict may understand their behavior is hurting them. Even so, dependencies can be incredibly difficult, in some cases seemingly impossible, to overcome. This is because sometimes underlying emotional causes lead to bad habits. Identifying and treating our responses to emotional scars can help lead to more success in defeating bad habits.

3 – We Don’t Avoid Harmful Triggers

Some bad behaviors are triggered by outside stimuli. When we are in a certain environment, physical, mental or spiritual, these negative behaviors come out to play. If a cigarette smoker spends a lot of time around others who smoke, it’s going to be difficult to stick to a non-smoking routine.

4 – Your “Why” Isn’t Big Enough

Sometimes failure comes from a lack of motivation. You may say you want to break a bad habit, but your reasons for doing so simply aren’t big enough. Establish a “big why” for you are doing, a reason that is so important and significant that your motivation for new change can’t be overcome.

5 – Fulfill Your Negative Need

You may have heard that people attempting to give up smoking often put on weight. That is because the physical action of smoking is replaced by the action of eating. Instead of sticking cigarettes into the mouth, food is the substitute. Every bad habit needs to be replaced with a positive one. If you spend hours each day on social media, that need for socialization has to be replaced by a healthy alternative.

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5 Tips To Better Handle Holiday Stress

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The holiday season is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, to take some time off work, or even escape for a winter getaway. For all the joy and fun, though, so comes the stress.

The expectations of social events, gift shopping, and entertaining guests can become too much for even the most festive types. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association 8 out of 10 people expect to experience an increase in stress over the holiday season.

With stress comes a greater risk of anxiety and depression, and reports from the Mayo Clinic show that depression is frequently an unwelcome guest over the holidays.
All is not lost however, there are many ways you can minimize your stress and anxiety to allow you to truly enjoy the season.
Set A Budget
Shopping can be fun, but spending money isn’t always easy, and Americans spend almost a $1,000 every holiday season on gifts alone. It’s unavoidable, but you can minimize the damage by setting a budget and sticking to it.
A lot of the stress that we experience during the holidays is due to financial pressure and the Mayo Clinic suggests that setting a budget can be beneficial to your stress levels. Work out how much you can afford to spend on food and gifts, and stick to it.
Exercise
The American Heart Association wants you to stay active all the time, but it’s extremely important to keep that up during the holidays. Any activity or exercise you can fit in will help reduce your stress and elevate your mood. It’s going to stimulate endorphin production and trigger a positive feeling in your body.
You might be busy, but if you can find time to exercise for half an hour three times a week, you will feel better. You can go walking or jogging, swimming or biking, play sports, and find time for aerobics.
Take It Easy
The American Psychological Association reminds us that we need to take time for ourselves. There are parties and gatherings and we are constantly surrounded by people. It’s great to be with the ones we love and laugh about the old days.
You shouldn’t miss all those great times, but what you should be careful of is setting unrealistic expectations. You can’t do everything, and it’s okay to take time out for yourself, even if it’s just 15 minutes.
If you do a whole lot of hosting, make sure you delegate- whether you ask everyone to bring a different dish, or you rope in family to take on certain tasks.
Stay Smart
The holiday season is a time of indulgence, but as the Mayo Clinic directs- it doesn’t mean you should abandon your healthy ways. There’s no need for a free for all that will just add to your stress.
Enjoy yourself, but try having healthy snacks before holiday gatherings so you don’t over snack while you’re out. Make sure that you’re getting plenty of sleep, as you are more likely to overindulge after a poor night’s sleep.
Choose Your Battles
We all have someone in our circle that rubs us the wrong way. It’s only natural- not everyone can always get along. Allowing someone else to get under your skin, though, is only going to ruin your holiday and increase your stress levels. Learn to pick your battles, and don’t take the bait.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that if you have a real problem with someone, set it aside and save it for another day. Even the calmest people can lose their cool during the holidays.
Bottom Line
Self-care is conscious choice and this is even more true during times of more stress, such as the holiday season. Make sure to take the time and create a deliberate plan! Remember, the holidays are supposed to be a time of fun, family and relaxation, don’t let stress interfere with this great time of year.

 

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Help! I Miss My Carbs: How To Overcome Your Carb Addiction

 

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Help! I Miss My Carbs: How To Overcome Your Carb Addiction

Deciding to go cold turkey on your favorite carbs (yes, the same ones that are bad for you, but so delicious) could be the hardest time in your life.

In fact, sugar addiction is a very real thing, not just a made up condition in the figment of your imagination. It is being researched more and more these days, as it has been discovered to share similarities to drug addiction, whereby pleasure and reward centers in the brain are constantly seeking their next “high” or feel good moment.

However, the good news is that carb addiction is not that difficult to break. In fact, after just 2 weeks or so of going commando, you can do without them, and you will not be subject to violent mood swings and out of control cravings.

So how exactly can you stop missing those carbs, and overcome your addiction? By following the tips we have outlined for you, of course!

Prevent Hunger From Occurring

Sometimes, the difference between a craving and true hunger is confusing. In general, if you hear or feel your tummy “rumbling” you’re hungry. At other time, you think you’re hungry, but no signals are being sent from your tummy.

The best way to prevent this?

Eat timed meals. If you find waiting 4+ hours between meals isn’t quite working for you, divide that one larger meal into two smaller servings, which can be taken to hours apart. Ensure the meal is rich in protein and quality fat, as they are both very filling and will shut down your desires for sweets and starches.

The moderate amount of protein and high fat intake in a low carb diet really helps to satisfy your hunger, so you want to eat less naturally.

In addition, when you begin to burn fat for energy, as you will on a low carb diet, you will not experience blood sugar spikes, which also helps to naturally regulate the appetite, as long as you eat protein and healthy fats on a regular basis.

Keep Yourself Busy

Do you notice that you, or your kids tend to gain an extra 5, 10 or 25 pounds during holiday or vacation times? Even though you may not be travelling and trying exquisite cuisine, the act in itself of being home all the time, bored as hell paves the way for overeating.

Binging on carbs offers a short time fix for feelings of boredom, like smoking a cigarette to fix an itch. Keep yourself engaged in activities will help distract your mind from useless snacking, starting an addiction if you haven’t yet developed one.

Stay Happy

Know what is absolutely jaw-dropping? The fact that a study revealed that cravings are not necessarily a result of hunger, but rather your mood. If you’ve ever watched a show like the biggest loser, one thing that usually resounds is the trigger than started the cascade of weight gain.

Normally, it was some sort of depression- having lost a family member, being bullied at school, having no friends or sheer boredom.

Food does improve your mood, albeit for a very short period of time, but then just leads to you wanting more and more, frequently that bag of chips or candy.

Instead of filling up your thoughts with somber, woe-is-me thoughts, do something to take up your time, such as visiting somewhere new, doing something you truly enjoy, getting some exercise or going to a movie.

Find Replacements

Sometimes, just talking the talk isn’t enough; you need something tangible to fill the void created by the absence of your favorite sweet treats.

Good options here include foods like fatty fruits (avocadoes, olives) protein and fat rich meats, and bulky veggies.

You can even try making some kale chips, which taste delicious and fill you up pronto!

Conclusion
The key to getting over missing carbs is surviving the first two weeks, and getting them out of your sight. It is futile trying to break the cycle, when you have cookies stashed in your pantry begging to keep you company. You won’t be missing any of them in no time when you begin to lose weight and get control of your appetite back!

 

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ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS

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ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS

Blending essential oils is all about inhaling! For those of you who are brand new to essential oils and aromatherapy, one of the best ways to begin creating personal fragrances is by experimenting with combining essential oils that you love from the very first inhale.

You can then experiment with using your blends in diffusers, soaps, and room and body sprays. While this is a fun and creative process, blending essential oils is an art and science that takes a bit of skill and knowledge.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND?

This depends on why you want to make the blend. Is it for personal use? To fragrance a room? For therapeutic purposes? Do you want to use your blend for an aromatherapy massage?

Here are some basics –

Different oils have different rates of evaporation. Most essential oils fall into one of three categories depending on their volatility.

  • top notes – the lightest fragrances which are quickest to evaporate and the most stimulating and uplifting to the mind and body. They tend to give the first impression of a blend and typically have antiseptic properties.
  • middle notes – These are warm, soft and subtle fragrances which usually last throughout a massage. They have medium volatility and tend to affect the functions and general metabolism of the body. Also good for balancing and relaxing the mind.
  • base notes – the slowest to evaporate, so last the longest and are usually the most relaxing and sedating oils. They tend to be the last impression of a blend.

 

GROUP YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS – Before beginning to create your own aromatherapy recipes of any sort, a good starting point is to categorize your essential oils into groups that share similar traits. This can be by what they do (effects you’re after), how they smell (scent type), or if you want to be really technical, you’ll sort them by their chemical make-up of how fast each of them evaporates.

Energizing – Rosemary, Clary sage, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Cypress, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Grapefruit, Ginger

Calming – Lavender, Geranium, Mandarin, Bergamot, Ylang, Neroli, Jasmine, Melissa, Sandalwood

Detoxifying – Peppermint, Juniper, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemon, Hyssop, Mandarin, Laurel

Anti Anxiety – Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood,  Tangerine, Orange, Melissa, Geranium

 

SAMPLE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

Muscle Warming Blend

  • 40 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil
  • 35 drops organic Lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops organic Cinnamon Bark essential oil
  • 15 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops organic Rosemary essential oil

Mix all essential oils together in a dark glass bottle.This essential oil blend is very strong and must be diluted!  The essential oil content should only account for 1 to 2% of the total formula. This means that up to 6-12 drops of essential oil can be added per 1 oz of carrier oil or other menstruum.

So get out your essential oils and mix and match your drops to find the blend that blends best with YOU!

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10 Super Veggies to Add to Your Diet

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10 Super Veggies to Add to Your Diet

Eating vegetables instead of processed foods is a simple, proven way to give your health and disease resisting ability a boost. Still, some fruits and vegetables are considered to be better than most, in fact they are considered to be the best things that you can eat for a healthy body and mind. If you are ready to experience the best health possible, add the following 10 vegetable superfoods into your diet and then sit back and enjoy all of the amazing health benefits they have to offer.

1 – Watercress

This bitter green is a cancer preventive and thyroid supporter. The cruciferous plant also boosts your body’s natural ability to resist disease and infection. Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, consistently used watercress to treat his patients for a number of conditions.

2 – Napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage)

Napa cabbage is related to kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It is excellent for cleaning out your digestive tract, has been linked to cancer prevention. It also delivers one of the highest rates of healthy free radical-fighting antioxidants per serving of any food. Recent research shows steaming Napa cabbage releases more healthy nutrients, minerals and vitamins than eating it raw.

3 – Chard

Like Napa cabbage, chard is chock-full of healthy antioxidants. These antioxidants help regulate your blood sugar level, protect your heart, effectively breakdown carbohydrates and regulate your blood sugar level. Chard also delivers an incredible 24 important nutrients, while supporting bone health and fighting inflammation.

4 – Beet greens

These are the greens attached to the beet root. They are among the healthiest foods in the world. Toss them in a salad, steam or sauté them, or add them to a healthy soup. This dark green leafy vegetable contributes to strong vision, delivers plenty of healthy dietary fiber and offers up a full 20 nutrients and vitamins that your body craves. Eating beet greens lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as stroke and high blood pressure.

5 – Spinach

Spinach made Popeye strong, and also resists the development of prostate cancer better than most other vegetables. Just 1 cup of spinach delivers nearly 10 times your daily recommended intake of vitamin K, and all of the vitamin A you need each day. Spinach keeps your heart healthy, lowers inflammation, keeps multiple cancers at bay and boosts bone health as well.

6 – Leaf lettuce

Leaf lettuce forms in a loose bunch from a single stock, rather than forming a tight head. Leaf lettuce may also be called Simpson lettuce or looseleaf. It may have leafy red or crinkly green leaves, vary in color from medium to dark green, and can have red-tipped leaves as well. Leaf lettuce supports healthy vision, a strong immune system, cellular protection from free radicals and is a staple of healthy weight loss programs.

7 – Kale

Kale is known as one of the world’s superfoods. It provides healthy dietary fiber for a strong digestive process, antioxidants that fight cancer, and regulates a healthy cholesterol level. Kale is known to resist 5 different types of cancer – bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate cancers. It detoxes your body while acting as an anti-inflammatory, and is extremely versatile in the kitchen.

8 – Romaine lettuce

Romaine lettuce delivers an extremely low amount of calories considering the high amount of nutrients and vitamins it offers. You receive dietary fiber, which helps regulate a healthy digestive process. Romaine lettuce helps maintain a healthy cholesterol level, while lowering your risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.

9 – Collard greens (Turnip greens, Mustard greens)

Collard greens are thought to lower cholesterol better than any other cruciferous vegetable. Antioxidant-high collard, turnip and mustard greens deliver plenty of cancer fighting antioxidants, and also lower inflammation throughout your body. These 3 greens boost your body’s detox system as well, helping your body clean itself properly.

10 – Endive

This curly-leafed green vegetable has a crisp, robust texture and flavor. It keeps your eyesight healthy, keeps your skin strong and youthful, and protects against cancer of the lung and mouth. It also helps your body properly metabolize the nutrients, enzymes and vitamins in the foods you eat.

Does this list mean that you should stop eating broccoli, bell peppers, brussel sprouts and carrots? Should you eliminate cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and turnips from your diet? Of course not. All vegetables are remarkably good for you, especially when compared to processed foods.

Nutritionists recommend eating a rainbow of colors each and every day. This guarantees you get all of the important nutrients your body needs to function properly, and to resist disease. Continue to enjoy your favorite vegetables. They are good for your body. Just make sure you also eat the top 10 vegetable superfoods listed above for the maximum health advantages.

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Whole Foods Thanksgiving Table

Whole Foods Thanksgiving Table

Whole Foods Thanksgiving Table

When you are on a whole foods diet, whether you follow the Whole30 diet religiously, or you have your own version of a whole foods diet, holidays can get a little tricky. While you can still have all the ham and turkey you want, depending on how it is cooked, a lot of the desserts and side dishes are off limits. This is because with a whole foods diet, the majority of foods you eat are meat and seafood, fruits, and vegetables, with some healthy fats included in there as well. This means that regular mashed potatoes made with milk, deviled eggs made with mayonnaise, and pumpkin pie are not included in your whole foods diet plan.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious and satisfying Thanksgiving meal with your family. You just need to adjust how you prepare some of the food items. Starting early is essential to planning and getting ready for a whole foods Thanksgiving meal.

Planning Your Whole Foods Thanksgiving Meal 

When you are going to plan a Thanksgiving meal that involves whole foods, you need to get some planning done. Make sure you don’t rush into the meal planning, or you are going to end up with something that doesn’t fit in with your diet. Try to give yourself at least a week or two to get ready for the holiday dinner. Know how many people are going to be there and whether or not you want others to bring dishes to the meal. If your friends and family don’t follow the whole foods diet, make sure they are aware of what you intend to provide.

Communicate With Loved Ones Beforehand

If you are hosting the Thanksgiving meal, most or all of the foods you prepare are probably going to be whole foods. If you are concerned about friends and family members who don’t follow this diet to not be happy with what you have chosen, it is best to start communicating this ahead of time. Make sure you take the time to let them know about the whole foods diet your own family sticks to and that while you will try to prepare foods everyone will enjoy, there may be certain Thanksgiving staples not offered.

Since you are hosting, this is completely your choice, but if someone really wants their regular mashed potatoes or stuffing, consider offering to let them bring these dishes on their own. However, if you are going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, ask if you can bring a dish or two so that you know of at least a couple things that you can eat while still following the whole foods diet.

Start Working On Your List Early

Another part of planning for your whole foods Thanksgiving dinner is to create a list of foods you will be making and get it ready for the holiday food shopping. Since shopping for food when you are on a strict diet get a little complicated, you need to have a detailed list so that you don’t end up with extra items you didn’t want or need. To create your list for the Thanksgiving dinner, make a list of the main course, side dishes, and dessert. You can then take that list and make sure you find recipes for each food item and write down ingredients for all of the recipes. Check off anything you already have, then create a grocery list with whatever is left. 

How to Shop Whole During the Holidays 

Having a grocery list is one of the best things that can help you when food shopping time comes. However, there are also quite a few other things that will be helpful. With a whole foods diet, you want your family to enough for the holiday season to have a full Thanksgiving dinner reminiscent of a classic dinner, but you also want to remember extra things like snacks and appetizers, and breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Also consider who might be coming over to have dinner with you and what they would enjoy eating, even if you get them something special that might not be on the whole foods diet.

These tips will help you get your food shopping done for the holidays while still staying on the whole foods diet:

Bring Your List With You

 Now that you have your detailed grocery list, you can remember to bring it with you. It is essential that you work only from this list and you don’t get anything extra. This can be difficult to do when there are so many other tempting things, but unless there is an ingredient you forgot to put on the list, leave everything else behind and only get what you have written down. Not only does this allow you to only get approved whole food items, but it helps to manage your food budget for the Thanksgiving dinner a little better.

Only Shop the Perimeter of the Store

 This is a good recommendation for any type of special diet or lifestyle choice. When you want to get only natural, whole, and healthy foods, you typically only need to shop the perimeter of the store. In the middle aisles, the only thing you should need is the oil section and perhaps the herbs and seasonings if they are not close to the produce. Most supermarkets keep all meat, seafood, and produce on the edge of the store, which is the majority of the items you will need.

Choose ‘Treats’ That Are Still Whole Foods Friendly

Your family might feel like they are missing out a little bit since it is the holidays and they are still restricted to the whole foods diet. A good way to remedy this is by including a little treat on your list. Something that you can give them or prepare for them that will remind them of the holidays. This could either be a special dinner the night before Thanksgiving that is a family favorite, or a pumpkin pie recipe that is Whole30-approved.

Let Your Kids Pick Something Special

Your kids might also feel like they are missing out, so it is a good idea to let them pick something special as well. Make sure they only get something that is whole food approved and is on your list, or at least something small that is still healthy for them. This can get them in the spirit of the holidays without going off the whole foods diet.

Finding Holiday Whole Food Deals

 You may also want to stick to a strict budget when you are shopping for your Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving meals in general tend to cost a lot of money, even when you don’t have any food restrictions. However, when you are eating all fresh and whole foods, it can sometimes cost a little more. You are using all high-quality meat and produce, trying to get organic as much as possible. This can add up if you aren’t smart about it. In order to avoid going bankrupt just to feed your family for the holiday, follow some of these helpful budgeting tips for your Thanksgiving meal.

Check Deals and Coupons While Making Your List

 When you are making your list for the Thanksgiving dinner, you should be doing so while you are looking at the deals and coupons from all local supermarkets. This lets you decide between two recipes that you want to make, but only have the budget for one. You can choose the recipe with more foods or ingredients that are currently on sale. The week before Thanksgiving usually produces a lot of great coupons on veggies, turkeys, and other similar ingredients, so this will really come in handy when shopping for deals for your holiday meal.

 Buy in Bulk When You Can

 Buying in bulk is a really good idea when you are going to make food from scratch, especially with everything you need to pick up for your big holiday feast. Stores like Costco are perfect for buying food that is cheaper in bulk, but that is also high quality. Costco and similar stores are known for having great deals when you buy more. If you can get 2 hams for the price of one, you can cook one and put the other in the freezer for another time. The same can be said for many of the other ingredients on your list.

 Consider Less Quality Meat

 In general, when you are on a whole foods diet, you are going to try to get the highest cuts of meat as you can. This is because you eat so much of it, so you want to eat the best. However, if you are on a budget, don’t worry about getting the cheaper cuts of meat for your Thanksgiving dinner. If the regular Butterball turkey is half the price of an organic, free-range turkey, consider making an exception just this time to give you more wiggle room in your budget for the rest of the ingredients you might need.

 Make Everything From Scratch

 You are probably already planning on doing this, but it helps as a reminder: the more food you make from scratch, the more you will save. Ingredients seem like they cost a lot, but many of the ingredients you buy will last longer than just what you use for holiday dinner. If you buy seasonings, herbs, oil, or other pantry essentials, you will have plenty leftover for other meals in the future, which means you are saving money just by making these food items from scratch.

 Shop Around at Different Stores

 There is nothing wrong with buying different ingredients from different stores when you really want to find the best deals. This might seem like it would use a lot of extra gas, but you can still end up saving money if you do it right. You need to plan ahead of time and have a really good plan of attack so that you aren’t wasting gas and are actually saving money. Keep in mind that health food stores are often more expensive when it comes to packaged food and meat, but their produce is usually cheaper. You can save quite a bit by getting your produce at health food stores or farmer’s markets, then getting your meat in bulk from a big box store, and the rest of your ingredients from the supermarket.

 Keep Your Meals Simple

If you are really concerned about how much you are going to spend on the holiday meal, don’t try to get fancy or make anything too complicated. While there are a lot of Thanksgiving dishes that are substitutes for the real thing, they sometimes use a lot of ingredients that aren’t exactly budget-friendly. Instead of trying to find a dozen ingredients for Whole30 pumpkin pie, consider a different dessert that is a little more simplified and uses ingredients you already have on hand. The simpler the meals are, the less money you are going to spend.

Whole Foods Approved Food List For the Holidays

 As you are getting ready to decide on what to prepare for your Thanksgiving meal, it helps to know what the approved foods are. While you probably have a general idea of what you can have on the whole foods diet since you are likely already on it, it does help to have a list specifically for the Thanksgiving foods and ingredients. This list includes the meat, vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients that you can use as inspiration for your holiday meal.

Meat

Protein is a major component when you are on the whole foods diet, so that is a good place to start. Most families like to have turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner, and luckily this is something you are free to have while on the whole foods diet. Just make sure when you are cooking it, you are only using the approved seasonings and spices. Any turkey is fine for Thanksgiving, but for this type of diet, free-range and organic is typically preferred. If your family is smaller and you like to make a chicken instead of turkey, the same rule applies. On the other hand, if you want to do something a little bit different and have ham instead, try to get grass-fed ham that doesn’t contain any type of hormones.

Vegetables

You can have just about any vegetable you want when you are on the whole foods diet, but you might want to just consider the ones that are in season during the fall. This list of vegetables includes those that are in season and are really great to add to your Thanksgiving side dishes and courses:

  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut squash
  • Green Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Spinach

Fruit

Some Thanksgiving dishes also call for fruit, whether as an added component for an Autumn salad, or when creating a healthy dessert for after the meal is over. Some good fruits that are available in the fall and perfect for Thanksgiving include:

  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Apples
  • Cherries

Fats

In addition to these ingredients, don’t forget about healthy fats that are allowed for the whole foods diet. For Thanksgiving, you might want to flavor with oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Coconut milk and coconut oil, raw nuts, and avocadoes are also allowed.

Whole Food Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

 If you still need some more inspiration, you will be glad to know that there are quite a few ways to turn the old unhealthy Thanksgiving favorites into cuisine you can have for your Whole30 holiday dinner. We aren’t going talk about the turkey, since you already know you can have as much turkey as you want on a whole foods diet! The following dinner ideas include the side dishes for your main meal.

Stuffing

One of the most popular sides to have with Thanksgiving dinner is stuffing. Since you can’t have bread or grains on a whole foods diet, traditional stuffing is out of the question. However, you can make an alternative version by using ingredients than you are allowed to have. This stuffing isn’t actually made from any bread crumbs, but instead uses a combination of ground beef and ground walnut pieces that are soaked overnight to make them a big softer. The taste is delicious and the look is very similar to a real Thanksgiving stuffing.

You should also add some fresh herbs, such as sage, thyme, and rosemary. Seasonings you can have with this stuffing include sea salt and garlic powder. If you like your stuffing with onions and celery, go ahead and add in those as well.

Cranberry Sauce

Another good side dish to have with your whole foods thanksgiving feast is cranberry sauce. Luckily, you can have fruit with a whole foods lifestyle, so the main component is going to be allowed. The thing you don’t want to add is sugar, since this is a big no-no for Whole30 and any type of paleo or whole foods diet. You should use bags of fresh cranberries that are available in the produce section of your local supermarket, not any frozen or canned cranberries. These are usually very easy to find during the holidays.

If you can make your own apple and orange juice with a juicer, that is definitely recommended. Otherwise, you can add the juice to your cranberries, but make sure it is pure with no added sugar or preservatives. That is really all you need for a simple cranberry sauce, though you can add in some other seasonings if you like.

Cauliflower Mashed ‘Potatoes’

Cauliflower is perfect when you want mashed potatoes, but you are trying to stay away from white potatoes. While potatoes are technically allowed with a whole foods diet, many people like to avoid white potatoes while on Whole30. Cauliflower is an ideal consistency to turn into mashed potatoes with a food processor. You can puree your chopped cauliflower until it looks like potatoes, then mix in your other ingredients. The other difference to regular mashed potatoes is that you are not going to add in milk and butter.

Instead of dairy products, you are going to make it creamier by adding in some coconut milk and clarified butter or ghee. Olive oil can also be used if you can’t find ghee. For seasoning, salt and pepper, truffle salt, and most herbs are also allowed on the whole foods diet.

Whole Food Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

When it comes to dessert, it can be a little more difficult to put together desserts that are approved under this diet. For the most part, your regular desserts when it isn’t a special occasion consists of fruit, since you can’t have ice cream, frozen yogurt, cake or pie. On Thanksgiving, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and other similar desserts are often served. Since these aren’t going to be an option, you will need to get creative. But don’t worry; there are plenty of delicious desserts the family will enjoy that taste just like fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

 Seasoned Apples

Apples are one of the most popular fruits for fall, so it makes sense that you would want to use them in your Thanksgiving dessert. Apples are nutritious, low in fat, and really easy to incorporate into a whole foods dessert option. This will also take a lot less time than trying to bake a pie from scratch. Seasoned apples can be made any way you like, but using seasonings often used for similar fall desserts is recommended, such as with cinnamon and nutmeg. A pinch of sea salt adds a nice flavor as well. You can sautee sliced apples in coconut oil on a skillet, the transfer them to a plate and coat with your cinnamon, nutmeg, and any other spices you intend to use.

Pumpkin Bars

Instead of making pumpkin pie, you can use this yummy vegetable to create whole food-approved pumpkin bars. These pumpkin bars don’t have any ingredients that aren’t approved for the Whole30 diet, plus are paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free. You really can’t go wrong with these. To make pumpkin bars, you typically start with some pumpkin puree, preferably puree you have made yourself. Add in some pumpkin pie spice, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and some flour. Coconut flour is usually allowed, along with baking soda and raw walnuts on top.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Another type of pumpkin dessert you can make for Thanksgiving are pumpkin pie cupcakes. These use a lot of ingredients found in pumpkin pie without the crust, which is not allowed when you are on a whole foods diet. You will also want to use pumpkin puree for these cupcakes, along with ripe bananas to make them a little thicker and add some flavor at the same time. While you can’t use regular table sugar for the cupcakes, you can still use coconut sugar, since it is more natural. Add some nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon to that as well.

 Whole Food Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas

 If you like to make your family a nice breakfast on Thanksgiving morning, then you are probably looking for holiday breakfasts that aren’t too difficult to make, use fall ingredients, but are also allowed on the whole foods diet. These breakfasts fit into all of these categories and won’t make your family feel like they are missing out. Here are some different recipes you might want to make for Thanksgiving breakfast.

 Vegetable Hash

 Instead of making a traditional breakfast with eggs, hash browns, and processed breakfast meats, you can go with a more natural type of hash. The difference is that you aren’t using packaged hash browns that are filled with preservatives, are skipping the fattening vegetable oil, and aren’t going to use processed bacon or sausage, which is not usually allowed on the whole foods diet. Instead, you will start with organic sweet potatoes. You can do half white potatoes and half sweet potatoes if you allow yourself to have white potatoes.

Add plenty of vegetables to the hash, such as onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. If you want to add meat to the hash, go with all-natural chicken and apple sausages, such as the ones by Aidell’s, instead of regular packaged sausage. Olive oil should be used instead of vegetable oil.

Pumpkin Custard

If you are looking for more of a pumpkin dessert breakfast, you can make some custard. This is really delicious, easy to make, and uses ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen since they are commonly used for other fall and holiday recipes on the whole foods diet. Pumpkin custard uses pumpkin puree, which as a reminder, you should try to make yourself. Chopped raw nuts, ripe bananas, coconut milk, and pumpkin pie spice are all added. If you have eggs on your version of the whole foods diet, those should be used for the custard as well.

Chicken and Apple Sausage

If you want to do Thanksgiving breakfast truly on the whole foods diet, you won’t get any type of sausage from the supermarket. Sausage in the package is highly processed and frowned upon, even when it is the all-natural kind. However, there is a version you can make on your own. You will need your choice of turkey or chicken, along with chopped apple, raw nuts, seasonings, herbs, and coconut oil. You will combine the ingredients in a bowl, form them with your hands, and heat them up in a skillet to hold the shape.

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How to Eat Whole Foods on a Budget

 

How to Eat Whole Foods on a Budget

Many times, people who struggle to succeed on a healthy eating plan point to cost as a major disadvantage. Thankfully with a little bit of research this doesn’t have to be a factor when trying to eat healthy. Think about it, if your only choices were poisoned food that was free or healthy food that cost money, wouldn’t you choose the healthy option, regardless of price?

Truth be told, it is hard sometimes to compete with fast food dollar menus and inexpensively priced processed foods. However, it is possible to eat food that is better for you, while actually spending less money than you do when harming your body with refined and processed food options. Here are a few tips for eating whole foods on a budget while still getting to enjoy this naturally healthy lifestyle.

Buy Whatever is On Sale

It is a smart idea to let sale-priced, plant-based foods do your shopping for you. If one week kale, sweet potatoes and quinoa happen to be on sale, work those into your weekly meal preparation plans.

Buy Local

A lot of the cost associated with getting natural, wholesome, plant-based foods to your grocer involves shipping. When you buy locally grown foods you often times don’t need to set foot in the grocery store. Start shopping at farmers markets and other locally grown produce centers and you can find yourself saving money while eating healthier food.

Buy Produce In-Season

Purchasing food that is out of season can be expensive. That food has to be grown somewhere in the world where it is in season, and then shipped to you. When you buy food that is in-season you get more nutritious and beneficial food, as well as food that is less expensive. This also shortens the amount of time that transpires from harvest to dinner plate, which means more flavorful produce.

Grow Whatever You Can

Regardless whether you live in a tiny, cramped apartment or on an acre of land, you can grow your own whole foods. You minimize the negative impact that factory farming has on the planet, you get to consume the freshest foods possible, and you know everything that goes into the food you eat when you produce it yourself. As you can imagine, all of this is going to cut down on cost considerably.

Buy In Bulk from a Discount Store

Stores like BJ’s, Costco and Sam’s offer bulk-sized purchasing possibilities. Barley, oatmeal, brown rice and other staples can be purchased in large quantities that reduce your per serving cost substantially.

Stop Eating Out

A great way to cut down on costs is to stop eating out. With a bit of preparation, you can have a restaurant quality meal for less than the cost of eating out. You can even make a whole foods version of your favorite restaurant meal, allowing you to feel like you are eating out even though you aren’t eating out.

There is nothing that you can do for yourself that is more important than your health. While whole foods might seem more expensive than processed foods there are ways around it. You deserve to be to be the best, most healthy version of yourself.

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Pickle Juice, Did you know??

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 PICKLE JUICE

Who Knew???

Post-Workout Drink:
Forget coconut water. Athletes swear by pickle juice’s scientifically proven benefits to exercise recovery. In one 2010 study, pickle juice halted post-workout muscle cramps in 85 seconds. That, plus its electrolyte-restoring powers has even yielded Pickle Juice Sport – a dill-flavored sports drink. But really, most athletes stick to good old Vlasic!

PMS Remedy:
For those same reasons, pickle juice is widely used as a cure for menstrual cramps. It may also prevent you from eating four bags of potato chips in one day. Not that we ever did that. That was a friend.

Potato Pick-Me-Up:
Add a heavy splash of pickle juice to a pot of simple boiled potatoes for a fantastic side dish. The flavors absorb so perfectly you won’t want to add salt, butter, sour cream, or anything to these taters once you’re done. Making potato salad? Skip the mayo, and toss with veggies and pickle juice for a much healthier (and more flavorful) version.

Pickleback Shot:
Odds are you’ve seen this cocktail on a bar menu sometime in the last couple years (lore has it they were first sold out of a London food truck in 2011). Perhaps you scoffed or called it a fad, but the truth is bartenders claim this to be the perfect complement to whiskey, instantly soothing the taste buds and aftershock of a rough liquor. Order one, and you will order five. For bonus points, follow that up with a
Pickletini.

Hangover Cure:
If you can stomach it on a hangover tummy, pickle juice is a known folk remedy that actually works. It replenishes your depleted sodium levels and helps to assist in rehydration. In many countries, people even take a shot of pickle juice before going out to help prevent dehydration in the first place.

Vinegar Replacement:
Pickle juice works in place of vinegar in salad dressing, soups, or virtually any recipe. It is essentially vinegar on steroids.

Heartburn Cure:
Along with its flavor-boosting benefits, pickle juice seems to have the same health effects as straight-up vinegar. Particularly effective as a heartburn soother, pickle juice may also help to avoid blood-sugar spikes if taken with a meal.

Bloody Mary Booster:
On the not-as-healthy-but-just-as-important side of the spectrum, pickle juice is absolutely dynamite in a Bloody Mary. When its hangover-killing benefits combine with a little hair of the dog, nothing could make your Sunday morning any greater.
Except cronuts

Cleaning Agent:
Food industry insiders have been using pickle juice to clear blackened copper pans for years. It also works well as a grill cleaner, making those charred, crusted-on bits much easier to scrape off.

Dill Pickle Bread:
Make this. Make it now.

Pickle Popsicles:
True, you can buy these on pickleaddicts.com(actual, real thing), but you can also just pour some of this glorious nectar into pop molds, paper cups, or ice-cube trays and make your own savory summer snack.

Re-Pickler:
Or maybe you just want some more pickles? Empty your vegetable drawer and throw some onions, carrots, peppers, whatever, into the jar of leftover pickle juice. Let them sit for a few days and BOOM: new pickles!

Meat Tenderizer & Marinade:
Pickle juice has amazing meat-tenderizing abilities and, as a marinade, will add a ton of flavor to your meats, without the extra cals in heavy sauces or marinades. It works exceptionally well on chicken – some claim a skinless breast soaked overnight in pickle juice will taste like fried chicken when cooked, and we say that is voodoo but we’re okay with it. Try it on cuts of pork and beef, too.

Fish Poacher:
There is very little in this world that sounds more healthy-boring than poached fish. But, add your pickle juice to the poaching water and you will never look back.

Weed Killer:
The high vinegar and salt content of pickle juice has made it a longtime favorite with gardeners. Dumping it on dandelions, thistle, and virtually all common weeds that crop up around your home. Bonus, it’s pet-friendly and you probably already have it in your fridge!

Recipe Add-On:
We lost track of all the things you can add pickle juice to, but some favorites include: BBQ sauce, hummus, chicken salad, mac ‘n’ cheese, gazpacho, deviled eggs, vinaigrette, borscht, beet salad, salsa, bean dip, and meatloaf.

Hiccup Stopper:
We’ve found little scientific evidence backing up this claim (and, frankly, we’re glad the scientists are working on other things), but many, many people claim that the number-one cure for hiccups is a small glass of pickle juice. Given how well this stuff works on everything else in the world, we believe it.

 

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🐶🐩 10 Reasons To Add Coconut Oil To Dog Food 🐶🐩

🐶🐩 10 Reasons To Add Coconut Oil To Dog Food 🐶🐩

 

Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil can have many health benefits — for their skin, digestive and immune systems; metabolic function; and even their bone and brain health!


1. Coconut oil improves overall skin health, and clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin.

2. Incredibly emollient, coconut oil helps moisturize the driest skin and makes a dog’s coat gleam with health — whether you add it to their diet, their shampoo, or both!

3. Applied topically to the skin, coconut oil promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, and stings.

4. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil help reduce doggy odor, and its pleasantly tropical aroma imparts a delightful scent to a dog’s skin and coat.

5. Coconut oil prevents and treats yeast infections, including candida. Its antiviral agents also help dogs recover quickly from kennel cough.

6. Digestion and nutrient absorption are improved by the addition of coconut oil to a dog’s diet. It can, however, cause stool to loosen; if that happens, just add a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin to your dog’s diet (go here for more stool-firming tips).

7. Coconut oil reduces — and sometimes eliminates — doggy breath. Some dog lovers even brush their pets’ teeth with the stuff! Which makes sense, as dogs love the taste of coconut oil, and that makes the chore less arduous for brusher and brushee.

8. Like cinnamon, coconut oil helps prevent diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin. It also promotes normal thyroid function, and helps prevent infection and heart disease.

9. Helping to reduce weight and increase energy, coconut oil also promotes mobility in dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.

10. Again like cinnamon, coconut oil is excellent for brain health; it’s being used to stave off dementia in humans, and it’s a must to keep senior dogs’ minds from becoming cloudy.

Start slow and increase gradually

When beginning to supplement your pet’s diet with coconut oil, start slow and increase gradually. Giving too much coconut oil too soon can cause digestive and detox issues.

Because coconut oil kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi, your pet may respond negatively to the detox aspect of taking coconut oil. Signs of detoxing too rapidly may include lethargy, headaches, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and diarrhea.

Large amounts of coconut oil given to a dog can cause diarrhea or greasy stools while his body adjusts to the change in diet. Start with small amounts, such as ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs or puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs, or even just a dab if your dog’s constitution is sensitive. If your dog seems tired or uncomfortable or has diarrhea, just cut back the amount temporarily. Gradually increase the amount every few days. If your dog seems tired or uncomfortable or has diarrhea, reduce the amount temporarily. It may also be helpful to give the small amounts of coconut oil in divided doses throughout the day.

Coconut oil is best given with food. Solid or liquid coconut oil can be added to food at any meal. Solid coconut oil can easily be melted quickly in hot water.

Feeding Guidelines

A general guideline for the optimal dose for dogs is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds, but don’t start with these amounts in the beginning!

Most cats also love the taste of coconut oil and will eat it without a problem. As with many similar supplements, if your cat won’t eat it in her food, just put a dab of coconut oil on her paw before or after meals. She’ll lick it off and get it that way.

We humans can benefit from coconut oil by using it for cooking in place of other oils. It is also taken orally by mouth as a diet supplement and used on skin. A good strategy for humans is to use coconut and palm oils for cooking, and olive (a heat-sensitive oil with a low smoke point) and flax oils for cold dressings. This trategy will help increase your levels of healthy Lauric Acid, Omega-3, and GLA fatty acids while lowering your intake of Omega-6 and junk oils. Some experts recommend that we consume a 3:1 ratio of Omega-6s to Omega-3s. The average American diet provides a ratio of 15:1 and often 30:1. Some oils, such as olive, create harmful substances as a result of overheating.

If you cook your own pet food, coconut oil would be an excellent addition to the recipe.

Most dogs like the taste of coconut oil so you won’t have trouble feeding it to them.


Coconut Oil for Pet Skin Problems

If you wish to apply topically to use coconut oil to treat a rash, wound or dry skin, but they try to lick it off, try wrapping the skin in a rag or towel for a few minutes to let the oil soak in before they get a chance to lick it off.

Different brands of coconut oil will have different tastes ranging from a bland taste, to a strong coconut taste, to a more buttery taste. You can experiment with the oil your pet finds most pleasing.

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5 Ways To Be More Confident

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5 Ways To Be More Confident

If you feel that you need to take yourself out of a situation where other people undermine your abilities or you just need to challenge limiting beliefs that were formed years ago, you need to work on your self confidence. Actually, self confidence refers to assuredness in your own power and ability to overcome any kind of situation. So, if you don’t have a strong sense of belief in yourself, the following are 5 ways to be more confident.

1. Get rid of negative thoughts

It’s important for you to know how to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. This is mainly why negative thoughts, as well as any kind of insecurities, usually pop-up in your mind. In fact, you need to learn to be aware of your self-talk, when it’s negative, and be able to get rid of it. Instead you can think all all the amazing things that happen to you right now and focus on them. Even though it’s not easy to do so, with a little training you can control your mind over insecurities and negative ideas.

2. Focus on solutions

If you focus more on problems and complain about them than trying to find any possible solutions, you need to change your focus as soon as possible. For example, instead of trying to figure out why you are facing a difficult situation, you can try to find the best solutions you can, in order to resolve the problem. In fact, by trying to find new ideas that will help you with your problem is one of the best things you can actually do for your confidence.

3. Get prepared

When you think that you are not going to perform well at something, it’s hard to be confident in yourself. You can actually beat this feeling, by preparing as much as possible for any hard situation. For example, if you need to make a presentation for your work in front of an audience, you need to be prepared well; learn everything about your subject and study as much as you can. This way, you’ll be able to perform better and you’ll eventually feel more confident.

4. Set small goals

Many people usually make the mistake of making really big plans and as a result they get easily discouraged. Even if it’s great to ‘dream big’, it’s better to start by setting a small goal that you know you can achieve. This is going to give you more joy and you will feel more powerful in achieving your small goals. As a result, soon you’ll be setting bigger ones.

5. Know yourself better

If you are trying to overcome a negative self image and you really want to replace it with confidence, you only enemy is yourself. So, it’s crucial to get to know yourself well. For instance, you can start by listening to your thoughts and try to analyze them. Then, you need to thing about all the good things about yourself, such as the thinks you can do great and you like and think about if your limitations are real.

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