Monthly Archives: March 2014

7 Ways To Motivate Yourself

7 Unconventional Ways To Motivate Yourself

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We need new ways of finding motivation,and here’s 7 of them.

When it comes to motivating and pushing yourself, it’s usually filled with cliché advice. “Don’t give up”, “Get over it” or “Always look on the bright side of life”. These are a few examples.

While they’re all correct at the root, conventional thinking like this just doesn’t cut it anymore. In fact, they are so trite and used so often that the message is lost to most of us. Heck, it even pisses people off, which is the total opposite of what it’s supposed to do.

 The 7 Unconventional Ways Of Thinking

1. “Welcome the pain”

Yep! Welcome the pain. Accept it willingly.

There’s a saying, “Pain is weakness leaving the body”, which means to say, no matter how tough or how much pain you’re feeling, you’re going to emerge stronger after that. So don’t be afraid when things get tough. Push yourself to accept what is coming instead and know that you’re going to grow from it.

2.“Look forward to feeling good”

This is my main, personal method in motivating myself. I believe that when you work hard, the feeling you get after that is the reward. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment is the backbone of it all.

The fitness mantra, “Do you want to be sore, or sorry later?” works the same way.

So only aim for the feeling. Ask yourself how you want to feel later only. Forget about how you’d feel in between.

3. “Stop moving forward, take a step back instead”

Stop progressing altogether for a second. Just stop.

Take a step back instead.

It may seem paradoxical, but you know what it can do for you? You’ll be able to gain more clarity.

Go back for a second, re-evaluate your goals and remember your why. This effectively gives you the motivation to move forward.

And you’ll make better progress.

4. “Quit”

Or better yet, quit. Give up altogether on what you’re doing.

This requires some reflection and evaluation though. Sometimes quitting is the best thing you can do. You just have to realize that what you’re doing isn’t helping you anymore.

And after you quit, you’re free to do whatever you want as you’re no longer trapped by whatever it is which held you down.

5. ”Have a really good break”

This kind of goes hand in hand with point (2): Look forward to feeling good.

I find that a lot of people have lousy breaks. They don’t do themselves the favour they deserve. E.g. Instead of recognizing that a break time is a time to recharge, they end up being completely idle by doing mindless things like surfing Facebook, Twitter or watching random YouTube videos they aren’t even interested in watching in the first place. That is dead time. It does not help you at all and before you know it, you’re back to work.

6. “Failure is your best friend”

Or, failure is your ally.

Embrace failure, for it will give you the best and most meaningful lessons you actually need to move forward. That being said, failure is not the end.

When you don’t get the results you want, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Instead, you’re given the opportunity to learn and grow the fastest way possible.

7. ”Have fun”

Whatever it is in life, just have fun. Make that your sole aim.

Don’t take life so seriously. Laugh at your mistakes. Never sweat the small stuff. Just have fun, and be thankful for what you have, and that everything is going to be okay anyway.

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Top 11 Ways to Get Plant Based Protein – Without Using Expensive Protein Powders

As much as I love the convenience of throwing a couple of scoops of protein powder in my smoothie or whatever I may be mixing up, there is much debate these days about which protein powders are good or not. Some contain GMO’s, others contain ridiculously high levels of heavy metals and unnecessary toxins. For all the trouble, often I’ve been skipping them altogether. The only time I still use protein powders now is immediately following an intense workout. In my opinion, this is only real time to use protein powder.

Any other time you’re craving something filling or are short on time, try adding some of my favorites to your smoothie instead to get that protein that our bodies need – 

Coconut Milk – With upwards of 5 grams of protein for every 8 ounce cup, coconut milk is a great way to up the ante on your smoothie, overnight oats, or chia pudding. Check out this easy recipe for making your own coconut milk out of water and shredded coconut. Or if you wanna work a little harder, here is a raw coconut milk recipe.

Flax Seeds – Along with vital Omega 3 fatty acid and plenty of fiber, flax seeds pack about 2 grams of protein for every tablespoon of whole seeds. Flax should always be soaked or ground to ensure that it can be digested easily once in the body. Try this smoothie that makes great use of flax for an Omega Powered Smoothie!

Oat Meal – Over 10 grams of protein for every cup of raw oats, no matter how you get them in, these little oats are an essential part of  numerous healthy break-fast meals. For some ideas on what to do with oatmeal to incorporate it into your diet more, check out this post

Chia – from the Mayan word for “strength” this misleading little seed is jam packed with Omega 3’s, iron, more calcium than cow’s milk, and complete protein. Still unsure what to do with these little seeds? Although my favorite way to use chia is as chia seed pudding, you can find a couple ways to use them here.

Pumpkin Seeds – With about 3 grams of protein for every tablespoon of whole seeds, pumpkin seeds are an easy way to add protein, magnesium, zinc, omega-3s, and lots of other nutrients to your plant based lifestyle. But be known,pumpkin seeds also contain tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid  that can also be found in turkey. Add pumpkin seeds to your favorite evening smoothie or sprinkle over a big salad for some added goodness.

Quinoa – Every cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein, containing all the essential amino acids, as well as magnesium, fiber, and iron. For a quinoa smoothie check out this recipe.

Raw Egg – Organic, Free Range, Certified Humane Eggs (usually directly from a local farm within 20 miles of my house) are the only eggs that I’ll eat cooked or raw. One of the easiest ways to add 6 grams off protein to any smoothie, not to mention a rich, creamy consistency, is to throw a raw egg in there with it. “You gotta get in there!!!”

Yogurt – If you’re still a little freaked out by some of the other super foods still, yogurt is always a sure bet. With around 14 grams of protein for every cup, you can’t go wrong. If you have dairy issues, opt for greek yogurt if you’d like. Here is a delicious smoothie that uses greek yogurt but you can use whatever you prefer.

Sunflower Seeds – With 7 grams of protein for every quarter cup (1/4 cup) of seeds, not many others hail in comparison. Along with manganese, magnesium, potassium and iron, sunflower seeds are a great source for vitamin E and vitamins B1 and B5. Try this Coconut Avocado Sunflower Seed Smoothie

Hemp Seeds – Technically a fruit, hemp “seeds” contain all essential amino acids and have about 11 grams of protein for every three tablespoons of hulled seeds. Hemp seeds are rich in disease-fighting, plant-based phytonutrients and anti-aging antioxidants such as vitamin E and they provide quite the array of minerals including zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Try this smoothie on for size. 

Goji Berries – With five times as much vitamin C as oranges these little red berries are my absolute favorite way to get plant based protein in. One ounce of goji berries, a little less than 30 grams, contains upwards of 15 grams of protein, which is more protein than any other fruit on the planet. Antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to plenty of fiber make this little berry the best way to get your plant based protein. You’ll love this Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie.

There are plenty of other plant based protein options out there for you, these are just my favorites. 

How do you get your plant based protein?

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