The Consistent Drive To Eat Healthy

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Is Eating One Meal A Day Healthy?

Eating healthy is a lifestyle. You must want it, seek it and live it. So many people attempt to eat healthy and sadly begin to give up after a week or two; other things in their life distract them and steer them off course. If you are not willing to change your eating habit 100%, then you will most likely fail in achieving a long-term healthy diet.

You must first find a reason to motivate yourself to adopt a healthy diet. Are you interested in losing weight or are you health-conscious and just want to eat healthy? Whatever the reason, it is very important to keep your drive alive no matter what obstacles you may be facing in life.

Obstacles, problems and concerns are part of life; they can only be dealt with but not always avoided. However, this does not mean that you must sacrifice eating healthy because of outside distractions. Your health always comes first! The moment that your mentality switches and you start putting your health second, you will lose your drive to eat healthy very quickly.

There are some people who believe that eating one meal a day is healthy. This is a very bad idea. To begin with, breakfast is the most important meal of the day: your body has not been eating for the last 8-10 hours and needs fuel to kickstart your day. Secondly, lunch is very important to keep your energy going in the afternoon; relying on energy obtained from breakfast is not a wise alternative.

And lastly, dinner is the last meal that connects two consecutive days; it refuels you before you say goodbye to today and say hello to tomorrow. Therefore, no meal should be subtracted from your day. Part of being healthy is being consistent with how often you eat. Adopting a healthy eating routine requires drive, consistency and passion!

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Why Peer Pressure Is A Waste of Time

Adolescents on skateboards in city experiencing peer pressure

Show Them Who You Are

Adolescents are the first to tell you how much peer pressure influences their life, but it can also occur in adults. Peer pressure means: a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one’s age and social group in order to be liked and respected by them.

When you give in to peer pressure, you are essentially allowing your personality to be molded by those around you. This behavior starts to influence you unconsciously; you start to believe that this is “the way” to get accepted and have a good time, otherwise “I won’t be accepted and maybe have no friends.”

Peer pressure can lead you to develop bad habits. It may turn you into an alcoholic, heroin addict or recreational marijuana user, when you were never meant to be any one of those in the first place. Essentially, you are hoping to obtain immediate gratification through acceptance, but at the price of losing yourself.

The best way to approach peer pressure is to let your true presence be known! Be yourself, stand your ground and back up your stance. It might not work at first; your peers will keep persisting and even put you down. Do not worry about it. With consistency, your morals and values will prevail and your peers will start to accept you for who you are!

And if they don’t, then they were never meant to be your friends in the first place.

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Mental Health Involves Consistency

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Consistency Involves Determination

The daily stress we encounter can take a huge toll on our mental well-being; jobs, errands, relationships, tasks, etc. All of these can add up and influence our genetic makeup – it’s called epigenetics. Our genes can be turned on or off, resulting in depression, anxiety and for some, unfortunately, psychosis. So what do I mean by consistency?

You have to maintain a certain mindset where you remain happy and content with your life, preventing stress from influencing your behavior and emotions; this must be done on a daily basis. This does not mean that you shouldn’t shoot for the stars as in my previous post; you still want to remain motivated for success. But do it in a way where you don’t get bogged down in worry, stress and anxiety.

But you have to be determined to remain in a consistent state of mind. Determination means it has to come from your heart and mind; you are motivated to be consistent and mentally-healthy. And if you are not determined, you must find a way to become determined: look back at how you felt when you were once happy, content, joyful, glad and excited! When you can tune in with those positive emotions, it will become easier to remain consistent and determined to maintain a positive state of mind.

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