Ever seen someone go through a crisis in their life? Whether it was from the death of a loved one, lovesick from a breakup or someone returning from jail, the worries and woes that plague your mind and cause stress in your life can cause premature aging, disease and even death. In order to perform and survive the normal activities in today’s world it is necessary to go to another level and find a vessel where you can find inner peace and tranquility of mind. One of the best ways to achieve this today is through meditation. Although it’s been around for ages, more and more people are catching on and realizing its powerful benefits.
If you meditate for 10 to 15 minutes a day in a quiet environment it will lower your blood pressure, relax restricted veins and bring you a peace of mind that you never knew before. As a result you will become a better decision maker.
Man has stepped on the moon, conquered Mount Everest and gone deep into the core of the earth, but what man has not been able to do is to control his own mind. The mind is key to everything. If controlled rightly it gives birth to positive thoughts and if let loose it produces negative thoughts. Meditation promotes a positive thought process and helps to control your mind over what really matters.
Patience and Perspective
Some things in life irritate us on a regular basis and make us desperate. It happens to all of us. You get annoyed when you have to stand in line, or you have little patience behind the wheel of your car at the signal. Meditation allows you to see a different perspective and creates a balance within you.
Clarity and Concentration
You cannot achieve success in life without concentration. Until you have your mind and heart focused on where you’re headed, you cannot perform at your optimum level. Meditation gives you clarity and concentration to see things through.
It is quite difficult to explain the power of meditation, because it involves a certain level of consciousness, which can’t be put in the form of words. The above-mentioned benefits of meditation are real. Nevertheless, the key factor that predicts the outcome of meditation is perseverance. The more consistent you are in your meditation, the more you will achieve inner peace and control which will help you discover new horizons.
Remember to give your body time to kick in and get used to the new habits you’ve learned. You don’t have to do them all. Just choose the one that works best for you and your life style. Most of all don’t destroy your body by starving, overeating or giving up on food that helps you stay fit and healthy.
Eating the right components: During the day it’s important to eat the right combination of foods with each meal to ward off hunger before bedtime. Try to have a protein, carbohydrate and a good fat with each meal. Studies have shown that making protein and fiber a regular part of your diet helps you in keeping the hunger at bay.
Chew Gum: Chewing gum can help you suppress your craving for late night eating. It distracts you so you don’t feel bored. Its low in calories, gives you something to do with your mouth and it satisfies your need for snacking. How cool is that! .
Go to Sleep: Either find some work you could be doing or when all else fails drink some water and go to sleep. That way you don’t have to think about the fact that you may be hungry.
Since late night eating is such a tough habit to conquer and has such devastating effects I thought more alternatives were in order. Don’t try to overdo anything just keep it simple and remember that the ultimate goal is to avoid and resist the tempting habit of late night munchies. Practice makes perfect!
Alternatives: If you still can’t resist the cravings, then wean yourself slowly by replacing snacking or unhealthy foods with some low cal foods. You can sip on a cup of low calorie, no caffeine herbal tea that will sooth your stomach, eat a small salad or maybe a piece of fruit. But junk food is strictly a no go!
Importance of Breakfast: Most people don’t realize the importance of breakfast and therefore tend to skip it regularly. Research has proven that people who skip breakfast are more prone to eating high calorie foods at night as compared to those who eat breakfast.
Do you feel the urge to reach for things in the refrigerator when it gets dark? Even though you’ve had a fulfilling dinner but still you can’t resist the temptation of eating late at night. It’s one of the worst dilemmas which diet conscious individuals face. Eating late at night is generally not due to hunger, but instead it could be due to things like boredom, fatigue or stress after a long day at work. Breaking this habit is tough enough but there are some things you can do that will help you rid yourself of late night eating forever.
Distract yourself: Usually late night eating is between your dinner and bed time. It’s really important during this time that you participate in what I call distracting activities. Do some activity, take your dog for a walk, read a good book or rest in a hot tub. Whatever you do just don’t sit idle or in front of the TV. Because sitting and doing nothing will trigger your urge for eating.
Eat Regular Meals: Most dieters eat three meals a day and try to resist the temptation of snacking between meals or after dinner. To keep your body working properly and remain satisfied eat three nutritiously balanced meals and two small snacks. In general people starve themselves by skipping meals because they got busy during the day or just got caught up for one reason or another. Then they compensate for it by indulging in late night eating. The important thing to remember is never to eat three hours before your bedtime.