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The Life Diet: 4 Foods That Promote Positivity

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The Life Diet 4 Foods That Promote Positivity
Everything in your life can have a positive spin. Your exercise routine, your disposition – and even your diet.

Positivity is something that we could all use more of in life, but it doesn’t have to stop at smiling throughout the day and being an optimist. Your diet could play a large part in how positive you truly are. When you eat foods that weigh you down, upset your stomach and decrease your health, you aren’t actually boosting positivity in your life, no matter how wide your smile gets.

In order to promote health and create a positive platform with which to build your optimism upon, you have to treat your body to foods that instill positivity within. Is there such a thing as a positivity food? Yes. In fact, these four foods should be added into your life diet to ensure you’re as positive as possible.

Chocolate

You might read this and think this gives you permission to swallow a few Hershey bars whole, but that’s not the case. Instead of milk chocolates, chocolate syrups or chocolate cake, the real mood-booster here is dark chocolate. If you aren’t a fan, try acquiring a taste if you want a more positive diet.

Studies show that eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks lead to a reduce in stressor hormones found naturally in the body. The downside to all this chocolate is that consuming your daily almost-ounce and a half is about 1/6 of your regular calorie intake if you’re going off of a 1200 calorie diet.

What is the positivity-inducing ingredient in dark chocolate? According to Swiss scientists, the culprit is the high quantity of antioxidants.

Fish

Do you like fish? If not, you might want to skip this one – or learn to like it. There are enough fish out there that you should be able to find one variety that you like, cooked in some form or fashion.

Why do you need to love fish? Because of fish’s high concentration of Omega-3s. Your body doesn’t naturally produce these chemicals, but they occur naturally in fish – and they just so happen to alter your brain chemistry in a positive way. They improve your secretion of serotonin, a hormone that is linked to depression if you have low enough levels.

Saffron

In a study from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, scientists gave 50 women who experienced PMS two saffron capsules or a placebo daily over the course of two menstrual cycles. Those who took the saffron capsules reported that their PMS disappeared or severely declined.

This isn’t the only way saffron can boost positivity. Another study done likens the effects of saffron to drugs like Prozac – making it a great natural anti-depressant.

Tea

It might seem a little cliché, but tea is a drink that can definitely mellow you out and improve your mood. Studies have shown that tea illicit an alert, at ease mind through the amino acid theanine that’s been proven to increase attention. It also helps drinkers relax and boosts their mood – and different varieties of tea give drinkers different benefits.

How to Stay Committed to Your New Meditation Routine

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Have you ever started a new routine of some kind and then fell off the wagon rather quickly? It’s hard to stay committed to something when you’re just starting out, and that goes for something as dull to beginners as meditation. We live hectic lives, so the idea of simply letting it all go isn’t something that appeals to us – but that can change.

The solution is simply learning how to give in to your meditation routine and you’ll eventually love it. You’ll need some time, a little bit of effort and an open mind. Before you know it you’ll be a meditation addict.

Start small and work your way up.

First thing is first – you’ve got to crawl before you walk. Don’t schedule in time for a two hour long meditation session when you’re just starting out. Test the waters first. Meditate mindfully for 15 minutes your first week, then increase the time by 15 minutes every week you go.

One thing most people don’t think about before starting a meditation routine is how much effort it does take to meditate. While the idea of sitting and doing nothing seems easy, it’s actually quite difficult. Mindfulness meditation is about letting go of your mind and body and centering your thoughts on yourself and inspiration. Doing this for long periods of time can be quite difficult, so starting small is crucial.

Try other forms of meditation first.

Meditating isn’t exactly like the stereotypical image. You don’t have to sit cross-legged in a forest clearing with your fingers touching, “ohm”-ing to yourself. Meditation is essentially any practice that centers your mind in a tranquil way.

Practice meditative practices by using a writing meditation exercise. This kind of free form, “stream of consciousness” writing helps free your mind of clutter and gets you in the mind frame to let go off all the hectic thoughts you have every day.

Set and visualize your goals.

You aren’t meditating for no reason, right? What exactly IS the reason you’re meditating? Consider the goals you had in mind when you decided to start up a meditation routine and think about them heavily every time you consider flaking on your obligation.

Visualize the you that you want to see after the meditation’s positive effects start to take hold. You’ll be more relaxed, inspired and ready for the day. Isn’t that something worth working towards?

Make sure you schedule.

When you first commit to a routine, sticking to it is important. During this period of a routine, you’re vulnerable. Even missing out on one session in your first few weeks can lead to neglecting your duties and falling off the wagon.

To make sure you make no excuses for settling into your new meditation schedule, plan your meditation times for periods in your day where you’re most likely free. No skipping out on meditating because you’re getting ready for work or you need to make dinner. Pick the time that works best for you and stay committed to it.

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