How Technology Is Evolving Our Attention And Coping Skills

Whether we realize it or not, technology is taking over the way we are evolving, such as handling the way we focus and the way we cope with our issues. Screens have become the outlet of our emotions and an escape from reality… What are your thoughts? Do you believe technology has a positive effect on the way we now settle conflict and avoid face to face confrontation a lot of the time? Watch the video below to get a fresh perspective:

4 Foods To Steer Clear of Pre Workout

Fueling your body properly to crush your workout is crucial to the end result. If you’ve ever ‘felt heavy’ on a run, or got super nauseous after running hills, it’s most likely your pre workout diet that may come back up to say hi. Take a look at these foods below to avoid before your next workout so your not the one lagging behind in the back of the workout group:

LEAFY GREENS

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While a diet rich in salads and veggies is normally freakin’ awesome, raw greens like kale, spinach and broccoli can cause serious discomfort when you’re on the move. “Thanks to their high-fiber content, leafy green vegetables are almost guaranteed to cause abdominal distention—a.k.a. gas and bloating,” says Philip Goglia, Ph.D., author of Turn Up The Heat: Unlock the Fat-Burning Power of Your Metabolism. “If you’re in the mood for something light before your workout, swap a green salad for a green smoothie,” says Katie Serbinski, registered dietitian and founder of Mom to Mom Nutrition. “Just mix your favorite fruit with a half a cup of greens, water, and some dried oats or granola.” It’ll go down way easier.

SPORTS DRINKS

Your favorite athlete might hawk bottles of the latest muscle juice, but most brands on the market offer little nutrition—and way too much sugar. “Sports drinks can offer some vitamins and electrolytes, but the high sugar content goes right through your system in the blink of an eye causing you to crash later on,” says Serbinksi.

“Instead, opt for a lower sodium tomato juice, which provides potassium, promotes healthy blood pressure, and may even help you stay hydrated thanks to its low-sodium content,” says Nancy Teeter, registered dietitian.

HUMMAS OR BEAN DIP

There’s no doubt that beans are a great source of protein. But prepackaged hummus and bean dips often contain lots of added oils—and are also prone to molding. “If you’ve personally soaked the beans prior to cooking them, then you’re releasing the mold from them, but if not…you run the risk of consuming a high-mold food that can lead to inflammation and reduction of oxygen consumption,” says Goglia. “Most athletes distance themselves from prepackaged dips of this sort for that very reason.” Fuel up with a few bites of low-fat cottage cheese, instead—it’s light, satisfying, and protein-rich, without all the oil.

WHOLE GRAIN BREADS AND MUFFINS

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While ordering the whole-grain version of just about anything is usually a good move, it’s not when you’re about to work out. “Carbs in general that are yeast-, mold-, and gluten-bound are inflammatory, meaning they hold water and cause bloating,” says Goglia. “They’re providing you with energy because they’re a sugar, but the side effects far outweigh the benefits.” Instead, opt for a plain, white tortilla that has less fiber, and top it with a little nut butter and sliced banana for an extra kick of energy, suggests Serbinski

 

 


 

Original Source:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/worst-pre-workout-food/whole-grain-breads-and-muffins

How To Hold An Effective Meeting

I think we can all say, we have been in meetings that felt like a complete waste of our time. Either the meeting was disorganized, people were distracted by other devices, or there were no goals set for accomplishment; any of these types are ineffective. Take a look at the infographic below for the next time you conduct or organize a meeting, whether it be professional or for friend group matters:

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Original Source:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/253821

5 Unique Places To Travel You Probably Never Thought Of

Switch things up next vacation and choose a destination that isn’t on a commercial you saw, or a common place all your friends/family have been. Take a new adventure and create new memories by choosing one of these 5 vacation spots that not many people think to go to:

1)Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

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At the end of the famed 17-mile Drive in Northern California is the quaint, European-inspired town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. Known to locals simply as Carmel, the town is only one square mile, with zero traffic lights, parking meters and even street numbers. Apart from its unparalleled natural beauty, Carmel also has major street cred thanks to a former badass mayor: Clint Eastwood.

2)San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is the perfect island destination for those who want to feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere without actually being in the middle of nowhere. When you’re done lounging on the beach, you can explore the beautifully preserved buildings and cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.

3)Cape Cod, MA

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If you’re hungry for New England charm, off-season Cape Cod will satisfy your appetite. House rentals are much cheaper, but the beaches are just as beautiful — and the seafood just as delectable — during the winter months.

4)Zion National Park, UT

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If you’re looking to find your center and get your hike on, take your vacation to Zion National Park. The vistas are as stunning as the Rockies, but you’ll get a wider variety of landscapes with Angel’s Landing and the waters of The Narrows.

5)Corpus Christie, TX  

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One doesn’t necessarily hear the state “Texas” and think of the shore, but Corpus Christie’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico proves you should. A twenty-minute drive will get you to Padre Island National Seashore, which showcase beaches, sand dunes, mud flats and grasslands ripe for exploration.


 

Original Source:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/nativo-content?prx_t=YQMCAsdIFAB9cMA

How To Get Instant Stress Relief

Have you ever had one of those days, that by the time you get home you just want to pull all your hair out and scream you’re so stressed? Well, the good news is, yoga is an extremely effective releaser of stress and this bridge pose is immediate relief. Read below to see how you can do the pose at home:

How To:

Lie on your back with your knees up and feet flat on the floor hip-distance apart. Let your arms rest by your sides as you lift your hips toward the ceiling. Tuck your tailbone slightly, and draw your belly button in toward your spine.

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Once you feel comfortable, interlace your fingers underneath you and gently wiggle to move your elbows and shoulders together, opening your chest. Press down with your hands and feet to increase the lift. Hold 5–15 breaths, then release. Repeat 3–5 times.

This pose allows more space to be created in your chest, allowing the ability for more oxygen to flow. This then allows your heart and blood pressure a chance to slow down and not work so hard.
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Mindfulness On A Whole New Level

There is something soothing about being in touch with yourself and the wellbeing of your mind. Being aware of what your feeling and thinking and how these emotions effect your day to day life. These Practices below will give you a boost inside your mind on a whole new level:

Mind Game #1: Think About Your Mind

The first mind game is easy … so easy, in fact, that you might initially think it’s silly. The game is simply to think about your mind. For the next 24 hours, try to think about your mind, as often as possible. Keep track of how many times you think about your mind, and award yourself an “awareness point” each time you remember to do it.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this mind game. While it seems ridiculously easy, it can be very difficult to keep playing for more than an hour. The reason is we get lost in the mind—we forget. The trick is to keep playing, for a full 24 hours.

At the end of the day, write down your score—your total awareness points—on a piece of paper, and move on to the next game. Try to top each score the next day. That’ll be a solid measure of your progress.

Mind Game #2: Get Into the Balcony

Imagine yourself sitting in a theater balcony. Your mind is on a stage below, illuminated by bright lights. You’re the audience. Your mind is the spectacle. You’re observing it from a higher perspective.

Psychologists tell us that visualizing concepts can help give us a sense of mastery over them. This mind game of sitting in the balcony” helps you visualize your mind from an elevated perspective.

For the next 24 hours, try to run through this visualization as often as possible. At the end of the day, write down your score. Next time, see if you can beat your personal record.

Mind Game #3: What Was My Mind Just Thinking?

The third mind game is simply to ask yourself, as often as possible, “What was I just thinking?”

You might be doing the dishes and thinking about some mistake you made when you were in your 20s. You say to yourself, “regret,” then award yourself an awareness point. At the end of the day, write down your total score.

With all these mind games, the trick is to “catch” your mind while it’s thinking, then immediately reward yourself with an awareness point. Like training anyone, the reward is important! In traditional meditation, we also try to notice when our mind wanders, but meditation leaves many people with a sense of failure: “I can’t keep my mind still.”


 

Original Source:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24256/3-mindfulness-practices-that-blow-meditation-out-of-the-water.html