Self Improvement

How to read more books?

I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book-
J.K Rowling

 

 

Hello, once again guys! I do believe that something magical actually happens when you read a book, you go to an entirely different world and I always want to read more and more.

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I know there are a lot of book lovers out there just like me. After a busy day, it’s very difficult to find time for reading.  Below are few points which I implemented for myself and I know it will definitely help you to read more books on the daily basis.

 

  • Carry a book with you all the time- I carry a book with me all the time and whenever I am traveling in a cab or waiting for someone somewhere I simply prefer to read at those times instead of sitting idle.
  • Keep another book ready before finishing the current book you are reading- I always like to keep my next to read book ready with me. I buy the book beforehand so that once the current book is over I can start with the new as soon as possible.
  • Join book forums and websites- There are lots of websites where people share their views and opinions about the books they have read. And, where you can do the same, get to know about books which might take your interest to another level.
  • Listen to audio books – I know few people are very busy throughout the day and don’t get time at all to read. For them, I can suggest listening to audio books while doing your other work.
  • Prioritize reading rather watching television- We often watch television and play games and then we complain that we don’t get time to read anymore. I am not saying to never watch television at all or not go through the social network or play games, of course, we need some relaxation. But once in a while, we need to prioritize about what we want to do. For a change try reading for relaxation and you will love it. 
  • Make a list of books you want to read and stick it somewhere you see every day- I make a list of the books I want to read in my smartphone so that I will get motivated to read more whenever I see the list.
  • Fix a number of pages to read every day- Start with few pages in a day and gradually increase the number of pages, this way you can make a habit of reading for long.
  • Make realistic reading goals- Give yourself a target for reading a number of books in a particular time period like in a week or months. But don’t make goals which are impossible to finish because we have other works in day to day life as well.
  • Read multiple books at a time- I have tried reading multiple books at once and in a way, I felt more connected to the book and the content. It kept me refreshed towards the content of the book and I didn’t feel bored. 
  • Before starting a book, make sure you read the review of the book online so that you will have an idea whether the book will hold your interest or not.

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So, guys, I hope all those points will help you to read more often. Please follow my page to get the future updates of my posts and please post your comments and suggestions below to help me improve my posts.

Thank You!
Have a great day ahead.

Sayonara!

Pratha Nayak

Food and Nutrition

How to stop binge eating?

Eat Good 
Feel Good

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Hello again everyone!!
So today I am going to write about something which I was going through a while back and as I have overcome it, I thought it would be nice to share it with you all. Maybe it will help some of you. So a while back I was going through a binge eating phase. Even though I like to cook, I was only reaching for foods that we usually don’t eat on daily basis.

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I can say I love eating pizza, burger, sandwiches, biriyani etc.. And those are my trigger foods. I started buying chips on the daily basis and I was ordering pizza weekly 3-4 times. And as a result, I started gaining weight and I was always feeling low emotionally.
When I realized what was happening to me I instantly changed my diet and routine. Below I am going to list down how I stopped binge eating and I hope this trick helps you as well.

  • Love yourself the way you are. Appreciate the way you are and be grateful for it because that’s what makes you different from everyone else.
  • Stop dieting. Restricting yourself from eating will only make you weak physically and emotionally. In result, you will get triggered by the food again and again.
  • Enjoy your food. When you enjoy your food it will make you happy and you won’t have the urge to eat again and again.
  • Start eating in every 4-5 hours interval. This trick worked wonders for me. I started eating a small portion of food every 4-5 hours. I ate fruits, or salad or simply juice and in the result, I was not having the urge to eat.
  • Talk about your feelings to someone with whom you are comfortable with. Mostly one suffers from binge eating when he/she is emotionally weak or broken. When we talk with someone about our own problems and pain, it helps us to recover from it.
  • No one is perfect. Don’t go for perfection, it will destroy you from the inside. Accept your own personality and know its okay to have flaws.
  • Treat yourself when you are happy. So whenever I used to feel sad or low I used to order food. Instead, I started giving myself my favorite food whenever I felt happy.
  • Stop feeling guilty. Even if you fail to control your urge and eat then its okay. Enjoy your food and be happy about.
  • Be patient and take one day at a time. Binge eating is not something which you can stop at once, it takes constant effort.
  • Be confident about everything you do on daily basis. Give yourself a positive affirmation to boost your confidence.

So guys try this tricks and feel awesome about yourself. Have a great day ahead.

Sayonara!!

Pratha Nayak

Self Improvement

Self Care

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and i will spend the first four sharpening the axe – Abraham Lincoln

Hello Guys!!!

                     Today I want to discuss self-care and loving yourself. With the busy schedule of our day to day life, we often forget to give our mind and body rest. Even the machine needs maintenance once in a while and we are still humans. Most of the successful people are that productive because from every time to time they take time off work to give their brain some rest.

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There are a lot of ways to relax and I am going to list down a few ways below:

  • Take a day off from work and spend quality time with family and friends. This will not only give you some break from stress but also your family and friends will be happy to enjoy with you.
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  • If you are a music lover then simply close eyes for an hour and listen to your choice of music.
  • Few people like to journal, even if it is not your thing try it once. Sometimes we just need to clear our mind and that can be done if we write it down.
  • You can hit a gym or take a walk or do some yoga. Exercise is quite important to do be healthy and fit. It also reduces stress.
  • Take a long shower with essential oils and Epsom salt, its really refreshing and Epsom salt takes all the body ache away.
  • If you feel too much tired, just go to sleep. Sometimes all your body need is a good sleep.
  • Give yourself some positive boost by saying affirmations like, “Tomorrow is going to be a good day” or “Its all going to get better and better”. These small positive affirmations make a big difference in life.
  • Go trekking, or a long walk, spend some time with nature’s beauty. images
  • Once in a while, it is okay to say “No”. If you are already drained for the day and someone asks you to do any work then it is ok to say NO.
  • Eat a small piece of dark chocolate daily, it is a real stress buster.
  • Watch some funny videos on YouTube. Laughing always takes all our stress away.
  • Give a spa day to yourself at home at least once a month.

So guys try out this tips and share with me which one works for you. Also please follow my page and share your comments below to help me out come with new ideas.

Have a great day ahead!

Sayonara!

Pratha Nayak

Food and Nutrition

Oats: Benefits

Hello Guys!

Greetings to all and hope you are all doing awesome in this tiresome daily life. Somehow we don’t get time to focus on what we are eating daily, so let’s get into something healthy and delicious. Shall we?

Nowadays when it comes to healthy food one name comes upfront and that is Oats and well it does have very nutritional values.

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Basically, oat is a combination of soluble as well as insoluble fiber in the form of cereal grain. The soluble fiber in the grain forms a viscous gel which lowers cholesterol and stabilizes blood glucose levels in our body. Whereas the insoluble fiber helps provide a “moving” experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health.
The main cultivation area for this secondary crop is Northwestern Europe. On today’s date, Russia is the leading country for the cultivation of oats.

Variety of Oats available in the market:

  • Whole grain oats: It is the main oat groats which are the least processed oats available in the market and is very high in nutrition.
  • Steel cut oats: Also known as Irish oats is when oats groats are chopped into small pieces with metal blades.
  • Scottish oats: Also known as Oatmeal is when oats are stone ground into irregular broken bits.
  • Rolled oats: When oats are steamed and rolled into flakes are called rolled oats.
  • Quick oats and Instant oats: These variants are the same as rolled oats but steamed for a longer time.
  • Oat bran: Oat bran is mainly the outer layer of the oat groats.

Mineral Content:
It is said that 1 Cup of cooked oatmeal has 150 calories, 4 gm of fiber and 13 gm of protein. It also provides various minerals like Thiamin, Magnesium, Selenium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Biotin, phenolic acid, phytic acid, etc.

Health Benefits:

  • It is naturally gluten free, so people who are gluten intolerant for them oats is a great option.
  • As oats are very in fiber content, it keeps us full for a very long time and helps us control our weight.
  • It lowers cholesterol level.
  • Provides low- level energy for a longer period of time.
  • Low glycemic impact in oatmeal helps us avoid cravings for a longer time period.
  • It helps in keeping the blood sugar level low.
  • It helps to decrease total daily calories by as much as 81%.
  • It also improves immune response.
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.

So its recommended to eat oats at least in any one part of our daily meal. I generally prefer to eat oats for breakfast or lunch. Overnight oats recipes are my favorites as when I wake up in the morning my breakfast is all ready to eat.

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Tip:
I have heard a lot of people complaining that they don’t like eating oats because of its gel-like consistency after cooking. Well here is a small tip for them, take a frying pan and dry roast the oats in low heat. This will reduce the gel kind consistency to a great extent.

So, guys, I hope this post was helpful for you all and if you have any quires or suggestion please comment below. And please follow my page to get my future updates.

Have a great day!

Sayonara!

Pratha Nayak