8 Foods That Will Boost Your Metabolism

8 Foods That Will Boost Your Metabolism

We all want the major secret to a fast metabolism, but the best thing we can do is eat healthy and stay active
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Your genetics are a major part in how your metabolism operates, but there are ways to still improve it. Some have naturally faster metabolisms than others, and it also slows down as we get older, but there are still ways we can improve it and slow down the slowing down. The healthier we eat and the more active we are, the faster our metabolism will work and the healthier we will be overall.

1. Water

The most important part of any diet is the most basic element — water. Every living organism needs water to live and we need it to thrive. Water is one of the most vital parts of a health diet and the easiest way to help boost your metabolism.

2. Hot Water and Lemon

We're back again with the importance of water. Hot water with lemon squeezed in it is a great way to start off your morning and get your metabolism working. This helps flush out our digestive system and rehydrates us before we start the day.

3. Egg Whites

Egg whites are a great base for your breakfast. You don't get the added fat from the yolk, but you get all the good amino acids that help boost your metabolism. Add vegetables in to your egg whites and you have an easy and healthy breakfast.

4. Coffee

Any type of caffeine will help boost your metabolism, but coffee specifically will do so without the added sugar of other caffeinated options. A cup of coffee in the morning will get your metabolism moving and will help your digestive system. The less cream and sugar you add, the better.

5. Lentils

Lentils are a great source of iron, which helps your body burn calories and improve your metabolism. Iron is needed for your body to function properly and these will help your waistline.

6. Spinach

Spinach is another food that is high in iron. The reason iron is so beneficial is because it helps carry oxygen in our muscles, which we need to be able to burn more fat.

7. Salmon

Any type of fish is great for our body, but salmon in particular is very high in Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps boost metabolism. Salmon is a lean protein, which is needed in a healthy diet and is high in satiety so it keeps you fuller longer.

8. Avocados

They are not just a new fad or a "basic" thing to eat. Avocados help boost metabolism functions, a good source of healthy fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids. These are best to eat in the mornings so your body can break down the fat throughout the day.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Don't Forget, You Are More Than Your Grades

As school is in full swing and life gets harder, this is just a reminder that you are not what school says about you.

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As we are all in full swing of school, it's easy to lose track of who you are. It's easy to let school overwhelm you, forget what you love to do most and to forget your true value. I know, for me at least, that as soon as I get busy I am overwhelmed and don't know how to carry on with my usual personality. It's easy for me to shut myself off to everyone until the stress passes. But the truth is, stress is never going away. It will always be there. It's how you cope with it that molds who you are.

One thing I have to constantly remind myself of is that school is only a small, tiny portion of your life. How you perform on one test is no reason for you to feel down about yourself. It's over; there is nothing you can do about it. You need to assess what happened and move on. You owe it to yourself to move on from it so you can do better the next go around.

Moreover, you need to have time for yourself. Do a little online shopping, run some errands, whatever makes you happy. Time by yourself is so important, and it gives you that reassurance that you are okay. Life will go on. Just time to yourself to reflect on what's going on can be so beneficial.

Also, having good friends that can help you get your mind off of things is always a plus. They will carry on as nothing happened and will want you to as well. They don't have to know what's going on in your personal life. Just being with them will give you that re-humanizing effect. Laughing with your friends, working out, or even just eating a meal together can always turn your day right around.

PAMPER YOURSELF!! I am all about a good hair mask or a face mask whenever things get rough. This also gives you that time to yourself as well, helping you feel good about yourself again. When life gets hard, you are the first person to beat up on. It's easy to think that you are the problem with everything. So when you pamper yourself, you look good, and you feel good. This is more beneficial than anything.

In the grand scheme of life and school, one of the most important things to remember is that you are more than the four years in college or in high school. You have aspirations, hopes, family, and friends that see you as so much more than an ID number or a letter grade. You are a person who has hobbies, a great personality, and there is no other person on this earth who is like you. God made you to be yourself. School (and other life problems) are just a bump in the road. At the end of the day, there is a God that made you in his image, and He thought the world needed someone like you to make it better. You are more than what gossip is said about you, grades, feuds with friends, or whatever other problems are in your life at this time. You are more.

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