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5 Ways to Trick Yourself into Eating Healthier

Try them out.


So, I don't exactly eat the healthiest item on the menu. I prefer eating what I want. However, that doesn't exactly amount to the healthiest body. I want to start getting healthier internally, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. I created this list to address the issue, and start to get healthier. Please keep in mind that these are my personal opinions and that I'm not a health professional. Also keep in mind that these work for me, but may not work for you. Here are five tips to trick yourself into eating healthier. I hope that you find this list helpful and interesting!

Start With a Smoothie


TRUST ME. As someone with a severe disgust for many of the 'health' foods, and an allergy to a lot of tasty fruits and vegetables, getting the right nutrients into my body is pretty hard. With smoothies, you can add all of the good things you detest, and still end up with a GREAT taste. As often as I can, I drink a fruit smoothie for breakfast. I can cram all of the nasty vegetables I hate eating into one drink that actually tastes good! Here are some smoothies that you can try.

Eat Your Cravings, Don't Fight 'Em

Eating Hamster

Yep, that is the tagline for Blue Diamond Almonds (Slightly modified for trademark reasons). It's actually good advice though: Find one healthy snack that you REALLY love. Whether it be flavored almonds, apples, and peanut butter, or "Ants on a Log", now replace one or two of the unhealthy snacks in your pantry with this, and eat it when you're feeling snacky. You'll remove the excess fat and sodium that comes from a bag of chips, and replace it with really good stuff!

Yogurt is Good for More Than Taste


Yogurt helps with bloating, and honestly, need I say more? Yes I do. Besides the aesthetic benefits, there are health benefits to eating yogurt as well. According to Activia's website, "Research suggests that regular consumption of some probiotics helps maintain the balance of the intestinal microflora, which can have a wide range of positive effects on intestinal functions. Adding probiotics to your daily routine can help maintain the gut flora balance needed for overall digestive health." Yogurt contains those probiotics, and helps balance the microflora inside your gut.

4. Push the Fast Food Away for Now

No Fast Food

This one isn't really sneaking something IN to your diet, it's sneaking something OUT. Fast food meals contain high levels of fat, sodium, and cholesterol, which, in unchecked amounts can be very bad on your body. When I get cravings, I sometimes just tell myself I don't want to go out, and that I'll get the tasty fast food tomorrow. Then the next day, I say the same thing, going on as long as I can. Alternatively, I make it a special treat. Making it a special treat will:

a.) Make you feel better about what you've eaten

b.) Make yourself see it as a reward for eating healthier.

Getting a reward for eating healthy will make yourself feel way better about meal choices, and let yourself feel the benefits of waiting for it, or cutting it out completely.

Eat vegetables with your meal (Your mom was right!!)


(Maybe be a little more subtle than in the gif) The best way to get healthy and 'detox' your system is with fresh fruits and vegetables. Even if you go with the fast food meal, combine it with the healthy stuff. Frozen carrots, broccoli, corn, or peas will help to get some good healthiness into your body. My mom's favorite trick was mixing squash into Mac 'n Cheese. If you do things like that, and mix vegetables into your meal, you'll become healthier on the inside, without trying as hard as going on a juice cleanse.

That's all I have for you guys, I hope that it helps you!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.


Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.


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