Is it a challenge to maintain good spirits and focus?
In our last post, we touched on the all-to-common, fragmented mind. Why having such crammed lives, with few anchors makes it undeniably difficult for us to make simple decisions, like wise food choices.
The opposite of 'fragmented', is 'focused' and 'alert'. Don't they ring refreshingly?! They conjure the image of a person being very present. We've all been there, sat in a restaurant with our loved ones and caught a glimpse of another table where silence seemed to have a voice as each person stared intently, fully present with their phone. We try not to think anything, but honestly, don't we feel a pang of sadness, and when we're really honest we remember and think of a time when we've been that family.
There will be seasons, where life is utter pick n mix, true chaos. Post-it note: these are only seasons, not lifetimes and we should remind ourselves of that. We can start by being focused with ourselves - What is important today? Everyday, what's important for my family and what's important for my work today? Simple. Two things. For example: 1. It's important I have a fully present, no screen catch-up with my spouse/partner tonight over a meal 2. It's important I write those 3 emails I've been pushing to the back burner today. No entertaining the tongue-twister of thoughts, no trying to go from 1-10 everyday, just a 1-2 step forward. It's going to take some practise, let's not pretend you can snap your fingers and retrain your habitual thoughts and behaviour. No... but a little effort is ok isn't it? Rephrase, a little effort is more than ok, it's a great. The Danes establish the positive mindset of their children by encouraging them in the greatness of their effort. We know how many times Denmark has been ranked no.1 out of 156 countries as the country with the happiest of people.
So why should we back away from the effort to strip back our thoughts, our to-dos and day's priorities? Why should we cripple our productivity by useless multi-tasking? We can be more by doing less. Let's simplify, let's grow and let's rebalance.
'Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.' -Confucius
As we edge forward, let's look at what we can consume to begin our day with to set us up in the right direction >>
Hazelnut & Cacao Benefits
✔ Cacao, or Theobroma cacao, is the source of original, natural chocolate. Organic, raw cacao is a superfood containing a variety of unique phytonutrients, including high amounts of sulfur, magnesium and phenylethylamine. These characteristics provide many benefits, such as focus and alertness, while also keeping you in a great mood.
✔ Hazelnuts have many vitamins and minerals that are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants wipe out damaging free radicals in the body.
✔ Studies have also revealed that eating hazelnuts reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol that stick to the artery walls, obstructing the blood vessels.
✔ According to a research, people who consume hazelnuts on a regular basis have 50% less risk of dying due to heart attack.
✔Hazelnuts are rich in unsaturated fats that are extremely beneficial for the heart. The oleic acid in hazelnut lowers the bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol in the blood. Regular consumption of hazelnut decreases cholesterol by 27%.
*Credits to Health Beckon for the detailed studies and facts.