Introduction You are reading this article because you are interested in grapefruit weight loss, and thebenefits of the grapefruit diet or the grapefruit juice diet. The problem with writing an article on the benefits of grapefruits is that there are simply too many to mention in such a small space! The most well-known vitamin in grapefruit is vitamin C which helps fight off colds and flu, but the fruit also contains vitamins A, B complex, E and K. There are also minerals such as calcium, folic acid, phosphorus and potassium that may help fight certain cancers and other serious disease. Something about eating vegan foods or drinking grapefruit also makes you feel full. Think of it as the fruit equivalent of peanut butter – when you eat peanut butter you feel more full than eating the same calorie intake of something else; grapefruit does the same (with the added benefit of being a natural product). It also contains a lot of water which will help you on your goal to improve your water intake (as it is always recommended by experts to increase water intake). Increased water intake has a strong connection to improving your metabolism which ultimately helps with weight loss. Fruits Citrus fruits are generally acidic, yet after digestion grapefruits turns alkaline meaning that it helps neutralise some of the acid in your stomach. This may help with indigestion problems and help reduce the chance of health problems that are associated with an overly-acidic stomach. The fruit will also aid digestion as, especially when you eat the pith, it increases your fibre intake, helping food move through your digestion system with more ease. Interestingly there is a property of grapefruit that absorbs excessive starch and sugar within the body, meaning that it is effectively a fat-burning fruit! Although grapefruits are very good for you, especially when you are engaged in weight loss there are a few major downsides (nothing is perfect in this world!). Firstly, if you are on any sort of medication the grapefruit may have the effect of slowing down the absorption of the medication into your system, and may bring about an overdose situation – if you are on any sort of medication you must see your doctor/GP/physician before considering this diet. Also, you (unfortunately) cannot replace your whole food intake with just grapefruits! The large amount of vitamin C in the fruit may leads to your bones and teeth weakening as calcium leaves your system. The Grapefruit Weight Loss Juice Diet Follow this grapefruit weight loss diet and start losing pounds naturally! For more recipes visit http://thejodykriss.com/ and give us a shout out. 1. Prepare yourself each evening a grapefruit juice. You only need a grapefruit and a fruit squeezing machine. You should obtain at least 150ml of fresh grapefruit juice. 2. Drink the grapefruit juice soon after the extraction. This way you will avoid oxidation and obtain the full benefits of the grapefruit. for more info on https://www.facebook.com/jody.kriss.1 don’t hesitate to message us. 3. If you prefer to drink the juice without the pulp you can now eat the pulp separately 10 minutes after drinking the juice. (However this step is optional) 4. Follow the grapefruit diet, daily, for 1 month and check your results! Note: – To get the most juice from a grapefruit make sure that the fruit is of average size and heavy. This means that it has the most fruit potential and it is also easy to squeeze. Large grapefruits might provide less juice as the average ones! – The grapefruit weight loss results should start to appear in a few days. You won’t need anymore food during the evening and you will avoid eating when it is less recommended. You should start the day with a big glass of milk though and include broccoli in your diet, because both of them provide Calcium. This will compensate the Ca loss provided by the grapefruits. – This weight loss diet should be followed daily, for 1 month. Please discontinue it after the 30 days. You can replace the grapefruit juice with a simple and healthy evening salad. A vegetable salad would be recommended!
Stop Being Tethered to Your Cell Phone The first step to reducing my cell phone addiction has been to stop using my phone as my morning alarm clock and having no excuse for keeping the phone in the bedroom. I bought the alarm clock above (it’s so cute and thin!) for $14 and have set up my charging station outside of the bedroom. This means when I’m home, I’m using my phone less and only checking it when I need to talk to someone. I want to be focused on what I am doing and when my cell phone is in view, all I want to do is look at it. This doesn’t really achieve anything. There’s no problem with using the phone when I need it, but 95% of the time, I don’t need it. Stretch for 15 Minutes at Some Point Everyday I have a distinct memory of always seeing my parents on the living room floor stretching out their backs and legs after a long day of work. On the weekends, they would do this in the mornings before starting the day. They would often ask us kids to walk on their backs (this was when we were under 100 pounds) or in the case of my mom, we would grab her feet and pull them away from her, giving her legs and back a good stretch. Now I see how helpful that little bit of stretching time can be. Not only is it helpful if you’ve been sitting down all day, it gives you time to meditate and reflect. I’ve also been using a Foam Roller to stretch the muscles in my back and legs. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a runner and a cross fitter person. Clear out the Dishes in the Sink or Put Away the Clean Dishes I dream of the day when I hire a weekly housekeeper to clean our house from top to bottom. But really, the kitchen is the biggest time-thief. Make a commitment to make sure the dishes in the sink have been washed or put in the dishwasher at least once per day. If there are no dishes out, then take those few minutes to wipe down the counters, take out the trash or sort the recycling. It doesn’t matter if you do it in the morning or in the evening, just give yourself a few minutes everyday to put the kitchen in order so that there is less visible clutter in your everyday life. Make Water Delicious and Eliminate Most Other Beverages 95% of the Time I already love drinking water and get pretty close to the recommended daily amount. But sometimes the mere thought of an ice-cold Coke or orange Fanta feels impossible to resist. I want to be serious about never drinking soda, lemonade or sugary juices, even when it’s free. To get your fix of something that’s a little more exciting than just plain water, you can infuse water with a few slices of cucumber, watermelon, or any other fruit, or try mineral (sparkling water). This Infuser Water Bottle is a sleek looking option if you prefer something fancier. Set the Alarm for No Distractions for 45 Minutes Every Work Day If you do any kind of work where you have time to work independently- whether you are in construction, a writer, a manager, or anything else, the chances are that you are likely to get distracted throughout the day. There are a few different theories on what “chunks” of time are the most productive- you can do three to four 15-minutes chunks of time with no distractions (turn off email, phone, put up a “do not disturb” sign), or 25-minute segments with a 5-minute break right after. Personally, I can’t take the 5-minute break. A 5-minute break turns into me looking up what are the latest movies Anna Kendrick is in and why does such and such person have 1 million Instagram followers? And then I start thinking about what I want to eat for lunch so let me just get my phone out and check Yelp real quick. So I prefer the 15-minute segments. I still let the buzzer go off to remind me that I’ve completed one, and depending on how I’m doing I try to do at least 2 more segments of uninterrupted work. Usually this focused time helps me get so much done that it sets the tone for the rest of the day and gives me that sense of accomplishment I am constantly seeking. Work on One Important Goal Each Day Right now I feel like I am floating without any written goals. But even without them, I know that I have some big goals like making more money, cleaning and decluttering our home, and writing more. If I am at least doing something towards each of those goals each day, I start to see progress in the right direction. To make it a habit, focus on one of your goals each day. Give it a separate time or scorecard. If you’re goal is to lose weight or get in shape, give yourself a fitness journal. If you want to write one page of your novel every day, make your desk the space only where you write the novel, not pay bills and write grocery lists. If your goal is to change how you feel about yourself, give yourself time to clear out your old thoughts and behaviors to be able to create new patterns. Although I could make this list much longer, I wanted to do a list that was achievable but not overly easy. It’s not easy to wash dishes everyday, but I always feel better when I do it. I admit I don’t have focused time every workday, but it’s something that is very important to improve how I work. Does this list help you or are you already checking the above items off everyday and this is easy-peezy? Let me know!
There is a magic in blogs that track their progress on big goals. I’ve watched fellow bloggers quit their jobs, buy their first home, or land sweet gigs thanks to their awesome internet writing. In keeping with such inspirational bloggers, I’m tracking my own progress on two big financial goals. This is the first month of results. I’m a little nervous! Goal 1: $80,000 Down Payment Fund Down Payment Fund, October 2013: $-814 I didn’t get back into debt. I just want to have a certain amount of cash for contingencies and cash flow planning before I begin saving the $80K. I am $814 away from this figure, so hopefully this becomes an actual fund next month. Most importantly, I think this money should be invested during the next two years so that it can grow while we save. I will have a better plan for that by next month. Goal 2: $2,000/Month in Side Income Side Income, October 2013: $614.87 Not bad, right? The majority of that came from an eBay business I manage. I get a share of the sales. So it was mostly sales, and $50 for a quick writing gig. Other opportunities I have not tapped into are some consulting offers, and looking at ways to increase our online sales. I’d also love to do more partnerships online that lead somewhere. I’m hesitant to pick up any staff writing positions because I love to write and take way too much time crafting posts, which means the $25-$50 going rate for posts from smaller publications is hardly worth it for me. I enjoy the writing and the research, will draw others into conversation as I come up with some theory, come back to a post after I have had time to read on the topic, but if I think that I spent several hours to make $25, then the experience is immediately soured for me. I’m interested in online income, and definitely want to write guest posts, but trying to get to that $2,000 solely on staff writing posts would probably require more waking hours than I actually have. So by next month, I want to have diversified this income as well as increased it.
As we close out the year, I wanted to check in on a few things:Made one extra mortgage payment and switched to biweekly mortgage payments. This alleviates our higher interest rate and will reduce the interest we pay over the life of the loan. I don’t plan to sell this place (I wouldn’t make extra payments if I did). Did not max out my 401k. I spent a lot of money this year and didn’t prioritize saving. That’s changing this year, as my husband is finally onboard with weekly savings goals (a first for both of us). Maxing it out means $692 per paycheck, before taxes (assuming 26 paychecks per year).Did not max out my Roth IRA. However, this was the first full year of contributing to it on an automatic, biweekly basis, so this is another goal for next year. Maxing it out means $192 contribution per paycheck, after taxes (assuming 26 paychecks per year). Switched to bringing lunch everyday and carpooling. This has been pretty great. I get cash from my carpool buddy and reduced my spending during the week by at least $20. What I bring to lunch isn’t always super-healthy (sometimes I bring ramen and a piece of fruit) but in the long run it definitely is healthier.Focused on big financial wins. A couple of things became reality this year in my career and finances that I have aimed for for a long time. While I still need to be smart and stay out of debt, my new focus is upping my professional career and position. In 2015, I have a few money and personal goals:Take care of myself. In 2014, I learned a lot about myself and things I’ve glossed over most of my life. I tend to focus outward and ignore what’s going on with myself. I am focused on still being who I am while enjoying giving to others (and not making it feel like a chore or duty, but doing it because I want to). Increase and diversify income. This is always on the list.Contribute $18,000 to 401K. It’s no small amount to me!Make one extra mortgage payment and continue biweekly payments.Increase automatic monthly savings and Roth IRA contributions. This should total at least $400 per month, and I’d like to increase it each month.Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Here and elsewhere. I’m also working on making a real name Twitter (but no LinkedIn or anything else) and want to start writing in my own name on topics related to my work and just general writing. Writing is the only way I truly organize my thoughts, vision and even my understanding of things. If I’m not writing, I better be doing something else creative. 100 hours of service. I’ll close out 2014 with 9 hours of community service and I’m ready for more. 2014 was quite a year. Awesome stuff happened, but there was also way more stress than I would have liked and I think I handled it OK, but not great. On the surface, I did good. But I killed myself inside with worry and anxiety. But in the last few months, I started finding my flow again and remembering all the things I love to do and still need to do. Here’s to living each day in 2015 with an open mind, a calm heart and a giving hand.