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Daylight Savings: How to create habits during this transitional time.

So, I have a confession. I LOVE when Daylight Savings time ends. Yup, the darkness, the cool air, checking your watch and noticing that it’s pitch black, but it’s really 12 noon- ALL of it.

But most importantly, I love to feel like I have a second chance of fighting old habits and building new ones. That extra hour gives me a rebirth of something. Almost like a clean slate to try this thing called life again. So as I begin to recharge, I wanted to send some vibes along your way.

 

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What better time to change a bad habit than Daylight Savings time? 

 

Here are a few tips that can help you stretch that extra hour and reflect on the way you manage your time this daylight savings period:

A morning routine: After moving back in with my parents once I graduated from college,the mere THOUGHT of waking up early was not even a figment of my imagination. Who wants to do that? Do you really think I want to get out of my bed and work? When I wake up, I will work!  let me rest. But actually, that was wrong. Super wrong.

I have been studying successful people and their lifestyles for a while now. It is important to look at these psudeo-mentors (because they don’t really know me, yet) and almost mimic their ways of thinking, eating, and breathing (it’s not that creepy, i promise). While each person is different, I noticed that all of them have something in common: a strong, consistent morning routine. Yup, waking early and HANDLING THEIR LIVES.

Morning routines set the tone for your day. If you are waking up groggy and slow, chances are, your day might be just that. The opposite though, is fascinating. Imagine waking up early, reading a chapter of your favorite book, meditating, getting a killer workout in, and leaving the house ready for whatever life throws at you. Get it going!

Seize your day: Now that we got your morning down, what about the rest of those hours? Getting into a habit of being intentional with your time is the perfect swing to this dark weather that we are about to endure. Imagine what you can actually accomplish with the time that you are doing, hate to say this, pointless things.

I remember being fed up with my day -to-day routine. It went something like this: I would wake up late, rush to work, complain during my commute, get to work and under-perform, get a burst of energy to contact my friends and go out for dinner, hit up all of my social timelines to see what folks were doing, stay up late to watch tv, and do it ALL over again the next day. NOT OK.

We all have 24 hours to grind. Your dreams ad aspirations can be handled in that time span, but its all about what you do with them that makes your time effective. I dare you to think about what you do with your 24 hours that we all have? How much time do you spend being productive? What are you doing instead?

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-Change your mindset about Mondays: Let’s face it: You are sad that the weekend is over because you didn’t have time to do the things that you wanted to do. You were using your off-time carelessly and you can’t even imagine going back to work and starting the week all over again because you are backed-up on your personal tasks.

So now you take it out on Monday, the day that you should hit the ground running. The Monday that gives you a fresh start for your attitude of the week….

Consider this Sunday, the end date of Daylight Savings, your starting point. Instead of waking up and noticing that you have an extra hour to catch some more zzzz’s, GET UP AND GET IT. Do the work. Hit those crunches. Write like you never written before. Read like you’ve always wanted. Go ‘head. Those 24 hours belong to you. And now that extra one too.

Veggieville: Becoming a Vegetarian.

Thinking about becoming a vegetarian? Well AfroMadu is here to help you with the information you need to decide whether this would be the decision for you!

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Vegetarianism is becoming a popular trend in 2013 with many different pop figures supporting it. Names spreading from Justin Timberlake with his lyrics speaking on “Veganville” to former President Bill Clinton and his story of his transition to a full vegan diet and how it has helped him tremendously with his heart problems.
Over 4 percent of teens are vegetarians, which may not seem like much, but that is a 1 percent rise from 2007 and only 5% of our TOTAL population is vegetarian, so teens are playing a huge part in this trend and will continue to do so.

Vegetarians at minimum refrain from eating all animal flesh, including meat, poultry, fish and other seafood.Vegetarians do eat beans,grains, fruits, and vegetables, but disagree about animal-derived foods other than flesh. Lacto vegetarians accept dairy, Lacto Ovo vegetarians both dairy and eggs. Vegans refrain from eggs, dairy and often honey. There are about 6-8 million vegetarians in America today,and that number is growing as many people are starting to want to cleanse themselves physically as well as spiritually.

Vegetarian diets are “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment” of diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Veggie diets are “appropriate” even during “pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes.” Being a vegetarian also helps the environment as you are cutting down on the use of greenhouse gases, pesticides, and the slaughtering of over 10 BILLION animals yearly. It is by far one of the greatest steps you can take against these issues. Vegetarians also live longer as being vegetarian expands your life expectancy by 3.6 years. There is even research stating that vegetarians are 40% less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters.

images-54Vegetarians must pay particular attention to eating enough protein, iron, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamin B12. Vegans need B12 supplements or B12-fortified plant foods to maintain their health, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. Vegetarians must also be careful for  hidden animal-based ingredients such as rennet or the milk protein  casein.  If you aspire to be a vegetarian you should also work on menu and holiday planning, grocery shopping, being open to the questioning and skepticism of meat eaters.
These are challenges but realize that you are joining a minority group of people and have to deal with the obstacles the majority places in front of you (which should be nothing new for the black community).

From a personal perspective, I see little to no negatives to becoming vegetarian. It seems like a major step in maintaining a healthy and energetic body, you avoid so much of this world’s fillers and processed garbage. It is a huge step and I haven’t even taken the final step as I still eat chicken. Breaking a habit as strong and
consistent as eating is extremely difficult but the benefits outweigh the cons by a longshot and it’s all worth the reward to me. This article feels like the final step for me and could and probably will mark the beginning of my vegetarian journey. Hopefully this article will help you decide if this is the move for you.

Regardless, be happy, be healthy, be empowered.