Invent A New Frozen Yogurt Flavor
Right now I want you to think about your favourite foods (something sweet not savoury.) Maybe it’s berries and chocolate, or fudge and strawberry, or lemon zest and peanut butter, pretty much any combination will work unless it’s boring or has already been done before. What about peanut butter and jelly sandwich flavored frozen yogurt or tomato and brandy?
Go and find these ingredients, either from your cupboard or in a shop.We used to do this with ice cream flavors as well, but since this is about beneficial things to do when you’re bored we thought it would be better to change it to frozen yogurt which is a bit more healthy.
If you’re over the legal age for drinking alcohol than get some brandy, whisky or sherry and add a small amount of that to the mixture to get an extra kick.
There are all sorts of crazy flavors out there for you to invent. Keep it healthy though. Use yogurt instead of ice cream and use healthy flavors.
Try something a bit crazy like carrot and orange yogurt, I mean, that could be seriously tasty. There are so many awesome combinations that you could try. Be inventive and think outside the box.
Overhaul Your Food Cupboards
Firstly go and watch something that inspires you to eat healthy foods, the video below is quite a good example but have a look on YouTube. Secondly, go and eat something so you feel full and completely satisfied. (Don’t eat something that’s really unhealthy, but it doesn’t have to be super healthy either)
Now your hunger is completely satisfied and you feel inspired by your healthy video go to your food cupboards and get ready to give them a complete overhaul.
Giving your food cupboards an overhaul means that you’ll throw out any food that isn’t in alignment with the healthy life you want to live from now on (or has already gone out of date.) It’s a way to start fresh (literally, with fresh food) and fill your house with lovely healthy food.
Anyway, foods that sit in the cupboard for a long time use huge amounts of preservatives so they don’t go ‘off.’ Unfortunately, preservatives are designed to kill bacteria, but this also means that they kill the delicate healthy bacteria in your gut. This can lead to all sorts to digestive problems and sometimes even serious nutrient deficiencies. There’s a great TED video to watch below about this topic.
Locally produced, in season food will always be the healthiest option for a meal because it’s bursting full of life-giving enzymes, nutrients and minerals. As food is stored over long periods the enzymes in the original food degrade and become worthless.
The more ‘dead’ a food is when you eat it, the more of your own ‘life-energy’ you have to put into it to bring it to life in your body. So if you eat a ripe berry straight from a tree then it’s still alive when you eat it and it gives your body ‘life.’ If you eat some processed and preserved spam that’s been in a metal container for years than there is nothing alive that it can give your body.
There is a whole continuum of foods between the freshly picked berry to the preserved spam, the idea of overhauling your food cupboards is to make a shift towards the ‘freshly picked berry side.’ If you’re struggling with will power then become inspired by these quotes about strength and will power
Clearly there is an advantage to being able to store food, especially in emergencies but most of the time this isn’t the reason our food cupboards are full of junk. If it’s a choice between an apple and a packet of crisps normally we’ll take the crisps, but if it’s a choice between an apple and going out the shop, most of the time we’ll take the apple.
By getting rid of any junk foods in the cupboard we make it more likely that we’ll choose the fresh, healthy food.
Grow Some House Plants
House plants are awesome! Naturally I would finish this article at that point but I also feel like that needs some explanation. House plants can clean and freshen the air inside your house / office. There are some special breed of plants that are specifically bred to clean the air and refresh it with oxygen (and also smell nice)
Personally I’d much rather have a big house plant instead of a TV. Seeing a plant grow can also be a rewarding process. These are the best house plants for growing inside your house.
You have to water and nurture it (I recommend talking to the plants as well, it’s much cheaper than a therapist) and in return the plant brings life to your house. If you’re really keen about your health then why not trying to grow some wheatgrass and then juicing that wheatgrass into a healthy wheatgrass shot.
There’s nothing better for your body! Other useful house plants include, aloe vera and marijuana (only if it’s legal to)
Do Some Kegels
If there was a competition for the coolest exercise of all time, I have absolutely no doubt that the Kegel would win it. It truly is the most awesome exercise. Do you want to be peeing your pants when you’re older? No thanks, me neither.
The kegel will help stop incontinence in old age because it exercises the pelvic floor and urinary muscles. Not only this, but the kegel exercise improves orgasms in both men and women. For women the kegel exercise tightens and strengthens the vaginal muscles and allows them to have more powerful orgasms. For men the kegel exercise helps prevent premature ejaculation, as well as maintaining a nice firm erection.
So, how do you actually do the Kegel? It’s really simple and you can do it anywhere. For men the easiest way to practice ‘kegeling’ is to stand on your tip toes while taking a pee. Try to cut of the piss midstream and then start again when it’s fully shut off. Do this multiple times every time you pee. (You don’t always have to stand on your toes but it makes it harder)
For women you can get hold of a pelvic toning device and practice using that. Once you get a feel for what muscles you use with the device you can change to flexing and relaxing them in any situation you want. Whether that’s driving your car, sitting at a desk or watching TV, if you’re bored practice Kegels and thank me when you’re 80 and still not peeing yourself.
Create A Paleo Smoothie
The idea behind the paleo smoothie is that a variety of natural foods is what makes a diet healthy. So in this smoothie you should put as many different fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, seeds and berries (frozen or fresh) into it as you can find.
Most of our modern diets seriously lack variety (although it doesn’t appear that way)
This is because the main substituents of most processed foods are corn, wheat and soy. So although these three mega crops can be processed into many different kinds of foods, the modern diet has very little variety. We want to go the complete opposite of that with the Paleo Smoothie and cram as many different varieties into it.
Some of the ingredients that can be used are:
- Dried apricots
- Frozen mixed berries
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
The list can go on and on, but you can just use the ingredients you have in the house. It’s also quite a good idea to pre-soak the nuts and seeds in water 8 hours before you eat them. This just brings the nuts and seeds to life (literally.) If you don’t soak them in water then they are a bit harder for the human body to digest. (They contain an enzyme that inhibits digestion, so they don’t rot when they are dry)
Paleo smoothies are incredibly alkalizing which means you’ll help prevent disease and premature ageing on a systematic level. Having an alkalising diet also helps you strengthen your bones (because being acidic causing calcium to leach from your bones to buffer the acidity) and maintain muscle mass much more easily.
The trick making the most of the Paleo smoothie is to do it consistently, and that means making it easy to throw the ingredients in the blender without too much hassle.
You can prepare all the ingredients in the right proportions and put them in little freezer bags. All you need to do now is take the bag out of the freezer, put the contents in the blender and cover with water. Blend for a few minutes and your healthy meal is ready to go. It takes less time than making a piece of toast. It’s also very easy to carry around in a thermo-flask or bottle.
One of the best things about the Paleo smoothie is that it will keep your energy levels stable and your stomach full much longer than most other foods. The seeds and nuts slow down the rate of digestion considerably. You won’t get an energy spike and then crash like you might get when drinking pure fruit juice or other forms of carbs:)
Triangular Breathe For 3 Minutes
Triangular breathing is a yogic technique that trains proper, deep breathing in the right way. Most of us breathe shallowly, from our upper chest, where only a small percentage of oxygen capturing alveoli are.
This drastically limits the amount of oxygen we can put into our blood. Shallow chest breathing also leaves a continual volume of air at the bottom of the lungs that doesn’t get recycled and becomes ‘stale.’ This stale air provides no oxygen to the blood.
Yogis and Taoists consider breathing as the most important means of obtaining wealth. Dr Andrew Weil also says that he if could only recommend one health regime to his patients is would be deep breathing exercises.
Triangular breathing is where you breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds and then breathe out for 5 seconds. This will help regulate your breathing, oxygenate your blood, remove the stale air from the lower portion of your lungs, strengthen your blood vessels and help clear your mind. You can try it anywhere any time when you’re bored.
Breathing oxygenates the blood, a process that research shows is conducive to alkalising the blood and tissues, which in turn helps drastically reduce the chances of cancer. Cancerous cells thrive in acidic conditions, so indirectly, deep triangular breathing reduces your chances of cancer.
This isn’t to mention the positive effects on well-being that deep conscious breathing creates. Breathing helps regulate stress hormones like cortisol which in turn decreases your chances of depression, mental illness and also increases life expectancy.
You can practice triangular breathing anywhere, anytime you want and instantly experience the health benefits from it. At any point that you get bored just sit back and breathe fully and deeply from the bottom of your lungs and you will be benefiting your life.
Breathing is the only system in the body that happens unconsciously but we can also control consciously when we want to, it is therefore very highly regarded in Eastern Medicine. Breathe control acts as a pathway for self control, Yogis say.