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We all know that kale is king as far as superfoods are concerned - it's highly nutritious, incredibly low calorie/fat, it's loaded with anti-oxidants and it's one the best sources of vitamin C around.
Trouble is, it tastes pretty horrible!
It's packaging tells you to boil, steam or microwave it and if you used to enjoy your greens at school then go ahead, cook it this way and 'bon appetit'. But, if you're like the rest of us, this is what to do to make kale palatable: spray it with a fat-substitute 'one cal' spray (or coat with a little olive oil) and add seasoning/s of your choice - for e.g garlic salt, chili, coriander, or ginger. Then pop it in a medium to high oven for about 20 minutes and, hey presto, you've got a hot, crinkly, pleasant tasting snack or meal accompniment that's similar to crispy seaweed from your local Chinese. Who knows, you may even get your toddler to eat it!
Whether you've just run your first marathon or it's simply you against the bike, exercise often feels like a never ending battle. Why? Because it is - particularly where endurance pursuits are concerned. The key, it seems, to winning the battle is mind over matter. If we can train our mind to override the "stop" messages are body sends us, then there is potential to achieve amazing things. But how do you do that?
Well, you could hire a sports psychologist...or you could just try a few of these simple things first:
1) Focus your attention on what you're doing, rather than what you're feeling.
2) Distract yourself by thinking of something totally unrelated to exercise.
3) Play music
4) Exercise in a group
5) 'Catch' negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.
6) Keep moving. Exercise helps improve inhibitory control, so the fitter you get, the stronger your mind gets.