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Try Matcha

Matcha, while now commonly found in things like ice creams and lattes, was originally consumed only with hot water as a tea. It is made from very finely ground tea leaves, and is known for its antioxidant, metabolism-boosting, and heart-healthy properties. It contains less caffeine than coffee, but still enough to give you a significant boost.

To prepare matcha, you will need a bamboo matcha whisk. Add a small amount of matcha to a small bowl and top with hot water, just enough to make it a thin paste. Then whisk vigorously from side to side until no lumps remain. From there, simply top with enough hot water to fill your cup and enjoy. You may also add steamed milk and/or sugar if you prefer, but it's worth it to try the deep, unique, earthy taste of fresh matcha even just once.

Think About Why You Drink

The first thing everyone willing to stop drinking should do is analyze the reasons why they want to consume alcohol. For most people, drinking is just a thing they do at parties. If you're one of them, leaving it should be pretty easy for you. However, if you're drinking to cope with a certain trauma or loss, you have to come to the realization that there may be healthier ways to dealing with these issues with more productivity. Then, the only thing that's left is to find that healthier way, which is easier said than done.

Use a sharp knife

You need as sharp a knife as possible to cut tomatoes. They're naturally soft, and if you use a dull knife, you'll just be mushing around tomato flesh and you won't get perfect, plump tomato chunks. The best way to sharpen a knife is with a whetstone - they give you increased control in the sharpness of your knife and can be used for any type of knife you have. Watch videos like this one to get an idea of how to use one - it takes some getting used to, but it's worth it for how much it will benefit not just your tomatoes, but your whole kitchen.

Arrive early and prepare beforehand

I always arrive early to present my projects at the college. Some might think that I waste time but it actually helps me to boost my confidence and practice beforehand. Settling at the location of your presentation allows you to deliver better. Other than that, you can always check if all the things are in place and everything you have requested is there.

I usually check out the equipment such as the remote, the projector, the PowerPoint presentation, and the microphone.Arrive early and prepare beforehand

Go non-traditional

If for any reason you can't go the traditional route, such as big lavish dinners and presents under a tree, you can find your own special ways to celebrate.

For example, if you can't spend hours slaving over a hot stove to make dinner, order takeout instead. Many people opt for Chinese food on Christmas, as they're usually open for business.

If you can't see your friends and family, try doing something special for yourself. Put on a nice movie and put your responsibilities on hold. It can be whatever you like that makes you feel good.

You can also try making up some of your own traditions. Maybe you don't like pumpkin pie, but instead like vanilla cupcakes. Maybe you can't have a tree, but have a potted plant you can decorate. Get creative and do what makes you happy.

Plan in advance

Intermittent fasting, when you're first starting out, can leave you feeling weak and discouraged, so it can be extremely tempting to just give up and order a pizza. A great way to curb that is to plan your meals in advance and prep them out ahead of time.

When prepping your meals, make sure you're giving your body the nutrition it needs. While 20 oreos may to some be a full meal, and while that's probably enough to last you through the whole day, it won't give your body the nutrition it needs and will leave you feeling weak.

While you don't have to track calories exactly, try reducing your carb intake and increasing your protein and vegetable intake. Making sure you're getting enough protein and fiber is key - they will keep you regular, and feeling full and nourished.

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