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8 Things That Sneak Up On You In Life And How You Can Deal With Them

Whether you like it or not, one or more of these 5 things will likely sneak up on you in life, in one way or the other.

When you think everything is going just fine, and you’re having the best time of your life, then you find yourself entangled in one of these things.

Although a few of them are totally avoidable, you’re very likely to face one or more of them as you go along in life.

So, here they are: 7 things that sneak up on you in life.

Let’s start with a good one.

1. Love

When I was younger, I didn’t think much about loving someone of the opposite sex. All I loved was my family.

I never thought that one day, I would have very strong feelings for someone that I’ll meet one day. I used to tell my sister that I’m never going to marry.

I asked what the need for it was.

Today, I sure don't have the same view. What happened? Love. Love snuck up on me.

When you’re very young, you might not see the need to love anyone, but as you go on in life, it will surely sneak up on you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

You just embrace it.

2. Heartbreak


Here comes the second, heart break.

One moment your life is going so well. You’ve fallen in love and you feel you’ve never been happier in your life.

Then the next moment, the person you love tells you he or she is no longer interested in you. Or maybe you find out, the love of your life is cheating on you with another person.

Something you could have sworn will never happen to you.

I mean, you were both so much in love. You thought nothing at all could break you apart. Then this same person tells you that you’re no longer needed.

He or she’s found someone else and you’re no longer needed.

This is how heartbreak sneaks up on you. You never expect it and you’re never prepared for it.

I mean, no one prepares for a heartbreak, right?

It just comes right at the moment you feel you’re very happy with your loved one.

But you have to accept the fact that people are imperfect, and sometimes they’re foolish and things change. So, that person you love so much and thinks love you so much can make mistakes in the future.

That doesn’t mean he or she didn’t love you, but circumstances has turned things around. Heartbreak has sneaked up on you. The best thing for you to do is to move on, if there’s no way to repair your relationship.

3. Gaining weight

This is another one that sneaks up on you. Studies shows that millions of Americans are overweight, not by choice but by their lifestyle.

Now, you don’t grow up expecting that one day, you’ll gain so much weight that you’ll want to lose it. No. It just sneaks up on you.

One moment you have that figure you love so much, the next moment you see you’ve gained weight and you’re scouring the internet looking for ways to lose it.

It happens to almost every one of us.

What do you do? Look back and see why you gained weight in the first place, see if you can make changes in your lifestyle that can help you lose the weight.

If you’ve started eating some foods you were not eating before, then stop eating those foods. Start eating healthily.

Did you use to work out? Starting working out again, and you’ll see changes in your body.

4. Ageing

We all expect to grow old one day, but when you’re young, you don’t see yourself ageing. You see it far away like in a distant world.

But sooner or later you find yourself there. You’re already growing old.

I was once a teen, now I’m 28 years old, soon I’ll be 30. I feel I'm getting old already and it happened so quickly I didn't even notice it.

Age sneaks up on us all.

What can you do about it? Nothing! Just live your life as best as you can. Make relationships and travel. Just make sure you’re living your life and not just going through it.

Do what you love to do, not the one your parents or any other person wants you to do. Pursue your dreams as long as they’re reasonable.

5. Responsibility

As you grow older, you gain more responsibility.

At one time in your life, you were just a kid and your parents or guardians are the ones responsible for you.

As time goes on, you grow up, you leave home, and you gain more responsibility. You fall in love you gain more responsibility.

You get married, you gain some more responsibility. You have a child, you gain more. You get another child, you gain even more responsibility.

As a parent, you have to teach your kids this right from the start. You have to show them that each of their actions have consequences either good or bad, and they have to bear those consequences when they take those actions.

Teaching your children to be responsible for their actions while they’re young helps turn them into responsible adults.

6. Anxiety


Anxiety is one nasty feeling that sneaks up on us as well. You become anxious and afraid when you’re not really in danger.

That’s what anxiety is, being afraid when there’s no danger. The situation you’re afraid of might even be in the future, and might not actually happen, but you find yourself thinking about it and losing sleep over it.

We all get anxious once in a while, but it becomes chronic in some people. Personally, I was once anxious about speaking in public, and I wrote an article about how I was able to overcome it here.

You can read it too, to learn how you can overcome and find relief if you’re living with anxiety.

7. Failure

When you were younger, you were probably told several times that you can do anything and achieve anything you want to achieve.

But no one tells you that you’ll fail probably more than ones as you try to achieve those things. Sooner or later in life, you meet up with failure and devastated.

You never planned for it, but it happened.

Failure sneaks up on us all, it’s part of life. You have to deal with it as you go on in life. You’ll always fail at things.

If you haven’t failed at anything, then you haven’t attempted anything worth doing.

In fact the more you fail at things, the better. It means you’re busy, you’re trying many things and you’re learning.

Failure will help you to savor and enjoy your success when it comes.

8. Success

It’s not just dark and gloomy when things sneak up on you. Success happens too. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it.

You might have failed so much in life, and it’s not a bad thing to fail. Failure just becomes bad when you quit because of it.

At the end of every dark tunnel, there is light, there is success. You just have to keep moving. Stay in the middle of the tunnel, then you’ll not see light.

Keep moving, keep failing and success will sneak up on you when you least expect it. It will smile on you at the end of your tunnel of failure.

Success sneaks up on us all if we just keep moving.

9 So-called Healthy Foods That Are Actually Junk Foods In Disguise

So many foods labeled as healthy today are actually junk foods in disguised. Thanks to the heavy marketing done by the people that produce them.

You’re eating them, most people are eating these so called healthy foods. As a result of this, the world is fatter and sicker because of them.

Here are 20 of those popular health foods that are actually junk foods in disguise.

1. Fruit juices

Yeah. This one is a very popular one. One almost everyone I know is guilty of.

Fruit juices

Many people today believe they are healthy foods. But alas, they’re not.

In fact, most of the fruit juices you find in the supermarkets today are not actually juices made from fruits.

They’re just sweetened chemicals made to taste like fruit.

Research shows that even if you’re even drinking 100 percent juice made from fruits, it’s still not a good idea, because when you make a real fruit juice, you’re eliminating most of the good stuff that makes up a fruit like the fiber.

What’s left when you make a fruit juice is just the sugar. You’ve eliminated the other good stuff your body needs.

It’s better to eat whole fruits than to drink fruit juice.

2. Margarine 

Eating margarine instead of real butter (grass-fed) is the actually the worst nutritional mistake you’re ever going to make.

Margarine is not food, but just a mixture of refine refined oil and chemicals that have been made to taste like food.

It’s the ultimate junk food if you ask me.

Butter was demonized back in the day due to the fact that it contains highly saturated fat. But studies like the Framingham Heart Study has shown that people who eat margarine are more likely to die of heart disease than people who eat butter.

So, try to eat real butter, instead of margarine which is just a mixture of chemicals and refined oils.

3. Low-fat and fat-free foods

When you see the word low-fat or fat-free in a food packaging, take to your heels.

Any food labelled like that is a highly processed product loaded with sugar.

Back in the day, saturated fat was demonised, as a result, most manufacturers started removing fat from all their foods.

The problem is, when you remove fat from food, the food tastes horrible. As a result, these same manufacturers started replacing the fat with sugar.

Today, research has shown that saturated fat is harmless. Sugar on the other hand is very harmful when too much of it is consumed.

So, all low-fat and fat-free foods are actually junk foods in disguise. Take to your hills when you see them.

4. Smoothies

smoothies junk foods in disguise

If you want a smoothie, make it at home. Most commercial smoothies marketed as healthy foods are just liquid sugar to say the list.

They have no nutritional value.

A good example of this is when The Center of Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sued Pepsico, the makers of Naked smoothie for misleading consumers claiming that their smoothie is healthier than they really are.

Check the ingredients carefully if you really have to buy a commercially made smoothie, or better still make it by yourself at home.

5. Sports drinks

Just because athletes drink it does not mean it is healthy for you.

Sports drinks were basically designed because of athletes, who need them to recover after the high physical activities and training they engage in.

These sports drinks are made up of electrolytes and sugars, which is not good for ordinary working people.

Even if you’re working out, its better you stick to plain old water if you want to hydrate than trying to mimic athletes and drinking these sugary sports drinks.

6. Vegetable oils

Several research and studies have shown that despite lowering cholesterol levels, vegetable oils like canola oil, soybean oil and grape seed oil act can increase the risk of death from both cancer and heart disease.

For your own health, it’s better that you stick to natural fats like coconut oil, olive oil and butter and avoid processed vegetable oils at all cost.

Vegetable oils are advertised to be healthy, but they’re actually one of the worst junk foods you can eat today.

7. Low carb junk food

Just because a food is low carb doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

Although, low carb foods have a host of health benefits such as weight loss, food manufacturers have taken advantage of their popularity to produce highly processed low carb junk foods.

A good example of that is the Atkins bars. Take a look at the ingredients, and you’ll find no real food there. What you see is just refined ingredients and chemicals.

Eating products like this will not jeopardize your health, but these low carb junk foods don’t really nourish your body in any way, and they’re not to be eaten regularly.

Yes, they’re technically low carb, but they’re still junk foods and are unhealthy for you.

8. Vegan junk foods like vegan bacon and vegan pasta

Highly processed foods are bad for health whether they’re vegan or not.

Vegan bacon and vegan pasta are just some of them

The vegan diet’s popularity has given rise to many of these vegan highly processed foods which are meant to serve as replacements for non-vegan foods.

The reality is, they’re not healthy, even for vegans.

They’re junk foods.

Whether you’re vegan or not, if you want to eat and stay healthy, you have to shift your focus from these highly processed factory foods and eat natural whole foods.

9. Commercial salad dressings

Most of the salad dressings you find in supermarkets and grocery shops are incredibly unhealthy. They’re made with vegetable oil, sugar and other artificial chemicals which are not good for health.

Even though the vegetables you eat are very healthy, adding these kind of artificial salad dressings will compromise the nutrients already in your veggies.

These salad dressings are junk food in disguise of being healthy.

 If you’re grocery shopping, make sure you check the ingredients of any salad dressing you buy to make sure you’re eating the right thing, or you can just make your own for peace of mind.

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