23 Amazing Benefits of Yoga You May Not Have Known

Are you looking for great ways to relax?

Remaining calm is surprisingly one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. One way I do this is by practicing yoga every day.

If you’ve considered practicing yoga but aren’t sure of the benefits, you’re in the right place. I’ll be sharing a few reasons why yoga should become part of your daily routine.

Here are the benefits of yoga:

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1. Keeps Your Mind Right

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When I began doing yoga, I was struggling with anxiety. My nutritionist told me to try it because it would help me to remain mindful.

This is one of the best benefits of yoga, in my opinion because when you get in tune with your body you’re more intentional about keeping your mind in a healthy place and making better choices for your body.

2. Body Cleanse

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Yoga is all about twisting, bending, and stretching. This may sound painful at first, but it gets better over time.

All the twisting, bending, and stretching is beneficial when it comes to detoxing your body. It helps cleanse your body and in turn, makes you feel better.

3. Decreases Anxiety

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I already mentioned I began doing yoga daily because of anxiety. In my experience, yoga works wonders on helping to relieve anxiety.

One simple move I learned deals with alternating nostrils for breath. It helps me tremendously when my stress levels begin to rise.

4. Lessens Tummy Troubles

If you have tummy troubles, you aren’t feeling well. Whether you’re struggling with occasional constipation or full-blown IBS, yoga could help with this.

The twisting, bending, and stretching of yoga can help your body get things moving internally and level things out.

5. Zzzzz

Are you struggling to get quality sleep at night? It could be because your body needs a chance to relax before you fall into bed.

Yoga is a great way to do this! Try a night-time yoga routine. It could relax your body and help to improve your sleep.

6. Great for Your Balance

Until I began practicing yoga every day, I didn’t realize how little balance I had. Yoga can help fix this.

Some of the poses focus on balance. As you become older, maintaining your balance is important. It’s a great idea to work on it while you still can.

7. Trains Your Mind

We know at this point yoga can help to decrease anxiety and make you more mindful of your body. It can also help train your mind.

I’ve learned much of dealing with anxiety is training your brain to move in one direction instead of bouncing around. Yoga can help improve your focus and mental clarity.

8. Be a Pretzel

I didn’t realize how stiff I had allowed my body to become until I began doing yoga. In the beginning, it was tough for me to even touch my toes.

It’s amazing how much more limber I am since I practice yoga every day. If you’d like to improve your flexibility, yoga could be a good way of doing this.

9. Great for Your Muscles

Lifting weights is good for many people, but you can tone your muscles in other ways too. One way is by practicing yoga.

Yoga uses your own body strength in many poses. This can make you stronger and provide more definition to your muscles.

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10. Natural Energy Drink

Are you lacking energy? There are many natural ways to boost your energy levels. One of these ways is by practicing yoga regularly.

When you begin moving and stretching your body it’s as if it awakens everything within you. The next time you’re low on energy, take a few moments to do a couple of yoga poses.

11. Watch the Scale Go Down

Many people don’t realize how beneficial yoga is because it’s usually low-impact. In many people’s minds this makes it not worth their time.

In fact, yoga can help you lose weight. There are different types of yoga (some are more strenuous.) Plus, yoga makes you more mindful which should help you to make healthier lifestyle choices.

12. Healthy Heart

We all know how important our heart health is to our overall health. If the heart stops working, it doesn’t matter how toned your muscles are because your body can’t survive without this organ.

Yoga can help improve your heart health. Though some forms of yoga aren’t excessively strenuous, it can still help strengthen this vital muscle.

13. Less Boo-boos

When your body is more flexible, you’re less likely to get hurt. This is another benefit of practicing yoga on a regular basis.

By stretching your body, you’re lessening your chance of becoming injured when you’re doing more strenuous exercise or playing a sport.

14. Stand Up

This is one benefit of yoga I wasn’t expecting until I began noticing it on my own. When you do yoga, there’s a great deal of focus on posture.

You’ll notice over time, your posture may improve. In my own situation, when I slouch now, it makes my muscles ache which encourages me to stand up straight.

15. No More Achy Muscles

This is a big benefit which keeps me coming back to my yoga mat on the daily. When I don’t do yoga now, my body hurts.

If you suffer from achy muscles, do some yoga. It’s great at stretching out those sore muscles and relieving some of the pain their stiffness can cause.

16. Good for Your Joints

Do you have achy joints? You guessed it. Yoga can help with joint health as well. If you suffer from issues with your joints, try adding yoga to your daily routine.

It could improve your joint health, lessen your pain, and improve your quality of life.

17. Works Wonders on Your Spine

This is another benefit of yoga I wasn’t expecting (nor did I realize I needed.) Your spine carries a ton of pressure.

By bending and stretching it out regularly, it’s amazing how much better you’ll feel. If I don’t stretch my spine daily, I notice the difference immediately.

18. Osteoporosis Prevention

Many people have osteoporosis in their family. It’s a huge concern to them because they want to remain as healthy as possible.

Yoga can help in fighting osteoporosis. When you’re stretching, you’re putting weight on your bones. This helps to strengthen them.

19. Gets the Blood Pumpin’

Did you know blood flow is a key in remaining healthy? We need the blood flowing through our body to keep our organs healthy and to allow our bodies to repair any damaged parts.

Yoga is great at getting the blood to flow throughout our bodies. This makes you feel better and helps to maintain good health.

20. Boosts Your Immune Health

I’m a big believer in taking care of the immune system. It’s our first line of defense when it comes to illness.

This is another benefit of yoga. It removes toxins from our bodies, makes our blood flow, and all of this helps to optimize our immune systems.

21. Lowers Blood Pressure

Do you struggle with high blood pressure? One way to naturally reduce your blood pressure is by practicing yoga.

Be sure to still follow your doctor’s orders and take any medication prescribed to you, but yoga could be something you do in addition to these other things.

22. Cortisol Levels Improve

If you’ve ever heard of adrenal fatigue, you know it can be a difficult diagnosis to deal with. Basically, our adrenal systems can get bogged down.

This makes us feel bad. Yoga helps to reduce our cortisol levels which is great for our adrenal health.

23. Decreases Blood Sugar

Balancing blood sugar is something most of us must consider on a daily basis, but it can be challenging at times.

Yoga is great at helping to keep your body in balance. One way it does this is to decrease your blood sugar levels.

You now have 23 different benefits of practicing yoga. Be sure to speak with your doctor before starting any new fitness routine.

But if you and your doctor agree the benefits of yoga are something you need (and you can safely practice yoga) there’s a lot to be gained.

Good luck to you on your new journey to fitness. 

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DIY Green Tea Beverages: 24 Recipes to Get the Benefits of Green Tea in a Flavorful Way

Are you trying to incorporate more green tea in your life?

Green tea has many awesome benefits. If you’d like to enjoy it in different ways, you should consider making a variety of DIY green tea beverages.

You don’t have to scout them out all over the internet. Instead, hang out here.

I’ve scoured the internet and put awesome recipes for DIY green tea beverages in one convenient location. Here are your green tea drink choices:

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1. Watermelon Green Tea Refresher

If you love watermelon, you’ll love this fresh beverage. It consists of green tea, chunks of fresh watermelon, and fresh lemon juice.

2. Antioxidant Rich Blueberry Green Tea

Are you looking for a beverage which will hydrate and cleanse your body simultaneously? Check out this antioxidant green tea beverage. It has green tea, fresh blueberries, honey, and lemon juice.

3. Strawberry-Kiwi Green Tea

I have friends who aren’t green tea fans (or so they think.) If you don’t like the original flavor of green tea, you should try this infused version. It’s filled with green tea, strawberries, and kiwi.

Check out my latest video!

4. Copycat Panera Green Tea

Do you enjoy the refreshing taste of the green tea you can only find at Panera Bread Company? Thanks to this recipe you can have the same refreshing flavor without leaving your home.

5. Iced Passion Fruit Green Tea

Do you love the refreshing flavor of passion fruit? You should check out this beverage which blends iced green tea and passion fruit for a tasty concoction.

6. Flat Belly Minty Lime Iced Green Tea

It’s no secret green tea is thought to help people lose weight. If you’d like a beverage which is bursting with fresh mint and lime flavor and may boost your metabolism, this could be your drink.

7. Green Tea Frappuccino

Do you enjoy an ice cold coffee beverage on a hot day? You can now have this minus the coffee. This Frappuccino recipe uses matcha green tea, French vanilla pudding, and milk to make a soothing beverage for steamy days.

8. Honey and Mint Iced Green Tea

If you want an all-natural cool beverage, this could be it. It’s filled with green tea, fresh mint, and honey for a tasty drink.

9. Grapefruit Green Tea

What I personally love about green tea is it takes on any flavor you mix it with. If you want the green tea benefits, but love the flavor of grapefruit, you should check out this recipe.

10. Green Tea by the Pitcher

Some people prefer the regular flavor of green tea, but they still want it iced and ready to go when they need a drink. This tutorial walks you through how to make the perfect green tea by the pitcher.

11. Homemade Peach Green Tea

I’ll be honest. I didn’t like iced green tea until my mom introduced me to peach green tea. Now, I’m hooked. If you want a fruity and flavorful beverage, check out this recipe for homemade peach green tea.

Or buy the mix! 

12. Green Tea Kombucha

Kombucha is a natural beverage which is known for boosting your gut health. If you’d like to make kombucha with a twist of green tea, check out this recipe.

13. Instant Pot Green Tea

Many people are using their Instant Pot for anything they can these days. Why should making green tea be any different? This tutorial walks you through how to brew amazing green tea in moments with your Instant Pot.

Do you have an Instant Pot and are searching for more ways to use it? Check out this cookbook! 

14. Peach Green Tea Lemonade

Do you need more flavors in your green tea than peach? No worries. I’ve got you covered with this recipe which incorporates peaches, green tea, and lemonade.

15. Cranberry Iced Green Tea

Do you love the refreshing flavor of cranberries? You can now add the cranberry taste with the traditional flavoring of green tea for an amazing drink. It’s perfect for hot summer days or a Thanksgiving celebration.

16. Sweet Cucumber Green Tea

Some people enjoy the flavor of fresh cucumber infused into their beverage. If you’re one of these people, you’ll love this recipe. They infuse cucumbers into green tea for a refreshing beverage.

17. Strawberry Green Tea

Looking for ways to use the fresh strawberries you find in the grocery store during the summer months? Perhaps you grow your own strawberries? You can now use them in this refreshing green tea beverage infused with strawberries.

18. Moroccan Green Tea Cocktail/ Mocktail

This is a simple beverage. For the mocktail, combine green tea, honey, and lemon juice. For the cocktail, use the same mix but toss in a couple ounces of vodka to finish it off.

19. Ginger Lemongrass Iced Green Tea

Do you want to enjoy your green tea with more of a bite? Use fresh ingredients, such as ginger and lemon grass, in your green tea mixture to get a flavorful drink.

20. Peach Green Tea Sangria

When you’re reading a good book by the pool, you may want a tasty beverage. Reach for this non-alcoholic peach green tea sangria. It’s filled with fresh fruit, green tea, and peach herbal tea.

21. Green Tea Soda

You want more green tea in your life, but you still miss the fizz of a great soda? I can understand how you feel which is why I’m bringing you this perfect combination of green tea and soda in one recipe.

22. Peach Green Tea Smoothie

On a hot day, you may need an extremely cool (and filling) way to start your day. Consider making this peach green tea smoothie. It contains peaches, green tea, vanilla extract, a banana, Greek yogurt, and honey.

23. Strawberry Green Tea Smoothie

Do you like the idea of enjoying your green tea in a smoothie but aren’t a huge fan of peaches? Consider making this strawberry green tea smoothie instead.

24. Matcha Smoothie

Do you love the taste of matcha green tea? You must check out this matcha green tea smoothie. It’s filled with all the good stuff like bananas, avocado, spinach, and of course, matcha green tea powder.

This concludes our tour of DIY green tea beverages. Enjoy these 24 different green tea recipes. Hopefully, you’ll make a few of these beverages and find delicious ways to incorporate more green tea into your diet.

Now it’s your turn. Purchase the ingredients, put the recipes to work, and enjoy the benefits of green tea in your life.

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8 Reasons to Begin Preserving Your Own Food Now

Do you have a friend who’s in their kitchen constantly during the summer months?

Are they preserving their own food?

I understand because I’m this friend to my friends. During the summer months I disappear because I’m busy in my garden and kitchen.

It’s vital I preserve enough food to sustain my family throughout the year. This helps us save money and makes it easier to quarterly grocery shop.

If you’ve ever wondered why people preserve their own food, you’re in luck! I’m going to share a few insights with you on why people put in the work to preserve their own food and why you should get started now:

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1. Less Dough

When you preserve your own food, you save a ton of money. You can grow a large garden or purchase produce in bulk.

Either way, it makes the food less expensive than buying it as needed from your local grocery store. By preserving a great deal of my family’s own food, I’m able to have enough of a stockpile where I can grocery shop only once per quarter.

When I grocery shop at these times, I still only spend approximately what most do in a month because I’ve produced and preserved the majority of what we need.

Check out how my family saves approximately $500 per month on groceries with quarterly grocery shopping.

2. Healthier

Preserving your own food is much healthier than what you buy at the store. You know exactly what’s going into the food you eat, and in many cases, you’ve raised the food from a seed.

There’s no hidden surprises.

Plus, the food is stored in glass jars, no preservatives are used (besides natural canning salt), and the lids are BPA free.

If you’re concerned about the quality of food your family is consuming and their health, preserving your own food is the way to go.

3. It’s Delicious!

I tell my husband all the time, when my kids are grown, the first thing I’m going to do is take our tractor and run straight through our two large gardens.

Why? Because they’re a ton of work! When it’s only my husband and I, we won’t need such large plots to raise our own food.

However, I won’t quit gardening all together (until I’m too old to safely do it anymore.) We’ll switch to a nice raised bed garden, have a few containers, and I’ll keep my perennial crops. I’ll still raise enough food to preserve for us.

After canning my own green beans and tomatoes for almost a decade, I can’t go back to the store for these items.

They don’t taste as good from the store (in my humble opinion.) These crops don’t require much effort to grow, canning them isn’t difficult, and they taste amazing!

4. Preparedness

Whether it be a storm or a world crisis (such as this pandemic) my family and I don’t have to worry. The reason being is we preserve most of our own food and stockpile the rest with quarterly grocery shopping.

When you preserve most of your own food, you’re ready. You shouldn’t worry when trouble hits because your family has enough food to sustain them.

Plus, if you can start a fire, you can eat. This goes for canned and frozen foods. Preserving your own food always makes sure you’re ready for whatever may happen in life.

5. Easier on the Earth

If you’re environmentally mindful, you’ll be glad to know preserving your own food is much easier on the earth.

When you purchase goods from the grocery store, there’s a ton of packaging which comes with it. Even if you recycle the cans, plastic, or other packaging, it doesn’t answer for the packaging the product ships in.

As you preserve your own food, you’ll find you’re able to reuse the containers you store your food in. I’ve had the same canning jars for almost ten years.

We recently purchased the reusable Tattler lids which should last us another couple of decades.

Plus, when you store foods in the freezer or by dehydrating you can use reusable containers or minimal amounts of plastic bags which can later be recycled.

Need food preservation equipment? Check out this dehydrator! 

6. The Original Convenience Foods

Are you constantly frustrated because you feel as though you don’t have enough time to prepare your family home cooked meals?

Therefore, your bank account keeps dropping, the health of your family is concerning, and the food you eat doesn’t make you feel good?

Preserving your own food can help with this. Canning is the original way our ancestors had convenience foods.

You can produce quality meals in less than 30 minutes by opening a few jars of precooked foods. These foods are healthy because you know what’s in them and how they were preserved.

There’s no guilt in this style of convenience food.

Need a healthy meal plan? Check out my carb-friendly meal plan with FREE printable! 

7. It’s a Skillset

Preserving your own food takes time, and it takes the patience of learning a new skill set. Here’s the amazing thing: none of it is hard.

Once you learn how to operate a dehydrator and canner, you’ve gained the skills you need to store food for yourself and your family for the year to come.

It does take an investment when purchasing the necessary materials. Plus, it takes the investment of time.

Deciding whether to invest the time and money to learn to preserve food is up to you, but it certainly can provide a great return on your investment. 

8. Do It Now!

If you’re interested in learning to preserve your own food, the time is now. I say this with a sense of urgency.

As this pandemic rolls through, you begin to see a side of people you didn’t know was there. People are panicked and looking out for themselves.

You don’t want to be at your local store’s mercy when trouble hits. We’ve already seen this isn’t an efficient plan.

The same people who are panicked in the stores have headed online and started stocking up on the equipment necessary to preserve their own food.

It’s nearly impossible to find a good deal on canning jars, canners, or canning lids right now because of the panic many are still feeling.

However, if you’re going to begin preserving food, I encourage you to get your supplies sooner rather than later.

Start learning the skills because unfortunately, the chaos of this world is going to keep happening. You should be prepared for the next round of it.

The best way to be prepared is to practice becoming more self-sufficient and learn to preserve your own food.

Hopefully this sheds some light on why many people go the extra mile to preserve their own food each year.

It’s a great skill to have when being prepared, but it can also help you to save money and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Now that you know the perks of preserving your own food, what are you waiting for? Figure out how to garden on the cheap and start preserving your own foods. 

13 Easy Crops to Grow for the Beginner Gardener

Are you under the impression that you can’t grow anything?

Have you tried gardening in the past with disastrous results? Oh, friends, don’t give up. I was once the exact same way.

When we first started gardening, I killed four gardens trying to get something to grow. That was almost ten years ago.

Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks and discovered there are easy crops to grow. Are you interested?

Great! Here’s my list of easy crops to grow:

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1. Green Beans

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Green beans made the top of this list because they’re so simple to grow. There’s no starting of seeds or transplanting, in most cases.

Instead, green beans can be directly sown into the area you’d like to raise them. This makes life much easier for beginner gardeners.

You buy the seeds, place them in quality soil, provide adequate care (such as watering, weeding, and proper lighting), and watch them grow. Just be mindful of spacing and supporting the beans if you choose a type that runs.

2. Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are easy if you only raise a few plants. By reducing your numbers, it gives you an opportunity to gain experience and keep a close eye on each plant.

Place them in a container with quality dirt, water them, and fertilize as needed. You could grow them in a raised or in ground bed as well.

Be sure they have plenty of sunlight. The biggest problems people run into with tomatoes are pests, disease, and over watering.

I recommend container gardening as you learn to grow tomatoes because it helps beginner gardeners avoid many of the diseases and pests that are attracted to larger garden areas.

3. Squash

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Squash is one of those plants that the first year you grow them you think, “Oh, wow! It’s growing!” Every year after you’re like, “Oh no, it’s growing!”

I say this because one plant produces a massive harvest. You don’t need many squash plants, but if you plant them in a mound of quality soil, they should grow with little extra effort on your part.

Check into companion planting to help avoid pests. Diseases and pests are squash plants’ biggest struggles.

4. Lettuce

Lettuce is another one of the easy crops to grow. Again, I recommend growing a leaf lettuce in a container to simplify things even more.

Leaf lettuce is resilient, you don’t have to worry about spacing when planting, and you control the soil when gardening in containers.

Be aware that lettuce does best in cooler temperatures. If you grow lettuce in warm weather, it may bolt (or go to seed) quickly.

5. Spinach

Spinach is the first crop I ever grew when my husband built me a greenhouse almost a decade ago. I chose spinach because of how easy it is to grow.

My greenhouse had beds in it. I sowed the seed directly and had a great harvest for a first-time greenhouse gardener.

If you want to grow spinach too, sow the seed directly into quality soil. When it sprouts, you may have to thin the plants out, but spinach is a durable plant that grows well in cooler temperatures.

6. Herbs

If you can’t grow a thing, buy some herbs! I’ve had great experiences growing herbs because they produce well with only minimal care.

Plus, many times, they’ll go to seed at the end of the year. This produces volunteer plants that will sprout the following year.

To grow herbs, I recommend starting with seedlings purchased from your local nursery or big box store. Plant them in quality soil with ample sunlight. They should produce if the weather is warm enough.

Some herbs are perennials, so they’ll come back year after year.  One herb to be mindful of is mint. Once rooted, it will take over the bed its growing in, and is nearly impossible to get rid of.

7. Corn

Golden ears of corn are a beautiful sight standing in your garden. They taste delicious, too! The best thing about corn is that it’s easy to grow.

The seeds usually come in a coating that is poisonous to animals which encourages squirrels to leave them alone while the seed is sprouting.

Once it has sprouted, you may need to thin the corn out. Other than that, keep it watered, fertilized, and monitor for pests.

It’s a good idea to plant the corn in a box formation, instead of rows, as this protects it from wind damage.

8. Greens

I love growing greens. Turnip greens to be exact. It’s a two-for-one crop that is simple to raise in your garden.

The seeds are tiny, so they should be direct sowed. Don’t dig individual holes. Instead, cast them out over quality, freshly tilled soil.

Once they sprout, thin them as needed. You can eat the greens while they’re tender and wait until the end of the season to harvest the turnips.

9. Peppers

Peppers are another crop I recommend starting with only a few plants. This allows you to learn to care for this type of plant and spot pests or problems easier.

You can raise pepper plants in an inground bed or a raised bed, but I recommend starting with container gardening because it’s easier to watch the soil and learn about watering properly.  

Pepper plants need plenty of sun. They should be watered regularly and fertilized approximately one time per month. Be sure to monitor for pests or signs of disease.

As the weather heats up, your pepper plants should begin producing a bountiful harvest.

10. Root Crops

I put root crops towards the end of this list because, in theory, they’re easy to grow. They don’t require vast amounts of sunlight or warm temperatures.

Radishes, carrots, and potatoes are easy root veggies to grow. The difficult part about growing root vegetables is the soil.

I usually recommend raising them in containers to begin with. If your soil isn’t loose enough it will hinder their growth.

11. Gourds

Gourds? Why would I possibly want to grow gourds? Well, because you can make a variety of crafts out of them, and you can even grow your own loofah sponges.

My husband and I accidentally found out how easy they are to grow when we planted some at our house for my mother-in-law. They were gorgeous, provided a ton of shade, and she had a ball crafting with them.

Be aware, you only need to grow a few seeds. They easily reseed and will most likely come back year after year.

12. Asparagus

Asparagus is a wonderful perennial crop to grow. It’s a good companion for a variety of other plants and doesn’t take up a ton of room.

Be sure to grow your asparagus where it has room to come back larger with each passing year.

It should also be out of the way to make sure it doesn’t get mowed down during yard work. Yes, I’m speaking from experience. 😊

13. Strawberries

The last item on our list of easy crops to grow is strawberries. Strawberries are delicious (especially in ice cream!)  and if planted in a permanent location, should come back every year.

You can grow them in hanging baskets, containers, window boxes, or in a bed. If you grow them in a bed, be prepared that they come back thicker each year.

Be sure to thin them when they come back to provide room to produce and breathe. Lack of airflow can make them susceptible to fungus.

If you’re new to gardening, I hope this list serves you well.   

Finding easy crops to grow isn’t difficult. Many times, you just have to garden differently in the beginning while you gain your footing.

Now, it’s time to put what you’ve learned into action. Go buy some seeds, quality soil, a few planters, and get busy gardening. Happy grow season, everyone! 

13 Health Benefits of Coffee [And 2 Risks]

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Are you a coffee drinker? 

There was a time when society tried to make us feel guilty for drinking it.

However, over time, medical science is proving coffee has many benefits.

If you’re looking for a few extra reasons to indulge in your morning cup of Joe, you’ve come to the right place. 

I’m going to share with you why coffee could be of great benefit to your health. Here’s what you should know about the health benefits of coffee:

**Before we get started, let’s discuss the legalities.I’m not a medical professional. This is meant for informational purposes only. Please seek out advice from a medical professional if you have questions or concerns about the benefits or risk-factors of including coffee in your diet. I’m not liable in any way. Thank you!**

1. Gives You Energy

This is a “duh” point because we all know that coffee gives us energy. This is why most of us stumble to the coffee pot before we do anything else in the morning.

However, it’s important to note that coffee gives us energy because of the caffeine it contains. Therefore, it’s a low-calorie method to get our energy boost to start the day.

2. Makes Your Brain Work

After we get our first surge of caffeine for the day, we’re ready to roll. Our brains are awake and ready to tackle whatever comes our way.

The same caffeine that gives us energy also improves our brain function. Caffeine blocks adenosine. By blocking this neurotransmitter, it opens the way for another neurotransmitter (dopamine) in our brain. 

By increasing the dopamine in our brain, it boosts our overall brain function but can have a large impact on our mood, memory, and amount of time it takes us to react. 

3. Puts the Heat to Your Fat

If you look on the back of any diet pill or drink, you’ll find most contain caffeine. Why? Because caffeine is a natural fat burner.

By increasing our caffeine intake, it not only boosts your brain power but also your metabolic rate and can help you lose weight. Caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by as much as 10%. This percentage will die down the more you drink coffee, but if you’re new to the coffee-game enjoy this benefit while it lasts. 

4. Gym Buddy

Are you considering heading to the gym in the next hour? Consider drinking a small, black cup of coffee about an hour before working out.

If you have a healthy heart, the caffeine in coffee can increase your adrenaline and nervous system. This gives you more energy and can help you have a better workout.

Again, make sure your heart is in good enough condition to withstand this caffeine boost prior to a workout

5. Contains Nutrients

I don’t know about you, but when I drink coffee, I’m not considering what type of nutrients it contains. 

However, if you need a boost in the arm over drinking your coffee, you’ll be glad to know it does contain important nutrients.

Coffee contains various types of vitamin B, manganese, and potassium. If you like to get your nutrients through food/ beverage sources instead of a pill, coffee could be one more source of the vitamins your body needs. 

6. Fights Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a horrible disease that impacts far too many people. We know that diet and exercise can lower our risk of this disease.

However, scientists are finding that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of battling this disease as well. 

They aren’t exactly sure why coffee helps fight type 2 diabetes, but in recent observations, they’re finding it seems to lower the risk.

7. So Long Depression

Depression is another serious disease which impacts people from all walks of life. Coffee isn’t a cure-all for this disease. 

However, it can help when you’re battling depression. If you struggle with this difficult disease, be sure to reach out for help from medical professionals when you need it, but also consider adding a cup of coffee or two to your daily routine as well and see if it helps. 

8. Might be Good for Certain Organs

Scientists are checking into the health benefits coffee provides. They’re seeing positive results though they don’t fully understand why they’re getting the results they are.

For example, in some studies, scientists are finding that coffee may be good for your liver. They think it may help fight cirrhosis of the liver and other cancers. 

Along the same line of thinking, they believe it may be good for your heart as well. They’re seeing signs it could even help fight a variety of cancers. Having a potential liquid cancer-fighter in a cup is a wonderful health benefit of coffee. 

9. Fights Diseases

We’ve all probably known someone who was impacted by Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. If you’ve ever been close to someone who has experienced these diseases, you know how devastating they can be.

The good news is scientists are finding coffee may be able to help deter these two diseases. They still aren’t sure how coffee deters Alzheimer’s, but in recent studies, it appears that coffee may lessen your risk of developing the disease.

Caffeine in coffee may help deter Parkinson’s because it encourages dopamine to keep pumping through the body.  

10. Body Aches

The next time you have a hard day’s work, do take a warm bath to soothe your sore muscles. Once you get out of the bath, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee.

Coffee is thought to soothe sore muscles as well. While you’re applying Bengay, you might as well sit back, relax, and enjoy a hot cup of Joe to relieve the aches of a sore body. 

11. Good for Your Diet

We’ve already discussed how coffee contains important nutrients that our body’s need to function properly.

You’ll be glad to know, coffee also contains fiber. We all need fiber in our diet because it scrubs our insides to remove waste and plaque from our system. Coffee is one more way for you to up your fiber intake.

12. Good for Your Teeth

It’s important to take care of every part of our body, including our teeth. If you practice good home care but still would like to do more to keep your teeth in tip-top shape, drink black coffee.

Black coffee is able to kill bacteria on your teeth. Therefore, this deters cavities from forming. One more reason you can feel good about enjoying your morning cup of coffee.

13. Kicks Gout to the Curb

If you’ve ever struggled with gout, you know how painful it can be on your joints. You should definitely seek medical attention for it if necessary.

But if you’re interested in stopping gout before it starts, you’ll be encouraged to know that scientists think coffee helps protect your body from it. Coffee is more than a favorite beverage. It can be a liquid armor against some things (or so we hope.)

Coffee sounds like an amazing drink and something everyone should partake in. However, I pride myself on offering beneficial information for everyone to make choices based upon the whole picture.

Though the health benefits of coffee seem great in some cases, it may not be a benefit to everyone who drinks it.

Here are the risks to drinking coffee:

1. Boosts Your Cholesterol

There is a chance that coffee could boost your cholesterol. Instead of being a benefit to your heart, it could serve as a hindrance.

If you have concerns about your cholesterol, be sure to speak with your doctor to find out if coffee is the right beverage for you.

2. Heart Damage

Some people are born with a genetic mutation which could cause coffee to do damage to their heart. 

This mutation impacts how your body processes coffee. It slows down your body’s process in breaking down the caffeine which can damage your heart. 

Obviously, the benefits and risks of drinking coffee will vary on a case-by-case basis. Be sure to ask your doctor if you have any medical concerns or questions about your risks of drinking coffee.

Remember, moderation is key. A cup or two of coffee a day probably won’t hurt a healthy person. If you overdo it, you could see negative side effects.

Practice good judgment, seek out medical advice when in doubt, and if you’re healthy (and your doctor says it’s okay) do enjoy every sip you take while also enjoying the health benefits of coffee.

Bulletproof Coffee: Make It in Only 3 Steps

I love homemade bulletproof coffee!

As far as I know, it’s the only way to go. I wish certain coffee bars would add it to their menu, though. 

In the meantime, I’ll stick to making my own.

Yet, the first time I heard the term “bulletproof coffee”, it kind of scared me. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into.

I was pleased to find, it’s an easy drink to make, does an excellent job at keeping you feeling full, and can help you stick to your health goals.

Many people drink a bulletproof coffee if they participate in intermittent fasting, follow a low-carb diet, or a keto diet.

Whether you need a filling drink or are simply a coffee fanatic, I’ve got you covered.

Here’s how you can make your own homemade bulletproof coffee:

Ingredients-

  • 2 cups of black coffee
  • Alternative sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

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1. Add Coffee to Blender

This will not be a quiet way to start your day. If you have an immersion blender, it will work to make this coffee beverage.

However, I use my basic stand blender. I begin making the beverage by pouring two cups of black coffee into the blender.

The kicker here is to make sure your blender isn’t plugged up. I accidentally turned mine on during the process, and it was a hot-mess…literally.  

2. Add Ingredients to Taste

The next step may take some playing around with to decide which type of bulletproof coffee will be your new “jam.”

Add a non-sugar sweetener to your coffee (if you normally use sweetener when drinking coffee.) The heavy whipping cream is a must for this drink.

It gives it a frothy texture and adds some fat to the mixture to help you stay full longer. I like the taste of vanilla, but if you aren’t a fan you can omit it.

Some people add coconut oil to their coffee because they feel it helps them stay full but others feel it gives their coffee too much of an oily texture.

I add either coconut oil or butter. I don’t use both. The butter gives the coffee a delicious toffee taste, adds fat to keep you full, and adds to the frothy texture of the homemade bulletproof coffee.

3. Blend and Enjoy!

Once you’ve figured out which ingredients are going to work best for you, place the lid on the blender, mix it up, and pour it into your coffee cup.

I’m ready to enjoy my coffee at this point. However, some like to add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top before diving in. 

I feel like it gives my coffee a grainy texture, but if you enjoy cinnamon, give it a try. It may become your new favorite way to enjoy this drink. 

Hopefully this beverage will help you start your day off right and stay full longer. Mix and match the ingredients anyway you like, but always be sure to enjoy your homemade bulletproof coffee. 

Low Carb on a Budget: Embrace It with These 14 Tips

14 simple ways to eat low carb on a budget

Are you interested in eating low carb? Do you need to do low carb on a budget?

I know the feeling. My husband was put on a low-carb diet by one of his doctors. When he told me what he was encouraged to eat, my first response was, “We can’t afford that!”

However, I knew he needed to lose weight so I supported it and figured out a way to eat low carb on budget.

Here are the tips I’ve put together based upon our own experience of eating low carb on a budget:

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. You should never start a new diet without consulting your doctor first. I’m not liable for your experiences, and this post is for informational purposes only. 

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1. Eat the Cheap Meats to Eat Low Carb on a Budget

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When some people consider going low-carb, they assume they’ll be eating steak and chicken every night of the week.

If your budget can afford this, that’s awesome! However, my budget doesn’t have that kind of room in it.

Instead, we eat cheaper cuts of meat. I’ll buy a whole ham and divide it into multiple meals. We eat pepperoni as a snack, use cheap ground beef, and less expensive cuts of chicken.

The protein is what counts. Look for the cheaper cuts of meat to save yourself a bundle

2. DIY Your Meat to Eat Low Carb on a Budget

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Another way we’re able to eat low-carb on a budget is by raising and hunting for our meat. We live on a small farm.

This land gives us the room to raise a few pigs every year to fill our freezers. If the idea of raising your own meat makes you uncomfortable, or you don’t have the room, talk with your local butcher.

Many times they’ll sell you a portion of a pig or cow for a wholesale price. 

If you’re an avid hunter, deer and turkey season are an excellent time to bag free meat. My husband’s family is filled with avid hunters.

We’ll take the meat off their hands and use it to make canned venison or deer jerky. Both of which make for an inexpensive protein option in our home.

3. Grow What You Can to Eat Low Carb on a Budget

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A low-carb diet isn’t eating only meat and cheese. You should incorporate low-carb vegetables for an overall healthy experience.

However, buying vegetables at the grocery store can become expensive. Instead of allowing your grocery budget to balloon, consider raising a garden.

Even if you live where there isn’t much room to plant, you could grow a container garden, raise crops in your window boxes, plant an edible landscape, use raised beds, grow in a planting table,  or grow an old-fashioned in-ground garden.

These are all great ideas for supplementing the vegetables you need in your diet without costing a fortune.

4. Food Preservation Can Help

If you have enough room to grow a garden, you may have the room to grow an excess of what you need.

When this happens, you shouldn’t waste the produce. Instead, preserve it yourself. You could can the extra vegetables, freeze them, or dehydrate them.

This will help you to have low-carb vegetables year-round without purchasing them from the grocery store.

Unsure about how to preserve your own food? Check out the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. 

It was the resource I used when I was getting started in preserving my own foods and still use it as a reference to this day. 

5. Shop the Clearance Section When Eating Low Carb on a Budget

There are some items you may not be able to grow yourself, or maybe you aren’t interested in growing them.

Whatever the circumstance, don’t forget about your grocery store’s clearance section or sale items.

When you see a low-carb item come on sale (such as pork rinds… they even have microwave pork rinds now!) stock up on as many as you can without breaking your budget. 

By shopping sales, you can get the items you need without overspending.

6. No High-End Cheeses When Eating Low Carb on a Budget

There are some cheeses considered high-end and cost more (such as brie.) There are other cheeses which are basic and cost less (such as mild or sharp cheddar.)

If you’re working on a beer budget, don’t go for the champagne of cheeses. Cheese is a common staple in a low-carb diet.

However, by purchasing less-expensive options, it can save your wallet a ton of grief. Therefore, get what you need but don’t go overboard by purchasing the most expensive options on the shelf. 

7. Low-Carb Veggies Are Good Enough When Eating Low Carb on a Budget

As referenced above, there are some low-carb vegetables which are going to be cheaper than others.

For instance, asparagus is a more expensive option for low-carb vegetables. You can skip it and go with a less-expensive option such as green bell peppers.

Your body doesn’t care how expensive the ingredients are you feed it. What matters is you’re eating low-sugar, low-carb ingredients.

8. Frozen Over Fresh

Most of us know when you head to the produce department you’re going to pay more than shopping the frozen food aisle.

When you’re eating low-carb, the same theory applies. You can purchase a large bag of broccoli for only a few dollars.

Where you’re going to pay a few dollars for one head of broccoli in the produce department. Shop smart and compare prices between fresh and frozen.

If your budget can’t afford fresh produce, it’s okay to shop the frozen food aisle. 

9. Inexpensive Desserts

Let’s be real, our dessert days aren’t over because we choose to eat a low-carb diet. There are a variety of desserts made from almond flour and coconut flour.

The problem with these options is specialty flour can add up. Instead, I avoid them all together. When I want a low-carb dessert I stick with the cream cheese or heavy whipping cream based options.

One of my favorite low-carb desserts is whipping two cups of heavy whipping cream with one box of sugar-free pudding.

I whip it until it makes a mousse. It’s delicious, makes enough for the whole family, and costs around $3. 

10. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. This type of fasting is when you choose to eat between certain times of the day. Otherwise, you fast the remainder of the day.

I hadn’t heard of it until my nutritionist thought it was a good idea for me to try it. Again, as mentioned above, don’t do anything without consulting your doctor first.

In my case, it works for me to eat between the hours of 12pm and 8pm. The remaining 16 hours of the day, I fast.

I drink plenty of fluids and drink a bulletproof coffee for breakfast. Not only does this work for me, but it also saves me money.

I don’t have to worry about one extra meal a day because I drink it. If intermittent fasting works for you or is recommended by your doctor, don’t look at it as a punishment.

Look at it as a money saving option and one more way to eat low-carb on a budget. 

11. Utilize Leftovers to Eat Low Carb on a Budget

If you want to save money, you’ve got to use what you’ve got. In short, don’t be wasteful. 

When you have leftovers, use them as the next day’s lunch. Not only does this keep you from wasting food, but it also saves you money.

Instead of purchasing a week’s worth of lunches, you’ll know dinner will cover two meals. This equates to money saved. 

Save your leftovers in airtight containers to keep them fresh for longer periods. This will also help you avoid waste. 

12. Buy in Bulk

There are some cases where buying in bulk is more expensive. However, there are other instances where it can save you a bundle.

Be sure to check the unit price before purchasing a low-carb option in bundle. If it can save you money, go for it.

One thing I purchase in bulk is sugar-free peach mango green tea. It’s cheaper than buying it individually from my local grocery store. 

Therefore, I order it online and enjoy a tasty beverage which works well for this way of eating. 

13. DIY Your Staples

There are basic staples to a low-carb diet. You’ll find yourself using a good amount of:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Alternative sweeteners 
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Butter
  • Cheese

If you’re in the position where you can make any of your own staples, go for it. Some people grow their own Stevia to avoid purchasing alternative sweeteners. 

You can make your own butter and cheese. If (like me) you live on a farm where you have dairy animals, this can save you a bundle because you have cream to make homemade butter and milk to make homemade cheeses.

See what you use the most of and find out if there’s a way to make any of it yourself.

14. Manager’s Specials

Our final stop on this money-saving-carpet-ride is to discuss manager’s specials. When a store has a product which will be out-of-date soon, they mark it down.

This happens most frequently in the meat and produce department. If you find meat with a manager’s special tag on it, snatch it up.

Even if you won’t eat it anytime soon, put it in your freezer. If you’re a single person, and you find a whole ham on sale…buy it.

You can cook it, slice it, package it, freeze it, and you’ve got sandwich meat which will last a few months.

If you find produce which is marked down, if it isn’t too far gone, purchase it. You can cut the bad spots out, but be sure to eat it soon.

You could also freeze the produce or dehydrate it for later use. Manager’s specials are an excellent way to save a bundle when eating low-carb.

We’ve covered 14 different ways for you to save money while enjoying the low-carb way of eating. 

Hopefully these tips will help you save money while you’re on this journey. Now, take what you’ve learned and see how you can eat low-carb on a budget. 

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Low Carb Meals on a Budget + Printable

Low carb meals on a budget

Are you jumping on the low-carb bandwagon and need low carb meals on a budget?

Welcome aboard!

My husband and I tried this way of eating a few years ago. We lost quite a bit of weight, but tragedy struck our lives, and the next thing we knew we started eating a traditional American diet again.

This year, we’ve decided to get back to where we were. I feel better eating a low carb diet, and I love losing weight while still eating delicious foods.

My friend tried the low carb way of life a few years ago too. When she heard I was going back to it she said, “I want to, but I wish someone would meal plan for me.”

Well, Jennifer, here you go. (No, I’m not talking to myself. My friend is named Jennifer ,too.) I’m going to give you seven days worth of low carb meals on a budget.

I’m also giving you a few tips to help you adjust to this way of eating. Ready? Let’s get started:

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional and different ways of eating may have varied results. Please speak with your doctor before trying any diet. I’m not liable for your experience. This is meant for informational purposes only. 

**This post may contain affiliate links. This means, in the event you make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This will be at no extra cost to you.I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to AMAZON.COM and affiliated sitesThank you for supporting my blog!**

Low Carb Meals on a Budget: Breakfast Ideas

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I include intermittent fasting with my low carb diet. It makes me feel better, and I find I lose weight faster.

This doesn’t mean everyone will have the same results. If I choose to fast through breakfast, I like to drink a bulletproof coffee to help hold me over.

However, if you prefer to start your day off with solid food, eggs and bacon are an inexpensive way to launch the day. 

A few other breakfast options are:

  • Fried bacon and avocado (you can fry them alongside each other for a great flavor)
  • Scrambled eggs whipped with heavy cream, cheese, and cubed ham
  • Boiled eggs with sausage patties 
  • Scrambled eggs cooked with crumbled sausage and cheese
  • Keto yogurt

Low Carb Meals on a Budget: Lunch Ideas

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I’m a basic lunch type of girl. I stay busy and need something I can either prep ahead of time or fix quickly. This is where inside-out-sandwiches come into play.

These sandwiches consist of lettuce as the bread, a sandwich meat in the middle, along with cheese, and finished with vegetables or a low carb condiment. 

Wrap it all up and enjoy! Prepping your meals ahead of time can help you stay the course. Try using handy containers to easily store your prepped meals in the fridge.

This way you can snag a pre-prepped meal, shove it in a cooler bag, and rush out the door on your busy days. All while avoiding the risk of breaking your low carb lifestyle or your budget.

Other lunch options are:

Here are a few more meal prep lunch options which might help you stick to this way of eating.

Low Carb Meals on a Budget: Dinner Ideas

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Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, if you’re looking for low carb meals on a budget, they usually won’t be.

A great low carb budget-friendly meal is grilled chicken with a side of broccoli topped with cheese and butter.

It’s a well-rounded meal, easy to fix, and contains the protein, fiber, and fat you need with a low carb diet. Plus, it’s inexpensive.

Additional dinner ideas are:

  • Chicken Casserole- Use leftover cooked chicken, cooked vegetables, cream cheese, and top it off with additional shredded cheese before baking. Make sure the ingredients are heated through and the cheese is bubbly and golden brown
  • Hamburgers (no bun) with cheese, keto ketchup, and mustard. Put a slice of dill pickle on the side, and a side of green beans to finish the meal
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole 
  • Skillet Pizzas- Place shredded cheese in a hot skillet, top with pepperonis, and let cook until the cheese has formed a solid crust. Once the crust has formed, gently remove from skillet, slice, and enjoy
  • Polish sausage cooked with sauteed bell peppers and onions 
  • Chili Cheese Hot Dog Bake- cook hot dogs or polish sausages, place in a casserole dish, top with low-carb chili and shredded cheese. Bake until cheese is bubbly and all ingredients are heated through

Snack Ideas

One of my favorite snacks is pepperoni and cheese. It doesn’t need to be as boring as it sounds.

You can take the basic approach and wrap pepperoni around a cheese stick to enjoy cold. 

However, you can spice it up a little by placing it in a skillet to melt it all together. It’s a delicious pick-me-up to carry you through the late afternoon hours. 

Additional snack ideas are:

A Few Extra Tips

If you’re new to leading a low carb lifestyle there are a few things you can do to make your life easier. Try the following tips to help you stick to this way of eating:

1. Check Ingredients

One of the most important things you must do when leading a low carb lifestyle is check the labels of the foods you plan on eating before you eat them. 

You’ll be surprised how many hidden carbohydrates and sugars are in the foods we eat most frequently.

Tomato based products are some of the most common items to have hidden sugars. Be extra diligent when eating these items. 

2. Plan Ahead

You can eat out on a low carb diet, but you must use even more diligence because you’ll be astonished to see how many carbohydrates and sugars are tucked into foods we commonly eat at restaurants.

Therefore, it’s vital you plan ahead. Either prep your meals ahead of time (because we all get busy) or check the nutritional information of what you plan to eat at a restaurant to make sure you avoid foods outside of the low carb range. 

3. Prep Your Meals

Prepping your meals is a big step in finding success with this way of eating. I work from home, but my husband does not.

Therefore, I spend Sunday nights prepping his breakfasts and lunches for the week. This way, he can wake up, place these two meals in his lunch box, and hit the road. He doesn’t have to worry about what he’ll eat while he’s gone or if it’s low carb friendly. 

4. Be Creative

Last but not least, be prepared to get creative when following a low carb diet. You’ll miss certain foods you once loved that no longer fall into this way of eating.

However, you can get creative and figure out how to make low carb versions of your favorite foods. This will keep you from getting bored or feeling as though you’re being deprived of the foods you enjoy. 

Needing some tips? Follow me on Pinterest where I have boards designed for those following low carb diets. They’re filled with recipes from all over the web to keep you inspired and on track! 

If you’ve been struggling to figure out how to launch a low-carb way of eating, maybe this will give you a few ideas of how you can get started without breaking the bank.

Be sure to download and/or print your FREE 7-day low carb meal plan. It’s great to keep on your phone or even stick in your purse/ wallet when you’re headed to the store or need a quick idea of what to eat. 

I hope this encourages and inspires you as you tackle your health goals and try to enjoy more low carb meals on a budget. Best of luck to you!

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Successful New Year Tips: 6 Ways to Have a Great Year

6 useful tips for a successful new year

Are you tired of making endless New Year’s resolutions only to fall short of your dream of having a successful new year?

I get it. 

I’m one of those people that loves a new year because it’s a new beginning. We all need a fresh start from time-to-time, don’t we?

Instead of beating yourself up with unrealistic resolutions, let’s discuss how you can make this new year a new opportunity for yourself and hopefully find success.

If you’re interested in having a successful new year, here are a few tips that may help:

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1. Set Realistic Goals

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One reason we fail every year when creating resolutions is because we set ourselves up for failure from the start.

It’s a great thing to have goals, but they must be realistic. For instance, if you’re 300 pounds overweight, don’t create a goal to lose all 300 pounds in a year. 

If you’re hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, don’t set a goal to pay off all your debt in one year (unless you have a massive income!)

Look at what your long-term goals are and then pull out small chunks of those goals to accomplish for the year.

Those small chunks will be your first steps. Once you learn how to crawl in the right direction, you’ll be ready to run in the future. Don’t be ashamed to start small. 

2. Write Down Goals

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Once you’ve got your smaller goals in mind, write them down. If you’re like me, your life can be hectic.

I can’t remember what I had for lunch, let alone what I’m supposed to be doing the entire year. Make life easier by writing down your goals. You can use a goal planner to make this even easier. 

Not to mention, this is a great list to pull out and keep yourself motivated when you need a kick in the pants to keep going.

Again, because I lose things easily, I created a resolution list on my phone and computer. This way, my goals are easy to keep up with. 

3. Say “No” to Self to Have a Successful New Year

If you aren’t prepared to tell yourself “no”, you shouldn’t even bother making a resolution list for the New Year.

This may sound harsh, but it’s the truth. If you want to start a business, you must say “no” to the doubt and negative comments you speak over yourself.

If you want to lose weight, you must say “no” to the foods that stop you from leading a healthier lifestyle.

Looking to dig out of debt? You must tell yourself “no” when you want to make unwise financial decisions. 

Whatever your goals are for this new year, you must be prepared to deny yourself where necessary to accomplish them. 

4. Create Mini-Milestones to Mark Out a Successful New Year

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I have big goals for this new year. My husband and I are focused on our financial health, physical health, spiritual health, and business health.

What does all of this mean? We’re trying to get out of debt, lose weight, walk closer with Jesus, and I’m trying to birth a business.

Does that sound like a lot? It’s probably because it is, but I’ve prayed over it and know this is what God wants to do through me this year. 

However, I know I must create small milestones for myself. Otherwise, I’m going to fall off the bandwagon when the going gets tough (and believe me, I know it will!) 

You can’t start moving mountains in your life and not get a little weighed down from time to time. 

My mini-milestones are:

  • Monthly weigh-ins to stay motivated
  • A chart to mark off our debts as they’re paid
  • A balance sheet to document income from business to see how it grows over the course of a year
  • An app that tracks the days I read my Bible to keep me motivated if I feel distant from God

Resolutions are a declaration of war over the bad habits in our lives. If you think you won’t receive some push-back from the enemy, you’re fooling yourself.

Therefore, create a plan of how you can mark your milestones, celebrate small victories, and keep yourself motivated when the going gets tough. 

5. Stay in the Word for a Successful New Year…and Life

This next step is vital for a successful new year. If you assume you’ll conquer your bad habits by yourself, you’re wrong.

You have to allow God to work through you, speak to you, and mold you into who He wants you to become.

How do you grow closer to God? By talking to Him because praying is your way of speaking to Him. Opening your Bible and studying it is how He speaks to us.

Open your Bible, stay in the Word, and have faith that the God who created you is capable of molding you anyway He chooses in this new year. 

6. Find the Why and Focus on It for a Successful New Year

The last tip for having a successful new year is asking yourself why you want to accomplish the goals you’ve set.

If you don’t know why you want to accomplish your goals, you won’t. Once you’ve got your “why”, make it your main focus.

On the days when things get tough, and you want to bail out on your goals, pull your “why” out of your back pocket and allow it to push you forward.

Most of us look at a new year as a fresh start. Like most fresh starts, we want to make changes from who we’ve been.

What are your goals for the year? Start by making a note of what you hope to accomplish and follow the steps above. Hopefully this will be a year of productivity and self-improvement for all of us. 

Best of luck to you on your successful new year!