Natural Ways to Meet Your 2018 Goals

Natural Ways to Meet Your 2018 Goals

Resolve to be Crunchier in 2018
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Many of us have our own unique set of New Year’s resolutions that we hope will improve our lives in the year 2018. Many of these goals focus on relationships, careers and healthier lifestyles, but crunchy goals are gaining in popularity. These particular goals focus on your own personal needs and tend to shy away from your typical mainstream goals.

Think about the things you most want to improve about yourself by creating a list of the things you like and the things you don’t particularly like. Once you narrow that down, you can begin to formulate a plan. Read on for five natural ways to meet your 2018 goals.

Protect the Environment

You don’t have to do something significant in order to make a difference. Research the many simple ways you can help, then integrate them into your life. Start by making the switch from chemical-based cleaning products to green cleaning products. Not only is this better for the environment, but it’s better for you, your pets and your home. Reusable bags have also become popular, and most grocery stores carry them near the check-out area to help cut back on paper and plastic products.

Don’t buy plastic water bottles. Instead purchase a reusable water bottle you can use over and over again. Get yourself a water filter and fill up that way, without partaking in the overuse of plastic water bottles. Finally, recycle if you don’t already. While it may be impossible to stop your use of all paper and plastic products, you have the option to recycle when you do use them — a collaborative way everyone can help the earth become a better place.

Take Control of Your Stress

Stress doesn’t have to follow you around. Recognize what stresses you out and formulate a plan to decrease it. If work is what stresses you out, plan to go for a run or lift weights after work. Exercise helps almost everyone clear their minds. This is also a great way to incorporate any weight-loss goals as well — kill two birds with one stone.

People tend to make bad decisions when they’re stressed, like overeating, drinking or other bad habits that release built up stress. Get your plan in motion to avoid these unhealthy coping strategies.

Try Out Asynchronous Meals

Say hello to the meal trend of 2018 — a trend that wants you to throw out the rule book and focus on what foods, diets and meals work best for you. Basically, do what’s best for your body without following fad diets or what celebrity Instagram accounts tell you to do.

Each of us is different in many ways, but especially when it comes to meal schedules, food allergies, and calorie intake. Some of us need 2500 calories per day, while others should only have 1500 to maintain a goal weight. You may have a fast metabolism, but some of your friends may have little to none. So while some people may be able to go out and eat an entire pizza and not gain a pound, many people cannot. Let’s be real though — we all wish we could eat an entire pizza and not gain a pound.

Asynchronous meals force each of us to focus on our specific nutritional needs and what it takes to keep our bodies fueled. Listen to your body and what it needs. If it wants eggs for dinner — protein, give it eggs. If it needs a leafy salad for breakfast, give it salad. Make your own rules.

Practice Minimalism

The minimalist lifestyle is really catching on — and for good reason. Minimalism revolves around the idea that we need to remove things that distract us from what we value most in life. If you’re too focused on things that are extra, you will lose focus on what matters.

The best way to start is to declutter your home which will in turn declutter your life. Donate things you do not need and free up space for you to think and spend time with others. By eliminating distractions, you can pay more attention to your goals.

Whiten Your Teeth the Safe and Healthy Way

Teeth whitener found in stores can damage teeth enamel and even your gums. The safest way to whiten your teeth would simply be to watch what you eat and drink. Remember, your enamel is porous and absorbs everything, so if you drink coffee on a regular basis or like mustard and ketchup, try to brush your teeth immediately following consumption. Better yet, try to minimize the intake of things like these to keep your teeth whiter and healthier.

Eat foods that promote whiter teeth, like apples, celery and pineapple . Water also helps to whiten teeth, so there’s yet another reason you should consume lots of water throughout the day.

While it can be difficult to stick to your New Year’s goals, going about it the natural way can ensure more success, accomplishments and satisfaction. Give this approach a try and meet your 2018 goals the crunchy way.

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.
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I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

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Are Non-Compete Agreements Impervious?

Are your future employment options limited by a non-compete? Try fighting it!

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A non-compete agreement is an agreement between an employer and employee restricting the employee from working in competition with the employer during or after employment based off industry, time, and regional restrictions. They have become more common so employers can avoid competition and replication of proprietary services or information.

Much like a jealous partner in a relationship, they basically say you can't date anyone else at the same college for a certain amount of time. While this may seem ridiculous, companies do have some authentic reasons for using non-compete agreements. Knowledge is power and employees who have learned the inner workings of a company can take that knowledge into their own hands to work for competition or create competition. Having said that, non-compete agreements feel more restrictive for the sake of being petty about an employee leaving.

According to legal representation at Tallahassee Law Firm Friedman & Abrahamsen, there are several factors that render non-compete agreements null and void:

  • The employer breached the agreement by failing to provide certain compensation, benefits, or employment conditions.
  • The employer engaged in conduct that violates specific laws.
  • The restriction is not necessary to protect the employer's interest or that the scope of the agreement is unreasonable.

If you feel that one of these factors applies to you, find legal counsel. They can help you fairly overcome the non-compete agreement.

Breached Agreements


Basically, if an agreement is broken by the employer, the obligations are no longer accountable. There are complications in this process and evidence needs to be provided, which can be challenging, but if they didn't meet the agreed upon terms, then you are free from the non-compete agreement.

Illegal Conduct


If the employer engages in any illegal or illicit activity, as a company (theft) or on a personal basis (sexual misconduct), contracts are going to be in question. Sometimes, an employee may know and need to blow the whistle on an employer's illegal actions, especially if they are being held to a non-compete agreement. When they are in trouble, they don't get to call an employee's future shots.

Unnecessary


If a company is enforcing a non-compete when there is clear evidence that the restriction does not protect them and, instead, hinders the worker, competent legal counsel can help. Non-compete is becoming a standard part of the hiring process, but those that don't work with sensitive, proprietary information aren't a risk to the employer. So if they decide to work somewhere else in the same industry and region, are they really giving away company secrets to competition? Or did they find a better opportunity and have no interest in private industry espionage. Not everyone is within an employer's non-compete agreement scope and we should know if we are.

It's important to remember: despite paperwork signed and agreements made, large companies can and will protect themselves. You may not have signed a non-compete, but if they think you are leaving and taking secrets to another company with you, legal representation will contact you in their name. Non-compete agreements are a protective layer that might not be pursued – it simply gives the option and warning to pursue. So next time you sign an employment contract, find a lawyer and see what you may be facing in the future.

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