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What is the ketogenic diet? Also, known as “keto”
I know you have been hearing more and more about “keto.” What is it exactly? What are the benefits? Why do people do it? It is beginning to become so popular this year! The idea is that you can lose weight by replacing your source of energy (carbs) with FATS. Yes, I said it… FATS!! That means cheese, mayonnaise, butter. etc. Keep reading our blog for more info about this hot new diet! This may even change your life.
1. What exactly is the “keto” diet?
This is basically a lifestyle change. It is an eating plan that consists of 80 percent fat and little to no carbohydrates. Pasta, rice, and other grains, potatoes, and fruits are prohibited! Generally, during digestion, we break down carbohydrates. When your body does not have carbs to break down, it looks for other forms of energy (fats).
2. What are the health benefits?
“In the 1920s, epilepsy researchers found that increased levels of ketones in their patients resulted in fewer seizures, and the diet is still a widely accepted treatment for epilepsy today. There’s also some evidence that a ketogenic diet has therapeutic potential for a wide array of symptoms and diseases, including cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, neurological conditions, diabetes, and even acne.” (www.thecut.com)
3. What can I expect on the keto diet?
You will most likely experience a rough start. As your body is changing and turning fat into ketones to be used as energy, you will notice various symptoms. You might experience headaches, mood swings, fatigue, nausea, etc. As your body adjusts over time, many of these symptoms will pass and you will experience a high level of energy.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Would you make this into a lifestyle change?
2018 is the year of the dog. What does that mean exactly? The dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. Years of the Dog include: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030! The most defining characteristic of the Dog is their loyalty. They are known to never abandon their friends, family or work. Let’s look further into some of the traditions of Chinese New Year…
1. Family Reunion Dinner
Families will gather for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve. Steamed fish is one of the most popular dishes. It is believed that eating fish will bring wealth in the new year.
2. Red Envelopes
Cash are given in red envelopes most commonly to children from their parents or adults. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and to ward off evil spirits.
3. Fireworks and Firecrackers
It is believed that the loud noise of firecrackers scares away evil spirits for the new year.
4. Lion and Dragon Dances
This colorful traditional dance is said to bring good luck and performed outdoors, just like a street parade.
Tax season is here! So lets get a little prepared… Times like this can be stressful but learning more about getting organized for this can ease the pain tremendously!
Here are several and simple ways to get organized before the deadline date (April 17, 2018):
1. Getting Organized
a. Have a designated space for your tax records (office, bedroom desk, basement, etc.). Make sure everything is organized so you can review paperwork on a regular basis.
2. Organize and Label Receipts/invoices By the Correct Categories
a. For this, you can use envelopes to separate the categories. You can also put a paperclip for each category and label it with a sticky note. To make it more fun, you can color coordinate each section!
3. Print Receipts From Emails
a. When your receipts are emailed, it would be best to print them out when you get home rather than waiting until the end of the year to jam everything in.
4. Change Your Mindset
a. While tax season seems like a hassle, think about the benefits of getting your information together on time. The earlier it is done, the earlier you will get your refund.
5. Income Tax
a. By the end of January, every employee should get Form W-2 from the employer showing how much was earned, how much was taxable and taxes withheld. Of course, if you have more then one job then you will get more then one W-2 from your employers. If you are an independent contractor/own your own business, the company you work for will send you Form 1099-MISC showing your gross earnings.
We hope this helps you get organized for tax season! Let us know your input J
2018 New Year’s Resolutions… Are you ready for it?
If you go to the gym often, you will see tons of people at the gym right when January hits. Am I right?! Where did all these people come from? Lol. According to U.S. News, up to 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Change is hard, I know. So you have to get into habits to train your body and mind to be focused. There are a few different ways you can do to set yourself up for success! Keep track, be patient, and believe that you can do this! Keep reading to learn more.
1. Have an accountability partner aka buddy system, like a close friend or relative
Accountability partners are great. You hold each other accountable each day to make sure you are on track.
2. Set short-term goals for long-term results
People who break their goals into chunks generally have more success. It is also easier to accomplish your goals breaking it into sections
3. Make your resolution about the journey, not the outcome
Have control over your goals. Want to lose 20 pounds? Add in a healthy lifestyle (diet). This is something that you can control.
4. Tell people your goals
When you actually tell people your goals in public, you are more likely to keep them. This is called “social accountability”
We hope everyone sticks it out with their New Year’s resolution. There is no better feeling than accomplishing your goals.
** Here is a yummy smoothie recipe ** (allrecipes.com)
Kale and Banana Smoothie
· 1 banana
· 1 tablespoon flax seeds
· 2 cups chopped kale
· 1 teaspoon maple syrup
· ½ cup light unsweetened soy milk
Place the banana, kale, soy milk, flax seeds, and maple syrup into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Serve over ice.
Shopping on Thanksgiving? YES or NO?
The topic of opening up stores on Thanksgiving remains a huge debate. More retailers may be even added to the 2017 list! There are some retailers who will open on Thanksgiving and remain opened through Black Friday. Then, there are some retailers who will open a few hours on Thanksgiving, close for a few hours and open again on Black Friday morning. Several business owners believe their associates should enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. On the other hand, some of our community and retailers think otherwise. Do you shop on Thanksgiving or do you wait until Black Friday? Let us know! We would love your input!
List of retailers open on Thanksgiving:
· Bass Pro Shops
· Best Buy
· Dick’s Supporting Goods
List of retailers closed on Thanksgiving:
· A.C. Moore
· Babies R Us
· BJ’s Wholesale Club
· Hobby Lobby
· Home Depot
· Sam’s Club
· TJ Maxx