Get Organized Month!

January 2020

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Benefits of Being Organized

Getting more organized comes easily to some, while others prefer to put off any organizational tasks. Whether or not organization is one of your strengths, it's a good habit to get in. Here are some benefits of keeping organized:


More Focused

You can't focus when there is stuff everywhere! If everything was in its proper place you would have more time to really focus and prioritize the task at hand. If you have a clear mind you can focus better on one thing and not have a million things running through your head.


More Free Time

We waste so much time looking for things when we can put simple organization pieces in place to prevent these things from holding us back.


You Become Productive

Watch your productivity soar when your desk is neat and you can find everything. It makes a huge difference and you will get more accomplished because you can think straight and actually see what you have and know where things are.


Better Sleep

Your environment does make a difference in how you feel. It's one of those things you don't realize until you make the change.


Save Money

Keeping your closets, pantry, and refrigerator clean will help you see what you have and shop less.


Physical Health

You will be healthier physically when you start organizing and clearing the clutter! Clutter means dust and piles of paper. These things attract bugs.


You will also be healthier when you keep you cupboards and refrigerator clean because this usually means better food choices. If you plan out your meals you are going to be less likely to make unhealthy choices.


You're Social Life Improves

If you have lots of clutter that you can't keep up with, you are less likely to have visitors.


Gratitude

Be organized creates gratitude. You appreciate your home and your things more!


Less Stress

Studies show that the stress hormone is higher in people who have cluttered homes.


Happiness

Being organized is going to make you happy! You will have more time, you will feel accomplished.

Ways to Organize your Life

Write Things Down

Make Schedules and Deadlines

Give Everything a Home

Declutter Regularly

Keep Only What You Need

Know Where to Discard Items

Stay Away from Bargains

Delegate Responsibilities

Work Hard

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Guidelines of The Good Life Challenge


What you will avoid for the 10 days

All meat ( beef, poultry, pork and fish)

All dairy and eggs

All highly processed foods

Oil

Smoothies, alcohol, juice and soda

Added sugar and salt

What you will enjoy

All fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes

Greens at every meal (3-­6 servings a day)

Whole grain breads

Whole grain pastas (brown rice pastas are excellent)

Mushrooms

Drink lots of water

Unsweetened tea, coffee without sweeteners and without processed creamers


Keep to a minimum

Nuts, seeds and nut butters

(Limit nuts to 1 tablespoon on your oats or salads or use in sauce recipes. Do not consume nut or nut butters otherwise)

Dried Fruit

(Do not eat as a snack but use as a sweetener)

Avocados

(1⁄4 avocado is one serving. Limit to 1 serving a day)


After the 10 days you can use these guidelines to keep going on your plant based journey. This is not a diet, but a way of life.

The Good Life Challenge 2020

Vegetable Stew

Serves 6

Calories 246


1 yellow onion, sliced

6 cloves minced garlic

3 large celery stalks, cut into 3/4" chunks

3 large carrots cut into 3/4" chunks

16 ounces mushrooms, cut into 3/4" slices

2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" chunks

2 cups frozen peas, thawed

3 oz. tomato paste

1 tbs. Italian herbs

1 tbs. fresh rosemary, chopped

1/2 tsp. smoke paprika

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1/2 cup water (or more if needed)

salt and pepper to taste


Saute' the onion, celery, and carrots in a large soup pot with 1/4 cup water until they begin to soften. Add in the garlic and mushroom and saute' a few minutes more. Add the vegetable broth, potatoes, tomato paste, herbs, paprika, salt, and pepper.


Cook covered over medium heat until the potatoes and carrots are tender (about 20-25 minutes). You may need to add more water if the stew is too think.


Take 1 1/2 cups of the broth with a few of the vegetables and blend in a blender until smooth. Return the blended sauce to the pot and stir to combine.


Add the peas and heat through (about 5 minutes).


Enjoy!

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." ~Mahatma Gandhi