Get Organized Month!
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:
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.
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.
Keeping your closets, pantry, and refrigerator clean will help you see what you have and shop less.
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.
Be organized creates gratitude. You appreciate your home and your things more!
Studies show that the stress hormone is higher in people who have cluttered homes.
Being organized is going to make you happy! You will have more time, you will feel accomplished.
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
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)
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)
(Do not eat as a snack but use as a sweetener)
(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.
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).