As an entrepreneur, I often use words like hustle, action, implement, and execute. I subscribe to phrases like, “The early bird gets the worm,” and “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” In fact, I’ll outwork the early bird by emailing the worm the night before to see where he’ll be in the morning. You don’t have to be a small business owner to get sucked into this fast paced, high productivity, results-oriented attitude that eventually gets brought into our home and can wreak havoc on your body…if you let it.
Hunt Like a Lioness
Consider the way a mama lion hunts for her pride. She spends much of her hunting time in what appears to be inactivity. Lions are not endurance runners and are not known for their stamina. They only run fast in short bursts and, therefore, need to be close to their prey. Stalking of the prey and environment, and working together in coordinated groups is key in hunting. If a lioness expends her energy without this careful analysis, she may waste what little she had and not be able to feed her cubs. However, when she uses her incredibly powerful energy in a smart and calculated way, she and her pride will never go hungry.
So, how do you expend your energy? Going after every small prey (“problem” or “busy work”) and wasting your key physical advantage? Or are you spending a good amount of time in rest and rejuvenation and honing your stalking skills (“analysis”) to determine which prey will feed your family with the shortest burst?
Only 10 more Thursdays until January 1, 2015. That “New Year’s Resolution” is coming for you fast and furious. We hope you’ll take some time enjoying inactivity knowing how crucial that part is for you to be the powerful lion in your family, your company, your school, and your community.
Tidbits on Living Naturally, Healthy and Money Savvy
Alright, before you start gasping in shock and horror at the idea of me sitting here naked writing this article, you should know, I AM; but please don’t let that stop you from enjoying my new addition to our wonderful blog. Let me start by introducing myself and telling you a bit about how I came to be The Naked Cheapskate.
I am the proud and very tired mom of 2 rambunctious children. My daughter is 11, who from birth to present has been a precocious teen, a picky eater and just a real “delight”. My son is 8 and the epitome of a “bull in a china cabinet”, I mean really, just ask every teacher he has ever had. Before they were born, I knew absolutely nothing about nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. I was a vegetarian but my idea of a meal was a can of corn and a box of mac n cheese. While I was pregnant with my daughter I started to become aware that boxed and canned foods at every meal may not be the absolute best options to feed a growing person that I’m now responsible for. I have a “balls to the wall” type personality. When I get into something I throw myself into it. I threw my balls into the research of healthy food wall and they stuck. I have been hooked since, and it’s only morphed from there. I research constantly; learning about nutrition, natural beauty, natural cleaning… good grief if some stranger on the street says something and I don’t know what it is, I jump onto google and start researching till my heart’s content. I love sharing my knowledge with people; I am a passionate person and I care deeply for our community, our planet and all of the creatures that reside within. For 11 years I was a stay-at-home mom, I told myself I wanted to make a difference in the world, I want to help people reach whatever their healthy lifestyle goals are. Imagine my pure elation, when Kim hired me for the Customer Manager position. Not only do I get to talk to people all day long, but I get to talk to people about things I’m passionate about, and I LOVE IT! I don’t believe living a healthy, free from chemicals and toxins (naked) lifestyle needs to be expensive. In fact, I’m saving a ton of money compared to what I use to spend on beauty, cleaning, eating, clothing, decorating, etc… I am thrilled with the opportunity to get to know our customers and to share ideas I have learned and used over the years with all of you beautiful folks. I’m not suggesting that anyone completely revamp their lifestyle, it takes little steps, nothing drastic to make a significant positive change in your overall wellbeing…who knows some of you may decide to join the naked cheapskate revolution as well, and soon we will rule the world (insert evil methodical laughter).
Peace, Love & Laughter — Azur Zouiden
After 3 years of maintaining a vegan and vegetarian menu, we are expanding our offerings. Read below to get a taste of why we felt this expansion was aligned with our company mission, what we are committed to as we offer more carnivorous products, and how you can continue receiving the same great quality vegan meal plans!
Conveniently Natural was born out of the idea that life (especially a healthy life) just doesn’t have to be that hard. The reality for most of us is that we live in a fast-paced, high-tech world whereby the landscape of our culture, the way we do business, and the way we relate to one another is constantly evolving. #lifeischange #hashtagsaresilly. We can accomplish so much and, yet, one of the hardest things to do is to sit down for a family dinner. We’re busier than ever…and we’re unhealthier than ever. With the rise of food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and obesity in our youth and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer plaguing our baby boomers, nutrition awareness has also risen. We want to fuel our bodies for the best possible life, and that fuel is as unique as we are. Thus, preparing and sharing a meal to meet all of the needs and preferences of a modern family dinner table can be next to impossible.
We are dedicated to raising the health of the Kansas City community through fresh, “real food,” wholesome meals that are both satisfying and nutritionally balanced in a way that makes sense financially and fits into your lifestyle. For over 90% of you and your families, meat is still a part of your diet. Never a judgment or a pretense to know the “perfect diet,” we trust that you are the best judge in knowing what your body needs though we will always encourage more fresh veggies and whole grains.
Q: Why are you not offering chicken cooked within the main dishes?
A: Our intention is that you can use it with the flexibility you have always had. Whether you dice up and add to a pasta or salad OR just eat it with other side dishes, you can add it where YOU desire versus where we think you should have it. This also gives your family great flexibility in sharing. One pasta dish could serve many, while some may add chicken and others may add our Organic Roasted Tofu. (See below.) Use it how and when you like.
Q: Will you offer other animal products?
A: Yes. We have plans to add wild caught salmon and grass-fed beef later this year.
Q: What standards will you have for animal products?
A: Our goal is (and has always been) to offer the highest quality products that can serve as many people as possible while maintaining a fair price point. We use organic as much as possible, and where it makes sense financially and environmentally, we source locally. In other words, we are more apt to use products (vegetables, eggs, chicken) from a local farmer who doesn’t spray but doesn’t carry the USDA organic certification rather than ship a certified organic product from half way around the world.
Q: Can I still order vegan meals each week?
A: Yes! We still believe that an organic, whole foods, plant-based diet is incredibly healthy. We will continue to offer the same great meals with the high quality in which you have become accustomed. Our main dishes and side dishes will be prepared in the same way they have always been. For the most part, meat products will be offered ala carte. Full vegan meal plans are still offered.
Please let us know what other Q’s you have! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and continue our mission of good food and good health.
Detox With Good Food: Why You Don’t Have to Drink Green Juices All Day
Last week, I mentioned the idea of detoxifying or cleansing with Good Food. I like a green juice or smoothie just as much as the next person. (Read: I don’t really mind them, but I don’t jump out of bed craving them, keep a back stock of mason jars, and feel so full after consumption that I skip lunch.) No judgment either way, I’m just being honest that it’s not my natural tendency to do it. I do like the benefits of how I feel afterward and I know I “should” do it more, but I also make it a practice not to guilt myself into “shoulds.” That being said, detoxing is key to keeping up in this fast-paced modern lifestyle of work-family-life.
We believe that good detox foods are ones that provide the following benefits:
1. Boost Detox Pathways – When our bodies are healthy, we naturally flush out toxins. However, when our bodies are toxic (or overweight), these pathways can slowed down and hang onto toxins longer than normal and get stored in our fat tissue.
Foods that Boost Detox Pathways: Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Garlic, Giner, Lemon, Onions, Parsley, Cayenne Pepper, Rosemary
2. Reduce Inflammation – Our bodies become inflamed as a way of fighting off bad food, stress, toxins, and allergens. This, in turn, can cause insulin resistance generating unwanted fat and discomfort.
Foods that Reduce Inflammation: Eggs, Salmon, Grass-fed Beef, Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds, Walnuts, Berries, Dark Leafy Greens, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nuts, Avocados, Non-GMO Tofu and Tempeh.
3. Improve Gut Function – We all have bacteria in our gut that controls digestion, metabolism and inflammation. We either feed this bacteria with good food which can boost metabolism or bad food which produces toxins, gas, bloating, and obesity.
Foods that Improve Gut Function: Pumpkin seeds, Bok Choy, Kale, Tomatoes, Carrots, Free Range Chicken and Turkey, Wild Caught Salmon, Onions, Parsley.
4. Balance Blood Sugar – Our blood sugar is responsible for regulating our hormones, triggering our bodies to burn stored fat, and increasing our metabolism. Most of us exist on a roller coaster of daily highs and lows. Getting too much or too little can spell trouble.
Foods that Balance Blood Sugar: Grass-fed Beef, Free Range Chicken and Turkey, Non-GMO Tofu and Tempeh, Nuts and Seeds.
*Reference: “The Blood Sugar Solution: 10-Day Detox Diet,” Dr. Mark Hyman.
We create menus each week not only designed to satisfy your tastebuds, but detox your body in these four important ways. Our chefs are cooking up some delicious meals next week that will have your whole family asking for seconds all while giving your bodies a break!
1. You don’t eat animal/meat products EXCEPT for holidays, vacations, Grandma’s house, sporting/tailgating events, weddings, funerals, break-ups, first dates, and being stranded on a dessert island.
2. You participate in both Meatless Mondays AND Taco Tuesdays.
3. You’d consider eating bacon-wrapped tofu.
4. You eat a f-l-e-x-i-b-l-e balanced diet with seasonal, situation, common bodily sense.
Sherlock Holmes couldn’t keep up with the labels we have for ourselves in the way we eat – vegans, beegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, pollotarians, carnivores, omnivores…And enter the flexitarian. What in the world is a flexitarian? It’s a label coined for vegetarians who eat meat. (Or wait, is it a carnivore who eats vegetables?) Either way, we must have a label or box or category to put you in…for how else would we stereotype you?
There Is No “Perfect Diet!” (Well, No Shallot, Sherlock…)
We’ve personally experienced and heard many of your stories that indicate that there is no “perfect diet” for every person at every time in their life in every situation. You’d think the more we know about science, the easier it would get to know which foods are best for you. Contrary to popular (ego) belief, we are not here to suffer…and that includes our diet. The diet that takes the most effort, energy, research, implementation, and time is a recipe for the worst diet to follow. Trust us, we’ve tried it before. If you’ve tried that too try something new! Take a leap into trying an easy, effortless, time-freeing, money-saving diet. All it takes is a click.