Beets #bebetter52

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We realize that eating beets is somewhat known for being, well not the most exciting task. But when prepared right they can be not only nutritious, but delicious too!  I hope you all discover a newfound love for beets and all of their benefits this week! This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to eat beets!

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Many know Beets or Beetroots as an addition to salads, a popular Russian soup, and even a popular natural coloring agent. What many people don’t know is how healthy consuming beets is for you. Because of their high nutritional content, including vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds such as iron, vitamin C, and fiber, beets are a power food. In addition to these benefits, they are also low in calories, with no cholesterol despite having the highest sugar content of all the vegetables. One of the more interesting facts about beets is they are a good source of beneficial flavonoids. What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids, a diverse group of plant chemicals found in most vegetables and fruits, are responsible for the vivid color in them. Beets, in particular, are a source of the flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may aid in preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer and in boosting cognitive function. Anthocyanins are richest in blue, purple or red fruits and vegetables. The different flavonoids in each fruit and vegetable provides different health benefits for you.

Now it’s time to add beets to your dinner plate!

 

 

 

Stick with It #bebetter52

Sometimes all we need are a few words of encouragement. But who says those words have to come from someone else? Giving yourself a boost can bring you motivation, patience, self-love, positivity, or whatever you need to keep your life moving in the right direction. And receiving these upbeat messages from yourself is sustainable and empowering! That’s why this week at Be Better, we are tapping into the power of self-affirmation in a simple and fun way--using sticky notes!!  This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to post 3 sticky notes in a place you will see them daily, such as a bathroom mirror, the refrigerator door, or even your steering wheel. Each note contains a different message that will positively influence your life. Let’s break it down.

The first sticky note will include something for which you are grateful. After all, happiness is about appreciating what we have in the moment. Many of us tend to fall into a mindset where “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” or “if only I could have such and such, I’d be happy.” But have you noticed that as soon as the external “thing” is yours, the  expected joy quickly fades and suddenly your sights are onto something new? Happiness is a state of being, not something we can purchase. The only place true happiness exists is right here and now. It is being present and expressing gratitude for what we DO have that brings true fulfillment. This can be something major like your career or something small like your fridge full of fresh groceries. There is always something to be thankful for.

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The second sticky note is an act of service. This is something you strive to give back to a person, your community, or the world in general. Quite often we ask what the world has to offer us. This sticky note will serve as a reminder to look outward and give back. If a person comes to mind, give that person the love or support he or she needs. Maybe you would like to be kinder to strangers and spread positive energy around your community. Whatever it is, dedicate yourself to it and see how huge a difference it makes!

The last sticky memo will be a personal affirmation. This is your chance to build yourself up. Think about something you love most about yourself. Or better yet, focus on one of your weaknesses and use this as an opportunity to become more confident in that area. Let’s say you are self-conscious about the way you talk loudly and come off too strongly at times. Write down you love how bold and passionate you are because it allows you to accomplish your dreams. This note is an exercise in loving your whole self, even your perceived “flaws.” Self-love is a journey and a conscious effort, so simple affirmations can be the perfect way to reignite that positivity.

Our challenge to you is to write these three notes and leave them up for a week, but feel free to write as many notes as you like and leave them up for as long as your heart desires. And don’t forget to observe the way it enhances your days and improves your life more than you ever anticipated. We are excited to see the transformations a few colorful squares of paper with thoughtful and personal meaning can create for you, 52ers! Until next week!

The last sticky will be a personal affirmation. This is your chance to build yourself up. Think about something you love most about yourself. Or better yet, think of something you sometimes don’t, and use this as an opportunity to become more confident in that area. Say you are self-conscious about the way you talk loudly and come off too strong at times, write that you love how bold and passionate you are because it allows you to accomplish your dreams. This note is an exercise in loving your whole self, even your perceived “flaws.” Self-love is a journey and a conscious effort, so simple affirmations can be the perfect way to reignite that.

Our challenge to you is to write these three notes and leave them up for a week. Feel free to write as many notes as you like and leave them up for as long as your heart desires. And don’t forget to observe the way it enhances your days and improves your life. We are excited to see the transformations a few colorful squares of paper with personal motivational messages can do for you, 52ers! Until next week!

ALSO:

We are happy to announce that Bottle Branch has partnered with us this week and will be donating Pink Hydrangea sticky notes to five lucky participants. Winners will be announced next Tuesday May 29, 2018 @ 7:30pm PST via Instagram Live. Make sure all your teammates follow @mybebetter and tune in!

Contest Rules:

  1. Complete and Report this week’s Be Better Challenge
  2. Post picture of completed challenge to social media
  3. Tag @mybebetter and @bottlebranch and #bebetter52

 

 

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Emilie Allen

I started interning at the Be Better Movement because my passions aligned with the organization’s vision, and I was excited to help that vision grow. I have always loved all things related to holistic health and wellness, so promoting creative challenges that motivate others to try new things and be their best selves was a perfect fit!

Antioxidants #bebetter52

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In today’s society, many of us eat processed foods, are exposed to toxins in our environment and are consumed by stress at a young age. This lays the foundation for the proliferation of free radicals. Free radicals cause damage--called oxidative damage-- to the proteins in our cells, our DNA and our cell membranes. Nerve cell damage can eventually lead to diseases such as cancer. Antioxidants help prevent that damage from happening.

We all have both antioxidants and free radicals inside of our bodies; however, when antioxidant levels in the body are lower than that of free radicals, oxidation wreaks havoc in the body. The result: Accelerated aging, damaged or mutated cells, broken-down tissue, the activation of harmful genes within DNA, and an overloaded immune system.

This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to eat a “rainbow” of antioxidant-rich foods. Whether you nibble berries or make a complete salad, focus on consuming antioxidants and keeping your body healthy.

Antioxidants, found in substances such as vitamin C and E, help fight and remove damaging oxidizing molecules from the body. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods neutralizes our body’s free radicals and decreases the formation of new ones (stanford.edu).

Below is a list of color-coded foods with the highest levels of antioxidants (rd.com):

Red: grapes, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red bell peppers, beets

Orange: oranges, squash

Yellow: onions and Corn

Green: kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cilantro

Blue: blueberries

Purple: plums, prunes, eggplant

Black: blackberries

In the heat of the summer, salads are a perfect way to stay cool and refreshed while helping your body stay clean and healthy. Try creating antioxidant rainbow salads by using these fruits and vegetables. Antioxidant salads not only provide your body with a healthy defense against damaging molecules, but they also serve as a tasty, easy-to-make meal.

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