Chosen from more than 100 Arizona-based startups, Zendoks will be among ten finalists competing for a $50,000 prize in the inaugural Street Pitch during Phoenix Startup Week 2017. Zendoks’ CEO Tom Bishop says, “We’re honored and thrilled. Zendoks is a young digital health startup but we’re excited with our progress and with the interest we’re receiving from the health provider market nationwide.” Tom goes on to point out, “Phoenix Startup Week is always great fun.
We can even walk to the Street Pitch competition now since we just relocated downtown to be part of The Armory, an incubator for veteran-led startups. As a U.S. Army veteran, software developer, and technology startup founder, I couldn’t imagine a better place to grow Zendoks than downtown Phoenix. We’re looking forward to putting our best foot forward at Street Pitch and toward contributing to the success of our local ecosystem.”
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Eating healthy is one of the most crucial components of overall well being. This said, there are numerous challenges towards eating healthy on a regular basis. Having to maintain a budget is certainly a major factor.
An effective diet will drastically effect your mental, physical, and spiritual well being, by eating healthy you will have positive impacts on all these things.
Your personal health and the health of your family is something that should always take priority. Eating healthy can drastically change your life, why would anyone ever try to go cheap?
Eating right doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice material things to save money. It does mean that you need to be aware of what your intake looks like and pay attention to your body when it is needing additional healthy foods.
Most of us don't have the resources to buy all organic, grass fed, vegan gluten free, fancy health foods. It reality, this isn't necessary. Again, the importance is focused on being aware of your food, this includes how your food actually works.
There are certain items like tomatoes, berries, and peppers that have softer, more porous skin that makes it easier for pesticides to be absorbed into the produce. Things like melons, avocados, and bananas have a harder skin or rind. Because of the differences in the skin of some produce, spending a few extra dollars on organic for these types of fruits and vegetables is well worth the extra cost.
We recently came across an article from Thrive Market that has some great insights as to how to eat healthy on a budget.
To make it easy, we got straight to the point here for you.
How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
1. Plan your meals ahead of time and make sure you have all the ingredients, make a list. This is crucial to staying on track.
2. Shop smart. Don't shop hungry and stick to the perimeter of the store not the aisles. Grocery stores usually house all the less healthy options in the isles.
3. Eat out less. Make eating out a special treat not a regular occurrence. This way you can control where the food comes from and how it is prepared.
4. Find ways to utilize leftovers. Save leftovers for the next day's lunch, this not only saves on prep time, but also takes some of the brain power out of the mundane and lets you focus on more important things.
5. Learn to master different cuts of meat. Not only can you save a ton by opening up to more affordable options, such as canned and frozen beef and pork, but is often the same quality that you find at butcher.
6. Shop for in-season produce. By buying in bulk and freezing produce for later use, it's cheaper in season. This is also applicable to beef and pork. If you have space, look into buying beef in bulk and freezing it.
7. Watch for sales. Again, this is part of being aware of your food. Just by getting to know the stores around you and learning when things go on sale you can shop the best prices year round.
8. Become a regular at your local farmer's market, or look into getting a CSA farm box. For those of you that happen to live in a food desert, look into subscription boxes from any one of over a dozen options. Subscription boxes from the likes of Blue Apron, Freshly, and Graze are all good options.
I was sitting down with my daughters over breakfast this morning talking about the ways we will try to be healthier in 2017 when we inadvertently came up with the 8 “ate’s.”
Some of the suggestions were hilarious and still quite valuable. I can definitely see how “bacon-ate” would make for a pretty epic 2017, albeit maybe not the healthiest of approaches.
Others suggestions might be less appealing to a larger audience, “procreate” could be a great way to spend the year, while others might be exhausted at the sheer idea of 365 days of procreation.
What we ultimately came up with was some great advice that is fun and easy to remember. Hopefully these things will inspire you to have a great year.
Keep it simple. Get plenty of water. The Mayo Clinic suggests the Adequate Intake (AI) for most men is around 3 liters a day, while the AI for women is about 2.2 liters a day. Ironically this is more than the 8 by 8 rule. Turns out eight 8 ounce glasses a day equates to 1.9 liters. So regardless of your gender, drink more water NOW!
Studies show that only 20 minutes of meditation every day can not only reduce blood pressure but can also improve your immune system. By taking an extra few minutes to focus your mind, you can also see improvements in stress relief, overall brain function and even become more optimistic in general.
By putting an emphasis on concentration when performing specific tasks, studies show that you will see improvements in memory, overall focus, and intuition. The same studies have also shown that greater task focus can even lead to greater inner peace. Concentration is about being deliberate in your accomplishments and leads to greater levels of execution which of course will have you accomplishing the things you wish to succeed at with less stress and less uncertainty.
I googled the importance of good communication, and all the results were about the importance for business organizations to have good communication systems. While this can be hugely important for companies, how does communication in your personal life make an impact? Walden University states that communication in your personal life will lead to better relationships simply for the fact that good communication skills can result in fewer arguments between you and your loved ones. For more specifics on being a better communicator, go to google, there is a plethora of resources. I can attest.
Originally we added “create” to our list, but then we liked originate better; it fit our theme a bit more succinctly. The point is to to breath life into new passions, new endeavors, and new ways of thinking. Pursue art. Become an entrepreneur if you have always wanted to be your own boss. Think of things from a new point of view. Whatever you do, make the profound changes that you need to make to have a more original and unique life experience.
Your emotions are valid. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Just don’t be convinced that your emotions are more important than other people's emotions. The goal when liberating your emotions is to grow in a way that is healthy for you and the people around you. Dr. Judith Orloff describes the process of emotional liberation as one that “leads to happiness, serenity, and a mastery over negativity that pervades daily life”
While propagate can have a very similar meaning to that of procreate, it also means to “spread and promote.” By promoting your own personal brand and spreading your own message you will naturally attract people with similar interests and similar ambitions with can lead to greater confidence and even greater success. Again, it is important to respect the views and opinions of others, but being outspoken about your goals and ambitions can lead to some pretty exciting things.
Lastly, celebrate. Make everyday a celebration. Laugh, smile, be in awe. If you don't make everyday the best day possible then that day becomes a waste. Strive to be the best you, you can be and help others become the best they can be. Make everyday a celebration of life.