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Easy Ways to Sneak Exercise Throughout Your Busy Day

If you’re like most people, you probably feel like you’re being pulled in a thousand different directions every day. Between work responsibilities, family obligations, appointments, friends… it’s hard to fit in exercise! If you can’t hit the gym every morning, you can still fit in bits of exercise throughout your busy day. Here’s how: 

#1: Go for a walk

Walking is one of the best physical activities we can do for ourselves. It keeps the muscles limber and helps with blood circulation, among many other physical benefits. Plus, getting some fresh air and clearing your head is great for your mental health, too. Go for a walk on your lunch break at work, or fit in a stroll around the block before you leave in the morning. Or, make a point to walk the dog as soon as you get home for the day. Prioritizing a walk once per day will do wonders for your health and well-being. 

#2: Park farther away

Whether you’re going to the office or the grocery store, parking farther away than you need to is another great way to fit in a little extra movement. That extra space for walking – or jogging, if you’re feeling up to it – isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. Don’t look at parking far away as an inconvenience; look at it as an opportunity for additional exercise.  

#3: Try a standing desk or mobility ball

Do you sit at a desk all day? Consider upgrading to a standing desk – evidence shows that standing provides multiple health benefits, including better circulation, better posture, and more. It can also help you feel more focused and alert. A mobility ball is another option to replace your chair. It forces you to use your core to balance, allowing you to get a workout in while you’re at your desk. 

#4: Multitask

Do some curls with weights while you’re working. Jog on a treadmill while you’re on that conference call. Fitting in exercise throughout your workday isn’t as hard as you might think. You just need to find what method works for you and stick with it! 

Don’t Let Your Busy Schedule Slow You Down

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t find time to exercise. It’s about fitting it in strategically in ways you might not have thought of before. That way, you keep up with your schedule while staying active at the same time. 

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How You Can Capitalize on The Great Re-Evaluation

Many have suggested that The Great Resignation – the mass exodus from the workforce we’ve seen in recent years, spurred by record retirements, shrinking labor participation, and the pandemic – should more aptly be titled “The Great Re-Evaluation.” That’s because what really happened was a mass re-evaluation of what work is and what it means in our lives.  

 

What does The Great Re-Evaluation mean for you, and how can you capitalize on it?  

You have the leverage.

In today’s labor market, the employee has the power. You can get what you want out of work – and demand it, in some cases – in a way that you never did before. With more people exiting the workforce and choosing to either not participate entirely or take on gig work or freelancing, employers want and need qualified experts. And they’re willing to pay for them. That means employees can ask for higher salaries, better benefits, and perks without running the risk of being shut down. 

Work can mean different things to different people.

Work doesn’t look the same as it always did. We’ve expanded the definition and have, in many ways, successfully changed what work looks like. From remote work to flexible scheduling, including hybrid work arrangements and flexible hours, The Great Re-Evaluation has helped the world redefine what working is. You can capitalize on that – whether you’re looking for more flexibility, higher pay, or the chance to explore a different career field, now is the time to do it.  

It’s a great time to become an entrepreneur.

Another thing The Great Re-Evaluation caused? More people than ever looking to break out of the employer-employee box and launch their own venture. Entrepreneurship is on the rise because it’s a great time to explore your passions and start your own business. What better way to capitalize on the new world of work than to become your own boss?  

Launch Your Business With Naturals2Go

It’s a great time to enter the healthy vending space – become the entrepreneur you always wanted to be with the help of Naturals2Go. Get in touch with a member of our team to learn more about our program and how we can help you achieve your goals.  

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Assessing and Setting Your Life Goals

When the pandemic pushed the pause button on the corporate grind for many of us, it let us re-evaluate things. And that profoundly changed the way we view our work lives and personal lives – and the ways they intersect. Some of us realized we weren’t in the right career. Some realized they were prioritizing work over family, or suffering through a toxic work culture when they didn’t have to. All of this change has a big impact on your personal goals and what you want to achieve out of your career and life. 

Assess your current life goals.

Let’s face it: The world has changed dramatically over the last few years. And that’s okay. But in this new era, many people are finding that they view things differently than they once did. The pandemic showed us that some things we thought mattered a great deal aren’t as important – and things we may not have prioritized before deserve more of our attention. Assess your current life goals through this lens; do you still want to accomplish the same things you did before? Is what was once important to you still important? If your goals haven’t changed, that’s perfectly fine – the point is that it’s important to make the assessment rather than blindly move forward in a profoundly different world.  

Ask yourself: Do you want to set new ones?

Think about the ways your life has changed since The Great Re-Evaluation. Do you still feel the same way you once did about work? What do you want to accomplish through your job? Outside of work, what matters to you, and how can you prioritize that without sacrificing anything in your work life? Asking yourself these tough questions is the key to coming to a resolution about the new you – the you that’s made it through some difficult years and come out better on the other side.  

Ask yourself “why?”

The Great Re-Evaluation had many people asking themselves “why?” Why are things the way they are? Why am I doing this job? Why should I keep pursuing this career over my real dreams? At the end of the day, asking yourself “why?” is the best thing you can do to close the gap between what you want out of your work life and where your personal goals stand today.  

Set Better Goals For Yourself

We all need strong goals to help us push forward. Take a moment to think about how you’ve changed over the past few years, and how that’s impacted your personal and professional goals. You might be surprised at what you discover! 

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The Great Resignation and the Entrepreneurial Boom

Ask any hiring manager or HR professional, and they’ll tell you all about The Great Resignation – the mass exodus of workers from the workforce in recent years that’s upended the labor market.

What caused The Great Resignation (or “Re-Evaluation”)?

Some people make the mistake of thinking the Covid-19 pandemic was the sole cause of The Great Resignation. But it’s more accurate to say the pandemic accelerated and intensified the phenomenon rather than caused it. The Great Resignation was really caused by a combination of factors, including:  

 

          • Baby Boomers retiring in record numbers. 
          • Declining birth rates stretch back decades. 
          • Labor participation rates are shrinking. 

 

But The Great Resignation might be more accurately framed as The Great Re-Evaluation – workers re-evaluating what work means to them, and how they do it. And it’s helped spur an entrepreneurial boom as much as it has helped redefine the meaning of “work.” 

What are companies doing to respond?

How have companies responded to The Great Resignation (or Re-Evaluation)? If they’re smart, they’ve taken steps to meet employees where they are. The first step is having an open dialogue with employees and soliciting honest and transparent feedback. Companies also need to show genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion, areas where employees have placed increased importance in this new era. Last but not least, employers must have clear pathways for employees to learn and grow – employees want their work to matter to them personally, and have a clear benefit for them and the wider world. 

How is this contributing to the entrepreneurial boom?

Many people are choosing to forgo the traditional employment route entirely in the face of the changing landscape of work. And entrepreneurialism is an obvious path. People can add more freedom, flexibility, and opportunity to their lives when they strike out on their own and start a business. The Great Re-Evaluation isn’t just causing people to leave the workforce, explore other fields, and take on side jobs or freelance gigs in place of full-time work; it’s pushing many toward the self-made entrepreneurial path.  

Ready to Launch Your Entrepreneurial Journey?

Do it with Naturals2Go. We make it easy to get started thanks to our support services, including location procurement and lifetime coaching. If you’re interested in learning more, contact our team today 

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Best Family Businesses to Start: LeFlere Family Prospers with Healthy Vending Machine Business

Looking for the best family business to start?

 

Have you considered launching a healthy vending machine business?

 

The September, 2022 issue of Franchise Dictionary Magazine features The LeFlere family. They were looking for the best family business to start, a business they would work on together as a group, something that provided growth potential, and an opportunity they could feel proud to represent.

 

Luckily, they worked with an amazing IFPG Franchise Consultant who introduced them to Naturals2Go, the most-recognized, most-awarded, and longest-running vending machine business opportunity.

 

The rest is history.

 

As noted in the article, Lauren LeFlere and their family started the business in April 2021 with 24 machines. Within that first year they have scaled to reach 32 vending machines and plan to have 50 machines by the end of the year.  When they reach that goal, they will have doubled the size of their vending business in less than two years!

 

Congrats to Lauren, Marc and the entire LeFlere family on launching a business they can be proud of!  If you’re looking to launch a business you can scale and be proud of, reach out to a Naturals2Go consultant today! 

 

Here is the original article featured in Franchise Dictionary Magazine:

 

Healthy Eating Series: Snacks for Weight Gain

We spend a lot of time thinking about how to lose weight, particularly through exercise and healthy eating. But sometimes, the goal is the opposite: to gain weight, whether it’s because you want to add more lean muscle or gain poundage for athletics. So, what are the best kinds of snacks to eat when you want to gain weight?  

Blueberry Parfait

The best way to add weight fast is by adding more calories to your diet. But that doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy foods. A blueberry parfait is a good example. Take one cup of vanilla Greek yogurt and add a half-cup of blueberries. Top it with granola or chopped nuts to add more protein, and top off with a drizzle of honey to add more calories.  

Peanut Butter Apples

A simple high-calorie snack is to spread peanut butter on a few slices of apples. You’ll get plenty of great nutrients from the apples and good calories from the peanut butter. And it couldn’t be easier to put together – plus, if you put the peanut butter in a container, it’s a very portable snack.  

Cottage Cheese and Fruit

The combination of savory and sweet makes cottage cheese and fruit a great snack. Select cottage cheese made with whole-fat milk in order to get the most calories; reduced or fat-free versions won’t do the trick. You can also top this snack off with some crushed nuts or granola for an added boost of protein, fiber, and calories.  

Avocado Toast

The often-maligned but quintessential Millennial snack is actually a great choice when it comes to a high-calorie snack that is also delicious. Top a slice of whole-wheat toast with sliced or mashed avocado, then add toppings of your choice, like chopped nuts, cooked egg, poppy or sesame seeds, or even bacon. This snack is packed full of calories and healthy fats, thanks to the avocado, so it’s a great choice when you’re trying to add some weight.

 

Add Weight The Right Way

When you want to gain weight, starting to eat a bunch of junk food is not the right approach. Do it smart by adding calories to your diet through healthy snack options like those listed above.  

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Advice for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Everyone starts somewhere – even the most successful of entrepreneurs. If you’re just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey, it can be tough going. Read on for some simple but important advice for first-time entrepreneurs.  

Know your market.

Whatever kind of product or service you plan on selling, it’s important that you have a thorough understanding of your market and where you fit into it. Research your competitors to find out as much as you can about what’s out there. What are they doing well? What could they do better? Keeping this information top-of-mind at all times helps you differentiate yourself in order to be successful.  

Develop a powerful elevator pitch.

When someone asks you what your business does, you want to be able to rattle off a concise, effective elevator pitch in 30 seconds or less. If you run into a potential investor or a customer, it’s important to be able to explain what your business does, what problem it solves, and where you fit into your market apart from your competition.  

Ask for advice.

Don’t be afraid to ask others for advice. Sometimes, we make the mistake of insisting on going about it all on our own – but asking other, more experienced entrepreneurs what they would do or how they would approach a situation can be invaluable. It’s also a great idea to have a mentor, even if they’re not directly involved in your field.  

Don’t stop networking.

No good entrepreneur works in a vacuum. Networking is always a good idea – you just never know when you might end up talking to a new customer or investor. Whether it’s attending networking events, connecting on LinkedIn or other social sites, or meeting face-to-face at a conference, it’s important to ramp up your networking when you become an entrepreneur, not decrease it.  

Don’t give up.

Our final piece of advice is also the simplest: don’t give up. Becoming an entrepreneur and being successful won’t happen overnight. There will be ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and it’s important to stay the course. Keep believing in your dreams and you will succeed!  

 

Launch Your Entrepreneurial Journey With Us  

Join the world of healthy vending by partnering with Naturals2Go. Contact our team today to learn more about what we do and how you can start your entrepreneurial journey with us. 

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Online Store Recommendations for Healthy Living

We all want to live and eat healthier. But not all of us have a healthy grocery store or fresh produce provider within driving – or walking – distance of our homes. And that means that not all of us have easy access to a healthy lifestyle. That’s where online shopping can help.  

 

Here are a few recommendations for online stores that facilitate healthy living: 

Amazon Fresh

Already have an Amazon Prime account? Then you have access to Amazon Fresh. Upgrade for an additional $15 a month, and you can order produce, perishable groceries, and other items through the service. And you can find obscure nutritional items you probably wouldn’t be able to find on your local grocery store’s shelves. Of course, the big advantage is Amazon’s signature fast – and free – shipping. 

Thrive Market

Use Thrive Market to gain access to discounted food, home, and beauty products. It’s a great way to try new nutritional foods, including fun snacks and fresh produce. You’ll also find sustainable meat and seafood options. The benefits of Thrive Market include automatic shipping and the ability to use filters to shop for a variety of diets and preferences – plus, using Thrive Market supports charitable causes.  

Vitacost

Fresh groceries, snacks, nutritional supplements, cleaning supplies, pantry items… Vitacost, owned by Kroger, has a wide variety of great options for you to choose from (over 40,000, in fact). Their user-friendly site lets you find products easily, and there is automatic delivery and a free shipping option available. Plus, Vitacost runs frequent sales and discounts to help you save even more. 

Misfits Market

Misfits Market connects directly with organic farmers and growers to “save” fresh, wholesome products that traditional grocery stores would reject for being imperfect. All you need to do is select the items for your box – it’s fully customizable, so you get to pick the fresh produce, pantry items, and even meats that you’d like. And because Misfits Market strives to use the most low-impact packaging possible, you can rest assured your investment is good for the environment.  

 

Everyone Deserves Access To Healthy Living Options

With a variety of online options for healthy food and sustainable products, just about everyone can have access to healthy food options and other great products. Give the above options a try and see how you like them!  

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Spending Time With My Favorite Coworker – My 3-Year-Old

Wake up. Decide what’s most important in your life today. Determine your own schedule. Report to yourself. Spend precious time with loved ones. Teach valuable life lessons. Build a bond that will never be forgotten. Have some fun doing it all. Then repeat the next day.

 

That’s pretty much a day in the life of a Naturals2Go Owner-Operator. And…that pretty much sums up the day of Naturals2Go Owner-Operator Ryan Bishop of V3 Vending in Georgia.

 

Create Your Own Freedom

Ryan launched V3 Vending early in 2021. He wanted the freedom of setting his own schedule. He wanted to reap the rewards of launching and running his own business. He wanted to spend more time with his family. That investment is now paying dividends in a short amount of time!

 

On a recent morning, Ryan was able to take his favorite co-worker out in the field with him.  “This morning I had some help from our 3-year-old restocking and cleaning of my vending machines,” said Ryan Bishop, Owner V3 Vending. “He had a blast sorting and counting all the products and even got to buy a Crunch bar with his own piggy bank money.”

 

After launching his business with the help of business consultant Eric Bauer at Naturals2Go, Ryan was able to have a machine placed in a high-traffic car dealership in Georgia. During his standard visit on-site, the team at the dealership loved seeing Ryan’s 3-year-old.  “Thanks to the sales team for letting him ‘drive a racecar’ (new Corvette Stingray),” said Ryan.

 

Are You Ready for the Driver’s Seat?

Ryan and his son are truly living the American Dream and making memories all along the way. If you’re ready to take control of your schedule, be your own boss, and enjoy the fruits of your labor, contact Naturals2Go today. We would LOVE to feature your success story in the near future!