Wednesday, February 1, 2023

For the 6th Year U.S. News & World Report Reveals the 2023 Best Overall Diets and Eating Plans

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U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today revealed its annual rankings of the Best Diets. With an updated methodology that was developed under the guidance of more than 30 nutritionists, doctors and epidemiologists, the 2023 rankings examine 24 diets to help every person find a diet to meet their goals.

For 4 years of the 6 years the U.S. News and World Report has been publishing the results of their best diets research we have been passing the new onto you. Here's what they said.


"For the sixth consecutive year, the Mediterranean Diet takes the No. 1 spot for the Best Diet Overall, having emphasis on eating a lot of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and fish and a focus on diet quality rather than a single nutrient or food group. The Mediterranean Diet also claimed the top spot in Best Diets for Bone and Joint Health (tied at No. 1), Best Family-Friendly Diets Best Diets for Healthy Eating and Best Plant-Based Diets. DASH Diet, known for fighting high blood pressure and ability to prevent or control diabetes and support heart health, and the No. 2 Flexitarian Diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based protein for the whole family."


US News and World Reports describes their method of assigning ranking in the Best Overall Diets How We Rated Eating Plans and Diets which they came to after reviewing medical journals, government reports and other resources. They consulted with nationally recognized experts, medical doctors, registered dietary nutritionists, nutritional epidemiologists and weight-loss researchers. Then created an all-inclusive questionnaire 40 questions centered around lifestyle and health goals.

U.S. News ranks diets in these 11 categories: 

2023 Best Diets Rankings

Best Diets Overall
1. Mediterranean Diet
2. DASH Diet (tie)
2. Flexitarian Diet (tie)

Best Weight-Loss Diets
1. WeightWatchers (WW) Diet
2. DASH Diet
3. Mayo Clinic Diet (tie)
3. TLC Diet (tie)

1. Mediterranean Diet
2. DASH Diet
3. Flexitarian Diet

Best Heart-Healthy Diets
1. DASH Diet
2. Mediterranean Diet
3. Flexitarian Diet (tie)
3. Ornish Diet (tie)

Best Diabetes Diets
1. DASH Diet
2. Mediterranean Diet
3. Flexitarian Diet

Best Diets for Bone and Joint Health  
1. DASH Diet (tie)
1. Mediterranean Diet (tie)
3. Flexitarian Diet

Best Family-Friendly Diets
1. Flexitarian Diet (tie)
1. Mediterranean Diet (tie)
1. TLC Diet (tie)

Best Plant-Based Diets
1. Mediterranean Diet
2. Flexitarian Diet
3. MIND Diet

Easiest Diets to Follow
1. Flexitarian Diet (tie)
1. TLC Diet (tie)
3. DASH Diet (tie)
3. Mediterranean Diet (tie)

Editor's note: After all is said and done the best diet is the one that includes healthy food choices paired with healthy lifestyle behavior changes to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle choices for the rest of your life is the best diet plan. Research has demonstrated overall the up and down cycle of weight gain and weight loss alongside crazy dieting is the worst option for disease prevention, a healthy and happy life.

Reputable nutrition, dietitians, Certified Health Coaches, preventative medicine experts and national health organizations agree, processed foods, too much salt, artificial sweeteners and sugar should be limited, avoided whenever possible if not omitted completely along with large amounts of animal proteins. Experts across the board agree the more fruits, veggies and nuts you consume the better. 

In my Health Coaching practice, I recommend most often a two-pronged approach to creating a healthy life behavior change along with diet intervention. The programs I recommend most often are One Simple Change which focuses on learning what and how to start making one small change in your health habits at a time while learning how to start moving to a more plant-based eating plan. Join us at WACKY FOR WELLNESS Facebook Group to learn how to put those healthy steps into action and SHRED10© Indiana Challenge Facebook Group to learn to incorporate the SHRED10© recommendations for the healthy lifestyle for lose weight and optimum health. The One Simple Change focus on the same principles as the Mediterranean Diet, Flexitarian Diet and the DASH Diet combined. After all you deserve to be happy and feel healthy. 

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

C2 Your Health Women's Initiative Inc. is joining National Mentoring Awareness Month

For the 5th year 
C2 Your Health Women's Initiative Inc. is joining National Mentoring Month in recognition of the value of mentoring to our communities. 

National Mentoring Month is a campaign dedicated to spreading awareness, recognizing, and celebrating the importance of mentoring in our community and the positive impact mentoring can have on people’s lives.

Established in 2002 and recognized yearly by the US president and administration, National Mentoring Month is a time to celebrate throughout the month of January, This campaign aims to unify and expand the mentoring movement, celebrate the power of relationships, and raise awareness around the importance of mentoring in the United States.

Important recognition dates to celebrate, engage, increase awareness and momentum of mentoring awareness.

  •  January 6 – I am a Mentor Day
  • January 17 – International Mentoring Day
  • January 27 – Thank Your Mentor Day (#ThankYourMentor)

 National Mentoring Month's key goals are:

  1. Raise awareness of the importance of mentoring
  2. Inspire more people to become mentors
  3. Advance the growth of mentoring opportunities

Whether you are a mentor, mentee, business, an advocate or champion of mentoring now is a great time to join the international, national and local mentoring conversation. Attend and support the many events, celebrations and learning opportunities in your community throughout the month of January. Get involved in the mentoring effort by hosting an event, starting a mentoring program, participating in a mentoring community, become a mentor, find a mentor for yourself, share your mentoring story to inspire others, celebrate “Thank Your Mentor Day” on social media, and personally thank those who have helped you along your way.

For women entrepreneurs mentoring is more important now than ever. In fact finding the right person, the right program, at the right time can be life changing for a woman who owns a business and can be the most important business decision she makes in regards to making the difference between the failure and the success of her business.

Important women entrepreneur mentoring statistics:

  • 5X more likely to start a business
  • 87% are still in business after 1 year
  • 89% of mentees go on to mentor in the future, meaning any mentoring efforts you implement now will have a long lasting impact.
  • 80% of female business owners with a female mentor said their mentor was helpful to them.
  • 70% more likely to be in business after 2 years
  • 33% demonstrated business growth
  • 10% actually launch businesses, compared to just 2% of those without access to a mentor.

If you are a woman who is aspiring to start a business, a struggling woman entrepreneur, a woman business owner or a champion of women owned businesses C2Your Health Women’s Initiative Inc. is here to help connect you to a supportive community of women entrepreneurs, business mentors, a mentoring program and / or community business resources keeping the momentum of mentoring going all year not just in January.  

To learn more go to Chronus News National Mentoring Month Kit

Source: C2 Your Health Women's Initiative Inc. is joining National Mentoring Month

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About C2 Your Health Women's Initiative Inc: 

C2 Your Health Women's Initiative designated by the IRS a nonprofit organization 501(c)3) for the betterment of women entrepreneurs in our communities.

Women Move Forward Entrepreneur Mentoring Community Memberships & Women Entrepreneur Excellence Course and Certification enrolling January 2023 for the January cohort. 

Women Entrepreneur Excellence Course and Certification Pre-mentoring application complete now  

Monday, December 26, 2022

8 Small Business Resolutions for 2023

2023 is almost here, have you been thinking about making New Year Resolutions for your business? In 2023 let’s make it a year of renewal, resolution and resilience by stopping what’s not working and starting what does.

 1. Hire a business mentor and a strategy coach. 

Stop thinking you have all the answers. Start by hiring a qualified mentor, coach, consultant. If you did, your business would be further along in your business. I don't know about you but if I am going to ask for business advice, I would not ask someone who knows nothing about being a successful business owner. You friends and family may mean well however, business is business, and, in the end, your well-meaning friends will not be there to pay your bills. Do yourself a favor, save yourself from the agony of disappointment, wasting money and business failure hire a reputable mentor and / or a business coach that you know.

2. Re-evaluate the Business Plan 

Stop moving blindly through your business without a vision of where your business is headed. Start by taking a hard look at your business plan to see if it still reflects what you are doing in your business. If it does not then now might be a good time to re-evaluate where you are going with your business, or your change the plan for your business. If you don't have a business plan now is a good time to create one. 

3. Eliminate Unnecessary Expenses

Stop paying too much. Start to review your business expenses, negotiate with vendors, suppliers, shop around for the best prices.  Shop fixed expenses too. For example, move your office to home, change staff to virtual, phone plans, insurance all need to be re-evaluated. Talk with others in your field that have more experience than you do and ask for advice, connection and resources. 

4. Evaluate Your Marketing Efforts and Adjust Accordingly

Stop marketing to where your customers and potential customers are not. Start evaluating what you are doing and looking for ways to improve your marketing. Look at what's working and what's not. Make it a priority to explore channels you've ignored in the past. Speak with a mentor, consultant or business coach who can help get you on the right track. Join networking groups once or twice a month that provide fresh business contacts, resources, are inclusive and inspiring. 

5. Stand by Your Word - Integrity 

Stop saying you can deliver on a promise when you cannot. Start being in integrity. Integrity is standing by your word. Doing what you say you will, when and how you said you would do it. This applies to your business too. The quickest way to enhance your business reputation, attract new customers, improve employee loyalty is to have integrity in every action you take. Businesses with high integrity have the highest bottom line and financial performance.

6. Become Process Oriented with Follow-up

Stop “ghosting” your clients, customers and those who can bring you business. Start a  process which is a way of doing things to solve a problem. For example, follow up. Create a check list, get an app, software program that helps you keep track of why you need to return phone calls, emails and text messages and to remind you of your next step. By putting into place, a procedure, a system / process in you will feel more confident and act in a more deliberate way following up with clients, customers and even your friends. Whether it’s on purpose or accidental poor follow up is a sign of bad business management. Plus, you will be seen as the business professional you are. 

7. Create a New Revenue Stream

Stop depending on one source of income. Start by adding more ways to generate income. One of the biggest mistakes a small business makes is having only one way to make money. The problem with only one way is if the demand for that item goes away, so does your business. A smart move would be to have several streams of income, a new product, services, channel of delivery or territory. The more streams of income your business has the more resilient and able to endure financial difficulties as they occur. 

8. Celebrate More 

Stop ignoring your accomplishments. Start celebrating the small and the big wins. Why? Little wins add up to big wins. Acknowledging and commemorating the little victories will help you to maintain inspiration and guarantee your resolutions will stay in the forefront of your business. 

May 2023 like every year bring lessons learned from 2022, erase what needs to be left in the past, bring forward a fresh start, a newness, and a breath of fresh air of magical inspiration to your business into the 2023 new year. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

10 Ways to Promote Your Entrepreneur Small Business Awards and Certifications to Get More Customers

Congratulations to the Women Entrepreneur Excellence Certification Class of 2022. 

Winning an award is an excellent indication that you and your business are doing something right. Public recognition goes a long way when it comes to boosting the reputation of your startup. In this article, we will discuss how you can make the best use of your 
small business awards and (business certifications) to drive more customers to your business.

While it may seem trivial, winning awards is important and can benefit your business in many ways, including:

  • Building authority and credibility
  • Boosting your brand exposure
  • Allowing you to attract the right talent 
  • Exciting and motivating your employees
  • Creating word-of-mouth marketing 

In fact, research shows that receiving an award can be great for your company’s bottom line, boosting sales by nearly 40%.

How to leverage your small business awards to get more customers

1. Issue a Press Release.
2. Feature the award (& certifications) on your website.
3. Share the award (& certifications) on social media.
4. Tell your customers by email. 
5. Celebrate with discounts for your customers. 
6. Celebrate with your team.
7. Feature your award (& certifications) in ad displays. 
8. Feature your award (& certifications) in your business listings. 
9. Develop a SEO web strategy around your award (&certifications).
10. Feature your award (& certifications) in your pay-per-click advertising campaigns.

Read the entire article:  10 Ways to Promote Your Small Business Awards to Get More Customers

Editor's Note: This blog contains an abbreviated version of the above article. 
Congratulations! Now you have achieved a much-deserved award and / or business certification be sure to celebrate your accomplishments. Invite the community to celebrate with you while you take full advantage of the recognition you worked so hard for and take advantage of your "15 minutes of fame" to grow your business faster!  After all, if you don't tell your friends, family, peers, customers, community how with they know you and your business practice at a higher standard and are more knowledgeable than other entrepreneur small businesses. To learn about Women Entrepreneur Excellence Course and Certification go to Women Move Forward Mentoring Community website or see it the program is for you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

National Women Support Women Day is December 1st - I'm in!

(This photo is from an Instagram post July 2020, then referred to in the article New York Times, "Challenge Accepted")

Each month I look for a list of the National Observances to see if there is a "National Day" set aside for wellness, mental health, well-being and awareness of women's issues for lack of a better word, "issues" may not the best word but it will do in this situation. 

Anyways, I found December 1 is "Women Support Women Day", then got business looking for a nice quote that goes with the theme of women supporting women. I found the hashtags #womensupportingwomen next to #challengeaccepted. I thought this looks interesting, so I kept searching for the meaning of these two hashtags until I felt satisfied with the answer to the question what is National Women Support Women Day and the hashtag #womensupportingwomen all about? 

I like to reference the National Today website for information such as this. They are always spot on national observances. Here's what they had to say ... 

"National Women Support Women Day is celebrated on December 1 every year. This day allows us all to join together and build upon previous generations’ hard work and determination. “Women for women” is a powerful cliché, but this day is an opportunity that should not be missed. Whether you believe in having a day to focus on only women in the world or that gender should have no limits, you should use this day and make the most of it. If you want to help other women in your life, use this day to let them know you’ll be there for them even when others don’t." 

I started to see a pattern emerge. These two hashtags being used in tandem #challengeaccepted #womensupportingwomen. Humm interesting. 

After a bit of sleuthing, I came upon these two articles that seem to cover the topic pretty well. There seems to a consensus of lack of clarity when these two hashtags began to appear together however, we do know in the summer of 2020 they just blew up Instagram with over 3 million "likes" or so they say. 

In the article What is 'Challenge Accepted' Exactly? (published July 20200 had this to say …

"According to the informal tenets of social media, however, the word challenge typically means “posting a photo of yourself in a certain context, oftentimes for an ostensibly good cause, ideally looking attractive." The article went on to say ..."and this week’s "WomenSupportingWomen #ChallengeAccepted challenge, which appears to ask women to post a flattering black-and-white selfie from their camera rolls."

In the article Challenge Accepted Why are Women Posting Black and White Selfies (published July 2020) explains 

"The premise of the “challenge accepted” trend is that these photos promote female empowerment, and that nominating friends to take part in the campaign is a way for women to support each other."

"Many women have included the hashtag #womensupportingwomen in their posts. “Challenge Accepted,” Khloe Kardashian wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday. “To all my Queens- Let’s spread love and remember to be a little kinder to one another. #womensupportingwomen.”

I love this idea and the two hashtags together, so I say in honor of December 1. 2022 let's see what we can do with this challenge in 2022. 

Besides if it's good enough for Khloe Kardashian then it's certainly good enough for me! Count me in! 

Are you in? #ChallengeAccepted  #WomenSupportingWomen 2022 CHALLENGE

1. Post a black-and-white photo of yourself (use your camera filter)

2. Post a quote or uplifting statement supporting women, give a compliment what you admire most about them, whether it be their work ethic, motivation or something else. 

3. Use the hashtags #ChallengeAccepted  #WomenSupportingWomen

Hey women entrepreneurs lets' meetup!




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