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Benefits of Waking Up Early

October 16, 2021
By VIA Magazine

Waking up early is something most of you probably do anyway. If you are a student, have a job with a morning shift, or are a stay-at-home parent, you most likely wake up early on the weekdays. But the importance of waking up early is often overlooked. There are so many benefits to waking up early, so here are just a few of them.

One of the most important reasons to wake up early is your mental health. While sleeping is essential to maintain good mental health, it is very important to avoid oversleeping. Most individuals who wake up earlier are typically more optimistic and generally happier people. A study executed by the University of Colorado Boulder and the Board Institute of MIT and Harvard shows that waking up early can reduce your risk of depression by 23 percent. Also, waking up early can help cope with anxiety. Being an early riser makes you feel like you have more control over your morning, and waking up early means you have more time to get things done. 

Waking up early can also improve your productivity. Getting up early helps cut out distractions you find during the day, and it makes you more productive. In the morning, your mind is more alert and aware; this will help with concentration and motivation. Most people have a lack of motivation, but waking up early is a great way to defeat that. By waking up early, it already feels like you accomplished something, and it will help keep you motivated throughout the rest of the day. 

Another good thing that comes from being an early riser is quality sleep. When you wake up early, you will be more tired in the later hours of the day. This makes you go to bed earlier. This is a great way to live because you have the same amount of hours of sleep as someone who stays up late and sleeps late, but you get that without the exhaustion. If you go to bed early, you will most likely get through all the stages of sleep (the stages are wake, light sleep, deep sleep, REM, and these repeat).  Most people rarely get through three, let alone all four. 

Being a morning person has its perks, but it is not easy to keep up with a good sleep schedule. Set alarms, and just remember it is ok to hit the snooze button in moderation. Do not set an alarm that you will snooze five times; however, snoozing once or twice is alright. Never forget that sleep schedules vary based on lifestyles and work lives. The point of a good sleep schedule is to not be tired, so if you are exhausted from waking up early, just know it is ok to sleep in every once and a while. Always know that everybody is different, so do what feels right for you. 

Text by Martha Ishee

Power Never Tasted so Good

October 15, 2021
By VIA Magazine

Recipe: 

Prep time: 4-5 minutes 

Makes: 4 servings 
 

Ingredients: 

- 16 ounces of water 

- 1 ounce of almond milk 

- 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt 

- 7 frozen strawberries 

- half of a frozen banana 

- ½ cup of frozen cherries 

- ¼ cup of sliced almonds 

- a handful of spinach 

- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter 

- ½ cup of Juice Plus+ Complete Dutch Chocolate powder (optional) 
 

Instructions: 

Fill blender with water and almond milk 

Slice up a frozen banana 

Dump frozen ingredients into blender 

Add yogurt, almonds, spinach, and peanut butter 

Sprinkle in Juice Plus+ Complete Dutch Chocolate powder, if desired 

Combine in a blender and mix together on whole juice 

Drop in a couple of ice cubes to help make it a little colder 

Enjoy! 

Have you ever woken up abruptly after sleeping through your alarm clock and realized you needed to be out the door in just a couple minutes? You fly through your morning routine and dash to the car, only to realize you haven't eaten breakfast. Throughout the day, you can't focus because of your growling stomach protesting the absence of food, and you just wish you had a yummy and wholesome solution. Well, this healthy yet delicious Power Shake may just be your new favorite breakfast on the go. It is full of nutrition and flavor and gives you an extra boost of strength for whatever is on your full schedule. It is a very quick and convenient way to fill your stomach while heading out the door. In addition to this, it's an exceptional option for those who want a sweet drink to sip on while reading a book in the hot sun. So if you haven't found the right drink that combines the perfect blend of the protein from peanut butter and the antioxidants of berries, this shake may be for you. 

My mom loves this shake and was actually the one who taught me how to make it. Now, it's something I always look forward to after a strenuous workout. It is a significantly refreshing and truly effortless remedy after a long, difficult exercise. It's also perfect for the days when you don't feel motivated to make a beneficial and fulfilling meal. We always use the Juice Plus+ Dutch Chocolate complete powder in this shake because it consists of millet, quinoa, radish sprouts, broccoli sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, and more. This completely vegan protein offers quite the nutritional punch, being high in fiber and antioxidants, as well as protein. It's low-glycemic, keeping you full longer and eliminating that energy crash that follows most quick options. Although it doesn't seem like these ingredients would go well together when mixed, they surprisingly make quite a yummy powder to utilize in a shake. It may not be something people have on hand, but don't worry; the beverage will still be a tasty treat for those who enjoy healthy, palatable smoothies. This Power Shake is full of sweetness and nourishment to give you the right fuel that your body needs to power through any day. Seriously, power never tasted so good. 

Text by Liz Nalon
Photo by Joy Nolan

A Woman of God

October 12, 2021
By VIA Magazine

Many women have allowed today’s society to shape their views on who they should be. From having a perfect face to a perfect body to a perfect personality, many women will often find themselves feeling overwhelmed by unrealistic expectations placed on them. What may hurt a woman even more is knowing that no matter how hard she may try, she will constantly be feeling that she cannot achieve the expectations placed on her. As women of God, we often need to remind ourselves to stop and think about these expectations and ask ourselves what may be motivating us to move towards perfection. “Am I trying to please man or God?” 

1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” I believe that this verse is a good reminder of how we as women of God should respond to the expectations often placed on us. It reminds us that we do not need to be as made up as society may want us to be because as women of God, our beauty comes from our inner selves. 

Whenever I find myself wondering what a good example of a woman of God is, I often find myself looking at biblical women. Good examples are women like Deborah, the only female judge mentioned in the Bible who was known for being a compassionate leader, and Ruth, a Moabite woman who was a good example of unchanging faith and bravery in the Bible. After becoming widowed early in her womanhood, Ruth remained with her mother-in-law and followed God for all her days, as she knew that He would provide for her. The women mentioned in the Bible can inspire women today to pursue inner beauty. I believe we can learn a lot from them. As women, we can learn how to be true servants of God from biblical women. 

Perhaps you may be wondering, “How can I be a woman of God, especially living in a society that already has its own set of ideas on who I should be?” I believe that a godly woman can bring glory to her Heavenly Father and can allow her identity to be covered by Him. She assures us that we are accepted and loved. She teaches us to have a confidence that comes from knowing we were created and made with the purpose of bringing change to those around us. A biblical woman may also teach us to be powerful, but she shows us that our power must come from the presence of God in our lives. She also encourages others to seek God. Therefore, with all these attributes of a godly woman, there is not any doubt as to the woman I aspire to be—a woman of God. 

Text by Soila T. Norris

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