Obstacles Women Entrepreneurs Encounter

2. Women-owned startups receive less investor funding:  Women-led, innovation-driven entrepreneurial businesses are not getting enough venture capital funding – less than 5% of VC dollars go to women-led companies.

3. Fear of failure and taking risks: Women are generally less prone to taking risks and can let their own fears of failure, or even fear of success, stand in the way of pursuing the path of entrepreneurship. Confidence is the #1 weapon to combat these fears, and the best way to feel confident in what you are doing is to make sure that you are as prepared as possible before you start your business endeavor.

4. Balancing business and family:  Balancing business and family is a huge challenge. Women are still considered the backbone of the family, and women entrepreneurs often find themselves torn between commitment to their family and their businesses.

 

 

Diet and Nutrition for Women over 40..

Fish Intake

Heart disease risk is likely to rise after menopause, so you should try to eat at least two servings of fish per week (preferably those with healthy fats like salmon or trout).

Slim down

Slimming down not only reduces the risks of heart disease and breast cancer, both of which go up after menopause,  but new research shows that it may also help obese or overweight women cut down on hot flashes.

Take Care of Your Bones

Your calcium needs go up after age 50, from 1,000 milligrams per day to 1,200 mg.  Doctors believe with less estrogen on board, your bones don’t absorb calcium as well.
If you’re eating dairy, choose low-fat products. These have roughly the same amount of calcium as their full-fat counterparts, but with fewer calories.

Soy is Ok

Soy contains plant estrogens, so many women think it can increase their breast cancer risk. However, there is little data to support this. The misconception likely comes from studies of high-dose soy supplements, which may stimulate the growth of estrogen-sensitive tumors.
Soy foods like tofu, soy nuts, and soy milk may offer relief from mild hot flashes and are not thought to increase breast cancer risk. “Women in Japan have the highest soy intake and the lowest risk of breast cancer, but Japanese women who move to the U.S. and eat less soy have a higher risk,” says research.

Fiber is your friend

The days of gorging without gaining weight are over. And as your metabolism slows around age 40, eating fewer calories can boost health. But you should also make sure to get adequate fiber and fluids. Make sure the calories that you are decreasing come from things like sweets, but we keep those high-fiber foods in the diet, and we also make sure we meet our fluid needs. That’s really important. Make sure that our daily eating plan is packed full of nutrient-dense food, like lean protein, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy and whole grains.

 

Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip

INGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ cups unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose or oat flour
  • 1 cup of vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups finely chopped spinach (fresh, or frozen and thawed)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped (1½ cups)
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine the plant milk, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens to a spreadable consistency. Add in Mozzarella and continue to stir until it melts evenly.
  2. Add the spinach and artichoke hearts. Mix well, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2 minutes more, until the spinach has wilted. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if the sauce gets too thick.
  3. Let the dip cool completely.
  4. Serve the dip warm or cold with the baguette, tortilla chips, or pita chips.

 

 

Trust

I have been reading Joyce Meyer’s “UnShakeable Trust”. It is so enlightening and on point. I wanted to share a few nuggets that I received from this book that God has opened my eyes to.

  1. Noah Webster said that trust is a resting of the mind. Apostle Paul confirmed it when he said that those who believe (trust) in God will enter into his rest (Hebrews 4:3)
  2. God offers us Peace of mind when we place our trust in Him.
  3. As we learn to want what God wants for us even more than we want for ourselves, we can have peace of mind in every situation.
  4. Our peace of mind rests on whether or not we are willing to trust that God’s will is better than ours even if we don’t understand it.
  5. So I decided to trust with my eyes wide open, and that means I don’t expect anyone (expect God) to never disappoint me.
  6. My own expectations are the source of my disappointment, not God, because scripture teaches that if we put our trust in him, He never disappoints us (Romans 5:5)
  7. I plan for unplanned things and that allows me to keep my peace. Always remember that it is wise to plan on some unplanned things.
  8. God is willing to meet you where you are and help you get to where you need to be.
  9. No one is stuck forever in their past unless they choose to be.
  10. If you hear yourself saying ‘I can’t go on like this much longer,’ it probably means that you are trying to do more than what you are created for.
  11. God leads those who truly wants His guidance.
  12. God is nothing more than a spiritual idea unless we trust Him enough to do what He asks us to do, and perhaps to do nothing if that is what He requires.
  13. Love is not a feeling we have but a choice we make about how we will treat people.
  14. One of the wisest things we can do is know our weaknesses and lean on God to grant us the strength not to give in to it.
  15. Peace  is never found in relying on your own understanding.
  16. God sometimes waits to answer because we are asking the wrong question.
  17. Jesus never asks us to go where He has not been. It comforts me to know that He has always gone before me and prepared the way that I might walk in.
  18. If we care too much about what people think of us, we will never fully follow Christ.
  19. Once I learned to value people where they are instead of where I want them to be, much of my suffering and misery ceased.

FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR ENTREPENUERS

After years of running the proverbial rat race you’re thinking of starting a business. Maybe you’re working in a career you’re no longer passionate about. If your current job isn’t working out for you, entrepreneurship might seem like the way to go. But before you hang out your shingle, make sure you have a solid financial plan in place.

Risk Management The startup phase for most businesses is fairly risky as personal cash flow is negative and in many instances, you may find yourself funding the business personally. Furthermore, if you’ve taken on debt which you’ve personally guaranteed to get things up and running, you could lose more than just your business. But once the business is up and running and cash flow reaches a desired level, being an entrepreneur can be less risky than being an employee.

Reduce spending. This isn’t the time to buy a new house or car. Pay off their car notes and any other outstanding debts you may have. As an entrepreneur, it is your duty to focus on the elimination of the debts that have the highest interest rates first, for example, student loans. In case you have multiple loans you should consider debt consolidation. Some business expenditures can get pricey.

Keep business and personal finances separate. Having a separate business bank account will prevent confusion when it’s time to pay bills or payroll. In addition, it is vital to incorporate your business as a separate entity. If you don’t, you risk losing personal assets if you get sued.

Keep a Minimum Financial Amount As an entrepreneur, and depending on your financial capacity at the moment, you can come up with a certain amount that you are comfortable with; an amount that remains untouched and unaltered. This minimum amount can be increased gradually as the business keeps growing. This mode of operation is not only good for your personal finances, but also for the financial well-being of your business as an entrepreneur.

Building an Emergency Fund A majority of the population does not understand the importance of making savings meant for emergency situations. While this is not a good lifestyle choice, it is especially bad for entrepreneurs.A great emergency fund will not only keep you afloat in your personal expenses for well over six months if need be, but can also be used to aid your business through lean periods when your business is struggling.

 

Vegan Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup organic canola oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. LIne a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the spelt flour, almond meal, sugar, ground flax seed, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.
  3. Add the applesauce, oil, and almond milk and stir until combined.
  4. Fill the muffin cups two thirds full.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

VEGAN FOOD GROUPS

Vegetables Group

Do you have ANY idea just how good veggies are for you? They’re one of the most important foods you can eat. They are low-calorie and full of nutrients that your body needs daily.

Fortified Soymilk or Nut milk Group

This is the Vegan Calcium group. As long as you’re eating a well-balanced diet, it’s difficult to NOT get the calcium you need. There are many other foods that provide Calcium as well.

Beans, Bean Alternates, Nuts & Seeds Group

  Vegans get plenty of protein from other sources other than meat. Beans are just a common staple for Vegans to go to for protein. Many other foods have protein as well.

 

Whole Grains, Breads, Rice, Pasta, Cereals Group

You’ll find many good whole grains to consume. Just remember to find out hoow many servings of whole grains you should eat on a daily basis, a list of grains for you to discover, and how to select, clean, soak, cook and flavor your grains to perfection.

 

Fruit Group

Learn which fruits MUST BE organic and which can be conventional. Also learn how to select and clean your fruit, fruit “Flavor Matches”, and nutritional information too.

 

Omegas, B12 and D Group

There are some very important nutrients we need to be sure to supplement with and you can learn about these in my such as omega 3’s and B12. We need to make sure we don’t leave out any important vitamins and nutrients when becoming Vegan.

 

Water!

Glass of waterLast but certainly not least is WATER!

NUTRITION TIPS AND IDEAS

  1. Realize exercise and Diet go hand and hand. You can’t do one with out the other.
  2. Eat food close to its natural state as possible.
  3. Stay out the aisles of the grocery store where the most processed foods are located.
  4. Eat slowly and enjoy your food.
  5. Keep a journal or download an app, to track what you eat daily.
  6. Stop eating once you are satisfied not when you are stuffed.
  7. Watch your portion size.
  8. Cook at home as much as possible and avoid fast foods.
  9. Plan your meals ahead of time, so you won’t get hungry and over eat.
  10. Create an environment of healthy foods, you won’t eat what you don’t have at home.
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