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New Year, New You!

Written by Nikki Velez | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

How is 2016 treating you so far? Are those resolutions you vowed to keep still on or have you, like so many of us, dropped the ball a little? I'm not here to remind you about those little failures or to point out your mistakes, but rather to share with you that you are not alone. So many of us create an encouraging list of goals and ideas we plan to keep forever and yet when times get tough, and life happens, we somehow let things slip and after a few days of slipping, we find it so much harder to get back on track...anyone with me here? 

Today, January 21st would mark 21 days of clean eating, or not drinking or maybe exercising for you and according to research studies, this should be the moment these habits become easier and require less effort. Have you kept any of these resolutions? If so, are you feeling stronger and is this new habit becoming easier to you?

If not, I'm here to remind you that it's okay. We're all human and starting new challenges and habits is not meant to be easy. In fact, they are really really hard to keep! When you've grown up with soda all your life and are so accustomed to drinking a can at dinner or at the office, it seems impossible to go through your day without thinking about that soda, right? 

Here are some tips I've learned through times like this when I've tried to change a bad habit or added a new goal. I hope at this stage of your challenge, you can find some of these useful and helpful to accomplish your resolutions for this new year!

 

1. Find your WHY! This is the biggest one and that's why I listed it first. When you find a compelling reason that's exciting and meaningful, it makes the small daily habits much easier to take on. For instance, when you decide to quit smoking because you want to live to see your grandchildren graduate highschool, it becomes a lot easier to avoid that pack of cigarettes. Find your WHY and make it compelling, then write it out on a piece of paper and hang it in a place that you'll see every day. This will be a daily reminder of WHY you are doing this in the first place and it will help in times of weakness.

2. Substitutions. One of the biggest culprits in breaking habits is the void left from removing the bad habit and not replacing it with a good one. We've seen this many times with people who start eating paleo and wonder why they're always hungry around week two. It turns out after removing 50% of their calories from gluten, dairy and sugar they haven't been eating enough food. Instead, they should substitute those for more veggies and protein to fill their plates.  Not only does it make it really hard to follow this diet if you're always hungry, but mentally you'll feel that void because you haven't replaced the bad items, instead of just eliminating them. 

3. Less is More. We tend to get a little ambitious when we list all of the things we plan to accomplish in the new year, but have you reviewed your list from last year? Very few people actually analyze their end goals and see exactly what they have accomplished in that year. In fact, most of us tend to forget what we actually set out to do! Keeping a short list of reachable goals is huge. You're more likely to succeed at a very small number of goals than a ton because you can focus so much more of your attention and efforts towards them. For instance, it's way better to have one habit of quitting smoking, than it is to run 5 times a week, start a new blog posting every day, learn a new language and quit sugar all for just a few weeks before slipping and falling out of these habits altogether. 1-3 goals is ideal. Write them out, along with the WHY and keep copies to remind you everywhere you can, the office, your bathroom, the fridge. Conversely, making sure your goals are attainable will empower you and strengthen you as you get closer. It's easier to set a goal to lose 10 lbs than it is 100 lbs. Small reachable goals will help you gain momentum making it easier as time goes by.

4. Buddy System. Remember going on a field trip and having a buddy that you were accountable for keeping with you at all times? Maybe that was just me since I was a terrible kid, but either way, the buddy system works. It's great if you're both moving towards the same goals, like working out a few times a week or limiting your alcoholic beverages. A buddy will keep you accountable and will remind you to stay on track. Not only that, it's more fun when you can make progress and get stronger together. But, make sure it's someone who won't take any nonsense from you. This buddy has to be serious about making sure you're on the right path towards those goals. Be clear with them that they can't let you slip and this will help you in those weak moments. 

5. Rewards. This is my favorite part! I have an expensive obsession with an athletic clothing brand, okay-it's lululemon. I mentally rationalize my pricey purchases with it's all I wear every day and It's workout clothes, so it'll make me feel better about working out which are all acceptable in my book, but I can't afford to shop there as much as I'd like to. So I created a mental step process so that once I've reached a certain step in my goals, like avoiding gluten altogether for one month, I can reward myself with a small purchase at this store. And let's say once I've gone 3 months in this direction, I can allow myself to purchase another item, maybe a little bigger this time. So not only, is the goal itself a motivation for me, but now I have some fun little prizes along the way that make it that much more enticing-and believe me, I'll work extra hard for those rewards!

 

Now that I've shared with you my top five tips for keeping your habits, I'd love for you to take a look at those resolutions and review them. Did you have a big list? Were they too vague, like 'lose weight'? Have you followed through with them? I encourage you to look at them and make changes to help you get stronger and accomplish them more easily. I would also LOVE to hear from you and see if maybe you have some tips that have helped you attain your goals! 

With that said, I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes and a discount code for 15% off valid this weekend (1/21 through 1/24) discount code: 'newyearnewyou'

 

 

Your friend,

Nikki 

Tag: coconut butter, discount, goal, goal setting, goals, january, new year, new year new you, paleo

Thanksgiving Recipes

Written by Nikki Velez | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Our favorite time of the year is upon us and we are way too excited for it! Sharing these special times with our friends and family is so much fun. This year we'd like to share with you some of our favorite recipes that we've made in the past and some new ones that we are making this holiday season. These can be made for a fun gathering with friends or thanksgiving dinner with the family. If you make them, be sure to post and tag us @nikkiscoconutbutter. We love to see and share your creations!

Pumpkin Pie- We made this one last year and it was a hit! Don't forget to refrigerate the coconut milk the night before for the whipped cream!

Maple  Pecan Baked Apples- These are a great alternative to a traditional apple pie and taste great! 

Shannon's Apple Pie- Pretty much the best paleo apple pie out there. Even better than some non paleo ones too!

Chocolate Rosemary Pecan Bark- This festive bark is such a treat! Perfect for parties or even as a snack to make with kids.

Apple Pie in a Jar- This is one of our favorite gifts to give to friends and family since they make adorable jars and you can decorate them with cute labels. 

Pumpkin Spice Fudge Bites- What's the holiday season without fudge? These will rock your socks off.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dip- This is a great treat for parties or gatherings with friends. Easy to make and a tasty indulgence.

It's tough to make great decisions during the holidays when it comes to eating, but hopefully keeping some great recipes like these in mind will make it easier. Having healthy foods at home and not taking leftover sweets home are some helpful tips that have helped us stay healthy during this time of the year. 

Enjoy!

Tag: thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Basket Project

Written by Nikki Velez | November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments


Today I want to share with you a little bit about what I'm doing with Nikki's Coconut Butter. When we first started this business, the goal was to offer a convenient healthy treat that would allow our customers, people like us, to stay on track with our healthy lifestyle. Now that we have grown and seen how much of an impact we have on the community, we want to something great with it and give back to those who are less fortunate. 

These next two weeks we will be collecting 10% from ALL of our online sales here to build some Thanksgiving baskets with a nice dinner for families in need. We have partnered up with our local gym, CrossFit Palm Beach to build these baskets and give some families the opportunity to share a nice Thanksgiving dinner, like all of us. 

If you would like to participate in this project, simply order here now through November 23rd. 

Thanks in advance for helping us make a difference in these people's lives. We are so grateful for this opportunity!

Nikki + Andrew

 

Tag: doinggood, giving, gratitude, holidays, nikkis coconut butter, thankful, thanksgiving

Our First Blog Post!

Written by Nikki Velez | October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hey Guys! 

We are super excited to announce our very first blog post! I’ve been wanting to start this blog for a while and share some of our great coconut butter news, but also help you get the most out of your jars of coconut butter at home!

Here, I will be sharing some uses and recipes for you to try as well as creations that others have shared with us! But, we’ll also be sharing some other fun stuff like new discoveries, things we find funny, our passions and more. 

Here’s your chance to get to know us, Nikki and Andrew, a little better. We work our tails off creating coconut butter flavors and testing them out to make sure we have the best possible product out there. We absolutely love what we do and couldn’t think of a better way to help serve our community and help people live a healthier lifestyle. 

So, here are some fun things you may or may not know about us:

-We LOVE CrossFit! Andrew and his brother, Tony, own a box here in Jupiter called CrossFit Palm Beach, our second home, after Nikki’s Coconut Butter, of course!

-We don’t have a dog yet, although I’ve (Nikki) been secretly planning to rescue one for Andrew’s birthday. I guess it’s not a secret anymore. 

-We started eating Paleo about 5 years ago and loved the way we felt! For a long time I suffered from dairy and gluten intolerances I didn’t know I had. Now I’m happy to say we found an awesome way of eating that fuels our day and doesn’t harm us.

-We love to travel and discover new places. Whether it’s sipping cocktails on a cruise, or backpacking in a new territory, we love it all!

 

Now you know us and we’re best friends, right? Awesome! Looking forward to sharing our next post with you!

 

Much love,

~Nikki

Spooky Treats!

Written by Nikki Velez | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Halloween treats that kids will enjoy and parents will love!

Hey Coconut Lovers! You're not the only one who struggles with sugar overload this time of the year! We always do our best to avoid sweets, but there's just something about this season that makes it so tough to avoid...I mean they're everywhere!We're here to help you get through these tough times with some fool-proof Paleo Friendly recipes! We came up with a list of some of our favorite Fall and Halloween recipes. They are guaranteed to be a hit amongst ghosts, vampires, and well, just about everything else that shows up at your doorstep that evening! 

Speaking of recipes, have you made any awesome treats with our coconut butters? We'd love your recipes! Send them to us at marketing@nikkiscoconutbutter.com so we can share them on our social media pages!

Spooky Strawberry Ghosts

Nikki's Coconut Butter Cups

Pumpkin Date Pops

Spooky Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites

 

We hope you have a Spook-taculiar Halloween and enjoy all the fun without the sugar crash!

Nikki + Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

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