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15 Ways To Eat Better And Save Money

15 Ways To Eat Better And Save Money

We could all use a few tips to help us eat better and save more money. Read on for some quick tips that are healthy and budget-friendly.

1. Preplan your meals.

If you preplan your meals for a week, or even a month, you will eat healthier and save money. You will make better decisions in a focused fashion, and will not resort to temptation at the end of the day when you’re tired.

Pretend you are an elite athlete. Plan your nutrition accordingly. Eat for your own performance and energy.

2. Construct your food list to avoid food waste.

In the US alone, 40 percent of food purchased goes to waste. This shocking statistic should be a wake-up call when it comes to the financial impacts on the average family’s budget. This percentage could be the difference when it comes to a college education for a child or an emergency fund. So, with that in mind, make the time to plan out uses for your food. Start with what you already have now. Dust off the slow cooker and make soups. Get creative.

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3. Make a bigger batch of main meals and use leftovers for lunch.

There are many weekdays when you simply do not feel like cooking and make poor choices by eating out or ordering in. Double up on those recipes of foods you love to eat and have them ready to thaw in the morning and reheat at night.

4. Take a picture of your fridge and freezer contents shopping with you.

Trust me when I say this works. You won’t waste your money by repurchasing the same items that you forget you already had in the fridge.

5. Buy seasonal.

Buying and eating seasonally means that you are purchasing local or regionally grown foods when they are naturally in season. This means your food is not only cheaper but has more nutrient value, as it does not travel far to make it to your table. This is a win-win for your health and your wallet.

6. Buy less meat.

Eating meat is linked to many health issues, including obesity, cardiovascular issues, and hormonal cancers like breast cancer.

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Meat is also very expensive, so this can free up a good portion of your weekly budget. Replace it with nutrient-dense vegetables that are in season.

7. Use a coupon app.

By planning and restricting yourself to items that are on sale, you will save a lot. However, just because there is a coupon does not make it a necessity for you. Be wise to this and stick to your lists.

8. Host potluck dinners to avoid restaurant bills.

When you eat out, you eat more, consume more sodium and additives, and have a liquid bill that in many cases equals or exceeds your food bill. Potluck dinners are a chance to try and exchange new food ideas and to center the evening around company, without creating additional financial pressures.

9. Drink more water throughout the day.

Next time you want a snack or have the munchies, have a glass of room temperature water instead — you might find that you were just dehydrated.

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10 Eat dinner off a smaller plate.

For some people, this simple task of going from a 9-inch to a 7-inch plate makes it easier to make wiser food choices. This, in turn, propels weight loss and promotes more conscious eating.

11. Make your own beans and pulses from dried varieties.

For the most part, canned foods are laden with sodium and other hidden chemicals. A bag of black beans can create many meals, and the beans can even be frozen — another way to have convenience food on hand.

12. Learn how to make bread this year.

Want a fun science project for the whole family? Make a sourdough starter. You will have delicious and healthy bread and a house that smells divine!

13. Organize your kitchen and pantry better to see what you actually have.

This is life-changing. Rather than repurchasing the same dry foods and spices again and again, you’ll find a treasure trove in your own cabinets.

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14. Use up things that are expiring first before replacing them.

First enact #13. Then take it once step further and organize all the stuff nearing expiry to the front of the cabinets (and get rid of the expired foods, too!).

15. Chew your food more.

Most of us swallow food without savouring it. Chewing food properly helps the body release digestive enzymes in the stomach that help to break down food. This allows it to be more easily converted into energy and helps you feel fuller faster.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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