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10 Food Storage Tips To Save You Money

10 Food Storage Tips To Save You Money

I admit it. I have had to resort to eating beans out of a can with a stick (Okay maybe it wasn’t a stick). No, this isn’t a weird new diet fad it’s just late in January. About that time you start to realize how much money you spent over the holidays. Things tend to get a bit tighter this time of year as far as the old pocket book is concerned and saving money becomes a big priority.

When it comes to your health and wellness you are probably aware that you need to eat real whole food as much as possible. The problem is, fresh foods can spoil pretty quick. This is a good thing because it means the food contains more biological value compared to a packaged and processed item which will basically never spoil.

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How then can you prevent food from spoiling so quick, so you’re not wasting money and having to constantly go to the grocery store? Let’s have a look at some food storage tips.

We Throw Away A Horrendous Amount Of Food

I’m sure you’ve been there, you open the vegetable crisper expecting to see bright sparkling vegetables and instead you see a lump of slimy browning garbage. Into the garbage it goes, and we repeat this process every month. The average North American household is throwing out around 20 pounds of food per month.

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This equals around $2000 a year. That’s the cost of a pretty amazing giant 4K t.v, or 3 organic apples from Whole Foods.

So how do you keep this food spoilage under control? Well, it has to do with how you are storing the food in the first place. Certain items do better in various forms of storage. Let me show you 10 quick tips to keep your food lasting longer.

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  •  I’m sure you usually store all your fruit together in one place but start keeping your bananas separately. Bananas give off a gas called ethylene which causes other fruit to ripen a lot quicker.
  • Store asparagus in a vase with water in the bottom like you would with flowers to keep them fresher for longer.
  • Instead of keeping tomatoes in a plastic bag, which makes them spoil quickly, keep them in a single layer on a cardboard tray. Small cardboard flower planters can be good for this. Basically, avoid piling tomatoes up on each other.
  • Back to bananas, you probably notice how they can go from green to overripe mush seemingly overnight. To keep them from overripening put plastic wrap or tin foil over the crown of the bunch and it keeps them for days longer.
  • Mushrooms also don’t do good in plastic or the containers you bought them in but last longer, and stay fresher, when stored in brown paper bags.
  • Celery, broccoli, and lettuce can be stored in tin foil to greatly extend their life
  • Ginger is incredibly healthy but also can dry out and spoil pretty quick. Try storing it in the freezer which actually extends its life indefinitely and is still able to be peeled and grated easily
  • Milk stored on the door of your fridge can spoil faster as the door opens into the room continuously exposing those items to the warm air. Store milk in the back of your fridge to keep it at its coldest and freshest.
  • Use some lemon juice on a half an avocado to keep it lasting longer
  • You know once one berry goes, the whole container goes. Mix one part vinegar to ten parts water and swirl berries around in it. This helps keep them from going moldy and soft. You won’t taste the vinegar but the berries will last longer.

Wrapping It Up

It’s hard to eat healthy on the best of days. When you have good intentions only to be met by spoiled food, it’s more likely that you’ll turn to something out of a box or package. Storing your food in the best way possible will make you more likely to keep on top of healthy eating. It will save you money and you won’t have to be making as many trips to the store.

Just don’t mind me, I’ll be in the back stocking up on beans.

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Jamie is a personal trainer and health coach with a degree in Kinesiology and Food and Nutrition.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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