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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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Featured photo credit: katja wagner via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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