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11 Tips On Healthy Eating On A Budget

11 Tips On Healthy Eating On A Budget

One of the major contributing factors to an unhealthy diet is the misconception that healthy food is expensive. True, packaged food can be cheaper, but the question you need to ask yourself isn’t why healthy food is so expensive but, rather, why unhealthy food is so cheap. The good news is that it’s absolutely possible to eat healthy on a budget. I do it, and I’m a freelancer, so you’ll definitely be able to do it too. Here are 11 tips I can give you:

1. Eat Seasonally

There’s a reason why some fruits and vegetables are more expensive during certain parts of the year. It’s because they not in season and must be shipped in. You’re the one who pays for this. Eating seasonally means that you will save a ton of money whilst still maintaining a healthy diet. In addition, eating seasonal produce can boost your immune system for that particular season.

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2. Grow Your Own at Home

Growing a garden may seem impossible if you live in an apartment or somewhere without the luxury of a backyard. There’s options for you. Container gardening has become immensely popular over the last few years and it’s a great way to grow when you don’t have a lot of room. Take advantage of any tiny bit of balcony space you have. In addition, you can grow herbs in your kitchen! Even if you don’t have the space to grow very much, every little bit counts! After all, nothing tastes better than home-grown produce, and it’s an incredibly rewarding experience.

3. Grow Your Own Outside the Home

Not enough space at home? Join a community garden! Not only will you get the space you need to grow your vegetables and fruit, you will meet new people and get some great exercise out of it. As an added bonus, hiring beds are usually pretty cheap. I’ve found that the community spirit within these establishments result in lots of free produce and seedlings from other members.

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4. Drink More Water

Did you know that thirst is often mistaken for hunger? In fact, a large portion of the population is often dehydrated, without even knowing it. Drinking more water isn’t only beneficial in and of itself, but it will also help to curb your appetite. Drinking more water will also help to cut down on the amount of money you may be spending on soda. If you’re a fan of bottled water, you can also cut this expenditure down by buying a filter for your kitchen tap. Filters are cheap and will save you money in the long run.

5. Choose Produce Over Packaging

Pre-packaged goods are some of the most unhealthy food items on the market. In addition, they’re often quite expensive. The cheapest and healthiest items can be found in the produce aisle, and this is where the majority of your food intake should come from. I know that packaged items are easier and less of a hassle, but buying fresh will save on your food bills, as well as your medical ones, later in life.

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6. Make a Meal Plan

Plan out your meals and snacks ahead of time and make sure that they will fit into your budget. Once you’re at the shops, stick to your plan! If you know that you get tempted by the candy and snack aisles, avoid them! A lot of money disappears through unplanned purchases at the grocery store.

7. Write a Shopping List…

…and stick to it! Just like above, it can be tempting to purchase items on a whim. Do not do it. Most splurge purchases are a waste of money and calories.

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8. Shop the Sales

That’s right, this principle doesn’t just apply to clothes and electronics. Check catalogues and websites for weekly sales so you can save money on your groceries. Every penny counts!

9. Cook Big

One of the easiest ways to fall off the health wagon comes from a lack of time. People are busy these days and that can lead to laziness in the kitchen. No judgement–I’m as guilty as anyone else. Hectic days often make us resort to fast food options when it comes to dinner. This is a dangerous road to start going down. Cooking meals in large batches is the answer to this problem. Leftovers can be frozen for a later time, and can be easily defrosted and reheated at your convenience.

10. Get Your Soup Pot Out

Soup is an incredibly cheap way to eat healthily. Not only does it stretch far, but the cheapest cuts of meat are the best for them and you can add in any seasonal vegetables you like. You can further save money by keeping vegetable scraps to make your stock with. Sure, it takes a little extra time but it’s tastier and cuts down on your waste.

11. Buy Locally

Admittedly, buying locally or from farmers markets won’t necessarily be cheaper. However, what you get will be of a far higher quality and will last a great deal longer than store bought produce. In addition, local growers often throw in extras for free when you buy a lot. Support local business, people!

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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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