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How to Eat Healthy Foods and Save Money at the Same Time

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How to Eat Healthy Foods and Save Money at the Same Time

Most of us would like to adopt a healthier eating program in order to lose weight, feel better, and reduce the likelihood of developing certain diseases and illnesses. However, eating healthier often means spending more money, which can make it difficult to stick with this type of eating plan. The majority of people think that eating healthy foods is expensive and eating poorly is cheap. This is probably because fast food is so inexpensive to purchase and high quality meats and fresh vegetables seem more expensive. This is not actually true. It is very possible to eat healthy foods and save money at the same time simply by cooking more meals at home!

Cooking Your Own Meals Can Save You Money

A lot of people think that is costs them less money per week to eat several meals at a fast food restaurant than it does to buy bulk foods at the grocery store. This is probably because you spend about five dollars per meal at a fast food restaurant and fifty (or more) dollars per week buying food from the grocery store.

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The fact is that buying food in bulk actually ends up saving you money. You may spend five dollars on a single meal at a fast food restaurant, but you could get enough vegetables to use in a few meals for that same price from the grocery store. When you spend another five dollars the next day at a fast food restaurant, you could have also purchased some meat from the grocery store that could be used for one or two meals. If you take the time to add up the costs per meal when you eat out and when you buy food from the grocery store and cook it at home, you will clearly see that buying food in bulk is way more cost effective.

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Cooking at Home Makes You Healthier

This concept is really a no-brainer. Cooking your own food at home will make you a healthier person because you will be able to control what you are eating. You can cook foods that contain the proper balance of good carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits and lean proteins. You can control the amount of calories present in each meal. You can also use healthier cooking methods, such as steaming, and healthier additives such as Pam spray (instead of butter). These are things that you will not be able to control if you eat out often.

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Tips to Eat Healthier and Save More Money

There are several things you can do eat healthier and save money at the same time. The most important of these things is to cook more meals at home. No matter how you do it, cooking at home will cost you less than eating out. Here are some more tips:

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  • Go grocery shopping later in the week. This ensures that you will have fresh, healthy foods in your home over the weekend, which will reduce your need and urge to go out to eat.
  • Buy seasonally. You will be much more likely to stick to your healthy diet plan if the foods you are eating are delicious. Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables will simply taste better and because they are in season, they will cost less too.
  • Go to the local farmers market. Farmers markets often sell healthier, fresher and locally produced foods at lower costs. This can be a great way to save money and eat better. Just make sure that you pay attention to what you are buying and how much you are spending to prevent spending too much.
  • Buy healthy foods in bulk whenever possible. It is a fact that buying food in bulk is a proven way to save money. Buying healthier foods in bulk means that you will have more healthy food options lying around the house, which increases the chances that each meal you eat at home will be a healthy one.

Eating healthy foods doesn’t have to be more expensive, as long as you make smart decisions about what to eat and how much to spend.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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