Many people today more than ever want to learn how they can live a healthier lifestyle. Creating a healthy lifestyle is an intimidating thought for some people. Some worry that they will not be able to afford the foods or the equipment that they feel they will need to be healthy; others simply do not like change and are concerned with the changes that they will have to make to their lifestyle.
Changes that can be made to any lifestyle can be done without costing a small fortune. In fact, some of these changes could potentially save money. One example of a healthy change that can save you a lot of money each year is smoking. If you are a smoker then you are likely aware of the harm it is causing your body, but most smokers, once they sit down and do the math, cannot believe that they are spending such a large portion of their income on their cigarette habit.
Another healthy change to consider is cutting snack foods and soda from your diet. Instead of soda, sip on flavored water, fresh juice, or green tea. Instead of choosing cream-filled cupcakes, reach for fresh vegetables or unbuttered popcorn.
Buying organic food can be fairly expensive. If you stop buying the foods that are not healthy, such as soft drinks, than you will free up a portion of your monthly budget that can now be applied to healthier foods. Cut costs of organically grown food by buying in bulk where it makes sense and by buying your items whole instead of pre-cut. For example, you will pay much less for 2 or 3 red bell peppers if you buy them when they are whole instead of buying a package that are pre-cut. Another way ti get organic foods is to grow them yourself. seeds are pennies and you get bushels of food that you can also trade with your neighbors.
Whole grains are filling and are good for your body. Oatmeal, barley, brown rice and millet are just a few examples of the whole grains that you might consider buying that are cost-effective and easy on your budget.
The key to creating a healthy lifestyle is to make choices that you can live with while making the needed adjustments to your daily routine. One of the best ways to ensure success is by making these changes gradually. If one of your goals happens to be exercising, start out by taking a short walk each day in the morning or the evening. Walk for 10 minutes each day. After you have made this commitment to yourself, stick with it for a month. The following month, increase your walk to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes the following month. Continue in this fashion until you have met your goals. Gardening is a simple and surprisingly easy way to get good exercise. we have about 1/3 of an acre for our garden so you can see why we believe it is a good source of exercise.
Making lists of goals and things that need to be changed is a method that many people use. Looking at a list each day will help to keep all of your goals in perspective and allow you to work through one item on the list at a time.
Do not concern yourself with the fact that you are not making all of these changes fast enough. It is a lifetime commitment, changing old habits and routines takes time.
Good Luck and I’ll see you in the kitchen