7 Smart Way For Eating Healthy When You’re On A Tight Budget

When it comes to eating healthy, most people think it’s impossible when they’re on a tight budget. I’m here to share with you exactly how to shop and eat healthy while keeping your grocery bill low. I promise you eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive and you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Sure, it would be amazing to eat only organic food, free range eggs and meats, but for now let’s keep it simple and stick with whole foods and eating in season for saving money. Check out these 7 money-saving tips and strategies below:

1. Start by setting your weekly or monthly budget for food and stick to it!
This may involve a little extra work by reviewing all of your expenses but set up your budget and stay consistent. Keep track of your spending by reviewing your online banking or keep a physical notebook in your pocket.

2. Take an inventory at home and set up your meal plan
This will be your grocery list. Make sure you know what you already have in your cupboards that can be eaten or used in a recipe. You’d be surprised what might still be hanging around in your cupboards for example; flours and cans of beans – you can make your own bread, cookies and soups with these! Decide on the meals you want to eat for the week, a quick Google search will give you hundreds of healthy recipes so you can buy your ingredients accordingly.

3. Keep on top of the weekly sales at your grocery store
Most grocery stores send out flyers or they have their sales listed online. Review this before you shop and plan accordingly. If you have coupons then be sure to make use of those too. Perhaps with the money you save from coupons you can apply that money to any outstanding loans and debt even if it’s just a few dollars (this is will be whole other article).

4. Buy in bulk
Try buying your staple foods in bulk such as oats, rice and beans. You’re more likely to save money in the long-run because of a larger purchase at a discount. If there happens to be a bulk food store in your area shop there to save money on packaging and a brand name.

5. Stick to whole foods rather than processed foods
Your whole food choices are going to be the healthier and more nutrient-dense choices. Whole foods are actually less expensive than buying boxes or packages of processed food that provide little to no nutritional value. Why spend $4 on a box of a few sugary snack bars when you can spend $4 and get a bag of several apples or a big 10 lb bag of potatoes?

Here is a list of a few inexpensive whole food options:
Oats, rice, potatoes, dried lentils, beans, bananas, fresh bagged spinach, frozen vegetables and berries

6. Look for the sale rack or discounted items
Most grocery stores will have these special racks for produce that no longer “look” as pretty and they will be marked down in price. If there isn’t any mold on the fruit or veggies it’s still fine to eat! Also consider finding out when the store gets their delivery of produce and meats so you can shop the evening before and maximize on all the discounted items. Just be sure to cook or freeze any meats right away because they are more than likely close to their best before date.

7. Buy fruits and veggies with the seasons and freeze the extras
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are usually less expensive than the fruits and vegetables that are not in season. Local produce especially at your nearest farmer’s market is going to be the least expensive. Remember, we need to eat fruits and vegetables for good health and energy – they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect our cells. Freeze any leftovers you have before anything goes bad and needs to be thrown out.

In summary, eating healthy on a tight budget doesn’t have to be difficult. It takes a little bit of planning ahead with smart shopping strategies and you will be successful – your body will thank you too!

Beware With This Plant – Hemp Plant

This versatile plant has been used to make some 50,000 items ranging from clothing to dietary supplements. The plant is highly sustainable and has been grown for thousands of years. Currently the hemp plant is defined as a drug and deemed illegal through the Controlled Substance Act despite the scientific fact that there is no part of the hemp plant that can be used as a drug.

The hemp plant was one of mankind’s first cultivated plants. As a society we could eliminate smog from current fuels, create a cleaner energy source that could replace nuclear power, remove radioactive waste from the soil, and eliminate smog from our skies in more industrialized areas. The hemp plant could assist in eliminating non-biodegradable plastics and cars by re-introducing Henry Ford’s 100 year old dream of building cars from hemp. These could be made from a plastic hemp that can with stand a blow 10 times as great as steel without denting. It would weigh thousands of pounds less than steel, and have better gas mileage. The car would be capable of running on a vegetable oil based all natural hemp fuel, and would have a completely biodegradable body.

Nationwide hemp production could eliminate deforestation by converting current paper to hemp paper. Hem paper can be recycled up to 8 times where as our current wood pulp is only recyclable up to 3 times. We could thrive from eating hemp seeds and feeding it to our animals and livestock.

Studies have shown that hemp’s biomass can be converted into energy and replace our current fossil fuels. Just by farming 6% of the United States farmland could this be achieved. Hemp grown in biomass could fuel a trillion dollar-per-year industry. This would create more jobs, clean our air and distribute wealth to our communities and away from centralized power monopolies. Hemp’s biomass can be converted into gasoline, methanol, and methane at a fraction of the current cost of oil, coal or nuclear energy. When burned in a diesel engine, bio-diesel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum with a smell something akin to french-fries. Bio-diesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur. So instead of creating sulfur-based smog and acid rain as by-products, it produces 11% oxygen instead.

The hemp grown through government farming and regulation is called “Industrial Hemp” and contains no more than 0.03 percent THC content, maximum allowed. Canada, China and England are examples of countries who have never prohibited, but have responsibly grown, produced and thrived off of industrial hemp.

Despite industrial hemp having some 50,000 uses, the likes of the Duponts, Rockefellers, Hearsts, Mellons and their constituents cornered the industrial and medicinal market with political propaganda. All four of these very wealthy families worked together to aid in the criminalization of hemp for their own personal and financial gains.

We urge you to continue to seek the facts about the hemp plant and its benefits so you will be able to pass it on to others.

More Information About Potassium Intake

A balanced diet includes all the essential macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. There’s no way that you can skip or replace one for another. Even carbohydrates are necessary for the body, even though you might reduce the intake for losing weight or other health goals. One of the essential minerals for the body is potassium. Just like other minerals, people often take potassium intake for granted. In this post, we will talk about the benefits of potassium in detail, along with quick tips and suggestions on the right intake, sources and other aspects.

The Basics:

Potassium helps in maintaining fluid balance in the body and helps in keeping the major organs healthy. In fact, it is extremely essential for avoiding a number of chronic health issues, related to heart, brain, and nerves. Having the mineral in your diet is extremely crucial, especially because it aids in lowering blood pressure, which is an enormous risk for heart disease. Potassium and sodium often work in different wants, as sodium promotes the retention of fluids, which can result in higher blood pressure. With enough potassium in the diet, you can reverse the effects. It is also known to be beneficial for bone health and can protect your body from bone loss. It is also helpful in reducing the risk of kidney stones.

The Daily Amount:

Experts advise around 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day for grown adults. However, if you check the figures, the amount taken by men and women are much lower. According to WebMD, men in the US get around 3,200 milligrams of dietary potassium per day, while women get around 2,400 milligrams on an average. The deficiency is mostly related to junk food habits. Most people don’t eat enough of fruits and veggies each day, which are the primary sources of dietary potassium.

Where to get Your Potassium?

Unlike other supplements, you should get your potassium from the diet. Potassium can found in many foods that are high in other minerals and nutrients. Some of the highest sources of potassium include winter squash, sweet potato, potato, yogurt, fruit juices, broccoli, and banana. If you are a non-vegetarian, you can get pork tenderloin and chicken breast too. Lentils, milk and dairy products also have a good amount of potassium. Besides food, you can also get potassium from vitamin enhanced water and other beverages with better pH. You might want to replace your regular drinking water with high-quality alkaline water.

Please note that certain drugs that are used for lowering blood pressure can increase the levels of potassium in the body. If you have issues with your kidney function, your doctor might advise on reducing the intake of potassium. For those who take medications should talk to their individual physician as for how the drugs and medicines can impact the potassium levels of the body. Don’t shy away from asking questions, especially if you are unsure of the actual amount of mineral you need. Also, if you have a potassium deficiency, talk to your doctor about supplements!