WRITTEN BY: LIVITY
- AVOID FRIED FOODS
All oils used at restaurants are derived from a GMO substance coupled with the meat or French fries, which are most likely GMO. Chemicals from the food and the oil damage your body. Instead pick the healthier choice of roasting, grilling, or broiling.
- CANNED AND FROZEN VEGETABLES
If access to fresh produce is limited, canned vegetables are the best alternative. This allows you to still provide vegetables to your loved ones and they’re also fairly cheap. Please remember to wash canned vegetables thoroughly prior to cooking or eating. Frozen fruits and vegetables are also better than no vegetables. Kale, collards, broccoli, spinach, carrots, and peas all come in frozen form.
- IF NEIGHBORHOOD IS UNSAFE YOU CAN …
- Create or join an existing group to walk together. Safety in numbers.
- If possible, travel to a safe neighborhood or park to walk or play with children
- Take bus or train to safe areas of downtown. Walk around.
- Take bus to the mall, or state park, if accessible, and walk around
- Gym memberships are expensive. There are numerous workouts for all levels of fitness that you can do in your living room without equipment. Any activity is better than no activity.
- If you live in an apartment building you can actually make a workout from walking up and down the stairs. This will provide a great leg and cardio workout.
- PURCHASE IN BULK
Sam’s Club, Costco, BJ’s have canned goods and also produce that can be purchased in bulk at a lower price.
- LOCAL FARMERS MARKET
Research (Google) your local farmer’s market, if accessible. At the market you can definitely bargain on the price of fresh, healthy produce that has minimal pesticide on it.
- VISIT LOCAL LIBRARY
Utilize the library for cookbooks or to access the Internet for information on food preparation and exercising tips instead of purchasing expensive books and DVDs.
- FREE HEALTH CLINICS AND SCREENINGS
Do your research to find when and where there are free health clinics, health screenings, and fitness classes. Churches and other local organizations are beginning to provide free fitness classes for both children and adults.
- BEANS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Beans are healthy, full of nutrients, filling, and cheap. There are numerous tasty beans recipes.
- AVOID EXPENSIVE INGREDIENTS
Due to your economic situation avoid recipes with expensive ingredients that will not be used often. Unfortunately spices are pretty pricey.
- AVOID WASTING FOODS
When buying perishables buy only what is needed unless you are purchasing canned or frozen vegetables or frozen fruits. When purchasing green vegetables, research online how to store food so it does not go to waste.
- BUY A USED BLENDER
A blender for a healthy eater is equivalent to the tools for an electrician. This piece of equipment is vital in quickly making healthy drinks that will provide your body much needed nutrients in a less time consuming manner than cooking and eating. Another benefit of blending vegetables is the fact that you are consuming them in their raw form, full of life. The Internet is full of healthy recipes. As you become comfortable with mixing you can begin to make your own concoctions. Please do not be scared to mix your vegetables with your fruit.
- CHICKEN AND BEEF ( IF YOU MUST)
Purchase chicken and beef on sale, preferably in bulk, which should be less than $ 1 a pound.
- TAKE FOOD TO WORK
If possible, take food to work. Purchasing breakfast and lunch can add up, coupled with the fact it will most likely not be the most nutritious meal. Limit eating out in general. Eating out is expensive and the majority of times unhealthy.
Sleep-deprived people eat more and have more mood swings than a well-rested person. A lot of people could benefit their bodies and pocketbooks from not having to purchase coffee, energy drinks, and energy shots throughout the day to stay functional.
- WATER AND WATER FILTER
Do not waste money purchasing bottled water, which is nothing more than treated tap water. Purchase a water filter and jug. Drink water instead of expensive, sugary drinks that do not quench your thirst. Any bottled drink is made of sugar, water, color, and preservative. Some of the juices do not even have the advertised fruit flavor in the ingredients.