There are many tips and tricks for saving money while eating healthful foods at the same time. Many people think it’s not possible, but you may be surprised. Here are a few suggestios for eating healthy while on a budget.
Few people are able or ready to grow their own food. With food prices rising and the dollar shrinking, it’s a good idea to know what to buy and where. The first thing to realize is eating solely for taste or convenience while eating out often are the wrong approaches. But eating healthy on a budget is quite possibly more important than ever, and it’s best to start right now.
Allocating serious shopping time for some trial and error to determine where the best deals are is necessary. If you have more than one health food store available, learn which ones offer better deals on specific items and keep up with their sales fliers.
Cooperatives or co-ops usually charge an annual membership fee to get the better deals. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it. You may be surprised that sometimes the pricier stores will have better deals on some items than the less expensive stores.
If you think you cannot spend the money for quality, organic foods, add up all your eating out expenses and the chips and dips and other processed yummy food and snack expenditures. Processed foods have unhealthy additives that make you eat more. These eating and snacking habits can add up to an expense greater than buying whole organic foods and preparing them from scratch. Not to mention the money you’d save on pharmacy visits and medical bills from replacing your destructive food with health-boosting food.
If you buy fruit juices at your local grocery store, you might notice the Welch’s brand juices sold in refrigerated cartons. Welch’s calls them “refrigerated cocktails” and offers exotic-sounding flavors like Strawberry Peach, Dragon Fruit Mango Cocktail and Orange Pineapple Apple.
These products are aggressively marketed with pictures of splashy fruit and loud label claims like “Fruity and Refreshing!” But what Welch’s doesn’t reveal anywhere except in the fine print on its ingredients label is that these juice cocktails contain more high fructose corn syrup than fruit.
In fact, they contain so much high fructose corn syrup that the front label should actually show chunks of corn rather than the fruit they currently depict.
The findings are based on more than 170,000 interviews of U.S. adults conducted last year, and measure well-being in terms of physical health, emotional health and fiscal health.
In terms ofphysical fitness, people who work in the farming, fishing or forestry industry scored the highest on exercise, with 65.5 percent of them saying that they worked out for a minimum of a half-hour for three days (at least!) the week prior. Doctors were the next highest, followed by construction workers/miners, business owners and nurses.
For healthy eating, nurses had all the occupations beat with 64.8 percent saying they had five or more servings of fruits and vegetables for at least four days of the prior week. They were followed by K-12 teachers, business owners, and then doctors.
As far asunhealthyhabits are concerned, transportation workers were the most likely to be obese, with 37.1 percent of them reporting being obese. Manufacturing or production workers had the next highest obesity rate — at 29.6 percent — followed by installation and repair workers, and clerical or office workers.
People who work in construction or mining had the highest smoking rate in the report, with 32.4 percent reporting smoking. They were followed by installation and repair workers, then transportation workers, then manufacturing or production workers.
For a look at which jobs scored the lowest and the highest foroverallwell-being, see below..
In a monumental first for medicine, doctors announced today that a baby has been cured of an HIV infection. Dr. Deborah Persaud, who presented the child’s case today at the 20th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infection, called it “definitely a game-changer.”
Persaud, of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, is the lead author of a report recounting the child’s treatment. The identity of the little girl, who was born to an HIV-positive woman in rural Mississippi, has yet to be released. What we do know is that she is only the second person in the world — and the first child — to be cured of HIV in its devastating 32-year history. If the case is confirmed, it is truly unprecedented.
I bet you’re asking yourself what is this magical wonder drug? It’s chocolate, and with it, winning a Nobel Prize may have just gotten easier! Findings published in TheNew England Journal of Medicine in October 2012 show that countries with more chocolate consumers produce significantly more Nobel laureates, possibly through enhanced cognition. The study comes on the heels of mounting data showing that chocolate consumption not only improves brain function but may also offer a host of other health benefits. The American Chemical Society even devoted an entire 3-hour symposium to the ancient indulgence at their 2012 annual meeting. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve reviewed the recent literature purporting health benefits of chocolate.
A man from Nanjing, China, has recently made headlines after it was discovered he built his own dialysis machine, and managed to keep himself alive for 13 years, after he couldn’t afford to receive proper hospital care.
A research from 2008, shows only one in ten Chinese people can afford regular dialysis treatment, but one man refused to give in to his illness simply because he couldn’t pay the high hospital costs.
While we’re worrying ourselves over the flu, Jennifer Gardy and animator Tom Scott remind us of the other germs, from anthrax to zoonoses, lurking about in their poetic ode to epidemiology. A warning to those with especially sensitive stomachs: this does contain animated poo.
We’ve been told since we were children that we need to eat three square meals a day. But new research shows that we don’t need to be eating throughout the course of the day. And in fact, it might even be undermining our health. These insights have given rise to what’s known as “intermittent fasting” — the daily restriction of meals and caloric intake. Here’s why some health experts believe you should starve yourself just a little bit each day.
Most people associate fasting with juice cleanses or religious rituals — a torturous affair that lasts an entire day if not longer, and the sort of thing that should only be done a couple of times each year. But fasts can encompass any number of different strategies, including routines that simply limit the times when you eat each day, or on certain days of the week.
The 2013 flu season is forecasted to be a particularly harsh one due to the aggressive flu strain designated as H3N2 that is sweeping the nation and causing many to become hospitalized due to the symptoms. In a study conducted by the CDC, on average, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year for respiratory and heart conditions illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections. Further, considering the peak of the flu season occuring around February or March this year, we are likely to see a drastic increase of flu victims as this relentless flu continues to wreak havoc.
Resolutions are notorious for falling by the wayside a few months or even days into the New Year. A 2012 University of Scranton study revealed that only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions are successful in achieving them. This low success rate may relate to the fact that many of us are more inclined to center our resolutions on self-criticism than on real aspirations or desires. Rarely do we set a goal to spend more time joking around with friends or listening to music we enjoy. Rather, our resolutions tend to focus on “fixing” our flaws or “correcting” our failures. This negative viewpoint comes from a “critical inner voice” we all possess that alerts us of what we need to fix, while reminding us that we won’t succeed. Filtering our personal goals through this critical lens only sets us up for failure. With that in mind, this year, I want to propose a new list of deeply rewarding and reachable resolutions. These activities have been proven to benefit us on every level, increasing both the quality and length of our lives.