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.
Your third year of medical school can be exciting and also daunting. Many students ask what the “best” schedule is for their third-year clerkships. Although there is no right answer, there are a few guidelines that can be helpful.
First, try to determine your chosen field of interest. Take some time during your first and second years to shadow physicians, talk to residents and faculty, and make an educated decision about your future plan. This is especially important if you want to go into a field that is either competitive or not a core rotation (such as dermatology, ophthalmology, or emergency medicine).
Remember when you were a premedical student in college? It seems like a century ago for many of us who have just completed the first year of medical school. It feels that way because our lives have changed dramatically. Normal life seems to have vanished, and suddenly, 24 hours in a day are not enough to get through the enormous volumes of information that we are expected to learn for every exam. It seems virtually impossible. We barely have time to eat or sleep.
Medical school is not the end of the world. Take it from us, students who have been there, when we say that medical school is what you make of it. Do not let medicine define you; instead, you should tailor medicine to your lifestyle. Otherwise, you might become overwhelmed by the demands of your new life and lose the sense of why you chose medicine in the first place.
How do you survive medical school?
“50 Life Secrets and Tips” is a wonderful collection of easy-to-implement ideas that will improve your life.
If you’ve dinged your face, hands, or other body areas pretty bad and fear you’ll develop a scar you’ll be explaining forever, grab a hydrocolloid bandage at the store. One Lifehacker reader testifies it’s prevented a bad lip scar from forming.
A reader from LH, tells the tale of how a hydrocolloid dressing, or hydrocolloidal bandage, act as a kind of artificial scab, allowing your body to focus on healing and possibly avoid scabbing and, later, scarring. How-to go-to site eHow explains how to apply them, and notes that they’re often found through their trade names: RepliCare, Tegasorb and Duoderm, among others.
Of course, if you’ve got a serious wound that continues bleeding and hurts pretty bad, get medical help. Otherwise, consider upgrading from your standard bandage to hydrocolloids:
The better solution is to keep it covered with a hydrocolloidal bandage (found in the band-aid section of your pharmacy). I don’t fully understand the science/magic behind them, but the gist is that they act as a scab, so that your wound is allowed to heal fully.
At first it seemed counter-intuitive to keep a wound open, but after a week it’s almost healed up with no signs of scarring.
Got your own scar prevention tips?