7 Simple Money Saving Health Hacks

Each day when you look through health magazines and search the net you are bombarded with the same health news only spun around to think you are gaining some new health truths. If you get right down to it good health is simple and saves money. Here are 7 simple money saving health hacks that will restore your health, keep your health intact, and make your health soar while putting more money in your pocket.

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  1. Food: Examine the food you eat. If you are eating more food that comes from a package or is overprocessed then it’s time to rethink what you’re putting in your mouth. Buy as much as you can from organic resources. Know what’s in your food and you’ll know what’s in you. Think about how much money you spend on snack foods that are loaded with chemicals that were created in labs to give you the sense of tasting like food. It’s interesting when you remove all the chemicals from processed foods you’re left with a substance that resembles gray cardboard. While you’re rethinking the food you put in your mouth, ask yourself a couple of questions: Does this food help me have nurturing energy? Does this food help my children become spastic or nurture them?
  2. Fasting: When was the last time you fasted? Did you know that fasting helps your body deal with pain and helps it heal by giving it a chance to rest from trying to digest all the food you are constantly shoving down your mouth? By taking away all the food from your daily intake for 24 hours, your body has a chance to play catch up. Now, if you’re a diabetic I am not saying you should do this at all. I am not just introducing this topic willy-nilly. Intermittent fasting has been used by many people who are trying to gain and maintain health. We live in a world where food is everywhere, fasting goes against everything you’d see on TV, but trust me when I say that when you eat only two meals a day, you’ll feel better and you’ll save money.
  3. Cleanliness: Every time you use the restroom you wash your hands, right? Cleaning your surroundings. How often do you have trash or stuff everywhere around your home, office, dorm room? Did you know that there is a correlation between a messy home and how often you get sick? It’s a proven fact that clutter can contribute to headaches, accidents, depression, acid reflux, digestive issues, and weight gain. Clean up your surroundings and you’ll be saving a lot of money in doctor bills and lost wages due to sickness.
  4. Sunshine & Fresh Air: Getting outside, taking a walk, playing catch with your children, building a snowman, going sledding, building a sandcastle, camping, fishing, riding a bike, running helps us the most when we are depressed. Fresh air cleans our lungs. When we’re cooped up in our homes, most of us are smelling those artificial scents with the plug-ins that are deadly. We’re smelling the scents of all the plastics within our homes. Sunshine is the best way to get Vitamin D, it cheers us up and helps us see the brighter side of life.
  5. EXERCISE: We live in an instant, electronic, gadget-driven world. But we were made to move, so move, we must. It doesn’t even matter what exercise you do as long as you do it regularly. Walking, Biking, Running, Weightlifting, Swimming, Dancing, Stretching, Pilates, Rope Skipping, Kickboxing, the list is endless. Find some kind of exercise you like to do and continue in it on a regular basis. That’s the important part, a regular basis, it’s different for each person. For me, Pilates is three days a week and walking the other four days. This one simple way of living saves more money than just one. It reduces stress, helps lose and maintain weight, builds muscle, reduces depression, reduces appetite, induces a good night’s sleep.
  6. Sleep & Rest: Getting a good night’s sleep is the difference between sickness and health. It takes the other 5 tips to help with this one. A good night’s sleep keeps us alert, helps us to slow the aging process, helps our bodies digest certain minerals, helps our bodies repair and rebuild our cells. Resting helps our body rebuild but it also helps our mind to take a mini-vacation. Resting in the 21st century means we need to disconnect from all our social media outlets at least for 3 hours a day. Do something that’s enjoyable; read a book for fun, learn a new art technique, just sit and be. When was the last time you daydreamed?
  7. Build a Positive Mental Attitude: It takes the other 6 tips to help build and keep a positive mental attitude. You have a power within you to change your circumstances. Just like our minds can make us sick and broke we also have that power within us to make us for health and wealth. Being positive lowers your risk of heart disease, helps you have better relationships and better equips you to deal with the negative things that happen in life. Being positive can help you save money.

These are 7 health hacks that can save you money, but they can also be applied to your relationships, your family life, your career, your education, your spiritual soundness. Try some of these simple health hacks, your bank account will thank you.

 

Waking Up To eXercise!

Let’s face it, if we don’t find exercising fun, many of us just won’t do it. But then I think, when does everything we do have to be fun in order for us to do it. Anyone who’s ever changed a diaper knows it’s not fun but it is a necessary part of life that needs to get done. There are many other things in life that are not fun but yet we do them, exercise for some of us could be in that same category. For people who love to exercise this blog post may be a little boring, but for all of you who dread waking up to exercise and will look for every excuse in the book to not exercise this post will hit a nerve.

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Remember the old saying “Use it or lose it?” I’ve known many examples of people who got no physical activity and their lives were shortened or seriously changed because of the lack there of. One such example was my own father. While my father was a very inspiring man his only exercise came when he would walk the trash cans to the end of our drive way once a week. Oh don’t get me wrong we had all sorts of exercise equipment from stationary bicycles, to contraptions that hung on door knobs that had leather grips that made you look like you were walking while lying on your back. We also had this one piece of equipment that had four foam pads on a track, two for your hands and two for your knees it made you feel like you were crawling. These things got used for all of a month then they would sit in our basement collecting dust. My father died at the age of 63 back in 1988.

Then I have my uncle Hank. I always remember him as being thin but he was just as unhealthy as my father when it came to exercising. His favorite exercise was golfing. He loved the sport so much that he had a golfing green installed in his backyard. When I stayed with my aunt and uncle I would go golfing with him on occasion, and we always road in the golf cart because as he would say “It took too long to walk it!” He died when in 1982 at the age of 62.

I have numerous examples in my life of people who would say “I just hate to exercise.” “It makes me too sweaty!” “I don’t like the way I feel when I exercise.” “It takes too much time!” These are the people who today are either dead or living in a handicapped state all because they made excuses about why they didn’t want do it instead of waking up to exercise.

Yes I have physical handicaps. I have five screws holding my left foot together. I have a painful autoimmune disease. I have the residual effects leftover from a car accident. But I’ve found that when I exercise I feel better. I’ve made the excuses just like everyone else, too. “I’m too tired!” “My foot hurts!” “The pain is too great today!”

Our bodies were not designed to sit all day. It’s ironic when you look at it from an animal standpoint. We’re told that eating organic cage free chickens is better for us. So we’ve let our animals roam free and put ourselves in cages. Now no amount of eating organic food is going to save a sick population if we’re sitting in our own cages we call offices, homes, and vehicles. If you don’t have a physical job than you better have a physical life. We need to exercise. It’s simple. We need to get rid of all the excuses of why we don’t exercise. We need do it whether it’s fun or not. Yes there are all sorts of books out there that tout the benefits of exercising and you can read them all but having the knowledge won’t make you do it. You have to just wake up, cut the crap, and exercise.

Look at the examples in your own family of people who have really lived and those who lived with their excuses. You’ll find your motivation to wake up to exercise. 

DAY 25: EXERCISE LOVE

At the beginning of this month I never thought I would love to exercise as much as I do now. I’m not talking about spending hours at the gym, I still don’t like gyms. But I love to exercise. In the morning while watching documentaries either on PBS or a DVD I do Pilates, Callanetics, or just some stretching. But this month has shown both my husband and I that walking together is really helping our health and our relationship.

I read a book this month The Wisdom of Tuscany by Ferenc Mate. This was the book that I chose to read aloud to my husband while we drove long distances and while we sat on the couch after our walks. One thing that we really learned was that we can incorporate the simplistic lifestyle of the Tuscany region into our own lives. And we did. The Tuscan’s walk every where that is 3.5 miles or less. I wonder if that’s why my ancestors were healthier than my family is today.

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So my husband and I instituted this new rule for ourselves. If our destination is 3 miles or less we walk. This means that we need to take the time to coordinate our walking map and make sure we take the appropriate supplies like a backpack and other shopping bags. Last week when I walked to the store I just had the bagger make sure that the weight was level in the pack so I could walk home (the grocery store is 1.5 miles both ways). Yesterday we walked 4.5 miles going to the farm store (so I could look at the baby chicks), then to the electronics store (to look at new phones), and the grocery store I do my bulk shopping in. It’s interesting at how you rethink your needs when you have to carry home the purchases.

These walks have become our time to be together but it’s also our time to dream together. We walk down to the harbor which is 3 miles one way, stop for a cup of coffee, run into friends, and then walk back. These walks are also helping us get back in hiking shape. We are often asked, “What if rains?” We live on Puget Sound, it’s gonna rain. So we get wet. It’s only water.

Not only are we helping our health and relationship we are also helping our gas budget.

Here are some other ways to turn a love-hate relationship with exercise into exercise love.

  • Go dancing: if you don’t know how, take some classes!
  • No money for classes, follow the Walk Dance Guru
  • Get outside and play: get a jump rope and sing rope jumping songs like when you were a kid, play catch with your kids.
  • Go build some snow furniture. Remembering the fun you had in the snow when you were a kid, go out and build a snow man, snow furniture, or other snow animals. If you’re so inclined, shovel out half your yard and fill it with water and let it freeze. Instant ice skating rink! (My dad used to do this for us kids every winter!)
  • Go for a bike ride for fun: I love bicycle riding but not the way most people do. I love it because I love to watch my streamers blow in the wind. Yes, I said streamers! I have purple Gary Fisher bike with purple, pink, and yellow streamers which I made my husband put on each handle. For me bike riding is all about fun. I can’t wait to get my white basket put on the bike this summer.

Exercise love is about putting the fun back into our exercise programs. Take it from me, as someone who has many hang-ups when it comes to exercising, if I see it as fun I’ll want to do it more. Exercise and health go hand-in-hand! You can’t have good health if you don’t exercise!

 

GENERATE ENERGY

How much energy are we generating? How much energy can you generate if you are constantly feeling sick because of the food choices you make?

Our lifestyles are on display to people who are looking up to us. Our children are watching what you eat and do every day; you are the example they model their lives after. If you aren’t healthy and fit; don’t expect your children to be either. When we are team members we watch the captains and listen to what they tell us to do, but more importantly we watch what they do. If what you are saying as a captain does not match what you are doing then don’t expect your teammates to follow you.

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Here are three easy ways to generate energy

Exercise: Not just your body but you mind, your mouth, and your life. 

We all know that we are more energetic after we work out. But when we engage our mind, our mouth and our lifestyle into this generation of energy it will carry you farther in life. Read positive books every day. Talk to positive people every day, and your lifestyle will represent energy instead of stagnation.

Eat Healthy: Junk food” robs your body of energy because it doesn’t give you any nutrients. The same is what happens for your mind. When you eat junk food, your mind starves to death. Healthy, organic, unprocessed food gives your mind and body the required nutrients to generate energy

Choose Your Words Wisely: If you are constantly walking around saying “I’m so tired”, “Woe is me”, “I just want to sleep”, people will not want to be around you. You want energy so tell yourself, “I’m so excited to be awake, what can I do today?”  Remember our example’s mean a lot to everyone around us.

Power plants don’t make energy they generate it. You are the power plant. You can generate energy. Go out and generate some positive energy in your life.

 

 

BELLY FAT GONE IN 4 EASY STEPS

Let’s face it, we would all love to have washboard abs. But some of us are just starting out get discouraged  looking at photos of men and women who have never had our type of health issues, or have had children. From my own experience I can tell you that you can get rid of Belly Fat once and for all, in 4 easy steps!

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4 EASY STEPS TO BANISH BELLY FAT

  • STAY AWAY FROM LEAVENING AGENTS, SUGAR, DAIRY, AND MOST GRAINS:

Yeast, baking powder, and baking soda makes bread rise, it will do the same thing to your belly.

 Sugar: is a stimulant that causes our hormones to be unbalanced which makes fat storage easier. So every time you eat something that is sugar (this includes HFCS, and artificial sweeteners even powdered stevia) sweetened you are helping your fat storage system. So if you are in the menopausal state of life, or under stress, eating sugar will help you store more fat, especially in your belly!

Dairy: I know everyone; everywhere is touting the benefits of Greek yogurt, and how dairy is so good for you. Yes organic is always better. But if you are lactose intolerant, or allergic to dairy, you should not be ingesting dairy. Lactose intolerant people who eat dairy will have more belly fat than those who don’t because of the bloating that accompanies eating dairy. There are other ways to get the calcium you need without subjecting yourself to this form of abuse. (Kale: 205 mg per ½ cup; Chia Seeds: 300 mg per 1.5 oz; Bok Choy: 190 mg per ½ cup; Figs: 135 mg per 5 figs; White beans: 120 mg per ½ cup; Spinach: 99mg per ½ cup; Almonds: 93 mg per ¼ cup; Sesame Seeds: 51 mg per tablespoon)

Grains: Wheat is the worst because it has been genetically modified for over 40 years to have more gluten (protein) in it. This genetic manipulation has led to many people becoming gluten intolerant. Gluten bloats and causes the body to hold onto that fat. Try going off all grains: wheat, flours, oats, rice, and cornmeal: and anything made with them for 1 month and see what transforms in your body.

  • WATER, WATER, WATER

In order to flush the fat from our bodies we NEED WATER! If you’re not drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water daily, you will not lose weight. Water mobilizes fat. Plain and simple!

  • EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE

Sitting and dreaming of belly fat running away from your body will not make it so. Our bodies need to be in motion to get rid of the fat. The more muscle we have the more fat we burn. Find some form of exercise you like to do and keep doing it. I love lifting weights and doing insanity work outs. I work on my Abdominal muscles 6 days a week. The great benefit from doing this is that my back stopped hurting and I dropped 2 sizes in 6 weeks.

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LUCKY 13

December 28: If I didn’t shoot for the moon (18 pounds) I wouldn’t be down 13 pounds.

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Aiming high this month in my weight loss challenge has really made me aware of the accomplishments I’ve made this month. Usually I aim low like only losing about 5 pounds a month, then reality sets in and I only lose 2. This month was different. This was the first month that I not only aimed high, but I also worked my butt off (I left some of my butt on the treadmill, on the trail, and on my living room floor).

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I’ve also learned a lot about my exercise style. I like to do floor exercises (aka: Yoga, Pilates, Callanetics) while I watch PBS documentaries or nature shows early in the morning. How interesting it is to learn while I work out. Plus, I retain so much of the information. I don’t like working out with a lot of people around me. So I hit our fitness studio (in my apartment complex) in the early morning hours. I am alone with my thoughts and with my steps.

I’ve also learned a lot about my food choices, while eating eggs for breakfast was great for the first couple of weeks, it gets old fast. So I took it up a notch and included some protein wheat grass smoothies;  high protein crepes/tortillas; high protein, no sugar muffins; and even leftovers from my dinner the night before. I still love soups for lunch, now I just make them higher in protein by adding legumes, or poultry. Dinner is really my fun time, because now I can experiment with different meals trying to find ways to compensate for grains by using different vegetables and grasses. Like wild rice or quinoa both of which are not a grain at all. Wild rice is a grass and quinoa is a seed.

Within this month I’ve learned  that my example speaks volumes. Because now my husband is also following the same diet and maybe next month he’ll also be working out.

 

HALF-WAY POINT PLUS 1

Day 13: Half-way point hit!

There is nothing better than knowing that I hit the half-way point a day earlier than I wanted to. It also astonished me that I lost weight while being in extreme pain and knowing that my back, and my hip was inflamed. That being said when I climbed on the scale on Saturday morning I thought for sure it was going to tell me that I had gained a couple of pounds but it didn’t. I lost even more weight. So if you are in pain but can still move, then move because that movement will help your body get rid of the inflammation that is causing your pain in the first place. It bothers me so much when people tell me that I should stop exercising when I am in physical pain. Many tell me that they would rather sit, and wait for the pain to go away then to work through the pain. Well sitting around is what causes people to have pain in the first place, because muscles atrophy and joints lose their mobility. Sitting for hours on end can shorten a persons life by 2 years. So you better believe that if I’m sitting down, a part of me is moving. Like if I sit and crochet, or sit on an exercise bike and watch the news.

Day 14: Another Pound Lost

It’s so nice to get on the scale and see the numbers gradually go down. Yesterday was one of those days that I had to weigh myself 3 times all in disbelief. I could not believe that I could lose 10 pounds in 14 days. I have never been able to do this before, but then I don’t think I’ve been this determined either.

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I have my goals in hand, in mind and now on my tongue. And every morning I say my goals out loud so they become what I think about more than the negative things in my life. I did a lot of purging yesterday: old files, desk drawers, magazines. I feel like I just want it all gone. There’s no reason to hold on to pounds I don’t want and things I don’t want. I then spent the rest of the day with my wonderful, loving husband.

Day 15: Morning Routine

Morning routine getting easier and easier. Stretch, ice, Pilates, stretch, ice. Then sometime this afternoon the exercise bike will feel my presence. I always like to break up my workouts; it gives me something to look forward to. Yes I know I am not normal. I love the feeling of working out. I am never tired after a workout anymore, my blood pressure doesn’t plummet anymore after I workout, my muscles aren’t fatigued anymore after I workout. They don’t even hurt the next day.

Why? It’s all because of ASEA. And I’m thankful for this amazing product, because without it I know what I would face after a workout. Without ASEA in my life, my workouts always ended up with my blood pressure plummeting so low that I would have cold shakes that would only be fixed if I took a nap. There’s no need for a nap when my cells are getting what they need.