TIP #31: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

I’ve given you 31  tips on how you can March Into Money to ease your stress level. If you choose to do any or all of them you could save enough money in one month to go on a nice vacation of buy that nice chair you’ve been eyeing (I’m always eyeing chairs, I love them). Most of the time we save money but never see any of the money we’ve saved. But if you putting it all together you can take the money you’ve saved and open a new savings account. 

make some extra cash

If you’re really in a pinch for some extra cash you may want to look into bringing more money into your hands.  A part-time business would relieve your financial stress by helping your health and the health of your family.

As promised here are tips 21-26 from my absence.

Tip #21: The Spending Diet: Only spend money on necessities, only the basics for an allotted, agreed upon time period. I did this with my family for six months one year and was able to send our four children to the summer camps of their choice for one week.

TIP # 22: Challenge yourself to stop using big appliances for a month or a season at a time. For me it was the oven and it lasted an entire summer. I saved a whopping $60. It takes some pre-planning but it can be done.

TIP #23: Wash everything in cold water and put clothes through 2 spin cycles. Spinning clothes twice takes more water out which makes the drying time shorter as well.

TIP #24: Creatively use your trash. Compost food scraps. Cardboard boxes and Styrofoam food trays are great as art projects for kids. The less trash you have the less you have to pay in some communities. Plus is you recycle more you are helping the environment too.

TIP  #25: Free books on my kindle are my favorite way to save money.  If you have an electronic reading device, download the free books, and low cost ($.99) books. I am currently reading one I got for free, because I was in the right place at the right time: Vibrational Money Immersion Think and Grow Rich for Network Marketers by Ray Higdon.

TIP #26: Have a potluck meal once a week with family, friends, and coworkers. It’s cheaper when you only have to bring one dish instead of making the whole meal.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips if you’ve used any of them, drop me a message or find me on Facebook at Well2Day

Join me next month as I begin April’s Action Steps To Wellness!

TIP #19: MONEY SUCKERS

Recently I had a conversation with a very wealthy friend of mine who made the comment, “A person with money problems shouldn’t be spending money on muffins, bags of chips, or going out to restaurants.” His comment has stayed with me for quite some time and I’ve been questioning all the purchases I’ve made in the last three weeks. Saving receipts on everything I bought. I found out that I’ve also been throwing my hard earned money to the money suckers without thinking about it. We all have our own money suckers they are unique to our lives but one thing is certain they will continue to suck money out of our pockets until we stop the behavior and say “NO MORE!”

Money Suckers

 I stopped  buying a cup of coffee at my local coffee house. I love their coffee but realized that a pound of their coffee ($14) was cheaper than a three visits to their coffee house. Because I don’t just order their coffee; I have to get a treat too.  So I still have my favorite coffee but only pay a fraction for it. Plus, I’m saving calories when don’t go into the coffee house.

Another area that stopped the money suckers in their tracks has been any convenient purchases. It used to be that I would run to the gourmet grocery store every time I got a craving for something sweet, salty, or didn’t feel like making dinner.   It’s difficult for me because this store within two blocks from my house and I love all their healthy but expensive treats. So now I just keep things on hand to make my own treats. If I feel the need for chocolate: I make a chocolate protein shake. If I want something salty: I cut up a cucumber and sprinkle salt on it. Both are much cheaper because I already have them in the house, and both are a whole lot healthier for me.

Then I got to wondering how many times in a month do I say “I don’t feel like cooking!” “I didn’t have the time to cook!” So both of us would go to our favorite restaurant in town and order a salad and end up spending more than $20. Or we’d end up at the gourmet store and order one of their sandwiches and drop $15. When all along I had the fixings for a good meal in my refrigerator and pantry. All I needed to do was plan better and use my cooking skills to come up with simple meals.

So what’s changed so far in the last month? I’ve spent less money, and have become more creative with what I have on hand. Yes, it’s difficult to walk past my favorite store every day (it’s on my walking route), but I’m saving my checking account and my health. 

It’s simple: The money suckers will always be there. You can give in and have no money left. Or you can stand strong and stop the money suckers from sucking your life away.

It’s your choice. Choose wisely.

DAY 28: LOOKING AHEAD

Yesterday I reflected on what I learned about myself and about the world around me. Today I’m focusing on looking ahead. While reflecting is always good to do on from time-to-time, it is important to take what we lean and move forward. Looking ahead and dreaming of areas where we can use this important new and not so new knowledge.

I hope you join me in March as I will be writing a tip a day on how to save money. Financial problems are the number one cause of stress in our world.  In order to take charge of your health, you’ve got to be willing to take charge of your finances. I’m calling this challenge March Into Money. It will be a challenge both for myself and for anyone who wants to participate. Some of these tips are easy and some may be quite difficult, but if you want to save money, these tips will help you.

My favorite quotation about money

My favorite quotation about money!

The Challenge begins!

Who’s in this with me?

Your health will thank you!

 

10 REASONS I SAID GOODBYE TO SOY

Soy is in almost every manufactured food product and nutritional supplement today. It is the main ingredient in vegetable oil, and can also be found in candles and soaps. We have been sold a lie. Marketing giants perpetuated that lie by coming up with bogus studies claiming that soy is the best thing since Wonder bread. And we all know how nutritious Wonder bread is. Soy is not healthy, in fact it is often referred to as a poison.

Goodbye Soy!
Hello Healthy Life!

10 Reasons I Said Goodbye to Soy and saved my life.

  • Soy is the most mucus causing vegetable on the planet. It is just like dairy. Mucus causes our digestive track to back up causing what would look like a standstill on a highway. This standstill causes the food we eat to become fermented. It sticks to the walls of our intestines like a magnet. Soy has been known to create digestive issues like IBS, slow digestion, circulatory issues, weight gain, and premature aging.
  • Soy suppresses Thyroid Function: It destroys our thyroid. Soy is considered the king of goitrogenic foods. What does this mean to you and me? A goitrogenic food interferes with the function of our thyroid, it can make our thyroid become enlarged, which makes it more difficult for the thyroid gland to produce the necessary hormones.
  • Soy blocks protein absorption: It is often said that soy is a complete protein, and therefore it is healthy for human and animal consumption. WRONG: Soy may be a complete protein but it is packaged all wrong. Unfermented soy (Soy protein isolate, soy milk, TVP, edamame, Tofu, Vegetable oils, Soy cheese, Soy ice cream, etc) have enzyme inhibitors. It’s these inhibitors which block the absorption of any protein that may be present in the soybean. Trypsin is one of those much needed digestive enzymes we need to properly digest protein; soy blocks that enzyme. The lack of trypsin causes stomach cramping, diarrhea, and bleeding.
  • Anti-nutrients: These are toxic nutrients that are natural in plants to ward off different insects and animals. We are told to soak dry beans and nuts overnight to get rid of these anti-nutrients called phytates. These enzyme inhibitors cause gas, heartburn, reflux, and other digestive upset. Soy has problems here because while other legumes are giving up their phytates in the soaking water, soy holds onto their phytates. You can’t wash it off, or soak it off. So what’s the big problem with phytates? Phytates bind to minerals, such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. It strips them from our bodies, giving us mineral deficiencies.
  • Too much estrogen causes cancer. The phytoestogens in soy surpass all other foods. 100 grams of soy protein = 4 protein shakes = is the same estrogenic equivalent of a birth control pill.
  • Genetically Modified: Soy is genetically modified to resist herbicides. Studies have found that hamsters fed GM soy were unable to have offspring and died much earlier than they should have.
  • Soy Protein Isolate is seen in the body just like MSG (monosodium glutamate).  This means that while eating or drinking anything with soy protein isolate our bodies see it as MSG and it has a negative effect on our brains. Soy protein isolate is a waste product that is the residue of the production of soy oil. So in essence every time you eat or drink something that contains it, you are consuming sludge. The sad fact here is that Soy Protein Isolate is also the first ingredient in many infant formulas.
  • Soy contains aluminum. Aluminum is toxic to the nervous system and to the kidneys (I have one kidney, so I want to protect it as much as possible). Aluminum is also a contender for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. We are raising a generation of Alzheimer patients every time we give our infants soy formula.
  • Soy damages our intestines. So while I am going about my day in trying to remain gluten free because of my intolerance to it, staying away from soy is also inevitable. Soy is loaded with protease inhibitors, lectins, oxalates, oligosaccharides, and proteins that cause intestinal irritation.

These are my 10 reasons I gave up soy over six years ago. It has been a difficult ride, but my health is in my hands.

We need to look past all the marketing hype and find out how to make our health the best it can be. Walking away from soy has been one of the best things I have done for my health.

Name something you’ve done for the sake of your health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MOVE MORE

  1. Rethink your words: If working out or exercising makes you want to stop before you get started, use different words. My favorite movement phrase comes from the movie Madagascar. “You’ve got to Move It, Move It.” So I’m Moving It. 
  2. Park in the safest farthest spot away from the door of any place you enter: (work, health club, school, stores, restaurant, etc)
  3. Telephone moves: While you talk on the phone, at home or at work, stand up, do some leg lifts, tidy up the house, clean your desk. Move and talk at the same time.
  4. Walk with a purpose. Take your dog or a neighbor’s dog for a walk. Walk or bicycle to do your errands as much as possible.
  5. Pick up a hobby: Sitting only burns 46 calories per hour. Crocheting burns 173 calories an hour.
  6. Exaggerate your house cleaning: Wash your windows, like a gymnast, vacuum like a fencer, wash dishes like a ballerina
  7. Learn to fidget more: People who fidget burn 300 – 350 calories more than those who don’t.
  8. Play outside games with your children: Tag, Simon Says, Catch, Red Light Green Light, Salt and Pepper.
  9. Get off the bus: If you take the bus to work, get off a couple of stops before yours and walk the rest of the way. You can also plan a bike ride from different points where your bus lets off to ride the rest of the way.
  10. Turn your favorite music on: Take a dancing break, turn the music up, and just rock out to it in your living room or even your office (Your coworkers might even want to join in).

 

http://www.fitday.com/webfit/burned/calories_burned_Sitting_writing_desk_work.html

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3179376

http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/article-detail/How-many-Calories-does-Fidgeting-Burn-Fidgeting-for-Weight-Loss/a8/

 

10 Simple Tips to Creating Wellness Through Sight

Everyday we have the same choices to make about our wellness and sometimes we forget the obvious. The obvious in this case is that our senses have a profound effect on our wellness. We have five senses that are used in helping us gain and maintain wellness. Today we’ll focus on sight. What do you look at? Everything that comes into our eyes leaves a memory, a mark on our lives. What you allow to come in makes the difference in how much your wellness means to you.

10 simple tips to use in creating wellness through sight. 

1. Watching a sunrise or a sunset, puts your mind at ease and shows you your place in the world.

2. Concentrating on the different colors of pure energy will help you not only see other colors clearer but it will instill a sense of wellness that you will remember when you close your eyes.

3. Seeing the outside from your bed, sofa, and even your desk helps you in connecting with nature and invigorates your spirit. 

4. Fresh flowers always have a way of brightening the day. Carry a bouquet from room to room. If you can’t have flowers, buy some plants and place them in each room.

5. Decorating your home with soothing colors that are unique to you will help you attain calmness, peacefulness, and wellness.

6. Looking at old family photos, helps us remember our loved ones and solidifies our connection to the past and the future. 

7. There is nothing more joyous than watching children playing. Sometimes we forget how to play with abandon, watching children helps us remember what it was like when life was simple.

8. Ever get lost in a painting? It’s a calming technique that helps us to see how these artists looked at the world.

9. Coloring is a past time that takes our minds off our problems and just helps us to refocus on the simple things in life.

10. Looking into your loved one’s eyes, whether it is your spouse, partner, child or your pet helps you see the love they have for you. It helps you realize that it is that love that makes everything worthwhile.