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If you have problems serving healthy foods because
of the prices, you’ll find these tips to be just
what you need to eat healthy on a budget.

1. Eliminate junk food
Doing your shopping on your own is the easiest way
to shop, as children and sometimes spouses are
usually the ones requesting junk food. Shopping
alone will prevent this, and ensure that you only
buy the foods you need.

2. Water or milk instead of soft drinks
You can still enjoy your favorite drinks at a
sporting event or night out, although you should
stick with the smallest size when shopping to save
money and calories. Children and even adults need
milk or milk products on a daily basis. Milk will
also help you get strong and provides calcium for
healthy bones and healthy teeth.

3. Buy fruits in quantity
Whne they are in season, buy fruits in quantity
and freeze any extras. You can buy several pounds
this way, and freeze extras to have them when the
fruit goes out of season. Wash the fruit well,
remove any spoiled pieces, dry thoroughly, then
freeze in plastic zipper bags.

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4. Meats and beans
Meats and beans are the best sources for protein.
Lean meat is more expensive than meats with a lot
of fat. Canned beans are a great deal as well,
as they give you protein at a great price.

5. Beans as a substitute
You should use beans a substitute for meat on a
frequent occasion. There are several varieties,
so you can prepare them in a crock pot, so when
you return home they are ready to consume.

The USDA recommends eating beans at least 4 times
per week. If you experience gas after eating
beans you should try washing them, covering them
with water, bringing the water to a boil, then
draining it off and refilling the pot.

6. If you live in a coastal area or an area
where fish are around, make that an integral
part of your diet. You can catch them from the
lakes or rivers, saving money in the process.

7. Peanut butter is great for those on a budget
as it’s popular with almost everyone. You can
use it for sandwiches instead of eating hot
dogs. It does need to be refrigerated, although
bigger jars can last you for weeks.

8. You should fill up with foods that have a high
content of water. Watermelon, salads, and even
sugar free gelatin are all great examples.

Eating healthy is always something you can’t go
wrong with. You can eat healthy for just a few
bucks, which makes it perfect for those on a
budget. Now, you don’t need a lot of money to have
the lifestyle and health you’ve always wanted.

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It’s important that we eat plenty of different fruits and vegetables every day. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.

You’ve probably heard about the 5 A Day for Better Health program.  It provides easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating patterns. It’s vital that we eat a wide variety of colorful orange/yellow, red, green, white, and blue/purple vegetables and fruit every day. By eating vegetables and fruit from each color group, you will benefit from the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that each color group has to offer alone and in combination.

There’s several different yet simple ways to start incorporating vegetables and fruit into your familiar and favorite meals. You can begin your day with 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, slice bananas or strawberries on top of your cereal, or have a salad with lunch and an apple for an afternoon snack. Include a vegetable with dinner and you already have about 5 cups of fruits and vegetables. You may even try adding a piece of fruit for a snack or an extra vegetable at dinner.

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Don’t be afraid to try something new to increase your vegetable and fruit intake. There are so many choices when selecting fruits and vegetables. Kiwifruit, asparagus, and mango may become your new favorite. Keep things fresh and interesting by combining fruits and vegetables of different flavors and colors, like red grapes with pineapple chunks, or cucumbers and red peppers.

Get in the habit of keeping fruits and vegetables visible and easily accessible – you’ll tend to eat them more. Store cut and cleaned produce at eye-level in the refrigerator, or keep a big colorful bowl of fruit on the table.

Well the dieting season is upon us again. Now is the time that people who go onto diets automatically think; starvation, cut-down, eat lettuce, bored taste buds, joyless eating, eat more lettuce. Boring diets, deprivation diets, “faddy” diets, food group eliminating diets, most commercial diets send out the wrong message. Your body is not an enemy that needs to be starved into submission to give up fat.

By building healthy eating habits into your daily food intake can and should be enjoyable. Don’t forget you need to healthy and happy at the same time.

We eat food for a reason and each food has specific benefits and potential drawbacks, take alcohol, studies have shown that alcohol can be good for you, but in the right amounts. Fat can be good for you and some are labeled essential. Chocolate is good for you but can be harmful. The above foods are said to protect against high blood pressure and heart disease. But if you eat nothing but grapefruits, lettuce and the odd tomato you will be loading up with certain vitamins but will definitely be lacking in most of the others, including the much needed minerals. The key to a healthy diet is balance. Too much of anything can hurt. But not enough of everything will hurt the body even more.

Think about it this way; How far would your car go without enough fuel, or without oil, not very far before you’re on the side of the road scratching you head saying “wonder how that happened?” The secret is to be conscious of what fuel and oil you use. Some are better than others and can help you run longer on less fuel. To Fuel your body for optimal performance whilst losing weight (fat) there are four major strategies you would need to adopt to when setting up your weight loss nutrition plan.

  • Control your food portions. You don’t need monster portions.
  • Make smart substitutions in the diet like mustard instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches; you will save 88 calories and may enjoy it better.
  • Focus on power foods. A high protein, high fibre, complex carbs gives you a filling meal rather than a starvation meal.
  • Watch your eating habits, mindless munching, emotional binging, and twice-a-day monster feedings will lower the metabolism and leave the pounds where they are.

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The term “diet” really means “a way of life”

A diet is all about numbers-number of calories you eat and burn, numbers on the scale when you weigh yourself. The success of a diet is defined in terms of how well you stick to the numbers. The normal diet mentality assumes that reaching a certain weight is your key to finding happiness and solving life’s problems. But if you mess up on one day it can be upsetting-it means you’ve messed up on everything that matters in the world.

A Lifestyle change is all about you. It’s about changing your eating and physical activities to reach your specific goal. Your success is defined in terms of how the lifestyle changes make you feel about yourself. The lifestyle approach assumes that being overweight is usually the result of other problems not the cause. Addressing these problems directly is the best way to solve both the problems themselves and your weight issues at the same time. This means focusing on many things, not just the numbers in the calories that you eat or the numbers on the scale. Numbers only tell a small part of the story. The bad numbers often gives you clues into areas that need attention and change.

Going on a diet involves an external and temporary change in your eating habits. You start by measuring and counting. You stop eating some foods and substitute others. Based on a few rules of whatever diet plan you are using. You assume it is the diet that produces the results, not you yourself. The results of a diet are external; if your lucky you may change the outside but not on the inside. Normally once you reach your goal weight, you don’t need the diet anymore and then things gradually go back to “normal”. Then so does the weight, plus more. And all the problems that you hoped that the diet would solve are still there.

Making a lifestyle change involves an internal and permanent change in your relationship with food, eating, and your physical activity. You should recognize that the primary problem isn’t what you eat, or even how much you eat, but how and why you eat. Eating mindlessly and impulsively (without intention or awareness) and/or using food to manage your emotions and distract yourself from unpleasant thoughts—this is what really needs to change. Learning to take good care of yourself emotionally and physically, so that you don’t want to use eating to solve problems it really can’t. Dieting is a lifelong learning process that is constantly changing as your needs and circumstances change.

This doesn’t mean things on the surface don’t matter. Clearly, controlling how much and what you eat is vital, and caring how you look and feel is the great motivator. The key to both permanent weight loss (fat) and feeling satisfied and happy with yourself and your life is for you to take personal responsibility for what you can control, and let go of everything else that is holding you back.

Many factors that are normally out of your control can be your genes, age, medical status and your previous weight history; all will or can affect your weight and appearance. These factors may determine how much weight you can lose, how quickly you’ll lose it, and how you’ll look and feel when you’ve gone as far as you can go. When you focus too much on your weight on the scale or what you see in the mirror, you are staking your happiness and satisfaction on things you really can’t control. That pretty much guarantees that you’ll be chronically worried, stressed, and uncomfortable and will be more likely than ever to have problems with emotional eating and will struggle to lose the body fat.

When you rely too much on external (diet) tools, techniques, and rules to determine your behaviour, you are turning over your personal responsibility to the tools and techniques. If you find yourself frequently losing motivation or feeling powerless to control your own behaviour, it’s probably because you’re counting on the tools to do your part of the work for you. You’re the only one who can decide what’s right for you; only you can change your attitude and perspective to achieve what you want to achieve.

 

I am sitting at my dining room table just having finished my dinner at 10:16pm.  I am eating 1.5 cups of fire roasted tomatoes, 12 ounces of grilled salmon and 1.5 cups of grilled mushrooms, all washed down with32 ounces of whole milk.  The kids and wife are already fast asleep, so it is just me and our Chihuahua Belle sitting in the dining room light.  The reason I am still awake is because I didn’t feel too good earlier so I took a nap and when I woke up it was 7:30pm and I had yet to go to the gym.  So I slapped on my workout clothes and heart rate monitor and drove to Life Time Athletic to hammer out my Monday exercises. Tomorrow is both Valentine’s day (yuck) and far more importantly, my 1 year anniversary with my beautiful wife Roni.  You would think I would have just gone to bed after not feeling good and it being so late, but no.

I realized a long time ago that the concerted efforts I put into bettering myself are most rewarded when it isn’t convenient or easy to go about.  Anyone can go workout in the middle of the day when they have lots of energy and nothing else going on.  It takes discipline and tenacity to drag yourself to a workout when you don’t feel good, you’re super busy all day and a cozy warm bed is calling your name.

Why am I still up?  Well, you see, I still have 900 calories I need to consume to be on point for my daily allotment to achieve my goals.  Since I just ate a late dinner and my stomach is kind of full, I need to wait until it empties a little bit so I can consume my final 900 calorie protein laden meal replacement shake.  Just like Rock Balboa, I use the wonderfully nutritious raw egg as the mainstay of my meal replacements.  6 raw eggs to be exact.  12 ounces of whole milk mixed with a little creatine, a scoop of BCAAs,  some whey protein and a couple scoops of “Muscle Milk” chocolate.  Fire up the hand mixer and “POOF” a fine sipping cognac.  Well, I might be exaggerating that part, but it gets the job done. I can’t forget to take my multi-vitamin and my fish oils too.

I want my body to have all the raw ingredients it needs to repair and grow from my grueling workouts, so I will go make my shake and drink it and head to bed knowing I did what was needed to create the best possible environment for my amazing body to move one step closer to my goals.

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world, is debating with my 9 year old about how much of the serving of veggies I put on his plate he has to eat before he is done. Now mind you, by “favorite things” I mean, “things I hate.”  It drives me batty that I can selectively shop for fresh meats, fruits and vegetables for the family, come home and cook it all with just the right spices so that it literally melts in your mouth and then have my kids balk at it like I served them a plate of depleted uranium.  It’s not pork lips or chicken elbows man, just eat it!

I am by no means the world’s greatest chef, nor am I perfect with eating clean food all of the time, but I do put forth a concerted effort to lead my family by example when it comes to healthy eating  and also to learn as much as possible when it comes to tasty cooking.  I really enjoy making healthy food choices taste amazing at the same time, especially since this seems to the average American to be somewhat of a paradox.  Apparently the common consensus is that if it tastes good, it must be bad for you and if it is good for you, it’s going to taste like a tennis shoe. I beg to differ.

It is my opinion that a major contributor to most of the diseases in this country are based in poor food choices.  I like to keep it simple with my own food choices as well as what I recommend to my clients:

  1. Eat things that have been recently alive.
  2. Eat the right amount for you, for that day.
  3. Drink water.

Pretty straight forward, wouldn’t you agree? Don’t eat things that are overly processed, don’t over eat and hydrate yourself.  I would like to think these are simple ideas to follow but as I am sure you can imagine people find a way to over complicate even these simple concepts. That is a blog for another day though…