How to Lead a Frugal Lifestyle and Take Care of Your Health 358

How to Lead a Frugal Lifestyle and Take Care of Your Health

This is a guest post by Stacy B Miller, a digital content editor at Oak View Law Group.

“Take care of your body. It’s the place you have to live.”

What good would any advice do if you can’t take care of your health while leading a frugal lifestyle? After all, health is wealth. I agree that it isn’t an easy task to live a healthy style when you’re trying to save every penny for managing your debts or sticking to a budget on a variable income. But this isn’t an impossible task.

The cost of food is increasing, however, your paycheck isn’t. You need lean meats, fresh vegetables, healthy fats, fruits, and carbohydrates for proper brain and body functioning.

There is no need to neglect your health just to save dollars. Just follow these 6 steps to eat the healthiest foods without breaking your frugal budget.

Step no 1: Prepare your meals at home.

The best part of cooking food at home is that you can prepare meals as per your taste bud. If you have high cholesterol, then you need to avoid oily foods. You can prepare meals with less oil.

I have high cholesterol and my doctor has asked me to reduce it without any medicine. So I try to avoid using butter or too much oil when I’m cooking.

I love baking. When I bake a Christmas cake, I use refined oil instead of butter. This reduces the cost of cake and doesn’t affect my health as well.

Eat food at home before going out to eat. There will be less chance to overeat and waste money. Carry nuts and fruits to feel less hungry. You won’t be tempted to buy foods and spend money.

Step no 2: Buy healthy foods while being frugal.

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You need healthy foods to stay fit. Period.

Here is a list of healthy foods you can buy for under $5. It’s a myth that you have to spend lots of money for eating healthy.

  • Healthy fruits like oranges, apples, grapes, bananas, pears, watermelon, etc.
  • Fresh vegetables like carrots, tomato, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, etc.
  • Healthy proteins like chicken breast, tuna, eggs, and salmon.
  • Whole grains like brown rice, whole grain pasta, popcorn, etc.
  • Other food items are black beans, greek yogurt, low-fat milk, water, peanuts, etc.

Step no 3: Stick to your shopping list.

Please don’t take your friends with you when you go grocery shopping. When you take your friends along with you, you may get tempted to buy what they are recommending.

Your friend may buy frozen foods to save money and time, but that’s not good. Frozen foods are quite costly and they are not good for health. You don’t need to buy frozen foods just like your friend.

Prepare a list ahead of time. This list should consist 8 weeks’ worth of food. Don’t get tempted to try new things. Stick to your grocery list to have more money for the things you need.

Explore the local market where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables at a price less than what popular stores are charging.

Buy generic foods. Don’t get tempted by the advertisements you see on TV. Explore your neighborhood store’s brands. You’ll see that most of them have just as many nutrients as popular brands have at half the price. I agree that there is a slight difference in taste but it’s negligible.

Step no 4: Opt for cheap protein.

Healthy proteins help to burn fat and build muscle. Buy costly steak and lobster for special occasions. You don’t need to eat lobster daily for building your muscle.

Buy cheap protein powder and supplements and exercise regularly. You can have a healthy body and strong muscle. The best part of this tip is that you can do everything on a healthy budget.

Step no 5: Cut down your unnecessary expenses.

Which is more important? Food or a designer bag? You have to prioritize.

If you want to stay healthy, then you have to spend less on entertainment and more on healthy foods. You need to cut down your unnecessary expenses.

Create a budget and track where you’re spending money. Look at the products and services where you spend money. Do you need all of them? If not, then cut down your expenses to have more money for food.

If you don’t have a budget, then create one soon. It will help you control your finances. You’ll always have money when it’s time for grocery shopping.

Step no 6: Shop from the nearby grocery store.

There is no valid reason behind shopping at 14 different grocery stores to find the best deal. Time is money and gas. You know it. Why would you burn gas and waste time exploring numerous places? There must be a few grocery stores around your home that can give you everything you need.

Of course, there are stores where you can find many things, but they should be on your way. Research and find out the places where you can grab most of the deals on the items you need. Don’t waste your money and gas trying exploring various places to find just one deal.

You can be hale and hearty while living a frugal life. You can easily eat proper foods without incurring debts. Keep track of your spending and stick to your budget. Cook food at home, shop from the local market, avoid buying food on impulse and have cheap protein.

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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.