Good health is vital but it’s not until you start to lose your health that you really start to appreciate what you had. Unfortunately, the food that is highly nutritious and that provides fuel for your body is often so much more expensive than those food sources that have numerous unhealthy ingredients within. Sadly, with the world currently in financial crisis, organic foods and healthier, chemical free cleaning products are often out of the average person’s pocket.
It might not be fair that healthier alternatives cost so much more but it is comforting to know that there is a lot that you can do to free up some of your cash or to live a healthier lifestyle without breaking the bank.
As much as it is nice to be able to have those weekly or monthly fast food indulgences, from a health perspective they are doing you no favours at all as few have any nutritional value. The cost of a family sized take-a-way isn’t cheap either and that money really could be put towards buying some healthy alternatives. It’s important that you take a long hard look at your finances and start to calculate what money you can put aside for nutritional purposes. Write lists before you go shopping and plan your meals for the week.
Planning ahead can be really useful. It automatically stops you from over-buying or from being tempted to buy promotional products that you really don’t need. If you enjoy cooking, buy your fresh vegetables in bulk and fast freeze them for later. You can even make sauces and freeze them for later, this is much tastier than processed foods and actually cheaper considering the amounts that you can make and freeze for future.
If you are even remotely green fingered, you can grow your own vegetables too. You can do this even if you have very little space or next to no garden. Window boxes are ideal for salads or herbs for example and you can indulge in some hanging baskets for strawberries or tomatoes. They certainly make a tasty alternative.
Seeds and grains can be bought for a reasonable price and this can really give your health a boost. They are much better for snacks – for the whole family. You could try chia seeds –now hailed as the next superfood because it has so many nutritional benefits. Even better, it naturally lasts a long time and is reasonably priced.
But there is more to a healthier lifestyle than just changing how you buy and eat. If you use normal shampoos and conditioners or moisturizers or body lotions, your skin is absorbing an abundance of very dangerous chemicals. You might not believe it possible but over a period of time, these chemicals will be deeply absorbed into your vital organs damaging them. You can easily make your own natural skincare products and have great fun doing so.
Household products are another area where you can save money and your health. Instead of buying chemical cleaners, instead use jojoba oil with lemon juice to polish your furniture. But baking powder and vinegar are also excellent household aids and much cheaper by comparison.
Don’t join a gym and commit to a huge monthly membership fee. As much as it can really benefit your health, there is much that you can do for yourself without spending a fortune. Go for long walks in the countryside and get your family on side too. A brisk walk will get your heart and lungs working beautifully plus you will have the benefit of enjoying stunning scenery too.
Increasing your exercise levels will naturally have a beneficial impact on your sleep too and you will soon start feeling healthier as a result. Even better, you will find that you start having a little cash to yourself at the end of the month.