Money Saving Tips

I have a huge love/hate relationship with Whole Foods. One of the reasons being is that they are expensive. I would be lying if that was not true but sadly it is. Reason number 2, when in doubt you cant find a specific product always resort to Whole Foods. I would say about 99% of the time they have everything on what you are looking for. A good thing about Whole Foods is that they do offer samples in the stores and also provide events. That is just a brief overview on what I think about Whole Foods. I did, however, find a good page on their website on how to save money when buying food. Especially the times are tough, there is more GMO’s, economically speaking… this might helpful to read those tips. Feel free to comment any other tips that would be helpful in saving money when buying foods. Of course this does not have to be about “Whole Foods” LOL 🙂

Try out these money-saving tips so you can conquer the lunch and dinner frenzy without financial fallout. And make sure to check out our budget-friendly recipes and coupons.

10 Money-Saving Tips for Wholesome Meals

  • Shop the sales. Thousands of good-for-you items are on sale in your store right now. Look for the sale signs and save or search a sample of sale items online before you shop!
  • Shop 365 Everyday Value®. It’s easy to find hundreds of affordable organic pantry staples within our 365 Everyday Value® line.
  • Cash in on nutrient-dense foods. Whole grains, beans, lentils, fruits and veggies pay off in health and value. Shop the bulk bins for many of these, and buy only the amount you need.
  • It pays to plan. Make your weekly menu before you shop so you stay within your budget and aren’t scrambling at mealtime. Check out these budget-friendly recipes and get started!
  • Cut costs in half. If you need only half a cabbage, sandwich, chunk of cheese, fish fillet, loaf of fresh bread, etc., we’re happy to provide just the half you need.
  • Decrease waste. Use only what you need, when you need it with bags of frozen fruits and veggies.
  • Fast food redefined. No time to cook? Our Health Starts Here®-labeled foods in the prepared foods department take the guesswork out of making the right choices. Made with no extracted oils or refined sweeteners, these nutrient-dense plant-strongâ„¢ options use ingredients in their purest, unprocessed forms.
  • Wake up right. Oatmeal and other whole grain cereals allow you to enjoy a wholesome breakfast without breaking the bank. (Save time by preparing steel-cut oats in the slow cooker overnight and then top with fresh berries or chopped apples in the morning.)
  • Love leftovers. Transform a salad to a wrap; pasta into a salad; and dinner to lunch sandwiches.
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Can Your Diet Prevent – or Cause – Cancer? © Dr. Weil

A healthy diet can help the body in its efforts to heal itself, and in some cases, particular foods can lessen the risks of serious illness.

To help reduce your risk of some types of cancer, try the following:

  1. Avoid polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods that might contain trans-fatty acids (such as deep-fried foods).
  2. Minimize or eliminate consumption of foods with added sugar and other sweeteners including fruit juices.
  3. Increase omega-3 fatty acid intake by eating more cold-water oily fish, freshly ground flaxseed and walnuts.
  4. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.
  5. Use hormone-free, organically raised and grown products whenever possible. Eat shiitake, enokidake, maitake and oyster mushrooms frequently.
  6. Drink green tea daily.

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DIY: Best Nontoxic Sunscreeen Ever Â©MBG

I got a really bad sunburn about last week or so. My skin is peeling and I wanted to share this information. PLEASE DO NOT GO OUT IN THE SUN WITHOUT SOME SORT OF SUNSCREEN PROTECTION!! We all need our vitamin D from the natural sun but we need to do in small dosages (even with sunblock on). I found a DIY nontoxic sunscreen…

I probably don’t need to tell you that regular sunscreen is potentially full of toxins which can do more harm than good. Of course, certain organic brands are exceptions, but when it comes to skin care and beauty products, my motto is: nothing beats DIY!

Homemade recipes and vitamin cures are fun to make, often a lot less expensive than store-bought alternatives, and with a little know-how they work incredibly well.

This is the sunscreen that’s been protecting me and my blond and redheaded toddlers for the last two years:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 fluid ounce raspberry seed oil
  • 1 fluid ounce soybean oil
  • 1 fluid ounce wheat germ oil
  • 2 Tbsp. carrot seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
  • 4 vitamin E capsules
  • 15 drops lavender oil (or your favorite essential oil)

Instructions

Melt the beeswax in an old pot placed into a large pot with boiling water. Add the coconut oil and wait until it’s almost completely liquid.

Pour the beeswax and coconut oil into a food processor (I use one specifically for all my DIY recipes).

Add the other ingredients and blend well.

Pour your sunscreen into a clean Mason jar, store in a dry, dark and cool place and use like regular sunscreen.

In case you’re wondering about the SPF of this sunscreen I have to admit that I’m not entirely sure. The SPF value of coconut and lavender oil is around 8 and herbs such as aloe vera and wheat germ have been shown to effectively absorb solar radiation and protect the skin from harmful sunrays.

Both vitamin E and the ingredients in carrot seed oil are powerful antioxidants, and soybean oil has a natural SPF of about 10.

Thanks to the beeswax, this sunscreen is even somewhat water-repellent!

Of course, even the best sun lotion cannot offer 100% protection and “a pinch of common sense” is probably the most important ingredient for a high SPF. Ever since I’ve introduced this DIY balm, however, none of us has ever burned their skin.

Also, putting on the lotion is completely hassle free (unlike with most store-bought organic products, which are hard to spread and so white they’ll make you look like a ghost). Because you’re free to add whatever essential oil you like best, you’ll always smell incredibly good!

What do you use to protect your skin from UV radiation? Let me know in the comments below!

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Turmeric Smoothie Recipe For Overall Health Â©CureJoy

It seems that I’ve been using a lot of turmeric lately in my diet, so I thought I would share this awesome Turmeric Smoothie Recipe. It has abundance of antioxidants for health benefits that helps with anti-Inflammatory and cancer prevention. To learn more on health benefits on this wonderful spice, click this link.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe:
-1 cup hemp or coconut milk
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
-1 fresh banana
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon ginger
-1 teaspoon chia seeds
-1 teaspoon maca (optional)
Process these ingredients in a blender until smooth

If you have a turmeric recipe or smoothie please feel free to comment below. Would love to know them! 🙂

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Dr. Gabe Mirkin’s Fitness and Health e-Zine June 1, 2015

I got an email from Dr.Gabe Mirkin’s. Thought I would share.

Exercisers – Know the Side Effects of Your Medications
 
Seventy percent of North American adults take prescription drugs and 54 percent take aspirin. Of those who take prescription drugs, 27 percent take statins to help lower cholesterol, 18 percent take medication to lower high blood sugar levels and 43 percent take drugs to lower high blood pressure, such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors or diuretics. If you are an exerciser, make sure you know about the side effects of any medications or over-the-counter drugs you take. They may hinder your exercise program or cause harm if you fall.

Statins can cause muscle pain that leads many people to stop exercising. They also raise blood sugar levels and increase diabetes risk. If this is a problem for you, check with your doctor. Sometimes you are better off stopping the statins and continuing your exercise program.

Beta blockers for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats can slow your heart rate so much that you will tire much earlier when you exercise. They can also raise blood sugar levels. Serious exercisers who take beta blockers should ask their doctors if they can switch to other drugs that will not slow their heart so much.

ACE inhibitors lower high blood pressure by interfering with the production of a protein that causes muscles around arteries to constrict. If you get into an accident and lose a lot of blood, the muscles around blood vessels may not be able to constrict, so your blood pressure can drop too low and send you into shock. ACE inhibitors also increase risk for dizziness during and after exercising.

Diuretics make you urinate more, lower blood volume, can make you tire earlier during exercise and increase risk for heat stroke.

Medications to lower blood sugar can sometimes cause blood sugar levels to drop too low. Since more than 98 percent of the energy for your brain comes from circulating blood sugar, low blood sugar can make you dizzy and cause you to pass out. Diabetics should always carry a sugar source with them when they exercise.

Aspirin and other anti-clotting medicines can be dangerous if you fall. If you hit your head, you can bleed into your brain and die.

My Recommendations
If you exercise regularly and take any of these medications, I recommend that you let your companions know about any issues you may have. Medic-alert identification can help in emergencies. By all means, keep on exercising! Your body will thank you. Some people are able to get off their medications after they make major lifestyle changes.

7 Brain Benefits Of Cutting Wheat Out Of Your Diet Â©MBG

Should you consider giving up grains? Dr. William Davis thinks so. The following is an excerpt from his new book, Wheat Belly Total Health. Please consult with your health care practitioner before making any dietary changes.

Remove grains from your diet and your brain is released from the control of their mind-active components. It is liberating, wonderful, and empowering. Your brain can be restored to its normal alert, energetic, calculating, and creative state. After withdrawal, the benefits that can be experienced include:

1. Improved mood

Once the depression that can accompany withdrawal is past, there is typically a substantial lifting of mood. This develops due to the removal of gliadin and other prolamin protein-derived exorphins, as well as increased levels of brain serotonin. People are happier and more optimistic, and they become better engaged with the people and activities of their lives.

2. Reduce anxiety

Many people are plagued by constant low-level anxiety, the sort of pointless and unwarranted unease that makes daily life an unpleasant experience. Typically, such anxieties recede with grain removal. For some, the effect can be dramatic and life changing, sometimes even providing relief from years of phobias such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia. For others, it may be a more subtle change, with relief from frequent or pervasive anxieties that darkened your life. Like suicidal thoughts, anxiety is easily re-provoked with any grain exposure, so avoidance is key.

3. Lifting of mind fog

Like the lifting of mood, a lifting of mind fog is also a common grain-free experience. People report that they are better able to concentrate for prolonged periods and are able to think more clearly, make decisions more easily, and speak more effectively.

Writers are able to write for longer periods; artists are able to draw, paint, or compose more easily; businesspeople can engage in discussion, perform at meetings, and prepare documents more effectively; and athletes are able to sustain concentration for a longer time and become less reliant on performance crutches such as energy drinks and protein bars.

This effect applies to children just as much as adults. Some of the most dramatic stories I’ve heard have come from parents who report that their children’s school performance skyrocketed when they were freed from the fogginess of grain consumption.

4. Enhanced learning

Restoration of the capacity for prolonged concentration, clearer thinking, and reduced distractibility add up to an enhanced ability to learn. People listen more effectively, retain more with reading, acquire and synthesize data and concepts with greater ease, and enjoy enhanced recall. They are more focused, more creative, and more effective.

5. Reversal of seizures

As seizures have been associated with grain consumption, especially consumption of wheat, removal of grains can be associated with relief from seizures if grains were the initiating cause. Most commonly, sufferers of temporal lobe seizures experience a marked reduction or complete relief from these episodes.

Although the causal association between grains and grand mal seizures is more tenuous, I am hearing from more and more people who have experienced marked relief from these dangerous events, as well.

6. Reversal of neurological impairment

People with cerebellar ataxia usually experience a slow, gradual improvement in coordination, balance, capacity to walk, and bladder control, or at least experience no further deterioration, after grains are eliminated. Because the nervous system is slow to heal and may do so imperfectly, the process can take months to years, so a long-term commitment is required to gauge improvement.

Even multiple sclerosis, which results from autoimmune destruction of the myelin covering of nerve tissue, can slowly improve or reverse. It’s also critical that you simultaneously correct vitamin D deficiency, as preliminary studies suggest a powerful relationship between vitamin D and this condition.

7. Prevention of dementia

High blood sugars that occur day in and day out, many times per day, due to habitual grain consumption are reversed when grains are removed. Clinical trials have demonstrated the powerful association between blood sugars that are around 110 mg/dl — which is below the cutoffs for prediabetes and diabetes and considered just above normal — and the development of dementia, with even higher risk presented by the higher blood sugar levels of prediabetes and diabetes.

Grain elimination is a powerful means of reversing high fasting and aftermeal blood sugars. Some people are also prone to the autoimmune process triggered by the gliadin and prolamin proteins that leads to dementia; it is likewise turned off with elimination of the inciting grains.

Excerpt from Wheat Belly Total Health, by Dr. William Davis. Published by Rodale Books, in 2014.

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The Benefits of Bodyweight Training

Great information!

Sports Medicine Weekly

While fancy new gym equipment and trendy fitness classes come and go, we’ll always have a tool that we can exercise with at any time and in any place: our own bodies. Bodyweight training (or strength training exercises that do not require free weights or machines) ranked second on The American College of Sports Medicine’s survey of the top 20 global fitness trends for 2014. Even though this is only the second year that bodyweight training has made it on the list, using our own body’s weight to stay in shape is nothing new.

Some people may be skeptical of a workout that uses no expensive machines or heavy weights, but research shows bodyweight workouts improve strength, endurance, and power, and–if done right–can burn through major calories.  Read on for some convincing reasons to incorporate bodyweight exercise into your workout routine.

Six Bodyweight Benefits

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An Introduction to Sandbag Training for Runners Â©competitor

Learn how a bag of sand can improve your strength, explosive power and stability for faster running.

As functional fitness continues to grow in popularity, runners have more options when it comes to resistance training. Suspension training straps, bags of sand and kettlebells are becoming a common sight alongside traditional pieces of equipment seen at your local gym. Not only are these tools excellent for providing variety to your training program, they are effective at developing strength and explosive power, both key to an injury free and successful racing season.

Enter Sandbag Training

Sandbags have been used to build strength and joint stability in wrestlers, fighters and other athletes for quite some time. Essentially a bag of sand with strategically placed handles and grips (depending on what brand you have), sandbag lifting can provide a unique training stimulus compared to traditional barbell lifting. Not only are sandbags versatile, they are more dynamic as the contents inside the bag can shift thus forcing you to react and create joint stability with each repetition. Sandbag training can also build strength, explosive qualities and core stability.

On the following pages are two sandbag workouts you can add in to your running routine. Feel free to add the workouts to your easy running days or on the same day as your running workouts – just ensure to separate the workouts by 6-7 hours if you can.

Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2015/05/training/an-introduction-to-sandbag-training-for-runners_127679#vrHAY64tQyIbXVPo.99

P.S. I’ll be incorporating sandbags into my meetup groups. If you would like to join, comment below or contact me. 

A Helping Hand For Portion Sizes: Measure Pasta By The Fist, Butter By The Fingertip Â©MedicalDaily

Great Article I found on MedicalDaily.com Its all about portion control!! 😀

If you’re not careful, the entire pint of ice cream or bag of chips can become one serving. Nutritional labels are notoriously difficult to read and seldom accurate for how we consume foods. (Is anyone really drinking only 8 ounces of their beverage?) Like the late-night infomercials boast, there has to be a better way.

It turns out each of us comes equipped with measuring cups and spoons from birth: our hand. A clenched fist is roughly equivalent to the size of a cup, and just the front equals roughly half a cup. Use your palm as a reference for butchering meat to 3-ounce portions — the recommended serving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guidelines. A deck of cards or a cassette tape (if you somehow still have one) can also give a rough measurement.

Other shorthand measurements include: the tip of your thumb as half a serving of peanut butter, two cupped hands as 1 ounce, and the tip of your finger as an appropriate amount of butter to spread on toast.

While the estimations can’t ensure everyone will meet their specific dietary requirements, they offer a workable replacement to standard units. Plus, good news if you happen to have large hands: A clenched fist is equal to a double serving of ice cream.

Hand Guide to Portion Control Infographic