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  • Healthy Green Budget

    I was talking with a woman recently who shared that her attempt to regain her health and lose weight was too expensive. I asked her why she felt that way. In sharing, she said that she spent over $140 on fruits and vegetables and ended up wasting most of it due to the produce going bad. She said, “I simply can’t afford to be healthy”. Well, gee, neither could I if I spent that type of money, but I don’t.

    The decision for her to buy all the produce was at the recommendation of a consultant that was teaching her how to eat better, but also selling a plan, an idea, along with other supplements. The plan had her actually purchase all this produce with no real guidance.

    Okay, it is now time to STOP the wheels!! First, it does NOT cost a lot to eat healthy and be healthy. Well, it should not cost $140 for your fruits and vegetables.She was not guided appropriately in “how much” to purchase. When I asked her “why so much?” she shared that her consultant told her what she needed for the week. My goodness!! One simply cannot become healthy if their body is full of stress from financial loss.

    In addition, there are simply way too many MLM’s (multi-level marketing) and other type programs that sucker you in, to simply sell and/or consume their product line, with their greatest healing hype. I’m not saying they are all bad, but if you can’t afford what they are selling you, all on the hopes that you will heal and/or lose weight, then don’t do it.

    Personally, if I were a millionaire, I would still not buy into a product line until after researching and possibly asking my physician their thoughts. Yet, when it comes to the food I consume, I mostly eat the produce I enjoy while occasionally trying something new, or try a new cooking method to enhance the boring or tasteless tastebud memories of something I might not have liked in the past.

    Your best source for nutrition is your physician or a recommended nutritionist. My physicians know that I would rather change my diet a bit vs. consume pharmaceuticals. With that knowledge, they have recommended healthy food options, a supplement or herbal option that can help with the concerning health need.

    Nutrition is definitely about your choice in what you put in your grocery cart as well as what you put into your body on a daily basis. It is a choice. It does not have to rob you of your hard earned resources.

    I only purchase what is in season and what looks fresh in the market. Buying organic is unfortunately not one of our budget options, so I do my best to select quality-looking produce and follow later by washing. NOTE: All produce, whether organic or not, should be washed.

    One thing I have learned is that not all pre-packaged produce is all that great. When I do purchase a pre-packed item, such as spinach and berries, I look it over quite a bit to be sure there is no beginning signs of mold. This happens frequently with berries. With spinach and other leafy type produce, the leaves show wilting and/or dampness. It is not always avoidable, so when you get home, go through and pull out what is not good.

    Do not over purchase. This is where my friend went wrong, and I have done this on occasion in the past as well, when my ambition was greater than my diet would allow. Purchase a variety of leafy greens, preferably not in a package. A few heads of various lettuce, kale, spinach in raw form will actually last quite long. Part of the reason is that leafy greens and other healthy produce fills you faster with the capacity to keep you full longer.

    I mentioned to do your best not to purchase pre-packaged when possible. When I first started purchasing Kale, I purchased that large bag in the grocery store and found that I really did not like it. The flavor was not palatable and too often it contained more of the stalk than the leafy greens. Basically, these were left over bits. I purchased it to make it easier when making smoothies, when in fact it made it more work, as I had to weed through the bad, sometimes throwing out half of what I purchased. When I switched over to purchasing it in its natural form, a stalk, I had more leaves for far less money. I discovered that this option was much more flavorful while enhancing the taste of my salads and less frustrating with smoothies.

    The best advice I can give, purchase quality fruit and vegetables, and only purchase what you will consume before it spoils. There is always a risk of spoilage, yet purchasing in reasonable quantities that can be consumed will reduce waste. Until you get a grasp on how long something will last and what can be frozen, it is healthier for you and your pocket to return to the store for fresh replacements.

    One last bit of advice: There are some things I do purchase in bulk, and mostly when it is sold at a great price, as these items can be frozen, such as banana’s, berries, and apples. I use the bananas and berries for winter smoothies. Berries can be used by the handful on your cereal as well as in morning muffins. Depending on how many you might have picked at the farm, you can also make jams and jellies even after being frozen. Apples can later be used to make applesauce, and my husbands favorite, is to put together the makings of an apple pie filling with all my seasonings and freeze, so that his favorite pie can be easily made anytime after the apple-picking season is over.

    Laura – Blogger and paid Freelance writer

    Potpourri of Health www.potpourriofhealth.com
    Freelance writer at www.reflectivetapestryoflife.com
    Seamstress consultant at www.davinadawnsewing.com


  • What Is Up With Gummy Supplements?

    What Is Up With Gummy Supplements?

    By Laura D. Field – July 27, 2015

    The other day while walking through the store, searching for a supplement I take which I normally purchase online, I was completely shocked over the number of available “gummy” type vitamins that are now available and for all ages. The aisle on one side was full of various gummy supplements, and not just a multivitamin for children or the calcium chews for women. My first thought was the effect it can have on ones teeth. My second thought was whether these supplements provided an individual enough nutrition to make it worth the sugar that would be in these delectable treats.

    Those who provide these to their children, elderly parents, or even take them themselves might be offended by my use of “delectable treats”, although my intent is not to insult. My point is that when we make nutrition all about the “sweetness” and not about actual nutrition, we might be getting away from why supplements are even available. Sometimes we over compensate by being “safe” in taking a multi-vitamin “just in case” we are not getting sufficient nutrition through the foods we consume.

    Eating healthy with plenty of vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, etc., is in reality the best medicine we can provide for our bodies. Teaching our children to enjoy these foods at a young age, will allow them to enjoy what naturally is available to us, and not under the guise of supplements. We must remember that supplements are also a medicine, which can affect how your physician might treat you and your children when one is ill.

    Children are influenced, at a very early age, as to their choice in foods. If they are presented with sugary substitutes, they will continue to crave them. When their diets are balanced with a variety of natural flavors and textures, they will be drawn to them as they grow as a preferred food source.

    In all transparency, I do take natural supplements, but I do not consume gummy brands, as I do not feel I need to complement a supplement with sugar to “make the medicine go down”. I once did take a multivitamin, and although it was natural, I stopped taking it because I knew that I was eating healthy and getting the bulk of my nutrition through the foods I chose to eat. After I was off that multi-vitamin for a month, and noticed no change in my health or how I felt, I realized that there was no need to continue with it. That was when I also stopped taking other supplements, and as long as my annual blood work comes back normal and I feel healthy, then I do not feel I need to return to consuming them. There are very few supplements I take, such as Vitamin C, E, D3, B12, and Fish Oil with a few specialty supplements, all of which were suggested by my physician, that I take due to health needs.

    I do realize that some supplements that one might need, such as calcium, are quite large, while chewing on a tasty supplement is a bit more palatable, there are other options that might help to acquire this nutritional need such as: leafy greens, seafood, legumes, and fruit.  In addition, I do realize that some have health conditions that make it difficult for a person to swallow any size pill and/or unable to consume certain foods, so supplement drinks or chewable supplements make it easier for those patients.

    If one finds that they need to supplement, and decide that the gummy formula’s to be preferable, it might be wise to consider reading the labels and viewing the label to educate yourself on what is added for sugar content, preservatives, artificial colorings and flavors, in order for the pleasing taste you acquire by consuming them.

    In order to not pick on any one particular supplement brand, I do recommend that one look at the ingredient list. If the first ingredient consists of corn syrup followed by sugar, then you might want to reconsider why you would even consider consuming that product or giving it to your child. These are common ingredients within the gummy supplements. And if one is confortable in consuming these products, one should be sure to brush their teeth after, as the sticky, sugar residue will aid in the need for additional dental visits. Also, excess sugar, even in small doses, can have an impact for other and/or additional health complications.

    Be sure that what you are supplementing your body with, is in fact what your body needs. Since supplements are sold over the counter, they are basically safe given the dosage amounts that are recommended, but the danger comes in when the flavor tastes like candy, that one can easily overdose, such as with a child who sees them as a treat (if you give them after breakfast like you would dessert). They can also be dangerous if you are taking them to self-treat an illness. In addition, taking supplements do not guarantee protection for disease or illness. They are meant as a supplement vs. a substitute for ones nutritional needs.

    Be safe, be healthy, and eat your veggies.

    Laura – Blogger and paid Freelance writer

    Potpourri of Health www.potpourriofhealth.com
    Freelance writer at www.reflectivetapestryoflife.com
    Seamstress consultant at www.davinadawnsewing.com

    RESOURCES:

    • http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09338.html
    • http://www.forbes.com/sites/marijkevroomendurning/2013/09/12/medicine-or-treats-gummy-vitamins-and-chocolate-calcium-chews-blur-the-line-2/