POOR OPTIONS: HOW TO EAT HEALTHY WITH LITTLE MONEY

Person Carrying Basket of Vegetables

“Eat well people.”


when you have less

As a young man with not much income, I am still able to consume a meal that is good for me to eat. Now granted I don’t have children which forces you to have a major lifestyle change. But I wake p in the morning, leg lift with the medicine ball, then when I am able to get back on the bench, I bench press. But people seem to think that if you have less money that means that your diet has to be a reflection of the lack of income. And yes, the meals that are the most affordable are usually the meals that aren’t good for you. But there are other options if you are willing to eat them.

daily calories

A human only really needs about 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day to remain healthy.Only problem in America is that we generally consume more than we need. We eat when we feel hungry, and sometimes that can still be after eating. But there are days I feel hungry, but I am not hungry. And that means at times you’re eating as a person just to be eating. So when you consume even though it is not useful to do so, then you find yourself being unhealthy. Just always remember, eating to get full is less healthy then eating because you must have a meal that day.

how far can my dollar go

Whenever I go to the store, I see fruits and vegetables that seem more expensive than they are; and that is because it is a supply and demand thing. You have to realize that the more the fruit that people want, it will be higher at the store. Cherries cost more than bananas, but there are also other variables, yet cherries are more popular. So know what is within your cost that taste good and is healthy. But also be prepared to know the value of starches and poultry in addition to the fruits and vegetables. Buy the bulk pack of poultry, like wings instead of breast, but bake the wings and not fried. As for the condiments, don’t add too much, such as sugar and sauces.


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HEALTH CONSCIOUS GENERATION: WHEN DID IT START

Woman Measuring Her Waist

“When did it all come about?”


this is all new

Have you ever noticed that we are in a generation where everyone around you is health conscious? All we do in today’s society is count calories. And my question would be when did all this start? Because to me it seems like it came out of nowhere. Or better yet, maybe it’s just a regional thing. Because living in New York City, you see people jogging early in the morning and late at night. Yoga studios are packed and Whole Foods grocery store is tough to navigate the store and the long lines in the produce section. Trust me, I have no problems with it, but when did it start?

early memories

For me growing up, the people who were into fitness was guys like Richard Simmons or the Tae Bo workout tapes by Billy Blanks. Now, over the internet and on television, someone is promoting their healthy way of living. And it has become a very lucrative market. I remember my mother used to attend her weight watchers meetings, now, people hold their own private groups outside the more known name brands. So when you think of exercise, generations past remember only a few people who were promoting their healthy lifestyle. And it actually was from this, the spark of social media gurus came about.

being in the know

With every past generation, we get to be more and more in the know about ourselves as humans. And for that reason, people are more health conscious. Because we have the ability to understand what we were in the past, but we are more aware of the future today. So moving toward the future, the more we know, the more we realize certain things are just not good for us. We won’t reach everyone, but the masses hopefully we do.


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MODERATED JUNK: “HOW TO” EAT WHATEVER

Two People Holding Chips and Fried Chicken

“Unhealthy, yes; delicious, yes.”


greasy goodness

You ever look at the menu of a dish you would like to try simply because you know it’s unhealthy, but yet it taste so delicious. There is nothing better than a double cheese burger with all the condiments and toppings. Not to mention the chili cheese fries, oh yeah, and two brats with condiments and toppings. Wait, I forgot to drink it all down with a Coca Cola. That just sounds like a heart attack, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal, stomach cancer, nerve damage, mess. But I am willing to bet you it taste amazing. But how did humans figure out that the most unhealthy of foods are always the best food to eat. Only the healthy dishes are the most disgusting.

watered down portions

Want a burger, then instead of eating beef, you might want to go for chicken, but make sure that chicken is grilled not fried. Or better yet and ostrich or turkey burger taste just as good if not better. But let’s be honest, how many ostriches are there on this planet that can feed everyone who want one. You like to eat fries, fine, eat then baked instead of the traditional method. Then again, they are so much more tasty when it is cooked crisp. And when it comes to having a drink, do you really need to break out the two liter, I think not. Having a cup of apple or orange juice is just fine. Better yet, when did waster stop becoming this great beverage to drink.

moderation is key

Consuming almost any meal is fine, as long as you don’t do it too often. A weekend of eating an entire cake or box of donuts is good if it’s something you do every four to five months. I have been known to eat a pound cake from the store in one sitting. Only thing is, I did this two times in the year 2018. Twice in one year is fine, but every weekend, or even every other weekend is bad for you. So know how to eat unhealthy in a healthy manner.


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WE’RE NOT ALL MEANT TO BE SKINNY: HOW TO KNOW YOUR BODY

 

Woman Holding Measuring Tape on Hips

“Cut yourself some slack.”


avid lifter

If you are out there and just so happen to stumble upon this article and you are one of those in need of the perfect body people, slow down. It’s ok if you want to go out and weight lift or run to lose weight. But realize something, not everyone is meant to be skinny. Some people are born big, and are genetically inclined to having more weight. So if you think you’re going to look like one of these Victoria Secret models, or some guy who is husky thinking he’ll be some washed board beauty, hang it up. The reality is, you are not going to be one of those people.

expectations

I have gone on the internet, and looked at photos of guys that I would like to mirror. Now, luckily for me, I have the ability over time to have the body that I see in magazines. Because even in my slim body you can see my clear muscular definition. But for most guys, they just will not have the ability to be here. That doesn’t mean that life is over and all is lost. Because contrary to what we might think as guys, women don’t all have the same stereotypical view of the man of their dreams. Women like variations in their men. Some men like a husky guy and some men want a woman with a little extra. Magazines and the internet creates this false idea of what beauty really is.

goal vs. standard

Having a distinct goal versus a standard must be addressed. It is fine to have a goal because that is something to shoot for in life. But when something becomes the standard it must be observed through a proper lens. Because something that becomes a standard can leave you depressed if you are not looking at it in a rational manner. Meaning you want to date a man 6’3 or above, 90% of men are shorter than 5’10. So if your standard is above this you’re most likely going to live out life alone. If your goal is something quite unattainable, even if you never get it, you can still be happy.


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REGIONALLY OVERWEIGHT: WHY SPECIFIC REGIONS MUST CHANGE THEIR HABITS

Person Holding Tape Measure

“Get it together.”


overeating in america

I come from the Midwest, and if you know anything about this region of the country, you know we love to eat. And let’s not leave out the South as well. And to put things into perspective, when I say eat, I mean everything has pork fat, lard, fried, and glazed. Oh yeah, BBQ’d and smoked to perfection. And here lies the problem with the regions. Because when you have of the top fattest cities, four of the top five in one state (Texas) that possess a serious health concern. I know we live in a country where we can eat what we want, but there has to be limits. Texas, as I mentioned, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan; these places lead the charge in being overweight.

good eatin, bad problems

What happens when you consume so much food, you start to develop health issues surrounding the food you eat. Diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, liver disease, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder disease, kidney failure, and loss of vision (which can stem from diabetes). Now, if eating good means any of these issues, keep the meal over there. But we seem to not care and tell people don’t tell me what to eat. But it will be the problem of someone when they are forced to care for you when you lose a leg to Diabetes. So eat what you like, but think for just a moment those who may have to care for you.

hell, water can be bad drinking too much

You want to have a few donuts, fine; a little Haagen Dazs, go nuts. But go nuts every now and then. You can eat anything, just don’t make things a habit. Too much bread and not a balance of other foods can lead to illnesses. And what is more healthy then good old fashion bread. Well, there are fruits and vegetables; but beware, too much fruit raises sugar levels as well. You don’t need to eat sweets to still get sick. And after hearing this you say, now who cares. If fruit gets me sick, let me eat my donuts in peace. Well, nothing is guaranteed, but fruit is a hell of a lot better than chips and cookies and donuts. So eat as you wish, but don’t say you weren’t warned.


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QUALITY OF LIFE: HOW YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH EFFECTS DAILY ACTIVITIES

Man and Woman Jogging Near Body of Water

“Take care.”


just existing

Ever wake up in the morning and feel like you just can’t get yourself motivated to do anything that is of benefit to your physical health? This is something that millions of Americans deal with everyday. And the reason being is that staying in shape is such a tough feat, especially once you’re out of school and no longer have to do so. You hated it in gym class, and even more now that you’re an adult. But what happens when you are not motivated to care about your physical health? I’ll tell you what happens, so goes the quality of life with the physique. Try doing to simplest of activities when you are not in shape and see how difficult it can be. Difficulty that was not there when you were in the best shape of your life.

going about your day

You take one step, then two steps, and by the third step you have to stop and take a breather. You are going to have to ask yourself a  few questions. And one of those questions is, how much do you weigh? Are you of healthy size? And if you still feel fine, know that walking such short stints and then having to stop for air is not normal. That is your body telling you are not fine. As a human being, why are the easiest of task wearing you out? Lifting weights should make you tired, but walking halfway up the street without having to take a seat is problematic. And I know people say love yourself, but liking what you see, and what is negatively effecting your body is another. You can discredit the physician, but don’t be surprised when it happens, the drawbacks.

when enough is enough

There will have to come a day where you can no longer run away from the thing that is keeping you from motivating yourself. You will have to eventually say to yourself that you are not well. And anyone who has dealt with weight problems their entire life will tell you that they don’t truly feel good. Not being mobile so you can accomplish simple task effecting your overall quality of life is not something you want to live with over time.


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GOOD HEALTH, GOOD LOOKS: HOW HEALTH MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER

Photo of Women Wearing One-piece swimsuit

“Take care, people see.”


your upkeep

Whenever you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? If you do, count your luck stars because a lot of people do not like themselves for who they are physically. And if you happen to be one of these unhappy people, there is something you can do about it. What you can do is try to put yourself on a small workout program. Make something like 30 minutes a couple times a week. Then when you get more comfortable, you can switch up and make it more times per week as well as heavier lifting. And never underestimate the good feeling of the compliments you might receive.

the out fit

Your clothes that you typically wear will start to fit your differently once you start putting yourself on a strict regimen. You will put on clothes and there will be this glove feeling that shows off more of your figure and the feeling of how it fits will be different. I started lifting weights last year of 2018, and I will tell you from experience that shirts do appear to look a certain way. Your jeans will fit in a way, especially if you are a woman, that will extenuate your curves.

moments of realization

There will come time you look in the mirror and be able to stand there and look at yourself feeling good. And that’s what taking care of your health does for your overall quality of life. Some people have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning because they are so worn. But if you practice good habits, then you will be able to have that good feeling so many people have when living in a healthy body.


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