HEALTH ON A BUDGET

“Eating healthy on the cheap.”


EAT WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD

There is this prevailing theory that in order to be able to eat good you have to spend a lot of money. But the reality is that it’s much easier than you think if you’re willing to put the time into caring what goes into your body. And here is where so many people give up. When you are working all day long the last thing you’re thinking about is meal preps. You just want to grab something quick and easy which will fill you up the quickest. And the problem with this logic is that this is how you gain the most bad weight. So what are the meals one should take into their bodies. Well that all depends on the goal you’re trying to meet.

STAY AWAY FROM FAST FOOD

I remember going to a McDonald’s eating from the dollar menu everyday. Which is very affordable but it’s one of the most unhealthy ways one can consume a meal. My pockets were fine but internally I felt like garbage. And that’s because eating from McDonald’s is the worst meal to consume on a daily basis. You continue to live like this and you’re only asking for long term effects. So I had to make a decision to keep eating this way or I would take on a new way of living. Well, you can image which road I decided to take in life.

ITS STILL YOUR LIFE

Me nor anyone else is going to make you eat the right way. You have to make that decision yourself. Because it’s not me who will have to deal later it’s your choice. But don’t say you didn’t have the opportunity. It’s a discipline thing that one has to consistently practice. It takes years to eat right and exercise even more diligently. The road is long but for most it pays off.


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FOUR MONTHS OF HEALTH

Female doctor with the stethoscope holding heart

“Health is wealth.”


INTERNAL SYSTEM

The next four months will be dedicated to our health and wellbeing. And when I say health I am referring to physical health as well as our mental health. And both are very important during this time period. We are bearing witness to a pandemic globally. Nothing like this has happened where the entire planet stopped being productive. Even during world wars the Earth continues to operate. Well not during the COVID 19 outbreak. This respiratory illness has hit the world hard. And people of certain age ranges and physical medical history are at the most risk. So for the next four months we will be observing a very interesting time on history.

WHY OBSERVE

You might wonder besides the obvious of what’s going on in our world why observe health in our society. We live in a world that is troubling to a large degree. And one of those issues is health. America has serious health issues stemming from our health as well as the mental issues we face. The mental issue are harder to discuss as a country. But they effect millions of people nationwide as much as the physical. So let’s read, learn, like, and share for the next four months the various topics surrounding our health.


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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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