More people are choosing experiences over things. This shift from “consumers” of stuff to livers of life is a welcome one. Experiences are arguably better for our wellbeing and for our planet. But often those experiences center around going out to eat. Replacing shopping with eating as entertainment comes with its own costs, both financial and to our health.
The farmers market used to be a place where communities could come to support local growers while getting a fair price for fresh produce. These days, farmers markets are everywhere. In my city, there is one every weekend. Some are in hipster neighborhoods. Others are set up at malls. There’s even one twice a month at my work!
My husband and I were talking about taking a road trip. He commented to me “What are you going to eat? You’ll be sick of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before we leave the state.” Because we rarely go out to eat, he’s excited about stopping at fast food restaurants along our journey. Now that I’m eating a vegetarian diet, my options are limited. But there are some good vegetarian fast food meals.
The $60 billion dollar weight loss industry has taken a hit as more people pass on diet products and instead choose to eat healthier foods. Forget pills, gym memberships, or diet foods. I lost 20 pounds (and gained flat abs and firm thighs) through simple yet powerful lifestyle changes. And it didn’t cost me a cent. In fact, I saved money. So how did I lose 20 pounds in 15 weeks?
Over the past week I have felt irritable and hungry. Even worse, I’ve felt so overwhelmed that I have been thinking about quitting, well, everything. Taking a step back to evaluate what’s not working in my life, I realized that I’ve not taken a lunch break all week. That’s probably why I’ve been so hangry.
Have you found yourself doing well living a healthy lifestyle, only to get thrown off your game by temptations during get-togethers? You are not alone. Here are 12 healthier choices to avoid gaining weight during parties.
I’m all about the Salt Life, but not when it comes to my food. Sure, if you’re running on the beach or kite surfing and working up a sweat you might need more sodium. But for those of us wearing flip-flops, we’re taking in way more salt than our bodies need. Forget the processed foods, I’m saving my daily sodium allowance for the margaritas!
Have you been thinking about growing some of your own fruits or vegetables? Fresh foods taste so much better and can save you a ton of money. Gardening doesn’t have to take a lot of space or time (especially if you learn from my mistakes). Here are some tips for getting started with plants you can grow in pots or a grow box on your patio.
The average American spends $1,500 a year on wasted food. Sadly, 90% of food scraps end up in landfills. Keeping food out of landfills is important because it takes a long time to decompose in an anaerobic environment and it produces methane. One way to reduce food waste is to compost at home. But what does that entail?
In 2016, 23% of American households had not one, but two refrigerators. Many people in this world have compact refrigerators, many others have no refrigeration at all. Yet here in the USA, people spend thousands of dollars on a huge appliance that runs 24 hours a day to keep their food chilled. (See Dollar Street for fascinating pictures from around the world of refrigerators based on income). This got me thinking, do we really need that refrigerator?