How do you keep yourself healthy in this tough economic times?

United States
July 21, 2009 12:51am CST
Food prices are increasing even medicines are going higher. How do you keep yourself healthy? I keep myself healthy by walking every day and when I go at my local market which not only keeps me healthy, it also keep my budget healthy. What about you?
4 responses
• United States
21 Jul 09
At every job you learn something about life. Being a cashier in a grocery store allows for some insight on health and budget. I have found that the healthiest looking people I have seen with the smallest grocery bills are the people who load up on the fruits and vegetables and minimize the meats, sweets, snacks, and prepackaged items. While I am not a vegetarian, this has been my observation. For over 25 years I have used herbs and natural health techniques. It truly pays to be educated in the basics. I keep certain herbs and vitamins in stock especially in the winter to try to avoid having to make doctor visits. Exercise is important. There is so much good information on the internet on health that most people may find it daunting to figure it out. If you listen and read enough on the subject, though, you may be surprised at how simple it can be over time to figure out what is good and bad advice. I am not much of an Oprah fan but Dr. Oz is a very good start. From there you can read Dr. Perricone's books, watch the 700 club every Wednesday for health tips (skinny Wednesday segments), visit your local health food store and ask for a basic tour, etc. It is such an adventure to study in this area.
• United States
21 Jul 09
Since I live in Hawaii where people are usually shy I might not be able ask my local health food store. But thanks anyways.
• United States
21 Jul 09
Wow! Smart, smart, smart and Smart. Thanks!
• United States
21 Jul 09
I've just been doing this for over 25 years. There is even more information in my pretty head on how to make antiwrinkle cream from herbs and oils, take care of pets and kids, have a sense of humor, and accept who I am and keep moving forward. It's all a part of walking through life and smelling a lot of flowers as I go.
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• United States
21 Jul 09
A very good question. We started eating a lot of organic food several months ago and to be able to do this, we needed to examine our spending habits and fine-tune our budget. We go to the local market several times each week (we pass it on the way home from work each day, so it's not out of our way) and we buy only what we need for that day and/or the next day. We are able to buy organic fruit and veggies from this store, along with free-range beef & chicken (not given antibiotics, steroids, fed GMO feeds, etc) A healthy diet, moderate exercise and proper rest...that's how we've stayed healthy the past 18 months.
• United States
21 Jul 09
There's seems to be problems on GMO plants right?
• United States
22 Jul 09
Yes. As an example... let's say a farmer is looking to cut costs and increase his profits. Planting corn seeds that have been genetically modified to be pesticide/herbicide resistant. The farm no longer needs to have workers picking crop damaging weeds, and checking for insect problems. The GMO plants have been modified to thrive even when they are sprayed heavily with weed killer, or insect killing sprays. Sounds good right? The problem is all of these sprays are all over the plant and the fruits/veggies that we eat. Sure the produce is washed, but almost all of the time, the produce has absorbed these sprays, so even washing the outer skin doesn't remove the dangerous chemicals (besides produce is often given chlorine-type baths...yum!) The other problem with GMO plants is they do not offer the soil any nourishment. There is no sustainable benefit to GMO, the soil is depleted, the produce becomes less and less nourishing (ever have an apple or other fruit or veggie that looked great, really juicy, but almost no taste?) and valuable nutrients in the produce are missing. So you think you are making a healthy choice by eating (GMO) fruits or veggies and what you are really getting is a tasteless, nutrient-depleted piece of produce that can be/is often coated in man-made chemicals that no one in their right mind would actually ever ingest. Try a piece of organic fruit or veggies. Your taste buds will be happy you did!
• United States
22 Jul 09
I think GMOs are deadly since they changed the genetic anatomy of a plant. What if there's something wrong it, right?
@kalaga (550)
• United States
21 Jul 09
good for u.i do some exercise daily.try to eat healthy food.i try to keep my stress level minimum.i think it is very very important in this busy kind of world.stress itself causes lot of pains and other problems.i wish i too can go to some local market.i will search in my area and will see.thx.
• United States
21 Jul 09
Good luck!
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
21 Jul 09
I stopped buying snacks so that we could afford organic foods. We seem to feel much better on them. We also have insurance that pays for hubbies meds. with little copay. The rest is all natural supplements which ,I get at cost. I use to work for a naturpath and he extended the courtesy of still giving us cost on all of our natural medicine. Its hard exercise is free,So is being happy this leads to a good life.
• United States
21 Jul 09
Exactly my friends!