This year my goal was to be healthier. I somehow got into my mind that being healthy would cost a lot of money, and I think that was one of the things that was and still is at some point holding me back. Indeed, I think I looked for every excuse not to get healthy. In fact the last couple of weeks I so have seen myself backsliding into my same old routines and to be honest, I feel like crap!! Now I know what all those chemicals are doing to my body.
I decided to do a little research to get out of this mindset, and I have found ways that being healthy doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
First Let’s Start With Food
First if you are buying vegetables consider bypassing those vegetables in the produce aisle of your grocery store. Instead, buy locally. Supporting local farmers not only helps them but it also supports your local economy as well. Look into CSA programs to see if they are available in your area. Not sure what that is. It is a box full of fruits and vegetables that every week for a set amount of weeks your local farmer will distribute for a flat fee. We have a local farm, Odom Farming Co. That we love to support. Plus the prices are sometimes cheaper, and the quality is better than what you will get at the local grocery store.
But if you are like me, you are probably thinking I hardly have any cash on me so how can I buy at a local stand. Believe it or not, most stands now accept credit cards. Just make sure to follow these safety tips whenever and wherever you use your card.
If buying fresh fruit and vegetables are not an option consider buying frozen. It will eliminate the expense of losing money because you didn’t use them in time and they are rotten. Yep, happens to me all the time, especially with strawberries and apples.
Here is another tip consider having your mini farm. But before you do make sure to check state and local laws before you invest to much money into it. I wish that we had enough land to have a mini farm. Nothing big just a cow, a horse, some pigs (these are a must) and, of course, chickens.
A long time ago, we had chickens, and we absolutely loved them. Fresh eggs are the absolute best. But somehow, I don’t think they would survive Markie, Jinxy, and Tyger (the cats). As it is they are perfect for catching moles, we have in our yard. Plus in the past, there were a few chickens that didn’t know better than to stay out of Tutu’s (our bigger dog) yard she thought they were playthings.
Enough about that and about food, Exercise is probably the most important thing about getting healthy that a person can do. But even that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are so many apps that you can download to use on your smartphone. These apps can help you, and they are free. Playing sports with your kids is another great way, plus it helps with family bonding. Walking is another one. Just last night we took the two dogs for a walk around the neighborhood.
See you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get healthy, you just need the motivation to do it. So stop being lazy and just get going!!! And yes I am talking to myself !! 🙂