Dear friend, toady I want to briefly focus on health and well-being. As a boy growing up, I had the good fortune of being involved with the local 4-H movement which provided me with some basic information regarding food and other areas of farming.
As I grew older, I was able to expand on this knowledge to develop my own garden of fruits and vegetables.
What I can tell you is that food grown on a smaller scale, and especially locally grown organic food, is generally safer and more nutritious than the factory-farmed food typically sold in grocery stores. And, the fresher your foods are to start with, the longer they will be safe to eat, which means you’ll probably have less waste when you buy your foods from local sources as opposed to at the grocery store.
If you really want to save on groceries and get the freshest produce available, you can even consider starting your own vegetable garden, as we are so often encouraged to do by a variety of agencies. When factoring in startup and maintenance costs, a well-maintained food garden yields both health and financial benefits…
But beyond the financial reasons, starting a garden and seeing it through to harvest is very rewarding. You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment as you sit down to feast, quite literally, on the fruits of your labor.
The best “bargains” at your grocery store may not always be the best choices for your health. Watch out for sales and low prices on cheap, processed pseudo-foods and realize that even if you can get a bag of chips for under $1, that money is being essentially wasted because the food is doing absolutely nothing beneficial for your health.
You’re better off spending that dollar on a pound of string beans or zucchini, or putting it toward a pound of grass-fed meat, than you are throwing it away on processed junk food.
Fortunately, you can still find many affordable, nutritious foods at your farmer’s market or local health food store, or even at the corner grocery. If you want to save money, also steer clear of those precut, ready-to-use fruits and veggies, as they can cost twice as much as the uncut and unprepared versions.
It’s worth mentioning that conventional grocery stores are not really the best places to get your food. They’re convenient, yes, and they may be the only option for some of you.
But in the long run, and as much as possible, you’re better off getting your food from a farmer’s market or community-supported agriculture program. The food will be local, which means that it will be fresher and also will help preserve the environment by preventing the wasteful use of fossil fuels in transportation. (Extracted from my ebook- 8 Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle).
Now you have it. It is now up to you to use the power of choice wisely.
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Nigel St. Hill is a writer and a life coach helping women who are ready to discover their path to love, happiness, success and abundance , so that they could live the life of their dreams. He is the founder of http://www.moneyandabundance.com and author of the book, Money Management Caribbean Style and several ebooks including 12 Secrets to Creating Money and Abundance Caribbean Style, 8 Money Management Secrets for Caribbean Women, Creative But Practical Ways to Save money, 8 Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Abundant Lifestyle, 9 Types of Relationships That Don’t Work and 7 Steps To Becoming An Empowered Single Woman