Eating Healthy Does NOT Have to be Expensive!!

Good Morning D2F Family and Friends!

Today I have food on the brain.  It seems to be a  struggle with what I should be eating on a DAILY basis.  Of course, I enjoy eating fast food on occasion but hamburgers and french fries get old really quick and I find myself  bored with my limited menu.  It also doesn’t help that  food prices are at an all time high( its almost cheaper to eat a $1 hamburger than to buy fresh meat and produce at the store)… so sad but it’s our reality.

Going to the grocery store can be depressing for someone on a small budget but I’ve found a tool through eatright.org on the 3 P’s: Eating Healthy on a Budget.  I plan to start using this as a guide to help me with eating healthier foods that are also affordable.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress but I’ll leave you with the link to the website and a few of the tips. If you have any suggestions on where to shop for  healthy and reasonably priced foods in the Chicago-land area please leave a comment on the post! Also share any healthy recipes that I along with other readers could use as we become more conscious and healthier eaters TOGETHER:)

                                                                                http://www.choosemyplate.gov/downloads/PlanPurchasePrepare.pdf

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Happy New YOU!!

As we prepare to ring in the year 2013 it would not be a surprise to anyone if this blog simply discussed ways to improve your physical health, but that would not be a true reflection of “public health” to simply highlight physical wellness. Instead focus on a holistic approach to your health and identify ways to enhance your spiritual, physical, and mental health in the new year.

To begin, create a list of goals using the  S.M.A.R.T. method. Making sure your goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Focused, and Time-Bound. Be intentional, creative, and realistic with your goals. Don’t list things that will be extremely difficult to attain….Take BABY steps!!

Here’s 5 healthy tips from the Center for Disease Control to keep in mind when preparing your list:

  • Find health resources to help you achieve your New Year’s goals.
  • Protect yourself from injury or disease by wearing a helmet, sunscreen, or insect repellent when necessary.
  • Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Know where to go for care if you do not have health insurance.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Learn health tips that take less than 5 minutes.

I hope my suggestions will help you in planning to build upon your new YOU!! Please leave comments or suggestions that have been helpful to you in creating and working toward your goals. I wish you all a blessed and prosperous New Year, New You!!!

Lauren Walton

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