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Healthy Living Tips on a Budget Series – Part 2


The basics of a healthy lifestyle are fairly simple in principle, but tough to attain in practice for many of us. Any improvement you can make in this area will have a positive impact on your overall health.

These are all things you’ve heard before and you may roll your eyes as you read it, but if you are serious about making change in your life, you will realize it’s time to start here.


We all know that we should exercise. Many of us don’t – including me several years ago. I was relatively young, healthy, thin, active and far too tired after a long day. Then I got cancer. For the first time I considered exercise a critical component of healthy living. It helps all the bodily functions operate at peak performance, which supports a strong immune system that helps ward off illnesses.

You don’t need an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment. Cardio exercise is free if you walk or run – and even more enjoyable if you do it with a partner. Many of us already have bicycles sitting in the garage that we can dust off to ride. I like to zone out in front of the TV while I exercise and I use a $30 trampoline – my typical routine involves running in place during a TV show and doing jumping jacks or twists during the commercials.

Any good routine also contains strength or core exercises. Simple things like a few push-ups, sit-ups, or crunches fit the bill. I love Pilates – the exercises can suit a beginner and still provide a vigorous workout for experts. My cable TV has an Exercise on Demand feature that allows me to try a variety of exercise routines from the comfort of my own home and at any time that is convenient for me.

The best exercise is the one you are most likely to keep doing, so find what works best for you and just do it.


I touched on sleep briefly in a previous segment and I’m covering it here again because it’s one of the basics that is too often overlooked.

The body cannot function properly when it doesn’t have the opportunity to rejuvenate for at least 6 hours each night. We all have times when we get too little sleep, like when raising a newborn baby, but as a routine practice, one should not overlook the importance of sleep.

When deciding your priorities each day, it’s easiest to forego sleep. But that’s not a smart long-term strategy. If you regularly sacrifice sleep, you should re-think your priorities if you are serious about your health.


If you thought the other lifestyle changes were hard, wait till you get to this one! Our lives are full of stress. In fact, some of us thrive on it. But chronic stress is terrible for our health and if we are serious about our well-being, we need to find ways to manage it.

There are many stress-reduction techniques. As with exercise, the most effective method is the one you will actually use, so take some time to find out which work the best for you. Following are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Deep Breathing
  • Keep a diary
  • Join a support group
  • Read
  • Soak in the bathtub
  • Meet with friends
  • Take up a hobby
  • Surround yourself with positive people and keep others at arm’s length
  • Accept the fact that you can’t fix everything, including other people
  • LET GO of past hurts
  • Do not let people take advantage of you
  • Change jobs

I was fortunate to be able to change jobs to get myself out of a situation causing me detrimental chronic stress. It was not an easy decision and impacted our finances. We’re all faced with choices and the decisions that we make will either help or hurt our health and well-being. I hope you choose the healthier options, even if they are tough.

Join me for the remainder of the series where we will continue to explore various ways to a healthier lifestyle, with a tight budget in mind. Next is FOOD.

Organic Farming: Key to Healthy Living?

What is organic farming? How it promotes healthy living? Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies crop production on green manure, compost, and biological pest control instead of using pesticides and herbicides. Therefore such process can help individuals have a healthy lifestyle because of the absence of chemical content.

These organic agricultural methods are internationally regulated and legally enforced by many nations. In our cooperative, all our suppliers’ farms are fair-trade and organically certified by an international certifying body. Fair-trade in the sense that we follow the international fair-trade protocol especially in terms of wage compliance requirements and child labor laws. Organic also because the only allowed fertilizer in our farms is SALT. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.

With the increasing environmental awareness of the general public here and abroad the originally supply-driven organic movement transforms into a demand-driven one. For coconut farmers, premium prices attracted farmers to convert their farms into organic.

Organic farming methods is a mixture of scientific knowledge of ecology and modern technology because practices are based on naturally occurring biological processes. It is also concerned with protecting the environment and working in harmony with existing ecosystems, including conserving water, soil and energy, and using renewable resources and natural farming cycles.

Moreover, organic foods are not necessarily completely chemical free. They may be grown on land not previously used for organic food production and, therefore, might contain chemical residues. However, the pesticide residues in organic food are considerably lower than those found in foods produced with synthetic chemicals.

Most people buy organically-grown food products because they are concerned about pesticides, additives, antibiotics or other chemical residues. Although pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables are monitored, many people believe organic food is healthier. Some people worry about the long-term health, economic and environmental consequences of genetically manufactured foods and choose organic foods.

Organic foods promote healthier and more sustainable use of natural resources. Modern farming methods, including excessive use of chemicals, have led to a decline in soil fertility, and an increase in salinity and blue-green algae in waterways over many years. Organic farmers try to minimize damage to the environment by using physical weed control, and animal and green manure.

Organic food is often more expensive than conventionally-produced food because organic farming generally operates on a smaller scale. The production is more labor intensive and yields are generally smaller. It is a known fact that when you use herbicides and pesticides, you get high production.

Despite this problem, when we patronize organic products, we have a guarantee that our lives would be healthier, safer and longer.

Healthy Living – Community Helps

When it comes to living in these modern times, health is a concern for many women. With so much fast food, fattening meals, and processed foods all over the grocery stores, it could be hard to live well and have a healthy mindset. However, there are helping hands out there that can be beneficial for those on a quest towards being better to the body. If you are in search of community that can help you stay on track with your goals of health and fitness, then you should look into online women’s forums.

For those that aren’t familiar with what forums are, it’s important to understand how they work. Much like social networking is made for communication, forums have been around for many years and are still going strong in these modern technological times. You will find that there are a lot of people talking about things that are on the mind of many women, young and old. It’s often times interesting how many people end up becoming good friends through these communication pages.

Forums allow you to create a username and become a member of a very closed knit circle of computer users. The users often times put up messages, questions, observations and much more. Other users then read the writing, and respond in line, much like a bulletin board that you might see in an academic level. The comments and writing that is placed often times relates to a very specific niche, and in the case of finding women that are online, the topics could be very specific and close to the needs of the female population.

When you look into healthy living and want to talk to others that have been working on the same goals that you have, you will definitely need some encouragement. It can be hard to navigate the seas without having friendly words and advice. Even if you have a great deal of friends in your life, finding some more online people to keep in touch with can be a satisfying way of using technology for communication. Helping you meet your goals might not seem like an important thing on paper, but you’ll be surprised how many women are out there reaching out to others and experiencing the same things that you might be going through.

If you’re serious about finding a community online, you’ll find that women’s fitness and health forums are exactly what you need. Sure you could find blogs, and other formulas that could answer your questions, but that’s not exactly a dialogue as much as it is a one sided way of communicating. Instead of static relationships with words and ideas, join the right forum and you’ll be able to jump into dialogue, express concerns, questions, and angst with relative ease. It cannot be stressed enough that unlike social networking, forums include people that are specifically there to engage in community.

If you’re tired of seeing cat pictures, memes, and random bad photo’s than it’s important to look into a different way to communicate. You’ll be glad you stepped away from modern social networking sites, that’s for sure.