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  1. Eating Cheap: How to Feel Full on a Strict Budget

    cheap eatingWhen you’re on a strict budget, it’s easy to think that you can’t eat well.

    Because yes, organic foods cost more and fresh foods cost more – generally.

    But they don’t have to.

    You can eat healthily, well, and feel full even on a strict budget.

    It just takes a little planning and creativity.

    1. Think fresh and freeze. Fruits and vegetables in season cost less than when they’re in season. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them year-round. Buy them cheap when they’re fresh and freeze them for use in six months, when the prices are up at the grocery store. Are the fruits and vegetables you want to eat out of season – and expensive – now? Remember the frozen section of your store. Frozen vegetables are as healthy AND cost less than out of season fresh ones. Plus, you can often find great deals, think 10 for $10, on frozen vegetables. Which ties into…

    2. Do your own prep work. Yes, pre-sliced vegetables are incredibly convenient. Unfortunately, it’s a convenience you pay for. Grab bunches of carrots instead of the prepackaged sticks, loose lettuce instead of the bags, whole cauliflower and broccoli rather than pre-cut. Then, prep them when you get home and it’s time to use them. For a little extra time, you can save a lot of money. And don’t forget the meat…

    3. Prep your own chicken. Have you looked at the difference in price between chicken thighs with skin on them and the skinless, boneless chicken breasts that have been so popular since the 1990s? There’s a huge savings to be had there. And here’s another tip – chicken thighs taste better. They’re juicier and more flavorful. So save some money and get better flavor, all by being will to skin your own chicken thighs.

    4. Stock up. When you find those sales on frozen veggies, load up. But also make sure your pantry is stocked with staples. While smaller, individual sizes may seem to make more sense, the larger portions of dry goods tend to be less expensive, so work better on a tight budget. Get the largest size of foods like flour, rice, pasta, and spices, that you have room for and you’ll save enough to enjoy the fresh foods you love, too!

    5. Stretch your food. Soups, stews, casseroles, even meat can be filled out and expanded with the addition of beans and grains. Small servings can become budget-friendly full meals simply by throwing in some brown rice, quinoa, or legumes. Those are dry or canned staples that are inexpensive to purchase, last a long, and taste good in so many different dishes that they’re perfect when you’re eating on a tight budget.

    6. Make the most of leftovers. Not much is less appealing, or will have you reaching for the take-out menu, faster than the thought of a reheated plate of last night’s dinner. But if you’ll take the leftovers and turn them into something new, you’re more likely to stick to your budget. Soups, casseroles, and omelets are all delicious, creative ways to repurpose leftovers. Which is easier to do when you…

    7. Stay organized. What does staying organized have to do with eating on a strict budget? Well, it doesn’t matter if you save your leftovers or prep your own vegetables if they get shoved into the back of a crowded refrigerator and you don’t see them for a week or more. By keeping your fridge organized, you can find your food and use it in a timely manner, rather than having to throw it out because it spoiled in the back.

    8. Think “nutrient dense.” When you’re on a strict budget, it’s important to get the most bang for your buck. That’s where nutrient dense foods come in. These are foods that offer many of the vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber you need in one small serving. They fill you up, nourish your body, and give you energy without needing to eat huge amounts of them – or anything else – just to get all their nutritional benefits. Nutritionize your meals with foods like salmon, eggs, and blueberries.

    Eating on a strict budget doesn’t have to mean eating badly or eating too little. You don’t have to choose from those two options!

    Not when you can tweak your shopping, your pantry, and your meals just a little and eat well – and cheaply – all year long.

  2. Your Stuffy Nose Could Mean Something More

    It’s almost winter and that means it’s stuffy nose season.

    Colds, flu, dust, even allergies can all cause a miserable stuffy nose.

    But it could be something else, too. Something that’s supposed to help, not make it worse.

    To understand it, though, it helps to understand how and why your nose gets stuffy in the first place…

    Let’s Talk About…Mucus

    While no one wants to talk about mucus, if you’ve got a stuffy nose, you’re thinking about it. And as unappealing as it is when you’re sick, mucus is actually an important part of your body’s defenses.

    It keeps your sinuses from drying out. It captures foreign containments like dust and dander before they can get into your system.

    It even contains antibodies that help protect you and keep you healthy.

    The most common causes of stuffy noses are the ones you think about every stuffy, sniffly day: infection, allergies, and inflammation.

    And all three of them can cause a build-up of mucus and that can lead to a stuffy nose.

    Generally speaking, mucus is clear. But that doesn’t mean you should be concerned if it’s not. Mucus can turn the color of the particles it picks up, even black and gray.

    The only time you need to be really concerned is if it’s dark red, because then it could be a serious infection that’s causing bleeding.

    But of course, if you’re ever concerned about your stuffy nose, you should see your doctor.

    When Your Stuffy Nose is Unproductive

    You may feel like being unproductive when you have a stuffy nose, but it means something different in this context.

    When talking about congestion, your sinuses being productive means you are able to produce the mucus and remove it from your body.

    So, being unproductive means you are unable to produce and remove the mucus.

    In other words, you blow and blow and nothing happens.

    That’s because your stuffy nose isn’t being caused by congestion, it’s being caused by inflammation.

    Often, when you catch a cold or have an allergy attack, it causes your sinus tissue to become irritated and inflamed. Once that tissue swells up, your nose is as blocked as if it was full of mucus.

    Some people find this even more frustrating than congestion because it seems as if there is even less you can do about it.

    No matter how often you blow your nose, it’s not going to clear out. In fact, blowing may make it worse because it keeps irritating the tissue.

    But What If You’re Not Sick – or Not Getting Better

    Acute sinusitis – the type of stuffy nose we’ve been discussing – is when your sinuses get congested or inflamed, but in a week or two (or three) they clear up and you can breathe again.

    But if your sinuses aren’t clearing up, or worse, you don’t have any other symptoms of a cold, flu, or allergies, you may need to look in your medicine cabinet.

    When you first felt your nose get stuffy, did you reach for an over-the-counter nasal spray?

    While there are so many reasons over-the-counter nasal sprays are bad for you, when you’re miserable, you aren’t necessarily thinking about your long-term health.

    You want to feel better and you want to feel better now. So, it’s understandable if you went down this road. Nasal sprays are supposed to work quickly and thoroughly – but nobody talks about their health concerns or the fact that they’re addictive!

    So much so that there’s a condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa, and it’s only cause is overusing nasal spray. This nasal spray rebound can happen with the very first cold.

    Eventually, your sinuses stop responding the way they’re “supposed” to and you find yourself reaching for the spray more and more, until you’re using it several times a day and getting more stuffed up in a shorter period of time.

    Now, the Good News

    Luckily, you can relieve your stuffy nose, if it’s caused by mucus congestion, inflammation, OR nasal spray rebound, with any of these safe, all-natural solutions.

    1. Get a humidifier. When your environment is particularly dry – like it may be when you’re heating your house in winter – your body responds by making more mucus to insure your nose stays healthy. Dry air can also cause the sinus irritation that leads to inflammation. But all that can make your nose stuffy. So get a humidifier, so your environment isn’t as dry, and your nose will be.

    2. Use steam. Steam can help loosen mucus and make it productive, and soothe irritated inflamed tissue. If you take a hot bath, or breathe over boiling water, your stuffy nose will clear up if you just give it some steam.

    3. Flush your sinuses. Not at all the same thing as a nasal spray, a saline flush can help clear out the mucus and ease the irritation in your nose. Use can use a saline spray, a Neti pot, or a bulb with saline solution. The key is to get a sterile saline solution into one sinus and let it drain out of the other, thus rinsing both sides. You can over-do a saline rinse, which will cause irritation in its own right, so hold this to once or twice a week until you’re feeling better.

    A stuffy nose is uncomfortable and unpleasant. No one can deny that.

    But you don’t have to live with it, and, if you manage it properly, it won’t stick around for long!

  3. My Eyes Are Dry - Now What?

    dry my eyesWhen your eyes are dry every day feels like an annoyance. No, there’s nothing seriously wrong, but there’s certainly nothing right, either. On bad days, life can become an itchy, scratchy irritation one just has to get through. That’s no way to live life! Luckily, just because your eyes are dry doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Let’s take a closer look at dry eyes, and the natural ways you can manage them. Continue reading →
  4. Fight a Cold With These 5 Ultra-Nutritious Drink Recipes

    cold fightYou wash your hands regularly, use tissues when you sneeze, and make sure to get plenty of sleep. But with winter upon us, it’s sensible to wonder if you’re doing everything you can to fight a cold and stay healthy. If you’re looking to go the extra mile and supercharge your immune system – and who isn’t this time of year? – try these ultra-nutritious drink recipes, the easy and delicious way to fight a cold. Continue reading →
  5. The Ultimate All-Natural Ear Wax Treatment

    treatment ear waxLet’s be honest – ear wax is not something people talk about. It’s hardly something people think about. But if you’re looking for an ear wax treatment, suddenly you wish more people would talk about it! Because even if you’ve never thought about it a day in your life before now, by the time you need an ear wax treatment, you’ve probably been thinking about it a lot! Continue reading →
  6. Clean Your Lungs Naturally in 12 Easy Steps

    lungs clean yourDetoxing is all the rage these days. You’ll find articles on how to clean your liver, your kidneys, your digestive tract... But did you know you could also clean your lungs? And doing so is important! So many people smoked when they were younger, before society knew just how bad it was for your health. But even if you’ve never smoked a day in your life, you’ve inhaled pollutants, toxins, and chemicals. There’s just no way to avoid them all. Luckily, it’s easier than you may realize to clean your lungs. Simply follow these steps, and you’ll clean your lungs naturally, in just three days! Continue reading →
  7. What Does Your Tongue Say About You and Your Health?

    health tongueYou can’t always tell much about your health just by looking in the mirror – unless you’re looking in the right place: your tongue. That’s right. You may be able to tell what’s going on with your health by paying attention to your tongue! Look for any of these tell-tale signs, because your tongue could be telling you more than you ever imagined. Continue reading →
  8. What Does Your Eye Color Say About Your Health?

    You and your doctor use several markers to predict your health, but you may not even be aware of this one – your eye color. As it turns out, eye color can indicate health risks you may be facing. Now, eye color isn’t a diagnostic tool – just because your eyes are a certain color doesn’t guarantee you’ll have any of these conditions – but it may help you understand and take precautions. Continue reading →
  9. How Much Exercise is Enough Exercise?

    exercise enoughEveryone talks about the fact that staying active is vital to maintaining overall health and independence. Nobody talks much about what that means, though. How much exercise is enough? What kind of exercise do they mean? What’s the difference between exercise and activity? The list of questions goes on and on. So we’ve compiled all the information you need in one place. From activity to exercise to avoiding over exercising. You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers… Continue reading →
  10. Why Am I So Thirsty?

    thirsty soBeing thirsty occasionally is normal. Everyone goes too long without a drink of water. But if it seems you are just so thirsty all of the time, then you may be wondering what’s going on. Let’s look at seven common conditions that might cause you to be thirsty. Then, you can deal with them appropriately, instead of guessing! Continue reading →
  11. Coffee and Headaches – Is the Caffeine Helping or Hurting?

    headaches and coffeeWhenever there are two schools of thought on a topic, it’s hard to know which is true and which is false – as is the case with caffeine and headaches. Some people swear by caffeine’s ability to relieve headache pain. Other people swear that coffee is the cause of their headache pain. So which is it? Will coffee help your headache – or make it worse? The truth is: it depends. Read on, and we’ll look at how caffeine helps your headaches, and why it might cause them, too. Continue reading →
  12. My Doctor Gave Me the Wrong Diagnosis – Now What?

    diagnosis wrongGetting the wrong diagnosis for a medical condition isn’t just an irrational fear. It’s a fact of life for 12 million Americans every year. That’s almost 1 in 20 people who are given the wrong diagnosis. Suddenly, that concern feels far more plausible. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common misdiagnoses, and then empower you to get the medical advice you need in the aftermath of a wrong diagnosis. Continue reading →
  13. 8 Critical Metabolism Vitamins Missing From Your Diet

    vitamins metabolismYou don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you’re healthy. You eat well most of the time with a treat or two just often enough to keep you from feeling deprived. So you don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you don’t have to. Except you probably should. Here’s why – Continue reading →
  14. What Correcting Bad Posture Could Mean For Your Health

    bad posture correctingWhen you were younger, you were probably taught to sit up straight, walk with your shoulders back, and generally maintain proper posture. But that was years ago, and you’ve let it slide a bit. You don’t really think about correcting bad posture these days. That’s okay, right? Interestingly enough, it might not be. It turns out that correcting bad posture may have positive effects. And not just on your height, but on your overall health. Continue reading →
  15. 17 Quick Ways to Thoroughly Cleanse Your Liver

    liver cleanse yourIn an ideal world, your body is designed to cleanse and detoxify without any help. But in today’s real world, it’s a different story. Your liver is exposed to chemicals, preservatives, and toxins that it was never designed to handle. Which is why it’s important to give your body the support it needs and cleanse your liver, so that it can function smoothly and well. Continue reading →
  16. 12 Empty Calorie Foods Disguised as Healthy Foods

    Eating healthily is easy – stay away from junk foods and empty calories. But what happens when you think you’re eating well, but really you are not? That can happen when you’re dealing with empty calorie foods disguised as healthy foods. Continue reading →
  17. 6 Common Metabolism Myths Explained and Debunked

    myths Metabolism Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight – and who hasn’t – has probably also struggled with metabolism myths. There’s so much misinformation out there, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false when it comes to your metabolism and losing weight. Rather than leave you guessing, we’re going to take a closer look at six common metabolism myths, so you know what’s real – and what’s not. Continue reading →
  18. 5 Healthy Cooking Oils to Boost Your Health

    cooking oils healthyWhen it comes to healthy cooking oils – or health in general – we want decisions to be black and white, good and bad, healthy and unhealthy. And sometimes, the choice is that clear cut. We know that trans fats are bad and should be avoided. Period. For better or worse, though, when it comes to cooking oils, it’s not always so straight forward. That’s why we wanted to look at cooking oils and clear up some confusion. Continue reading →
  19. 10 Tips to Cure Acid Reflux Naturally

    acid reflux cureThat burning sensation in the middle of your chest. That acidy taste in the back of your throat. You may think they are the issues, but they might just be the symptoms. If you experience these more than twice a week, you could be dealing with more than just heartburn. You could be dealing with acid reflux. The good news is, that you can cure acid reflux at home, naturally. And in this article, we’ll tell you how… Continue reading →
  20. Quick and Effective Thyroid Exercises

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    Exercises thyroidWhether you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, thyroid exercises can be an essential part of your treatment plan. The key with thyroid exercises is to be smart about them, because, yes, both diseases can make exercising difficult. But that doesn’t mean you should stop moving! In fact, it’s just the opposite… Continue reading →

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