When you are short on cash and your bank account is sadly diminishing; it might be tempting to let yourself go and become depressed. Eating ridiculously unhealthy fast food, may seem like a cheap pick-me-up. However there is a way to maintain your healthy status no matter how bad the economy becomes.
While a pack of chips, soda and a bucket of fried chicken might seem to make things better for the moment, it will only make things worse in the long run. Staying healthy is all about eating right, whether you are thin or overweight. Some people think that if they are thin they can get away with eating food high in cholesterol. That is a wrong assumption. Heart disease strikes thin people just as often as anyone else. Instead of opting for deep fried versions of chicken, look for something that is boiled or grilled or at least stir fried in very little oil. These alternatives are now offered at many fast food restaurants and are just as inexpensive as the fried version. Also keep away from sugars found in many beverages, sports drinks and desserts. Not only is low sugar and low fat foods great for your health, they do wonders for your mood and help keep away stress. Being happy is a great way to stay healthy in bad economic times.
Planning is an important aspect of handling things in a bad economy. This is why it is a good idea to buy your healthy food options in advance. Do your grocery shopping as soon as you get money and have had a bit to eat. Learn healthy new recipes that will save you lots of money as well. Make cooking more fun by involving a partner or family. When shopping for groceries look for whole wheat breads and pastas. You can find these items for very competitive prices when you shop at stores like: Sam’s Club or Costco.
Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, low fat cheeses, low fat milk and herbs and spices that will help you manage your cooking and meal planning. You can find a lot of these items inexpensively at your local farmers market. If you have a good size refrigerator use it for stocking up on healthy food items. This will help you save money as well.
Don’t keep unhealthy snacks like biscuits, cakes and chips around. If they aren’t in your home, you won’t eat them! Learn to snack on healthy stuff like carrot sticks, fresh fruit or baked/boiled/seasoned potatoes with low fat cheese.
Exercise does not mean you have to get expensive gym memberships or lavish equipment. You can rent a workout DVD from the library for free. You can also look for fun ways to exercise that don’t cost a dime. Run, jog, bike, play sports, swim, hike or even dance! Every activity is an exercise. You can do whatever activity makes you happy, instead of doing a tiresome and dull workout that you won’t feel like doing in a couple of days. Take stress away by relaxing for at least an hour with meditation. Also try a very concentrated type of exercise like Pilates, a few times a week.
Staying healthy in a bad economy is important and necessary. It’s one way you will be able to get back on your feet. Eating right and exercising can help you manage stress, relax your mind and stay healthy no matter what the economy does.