Free Health Choices

Preparing nourishing food is an integral part of homemaking, but sometimes the effort to balance health and cost on a law student’s grocery budget is a challenging adventure. Although the “health food” option is generally more expensive than its genetically modified counterpart, many of the healthiest choices are free.

Drink water- not only is water the cheapest beverage available, its health benefits are practically endless.

Exercise- sure, a membership at the gym might cost something, but of course you don’t have to join a gym to get exercise: walk to the park, take your bike to work or just chase a toddler around all day.

Chocolate for breakfast is entirely acceptable in my small native country, the Faroe Islands, and you’d be mortified by how much butter a typical dessert contains, yet I was hard pressed to find anyone overweight when I visited. Why? I think it has a lot to do with the fact that people WALK everywhere.

choose sleepGo to bed earlier- When exams or a newborn are added to the routine, sometimes sleep seems like a sweet memory of bygone days, but usually we do have a choice. Choosing to be disciplined and go to bed rather than browse facebook or check Money Saving Mom one last time is a free way to improve our health.

Breathe- Of course breathing is healthy, you’ll die if you stop; but stop to take a deep breath when stress or worry begins to overwhelm you. Choose to rest in God’s peace. Stress leads to headaches, sleeplessness and heart disease.

Laugh- The Proverbs say that “a merry heart does good like a medicine” and modern research has once again affirmed the old wisdom. Even if you can’t afford wild caught salmon and organic salad for dinner tonight, laughing doesn’t cost a dime.

Eat less junk food- not eating Doritos is free.


part of Life As Mom’s Frugal Friday

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3 Responses to “Free Health Choices”

  1. niki says:

    Hi there! Niki here, dropping in from over at Free 2 Be Frugal. I really enjoyed your Frugal Friday post…such simple ideas, yet so smart!

    Stop by and see me sometime.

    :)

  2. Christy says:

    how did you know I was staying up late checking blogs and playing on facebook???
    Great list of free choices!

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