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.
Go 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