This is very much a daily passion for me. As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I understand the importance of a healthy food relationship and one that doesn’t break the bank. We have a family of six plus a furry member that are whole foodies. Yes, our dog is a whole foodie. This is how we make the most of our budget and food relationships.
Healthy Eating On a Budget
Plan Ahead and List
Helps keep focus and reduce impulse buys
Use Apps: Many major stores have apps that offer these benefits:
Make use of loyalty programs
Making lists and where to find them
Go Whole Foods and Seasonal
Watch for greatly reduced items or clearance for meals that can be prepared in the next day or so
Develop a love affair with your locals
Take advantage of pick ups to avoid impulse shopping
Go vegetarian more
meat costs more! whole fruit and veggies offer more for your budget.
Find more health in your food relationships with kindness to your wallet.
Healthy food and meals can loose their excitement. Especially when you take away the fats, sugar, and salt. Let’s just be real honest. Wait, I am to entice you to eat healthy. Hang with me.
Decades ago salt was left by the way side as a primary means to flavor food for me. We are in deep with spices and herbs. By this I mean I get way too excited when they go on sale and enjoy picking them out. I am in deep. I love the choices, options, and various ways to can make different flavor profiles. I love that my food doesn’t taste bland and doesn’t cause me to bloat (salt does! bastard). Even better, this is a friends with benefits relationship. Most spices reduce inflammation which benefits your digestive system, joints, muscles, heart, and brain. Brain and body love. Certain herbs aid in memory and concentration, are rich in vitamins (some even have iron!), boost immune systems, and fight free radicals with antioxidants. If you are not familiar with free radicals, those are the bullies who pick on your healthy cells which may lead to cancer and other diseases. You are constantly surrounded by free radicals. Herbs are a great free radical bully buster. Food love with benefits.
Herbs and Spices: The Basics to Your Food Relationship
There are some things you need to know.
Some spices and herbs may not be safe if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Most help with that but a few may need to be run by your doctor. This is noted with that particular spice and herb below. Please practice spice safety.
Herbs come in two forms: still looks like the plant (fresh) or confetti (dried). Dried herbs store for longer periods of time and organic in a glass container is recommended.
Spices can be whole or ground.
Dried spices and herbs are more at home in a dry, cool place. They don’t do well in direct sunlight. Let them live their vampire existence in a dry cabinet away from heat.
Herbs & Spices
Got you. These herbs and spices are great for staples to any recipe, but they are great additions to many food relationship encounters
Frustration has a range from long lines, traffic, or a thoughtless action to catastrophic level life events. When we do not let go, anywhere on the scale, it builds up. It infects our mental health and manifests itself in our physical health. Stomach ache, fatigue, headaches, indigestion may all be emotionally driven. For your peace of mind and peace in body, you need to discover release. Creating the masterpiece of letting go is a process that can be completed with ease.
This process begins with one central rule: never suppress the emotion or issue. Always acknowledge what emotion is rising to the surface. Yet, take caution when putting to word to an emotion and allowing it in your space. Acknowledgment and dwelling are two different actions. Noticing is as an objective description by you. Dwelling is nose dive into the emotion with fingers pointed, often in many directions. Step back to see the emotion rising without blame for you or another person. It does not remove the responsibility one or you may have. This acknowledgement of emotion starts the process. From here, write or talk with a trusted person about what triggered it’s presence. Run through the what happened, who is involved, and how it affect you. Going through this process pulls all that comes with that emotion to the surface. Once you can see this bundle of emotion with actions and memories, it eases creating release. Have it all in hand and ready to let go? There are a few mediums or ways to create your art of letting go.
Pick what jumps out at you. This is what you need at this moment.
Make it a ceremony. Most happy moments in life are marked ceremoniously; by party, pictures, commemorative dates, etc. Letting go can be one of those moments of joy for you to make space and unburden yourself.
Make a bonfire, I am all for setting – environmentally safe- things ablaze. You can use an object or write what you want to release on a paper then throw it in the pyre.
Light a candle. Its is a bit less dramatic; however, it is effective in marking this moment of letting go. Repeating the statement in step two, reciting a mantra, saying a prayer are ways to enhancing your candle ceremony.
Write it out. Write a letter to your younger self, future self if the letting go centralizes on you. Journal or write a letter to a person to unload. If you have letting go of a person or something between you and them, write to them.
Make literal art. Coloring pages may help. Create an abstract of what you feel. Use your favorite medium and symbolism in an artwork. Or create art that has nothing to do with it at all. The act of creating aids in processing emotions and thoughts.
Confront. You may need to confront a person and know you are ready to respectfully and firmly do so. Do so. You are not responsible for their actions but are in control of appropriately expressing yourself. You might want to write it out first.
Cord cutting. Visualize cutting a cord while stating what or whom you are cutting away from. It can be a literal act with a rope or ribbon or cord. Find one and cut it while making your statements.
Meditation and prayer. Clearing the junk in your head and heart are essential. In one or several sessions, meditation and prayer give you the opportunity to process, organize, and offer your burden to the heavens. My favorite is under moonlight. It is one of the closest settings I feel to my creator. Put yourself in that literal space and head space to let go.
In everything in your art of letting go find grace and love for yourself. It’s important to know that you are in control of your release. You are worthy to be respected and other people are worthy to be respected. When you meet at this intersection of kindness for yourself and others, it makes creating your masterpiece of release easier. Inhale your comfort and exhale your complication, worry, irritation, etc. Take up your brush and design your letting go.
Next week may be what you need in your food life. I and #thecalmRiley certainly did. Say “YES” to leveling out the pH in your food relationship with new recipes and quick tips.