10 Things I Never Buy at Walmart

Posted on February 11, 2019February 11, 2019Categories healthy eatingTags   Leave a comment on 10 Things I Never Buy at Walmart
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Last week I wrote a post about the 10 things I always buy at Walmart, so today I thought I would write about the things I never (or almost never buy at Walmart.)

  1. Essential Oils- Unless this is your first post you’ve read that I’ve written, you probably already know the why on this one. Walmart’s essential oils- (if you can even call them that) aren’t high quality period. They are among the worst, if not the worst around. They are synthetic and cheap and no way are they pure. They sell for way too little money and they usually charge the same amount for each oil. (this is one of the biggest red flags that a brand of essential oils aren’t pure.)

2. Meat- while I’m sure the meat at Walmart isn’t the worst, I prefer higher quality, antibiotic free, and organic when possible and most if not all of Walmart’s meats don’t fit this description. I prefer just about any other store over Walmart for meat.

3. Fruits and Vegetables- while I have bought an occasional fruit or vegetable here and there, I prefer to stick with Smiths (Kroger), Harmons, or Sprouts.

4. Candy- While Walmart’s candy isn’t horrible I prefer to get it elsewhere.

5. Most skin care products- With very few exceptions- Walmart’s skin care products are full of chemicals and aren’t the highest quality. I prefer either Doterra or Trader Joe’s for my skin care products.

6. Clothing- I’ve bought a few clothing items at Walmart and the quality just wan’t good. The items broke or tore really easily and you can find things just as good on sale and clearance at places like Macy’s or TJ maxx.

7. Vitamins- most vitamins at Walmart have sugar, frucose (a form of sugar) and chemicals and dyes listed as the first and often second ingredient. Yuck.

8. Lara Bars- These are actually really hard to find at Walmart, but even if I could find them, they are usually more expensive than on Amazon, at Vitacost, at Thrive Market or Sprouts.

9. Most Gluten free mixes- For whatever reason these are expensive at Walmart. Usually at least $1-$2 more than elsewhere.

10. Dairy Free Milk- Nothing wrong with buying this at Walmart, it is just usually not a good deal.

What do you not buy at Walmart? Tell me in the comments below.

How to Eat Healthy Even If Your Broke

Posted on January 31, 2019June 22, 2020Categories healthy eatingTags   Leave a comment on How to Eat Healthy Even If Your Broke
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I really believe that everyone can eat healthy. Yes really. You can eat healthy even if you are broke. In fact, if you eat unhealthy, you will likely be broke even more over the long term due to medical bills and other costs. While I realize you may not believe me, keep reading and I will tell you how to eat healthy even if you are broke.

  1. Avoid processed food or anything that comes in a box. Processed food even if made with healthier ingredients will always cost more than whole unboxed foods. A good example of this is gluten free cookies, crackers etc.They are really expensive. Anything in a box will be more expensive than making it yourself.
  2. Shop caselot sales for canned food. Most grocery stores have an annual or semi-annual caselot sale when all or almost all of their canned food goes on sale. Save up some money each month for when these sales happen and buy your canned vegetables, fruit, meat etc in bulk.
  3. Buy vegetables frozen and check sales for fresh vegetables. Frozen vegetables are often quite cheap. For example, Kroger sells their Kroger brand frozen veggies for about $1 per pack on a regular basis. Usually each pack has enough for 2-3 servings.
  4. Limit meat consumtion. While meat can be really tasty and filling, it can also get expensive. You can save money on eating healthy when broke by limiting how much meat you get and by shopping meat sales.
  5. Consider bulk shopping and sharing with others. If you are only 1-3 people in your household then bulk shopping at Costco or Sam’s Club or a similar place can get expensive. However, you can find ways to cost share with others on items you use a lot and reduce the cost. Toilet paper, Peanut Butter, Nuts, and bars like Lara bars, Kind Bars etc are examples of things to consider.
  6. Learn how to cook with spices rather than using a lot of cheeses, powders, creams and other costly flavorings. Check out your local Dollar Tree for bargains on spices. They usually have some good ones for $1. However, you may be able to find them for even less so know your prices per oz.
  7. Use coupons and apps such as Ibotta.
  8. If you buy a lot of gluten free, dairy free and other specialty foods consider a membership to Thrive or checkout Vitacost.com

Some great resources to help you even further:

Jordan Page at FunCheaporFree.com

Livingonadime.com Great website with all kinds of recipes and tips for cooking well and (mostly healthy) without breaking the bank.

What other questions and or challenges do you have with eating healthy? Share with me in the comments below and I will reply back.

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20 Healthy Eating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted on January 26, 2019June 22, 2020Categories healthy eatingTags   Leave a comment on 20 Healthy Eating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
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Are you trying to improve your healthy eating habits? Many people are and while it’s always a great idea, there are lots of pitfalls and healthy eating mistakes you can encounter if you aren’t careful. Here are 20 of the most common healthy eating mistakes.

  1. Assuming that because you have seen an ad claiming that a food is healthy that it actually is. Not every food people think is healthy actually is. For anything that isn’t obvious such as apples or broccoli, you may need to do some reserach on the real health value of any given food.
  2. Eating too much of a good thing. Yes it is possible to even eat too many vegetables. Just because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean that eating it in unlimited amounts is okay.
  3. Avoiding reading labels on anything you eat that has an ingredients label. Yes you still need to read labels, even on foods that are organic or supposedly otherwise healthy. Some “health foods” have unhealthy ingredients added in.
  4. Assuming that gluten free by default means healthy. There are lots of gluten free foods that aren’t healthy at all.
  5. Assuming that sugar free by default means healthy. Sugar free can mean all kinds of things and not always healthy.
  6. Eliminating large items of food from your diet just because you think they aren’t healthy.
  7. Trying to give up lots of categories of foods at once. For example, gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, nuts and legumes all at the same time. This is just a recipe for failure.
  8. Sucuming to every fad diet because you think these will somehow improve your health.
  9. Automatically choosing the salad at a restaurant. They aren’t always the healthiest or the lowest in calories.
  10. Still trying to eat out more than a couple times a month instead of doing 95% of your cooking at home.
  11. Choosing low fat versions of everything. High fat can actually be better for you if it’s the right kinds of fats.
  12. Eating the same foods over and over again.A truly healthy diet consists of a variety of foods.
  13. Assuming that you have to give up all forms of sugar including cane sugar. Some sugar can be just fine.
  14. Counting calories and thinking that is the healthiest way to loose weight.
  15. Eating only 3 big meals a day even if the food is healthy. Ideally you should strive for 5-6 smaller meals instead.
  16. Not paying attention to lectins in foods. If you have thyroid issues, or other autoimmune conditions, then lectins yes even those in healthy foods such as beans and peppers may be bothering you. Using an insta pot can help reduce or even eliminate them.
  17. Going vegan just because you think it’s healthier for you and the environment. Most vegans are not that healthy.
  18. Not abiding by the statement, “The diet that heals you isn’t the diet that sustains you.” Some people may need to eat a certain diet for a short time period in order to heal but that doesn’t mean you need to maintain it forever.
  19. Trying to make drastic changes at once. Going from eating out all the time to never eating out. This is another recipe for failure.
  20. Absessing over GMOS, organic or not and so forth. Yes you want to avoid GMOS and eat organic as much as possible but making it an absession will only make it harder on you and on those with whom you share your meals.

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