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Nutrition on a Recession Budget
by Dr. Kristina L. Sargent, DC


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In this economy, finances are a stressor, and the food budget is one place you may be able to cut expenses. But what is the wisest way to accomplish that goal? Making poor food choices actually increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure; so when you cut your food budget, don't cut out necessary nutrients.

Here’s what www.ChicagoHealers.com Dr. Kristina L. Sargent, D.C., offers in the way of tips to follow for low-cost nutrition:

* Stay on the Perimeter: To choose the healthiest foods, stay on the perimeter of the store. You don't really need to make your way into the aisles - where the processed stuff is located - why tempt yourself to spend money on food without nutrients that stresses your body?

* Cut out Processed Foods: Chips, muffins, cookies, soda, sports drinks and other beverages are an example. Most of those foods don't have many nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants, and actually rob your body of nutrients as it tries to process them.

* Meal Plan: Start by planning a week to 10 days worth of meals -- and be sure to include breakfast, lunch if you pack your own dinner and snacks. You can save time by building up a recipe file with your favorite dishes. You can also use cookbooks, print out recipes you find online or keep copies of recipes in a special folder on your computer. Grab the advertisements for your local grocery store to see what's on special – you can save even more money by planning some of your meals around those sale items.

* Buy Frozen Foods: With frozen foods there’s no worry about spoilage and you will be getting more of the nutrients your body needs to combat stress.

* Buy in Bulk: Buy chicken and ground meat in bulk, freezing it in family-sized portions.

* Cut Coupons: Look for online coupons as well as the coupons in newspapers and magazines.

* Choose Cheap Meat: Purchase cheaper, leaner cuts of beef. You will reduce the amount of saturated fat in your meals (which is better for your health).

The cheaper cuts of beef need to be cooked at lower temperatures and longer periods of time. They are perfect for beef stews, soups and in crock-pot meals.

* Use your own Water: Buy a water-filter pitcher instead of expensive individual bottles of water.

These days are stressful enough, and your body doesn't need more. So choose to de-stress by feeding your body an anti-stress diet, reducing your grocery bill at the same time.


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About the Author

Kristina L. Sargent, DC, MS, is a Chiropractic Physician who has been in practice 19 years in Wheaton, IL. Her purpose is to instill courage to change; and her mission is to engage, educate and empower people to restore five feature areas of their life. She believes it is critical to fight chronic disease through proactive measures regardless of age and stage. To get adjusted, eat right, drink right, move right and think right will lead to wellness.

Dr Sargent went to the University of Central Florida graduating with Bachelor degrees in Biology and Psychology. She moved to the Chicago area to attend and graduate from National University of Health Sciences with her Bachelorʼs in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic in 1992. In 2007, she returned to National to complete a 2 year, post-doctoral, Masterʼs of Advanced Clinical Science, making her one of less than 50 who have completed this program, while practicing full-time. This education was followed by hundreds of hours in post graduate clinical nutrition, internal medicine and chiropractic over 19 years of practice experience. Visit her website for more information: www.RestorYou.com.




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