Keeping The Elderly (and everyone) Safe In The Hot Summer Heat


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I am NOT a fan of the summer months. Summer is my LEAST favorite season, right behind winter. I cannot stand humidity or the intense summer sun.

I used to like summer when I was younger, but the older I get the more I dislike it. I especially hate it at night when it’s so hot and sticky that I can’t get comfortable to sleep.

Below are some great tips from Kurt Kazanowski on how to protect the elderly during the dog days of summer. I am sharing these tips with readers because I think they can apply to everyone – not just he elderly.

Kurt Kazanowski MS, RN, CHE, author of A Son’s Journey: Taking Care of Mom and Dad, who is a senior care, homecare and hospice expert, offers these tips:

Stay hydrated

Dehydration is one of the main causes of most health problems, not just heat related. To keep everything running efficiently in the body, and keep it cool, water is a must. Encourage them to continually drink water throughout the day even if they aren’t thirsty. Your body needs water way before it tells you through the sensation of thirst. Keep an eye on the consumption of caffeine and alcohol as their intake dries out the body. 

Notice the time of day

If you have an activity planned, especially one with heavy sun exposure, schedule it accordingly. The hottest times of the summer day are between 12pm and 4pm. Aim for morning or evening when thinking about having a family outing in the summer. Most importantly keep the time limited. There is only so long people of any age can benefit from being in direct sunlight. 

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Dress appropriately and seek shade

Older individual’s skin is particularly sensitive. Encourage them to use sunscreen and bug sprays when necessary. Utilize shade during your summer fun when possible. They can also wear light breathable layers and sun hats to avoid sun exposure if shade is not an option. 

Watch the index

High heat coupled with high humidity impairs the bodies sweat glands. Therefore, it can’t cool itself properly. The heat index takes the moisture and heat measurements into account. It then reports the temperature ‘it feels like’ outside with multiple variables in mind. There are apps and various websites where you can check the heat index easily. 

Take it easy

Plan your activities with all family members and their needs in mind. Strenuous activities outdoors are overwhelming to many in the summer. Sometimes turning your activity plans into two-parts is the most successful. If you are inviting your older family members, consider their limitations. Maybe have one part of the family do the hike and meet your parents for lunch after with everyone. That way it is still a social activity but without the stress for them. 

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Utilize AC

Air conditioning is a wonderful asset for people of every age, especially those in hot climates. If seniors do not have AC in their homes, they can take advantage of public places. Libraries, movie theatres, coffee shops and shopping centers all have AC. Taking a cool bath or shower is a good option as well. Other easy options involve cool cloths and ice packs. Make sure these are handy at their home for a quick grab when needed. 

Know the signs of heat illnesses

Keep an eye out for any signs that seem off or out of the ordinary. Sudden redness in the face, dizziness or nausea are red flags. Sit them down in a cool place with a glass of ice water and take a breath. Any chest pain, erratic breathing, rapid heartbeat or sudden headaches should all be taken seriously. Seek medical attention if it gets worse.

Don’t forget about your pets either. You need to make sure they are safe and healthy during the hot summer months too.

Do you have any additional tips you’d like to share? Feel free to share them in the comment section of this post.

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*This is a guest post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

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Advice to my younger self…


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Oh to be a child again. No worries. No responsibilities. No stress. Just enjoy life to it’s fullest. Sure, I can do that now, but when you are a parent and have a mortgage there are things you do need to worry about.

I grew up in upstate New York, about 2+ hours North of New York City. I lived in the country. Back in the day I would leave my house first thing in the morning and no one would see me until dusk. It was also back when my parents would never even lock the door when the left our home. In hindsight, that was not a smart thing to do.

When I was a young girl I could not wait for summer vacation from school. I got to hang out with my cousins and my friends and go on fabulous adventures, even if it was only in my backyard.

I spent countless hours in my great-grandfather’s pool. My friends and I would ride our bikes all over the place and my cousins and I would walk for miles on end in Pennsylvania just to got to the ice cream shop to share a small ice cream cone.

As an adult I wish there was a way I could have given younger self. For example, always wear shoes – especially when you are playing in the woods (I have many scars as a result of always being barefoot). I would also teach my younger self about “stranger danger.” Perhaps walking miles in the middle of no where with your younger cousins to get ice cream was not a smart move.

There are many things I would advise my younger self about, but the #1 thing would be to ALWAYS use sunscreen.

Growing up I never used sunscreen. I don’t even think my family owned any. This was back when it was OK to lie out in the sun slathered in baby oil (I cringe at that thought now).

Me with a really nasty sunburn because I neglected to apply sunscreen.

I’m of Welsh, Norwegian, Irish and Scottish decent. None of these nationalities are know for their glowing tans. These nationalities are all fair skinned – just like me. I joke that I’m so pale that I’m practically see-thru.

When I was younger I had MANY incidents with sun poisoning. That is way more than a typical sunburn. I would get massive blisters all over my body and be in total pain an agony. I’ve even had incidents were my face would be so burned it would swell up and I’d be unrecognizable. Just ask my cousins and my aunt. To this day they STILL talk about all those times I was severely sunburned.

I never learned my lesson. I would just keep out of the sun for a few days until I healed then I’d be back outside living life like I normally did.

Fast forward a few decades later. I had to have six “suspicious moles” removed so far. If you have ever had to have a mole removed you know that it’s NOT a pleasant experience.

My Dermatologist told me to ALWAYS protect myself from the sun because I am at greater risk of developing skin cancer due to all those times I had sun burns and sun poisoning when I was younger.

Dermatologist examining moles for signs of skin cancer.
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Did you know that Skin cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in the US? It’s also the most common cancer type in the United States. That is REALLY SCARY!

SUNSCREEN!!!! If there is one thing I wish EVERYONE would do is to ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN.

I know some people enjoy a dark, rich, glowing tan but in the end it’s not worth the damage it does to your skin. If you want a tan use a self-tanning lotion or bronzer.

Now that I know better I always wear sunscreen when I go out. I always wear lotion on my face with SPF in it as well. I wear sunscreen even during the winter months. I don’t want to take any chances.

CVS knows how incredibly important that wearing sunscreen is. That is why they created their “Long Live Skin” campaign. This initiative is meant to increase awareness around skin health. I think that is a wonderful idea because I still see people that don’t care about their skin health and think it’s OK to bask in the sun and turn their skin into shoe leather.

CVS, along with Johnson & Johnson, have teamed up with the American Cancer Society to educate its customers about why proper skin care and sun care.

In addition, Neutrogena, as a sun care leader, wants you to live a sun safe life. It should be taught at a young age so that it can continue for a lifetime. Neutrogena as a valued sun care expert. I personally use Neutrogena sun care products on a regular basis. I keep sunscreen in my car, in my husband’s car, at work and in my medicine cabinet. I also keep a well stocked supply of Neutrogena sun care products in our cabinet so that my entire family has easy access to skin care products.

Our children are out in the sun a lot too. They used to fight us when it came to putting on sunscreen, but THANKFULLY as adults they know to use sunscreen when they are going to be outside. Our daughter is gong to be a camp counselor this summer and our son works at a ballpark, so both of them are outside in the sun for hours at a time. I’m grateful that they know how to care for their skin, unlike me when I was there age (and younger). They have learned from my mistakes.

As pare of the Love Live Skin campaign, CVS has removed all sun care products fro their shelves that have an SPF lower than 15. They are being replace with 30 new SPF+/broad spectrum products that either meet or exceed FDA standards.

Some of my favorite products include Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen with SPF 100+. I spray it on before I leave for work. It’s lightweight and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky. When I’m at work I don’t want to feel that way.

I work at a school and our class goes out for recess. That is why I make sure to apply the mist before I leave for work. I also keep another sunscreen in my lunch tote in case I feel like I need more.

I enjoy using Neutrogena Age Shield Face which is an oil free lotion with SPF 110. Not only does it protect my face fro the sun, but it’s also waterproof AND it offers anti-aging protection (the sun can really age your skin).

Another “must have” for me is Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Liquid (SPF 70). You can squeeze out as much as you need. I use this to give my nose, cheeks and ears extra coverage when I need it. I don’t need to worry about slathering it all over my face. I only use it on the areas I feel need extra sunscreen.

FYI… until June 24, 2017, when you purchase any Neutrogena or Aveeno product with SPF, $1.00 will be donated to the American Cancer Society (up to $100,000) to help educate people and prevent skin cancer. 

To learn more about this campaign, and to see what others are saying about it, check out the hashtag #AdvicetomyYoungerSelf on social media.

For more information about my favorite Neutrogena products (or other Neutrogena products) visit Neutrogena.com. You can also check them out on social media (@Neutrogena).

Be honest… do YOU regularly wear sunscreen? Why or why not? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I have partnered with Neutrogena to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Why Coconut Oil is a true “super food”


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Characterized among the “Superfoods”, coconut oil is one of the most advantageous things you can use on the planet! It incorporates useful unsaturated fats, which beneficially affect the wellbeing. Consequently, the consistent use of coconut oil gives different mind boggling medical advantages like weight reduction and enhanced brain function.

Furthermore, coconut oil can be utilized for pretty much anything, from cooking, health, to beauty. It is rich in saturated fats, antibacterial, and antifungal. It is additionally a medium-chain unsaturated fat that speeds up your digestion and advances stamina. You might be amazed at exactly how advantageous coconut oil is.

Let us now unravel and enumerate the health benefits of this supernatural oil that have been affirmed by various scientific researches directed to human beings.

Can Help Speed Up Metabolism and Weight Loss

Whenever you are searching for a weight loss solution, coconut oil is your answer! Coconut oil is a medium-chain unsaturated fat (MCFA), otherwise called as a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) and contains short fatty acids that further aids in cutting off that additional weight. The oil is extremely valuable for individuals who wish to get slimmer. It is a healthy fat with no trans fats. Now, begin your day by consuming a couple of tablespoons a day to recover your body back to being fit.

Good for the Heart

The good news is: Coconut oil gives “good” HDL cholesterol a huge lift –even more so than most other natural fats. The oil contains very nearly half of lauric acid, which helps in the counteractive action of hypertension and so as with the cholesterol levels. The saturated fats in the coconut oil are not dangerous for the body dissimilar with the vegetable oils. So get that coconut oil from the husk and ensure your heart!

Boosts the Immune system

The healthy fats exist in the coconut oil including lauric acid, Capric acid, and Caprylic acid. These contain antibacterial, anti-fungal and in addition, antiviral prosperities to increase the immune system. Likewise, Capric acid and lauric acid are notable for battling off yeast abundance (Candida), alongside bacterial contamination.

As a matter of fact, coconut makes up 50 percent lauric acid, which the body changes to monolaurin, an antiviral agent that battle of an array of pathogens and viruses. Well, that’s something you now know!

Increases breast milk in breastfeeding mothers

Pregnant and nursing females store fat to guarantee effective lactation. In the event that you are a breastfeeding mother, you realize that your milk supply is critical to the advancement of your infant. Consuming coconut oil builds your milk supply, in light of the fact that healthy fats are a key part of hormone generation, which expands the production of milk.

To add, nursing moms particularly requires fat in their eating diet, as specified over, the secret is ensuring it’s the correct type of fat. Coconut oil is an amazing source of fat since it is a medium bind fat instead of animal fat which is long chain and substantially harder for the body to separate. You haven’t thought about this fact, have you?

Can be an Alternative to Toothpaste

A case could be made that coconut oil has a close ideal cosmetics to go about as successful toothpaste. Study even exhibits that rubbing coconut oil into your gums for around 10 minutes day by day (proceeded for three weeks) powerfully decreases tooth decay on Streptococcus mutants and so as with plaque.

Because of the antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil, you can freely blend the coconut oil with baking soda and brush on your teeth. Store in a container in a cool place since coconut oil becomes a fluid over 74 degrees Fahrenheit and 23 degrees Celsius.

It takes just a little measure of coconut oil to keep your teeth clean, and one jug can handily last you for months, making it exceptionally reasonable and economical toothpaste.

Improves Digestion and Nutrient Absorption

Coconut oil is the most source of nature’s wealthiest healthy medium chain unsaturated fats or (MCFAs), which are effectively processed and have been connected to medical benefits like weight loss as mentioned above. By difference, most basic vegetable or seed oils are included long chain unsaturated fats (LCFAs). There are a few reasons why these long-chain unsaturated fats are not as sound and healthy for you as the MCFAs in coconut oil.

Its capacity conceivably allows you to absorb more antioxidant agents and different supplements from your viand, MCFAs are smaller than LCFAs, which implies they filter cell layers effortlessly, and don’t require lipoproteins or exceptional proteins to be used viably by your body. MCFAs are sent specifically to your liver, where they are promptly changed over into energy instead of being put away as fat.

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Protects Hair against Frizz and Moisturizes Skin

Having a bad hair day is literally awful, specifically for ladies, not to mention on choosing what perfect moisturizer should they use for their skin.

Now, to take control of frizzy hair, simply add a couple drops of warm coconut oil. The oil will help in smoothing your hair strands without them looking oily. Coconut oil additionally goes about as a conditioner to your hair. Just oil your hair and leave it as it is the whole day for a natural way of conditioning.

In addition, you can freely say goodbye to your daily moisturizing lotions and creams. The oil ingests into the skin route quicker than different moisturizers and remains longer than your day by day regimens. Forget all those artificial moisturizing products and switch to the superior power of the coconut oil!

Best to Consume in Your Coffee

Boost up your intake of caffeine by replacing the cream in your espresso with coconut oil. Replacing processed coffee creamers with natural coconut oil is considerably a smart move. Despite the fact that it might sound unusual, the outcome is sumptuous and exceptionally nutritious.

It includes a slight nutty taste that is smooth and rich. It adds to your consumption of coconut oil to expand the intake of vitamins and supplements in your body, as fundamental healthy fats are essential. In addition, mixture of caffeine and saturated fat gives the body an enduring jolt of energy.

Prevents Osteoporosis

Coconut oil for osteoporosis is one strong way to deal with making and keeping your bones healthy. Professionals found that saturated fats like coconut oil go about as cell reinforcements and shield your bones from harming free radicals. The cell reinforcements in coconut oil battle free radicals and lessen oxidative anxiety, both of which consider the primary offender for osteoporosis.

Moreover, coconut oil expands calcium consumption. Scientists have found that bone loss because of osteoporosis lessens in patients who take coconut oil frequently.

Did you know that coconut oil is utilized with the end goal of improving the consumption and maintenance of calcium and also magnesium in individuals when a lack of these minerals exists? Hospital facilities provide premature and sick infants recipes or formulas containing medium chain unsaturated fats (MCFA) liberally found in coconut oil. 

Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Deodorant

The belief is that since coconut oil is an antibacterial, it will safeguard against odor-causing bacteria. Coconut oil has some gentle antibacterial properties, so it’s not impossible that it could go about as underarm antiperspirant.

Apply coconut oil to your skin to wipe out odors. The lauric acid in coconut oil wipes out the unfavorable odor-causing bacteria.

How Much Coconut Oil Should You Consume?

Having 3 to 4 tablespoons a day is certainly a healthy dose of coconut oil. This amount will give enough lauric acid to develop the immune system.

One of the other incredible advantages of coconut oil is its long shelf life. Coconut oil remains fresh at room temperature for up to a year without going rotten.

Make doubly sure to search for unrefined, virgin coconut oil. Avoid all hydrogenated oils, regardless of whether it is coconut oil or vegetable oils. These oils contain trans unsaturated fats, which are to a great degree of risk and have been appearing to raise serum cholesterol levels that can prompt coronary or heart illness.

What to Remember About Coconut Oil

Keep in mind that coconut oil isn’t a phenomenal cure for any sickness; however, it has research that could back up its benefits. You ought to likewise keep in mind that eating a well-balanced, plant-based diet free of processed foods, unhealthy fats, refined sugar and grains, and animal product is vital to get a sound and healthy immune system also.

With that being stated, in case you’re now eating a diet that is healthy and need an additional lift, add some Superfoods to your eating regimen, including coconut oil, and even coma and goji berries, which likewise have safe boosting properties. Maintain a strategic distance from refined coconut oils, and run with additional virgin and natural for the best quality.

About the Author:

Jennifer Moran is the author and the social media manager at healthandfitessvitality.com. She has been working and passionate with writing for over four years. When she isn’t glued to a laptop screen, she spends time playing tennis, practicing yoga, and trying very hard not to sleep in the meditation. You can reach her at jennifer healthandfitnessvitality.com.

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Are you totally stressed out? This is what it could be doing to your body!


You’re trying to get the kids off to school, you can’t find your cell phone, and you’re sitting in traffic.  Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones! These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk. Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a New York City Neuropsychologist who breaks down what stress can do the body. 

Respiratory System

Stress can make you breathe harder. That’s not a problem for most people, but for those with asthma or a lung disease such as emphysema, getting the oxygen you need to breathe easier can be difficult. And some studies show that an acute stress, such as the death of a loved one — can actually trigger asthma attacks, in which the airway between the nose and the lungs constricts. In addition, stress can cause the rapid breathing or hyperventilation that can bring on a panic attack in someone prone to panic attacks. Working with a psychologist to develop relaxation and breathing strategies can help.



When you’re stressed, you may eat much more or much less than you usually do. If you eat more or different foods, or increase your use of alcohol or tobacco, you can experience heartburn or acid reflux. Stress or exhaustion can also increase the severity of heartburn pain.


When you’re stressed, your brain becomes more alert to sensations in your stomach. Your stomach can react with “butterflies” or even nausea or pain. You may vomit if the stress is severe enough. And, if the stress becomes chronic, you may develop ulcers or severe stomach pain even without ulcers.


Stress can affect digestion, and what nutrients your intestines absorb. It can also affect how fast food moves through your body. You may find that you have either diarrhea or constipation.

Female Reproductive System


Stress may affect menstruation among adolescent girls and women in several ways. For example, high levels of stress may be associated with absent or irregular menstrual cycles, more painful periods and changes in the length of cycles.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Stress may make premenstrual symptoms worse or more difficult to cope with and pre-menses symptoms may be stressful for many women. These symptoms include cramping, fluid retention and bloating, negative mood (feeling irritable and “blue”) and mood swings.


As menopause approaches, hormone levels fluctuate rapidly. These changes are associated with anxiety, mood swings and feelings of distress. Thus menopause can be a stressor in and of itself. Some of the physical changes associated with menopause, especially hot flashes, can be difficult to cope with. Furthermore, emotional distress may cause the physical symptoms to be worse. For example, women who are more anxious may experience an increased number of hot flashes and/or more severe or intense hot flashes.

Sexual Desire

Women juggle personal, family, professional, financial and a broad range of other demands across their life span. Stress, distraction, fatigue, etc., may reduce sexual desire — especially when women are simultaneously caring for young children or other ill family members, coping with chronic medical problems, feeling depressed, experiencing relationship difficulties or abuse, dealing with work problems, etc.

Fat storage

You can clearly correlate stress to weight gain. Part of that link is due to poor eating during stress, but the stress hormone cortisol may also increase the amount of fat tissue your body hangs onto and enlarge the size of fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more deep-abdominal fat—yes, belly fat. Luckily, exercise can help control stress and help keep belly fat under control. 


Stress can cause hyperarousal, a biological state in which people just don’t feel sleepy.

While major stressful events can cause insomnia that passes once the stress is over, long-term exposure to chronic stress can also disrupt sleep and contribute to sleep disorders.

What to do? Focus on sleep hygiene (making your surroundings conducive to a good night’s rest) and try yoga or another stress-busting activity during the day. 


“Fight or flight” chemicals like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol can cause vascular changes that leave you with a tension headache or migraine, either during the stress or in the “let-down” period afterwards. Stress also makes your muscles tense, which can make the pain of a migraine worse. Beyond treating the headache itself, focus on headache-proofing your home, diet, and lifestyle in general.


Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with the brain’s ability to form new memories. During acute stress, the hormone also interferes with neurotransmitters, the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other. That can make it hard to think straight or retrieve memories. While it’s tough to limit stress in our hectic lives, some experts recommend trying meditation, among other solutions.

Blood sugar

Stress is known to raise blood sugar, and if you already have type 2 diabetes you may find that your blood sugar is higher when you are under stress. Changing what you eat, exercising more, or adjusting medication can help to keep it under control. One study of obese black women without diabetes found that those who produced more stress-related epinephrine when asked to recall stressful life events had higher fasting glucose and bigger blood sugar spikes than those with lower epinephrine, suggesting it might raise your risk for getting diabetes too.

About the author:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz. Connect with her via Twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com.

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6 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget


The largest part of the consumer basket consists of food products, which consistently record the highest rise in prices. Sometimes it seems complicated to eat healthy with a limited budget. But healthy food does not have to be expensive. There are ways to better organize your shopping and to spend less money with a few tricks that will maintain your budget level and at the same time allow a healthy diet and the supply of completely organic foods at lower prices. We have prepared for you a few tips that will help you eat  healthy, but that will help you save extra coins.

Plan your meals

When it comes to savings when buying, planning is essential. Take one day a week so you can plan all your meals for the upcoming week. Then, create a shopping list, a list of everything that you actually need. Also, check if you already have something in your refrigerator or pantry. Usually, there can be found a lot of food that can be used, hidden at the bottom somewhere. Plan to purchase only what you know you will use, in order not to end with a bunch of ingredients that will remain unused for a long time.

Follow your own shopping list

When you make a meal plan and make a list, stick for what you have decided to purchase. When you go shopping without a list of pre-planned inventory, it will often lead to unwanted and expensive purchases. As a general rule, you should be looking for the foods primarily in the peripheral parts of the market. There is usually a healthy food because traders use this psychological effect to keep the customers in their store for as long as it is possible. So there is a greater chance that you will fill your carts full of food. The center shops usually contain processed and junk food. If you find yourself in this area, rather check out what is on the highest or lowest shelves instead of those shelves that are at the level of your eyes. The most expensive and bad things are usually placed directly in front of you.

Prepare large quantities of food

Preparing large meals will save you some time and money. The remaining amount of food can be used as a snack, or perhaps as foods which can be prepared with some other dishes, or can be stored in the refrigerator and used as a ready-made meal later. The remains are usually excellent ingredients for stews or as additions to salads. Prepare and pack your own lunch or other meals to go. This is not only cheaper but healthier as well. This requires a bit of planning, but on a monthly basis , you can save a lot of money. This use of food is ideal for those with a small budget.

Buy when you’re satiated

If you go shopping hungry, chances that you will depart from the shopping list and choose foods according to the current feel are high. When you’re hungry, you  are often craving for food that is not good for you or for your wallet. Eat a piece of fruit or some other healthy little snack before you go shopping.

Buy whole foods

Some foods are much cheaper and healthier in a form that is not processed. For example, beans in bulk are cheaper than boiled beans, packaged in cans. Whole grains, like brown rice and oats are also cheaper if you buy it in bulk rather than packaged in flakes. Unprocessed foods are usually sold in larger packs, so  its price is lower. Also, stop buying fast food or junk food. You’ll be surprised how much money you spend per month on soft drinks, a variety of crackers and biscuits, ready meals or other highly processed foods. In addition to the fact that these foods are very bad for your health, they are very expensive.

Buy seasonal products

Local products in season are much cheaper. Local manufacturers almost always produce organic foods. Also, such products are at the peak of maturation and have the highest nutritional value and the finest full flavor. Foods that are not in season often travel halfway around the world to trade, which is not good for your health, even for your budget.

Once again, we have found everything we need in the nature. Eating healthy depends on ourselves mostly and we chose our ways and those ways aren’t always the most expensive ones.

About the author:

Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at top10mealdeliveryservices.com. She’s originally  from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.


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5 Parenting Pro-Tips for Your Child’s Next Dental Appointment


Is it time for your little one to visit the dentist? Are you stressed about what might happen during the appointment? There’s good news — taking your child to the dentist doesn’t have to be akin to pulling teeth! Dr. Bailey Crow of StoneCreek Dental Care in Warrior, Alabama shares five tips to ensure your child’s next dental appointment goes as smoothly as possible:

Tell your child what to expect.

Your child doesn’t need a detailed play-by-play of the appointment – in fact, that might increase apprehension – but explaining to your child in simple terms that their teeth will be examined and cleaned is a good starting point. Set realistic expectations, but do not communicate that a dental visit is no fun. You should also explain why visiting the dentist is important and how it will help them keep their teeth healthy.

Bring a list of questions.

If you have any questions for your child’s dentist, write them down so you remember to ask during the appointment. If your child has habits that are harmful to teeth (e.g., thumb sucking) ask how you might be able to change these behaviors. Also, be sure to ask when to make their next appointment, and set it on the calendar before you leave.

Make sure the dental office is kid-friendly.

While you don’t have to take your child to an exclusively pediatric dentist, make sure your child’s dentist is experienced with pediatric dentistry. Dental care for children requires certain tools, and your child’s dentist should be well-versed in treating children and making them feel more at ease. Many dental offices also provide books or games to make the experience more enjoyable for a child.

Ensure your child is well-rested and not hungry. Don’t make a dental appointment for your child’s typical nap time. If your child is hungry, give him or her a small snack before the dentist. We’re all more cranky when we’re tired and hungry. 

Stay positive. Get your child excited about the prospect of visiting the dentist. Do not use negative language or tell your child that you don’t like visiting the dentist. Set a good example by maintaining a positive attitude.

It’s crucial that you make and keep your child’s regular dental appointments so he or she has healthy teeth for life. By implementing these tips, you can ensure you and your child are well-prepared for his or her next appointment.

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