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Monday, June 24, 2013

Save now for big gains later in health & finances

Save a little now, live big later. That’s the message many of our members have taken to heart recently when it comes to their finances. Saving a little at a time will result in big savings down the road.

The same is also true when it comes to health, as even the most simple and easy everyday changes can be worth a lot in terms of your overall well-being. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  

We’re all going to cheat every now and then to satisfy our cravings for burgers or pizza, but the important thing is to keep plugging along.

Here are some little ways to improve your health over the long haul by taking little steps - the same way many people do with their savings accounts:

Celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month All Year - June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, and the farmers’ markets are bustling from Plymouth and Canton all the way up to Gaylord and everywhere in between in the Great Lakes State. Visit the Michigan Farmers’ Market Association’s website to search for a market in your city.

Including fruits and vegetables in your diet all year long can produce great results (pun intended)!  Eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day because they provide a huge amount of nutritional benefits such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and more. Most farmers’ markets are open through October and fresh produce is always better for your health.

Even a few extra servings can make a huge difference, so find your favorites and start working them into your meals and snacks for better overall health.

Can’t Run? Walk! - Many people have a hard time making time for exercise at the gym, but even a walk around the block can be crucial for staying healthy. Walking can slash your diabetes risk, relieve stress, and even help prevent heart disease according to an American Heart Association survey, and it’s especially important to do after a big meal. Park your car a little farther away than usual on a nice day either, because every few extra steps can help.

Drink more water – People often mistake thirst for hunger and doing so could lead to big penalties in terms of putting on unnecessary weight or eating unnecessary extra calories. Try drinking a glass of water next time you’re hungry and you may be surprised to find your cravings on the backburner for a while.

Eat protein at every meal - Whether it’s a handful of dry roasted edamame, nuts or a serving of lean meat, having protein at each meal, and throughout the day will keep you feeling full and allow you to minimize overeating problems.

Eat consciously - Many people have emotional reasons for eating or even do it out of boredom, leading to consumption of unnecessary foods that they sometimes don’t even truly enjoy. The simple act of being “in the moment” while eating and making sure you savor every bite will help you save plenty of unnecessary calories.

And of course, saving a little bit now is the way to achieve long-term success, for both your finances and your health.

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