A lot of what we see and hear in today’s world might make us think that achieving a healthy lifestyle is expensive. However, the truth is that there are quite a few highly successful ways to make a big impact on your health without spending a fortune.
To that end, we’ve put together a list of some of our family healthcare Lewisville TX doctors’ favorite tips for a healthy lifestyle on a budget! (locations also in Bedford, Benbrook, Justin & Boyd) We recommend you choose one from the list – the one that seems easiest to implement – and make it a part of your 2021 resolutions.
Shop for In-Season Produce
Savings: Varies; generally around $5
This tip will vary depending on where you live but it’s still the same idea across the board. In-season produce will always be 1) less expensive and 2) more widely available, giving you no excuses to load up your weekly menu with brightly colored fruits and veggies. Plus, you’ll likely be supporting your local farmers this way, too, which is always a win-win! Check out this Seasonal Food Guide to learn more about what’s in season right now in your state.
Try Alternate Sources of Protein
Meat can often be one of the more expensive items on your grocery list. However, you can still get all the benefits of meat at a significantly lower price when you substitute in different sources of protein. Our top substitutes include eggs, legumes, nuts, beans, canned fish and hemp seeds. Family healthcare Lewisville TX staff encourages you to get creative with this one (locations also in Bedford, Benbrook, Justin & Boyd) – check out Pinterest if you need inspiration for how to enjoy different protein sources!
Go for a Walk
Savings: $25+ a month (or whatever the cost of a gym membership is near you)
Cost of shoes aside, walking (or running) outside is completely free. And – let’s be honest – the scenery is quite a bit nicer too. If walking or running isn’t your thing, most public libraries offer a wide variety of different exercise options on DVD that you can take home for free to try out!
Journal to Reduce Stress
Savings: $125/hour (or whatever the cost of your behavioral healthcare deductible is)
While we are huge proponents of counseling and psychiatry, there is also something to be said for stress management techniques that you can practice independently. If you’ve never tried journaling for mental health before, we highly recommend grabbing yourself a notebook and pen (or blank Google doc) and giving it a try.
Get Better Quality Sleep
Science is very clear about the dangers of not getting enough quality sleep. Low quality sleep or insufficient amounts of sleep can lead to depression, anxiety, and a myriad of other health challenges. Try practicing (free) sleep hygiene recommendations like removing devices from your sleep space, practice consistency, refrain from eating at least one hour before bedtime, limit alcohol consumption, and eliminate all light from your sleep environment.
We know change is hard. Our hope is that these budget-friendly suggestions will help make your health goals a little bit easier to achieve. And remember – we’re just a phone call away if you are looking for a more involved support system. Call any of our five Texas locations – Benbrook, Lewisville, Bedford, Justin or Boyd – to schedule an appointment with one of our internal medicine specialists today!
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