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Staying Conscious of Nutrition and Within Budget

By Stephen R. Farris

Trying to eat healthy and stay within your budget limitations can be really challenging, especially if you're retired or on social security and/or disability.

Eating healthy helps keep us from being at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers and other health conditions.

However, there are a few things you can start doing to still be able to do both, eat healthy and remain in your budget.

Read and Compare Labels

This is really easy to do. Most all food and drink products now have labels that contain nutritional information. So it's important when picking out healthy foods to read the label for such things as calories, fats, carbs, add carbs (sugar), sodium content, and other categories that factor in with your healthy diet.

Processed Foods

Skip. Skip. Skip! Emphasis on skipping processed foods, whether they're in cans, boxes, or bags and especially those that have labeling such as reduced fat, fat-free, low fat, etc. As mentioned above, read the label for any hidden nutritional content when thinking about purchasing products with these labels on the packaging. Besides, processed foods tend to be higher in sodium and sugar content, along with unwanted fats. Your best bet -- if possible -- is to choose fresh fruits and raw vegetables as a staple in your healthy diet plan.

Pick Your Grocery Aisles Carefully

Have you ever wondered why grocery stores are set up the way they are. It's basically to draw you in for the kill -- literally. Most of your healthier food choices are situated on the outskirts of a store perimeter. But for some reason we tend to be drawn to the inner aisles and that's where you'll find the majority of your processed foods. There are a few exceptions from the "middle" aisles such as canned tuna and salmon. Just make sure they're not high in sodium or other unwanted preservatives. Even frozen foods -- fruits, vegetables and meats such as chicken and fish -- are in the middle of the store.

If you have questions about nutrition and eating more healthy, you might talk to your local chiropractor such as the licensed professionals that can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. He/she can offer advice concerning nutrition as well as help you with tips on fitness and overall health. At The Joint, walk-ins are always welcome as no appointment is needed. Plus there's no hassle with insurance and they offer several treatment options that won't break your budget.

The Joint Chiropractic has more than 500 nationwide locations, so there's bound to be one located near you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Waco, Tex.

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