Posts Tagged ‘Lifestyle Choices’

A lot of times I am asked about my life and how I accomplish things. “Help! I hear.” Sometimes, I am the one asking for,”Help!”

So today, I decided to do a post about the things that benefit me, and I know can benefit others. These ten things can change your life.

Help! It’s right here.

1. Banks- Banks have a main goal that is to make money and earn interest off their assets. Their goal is really not the customer even though they must pretend that they love      you to death. Banks have high priority for those who are ultra-wealthy and low priority for most of society. They often see the lower-income earners as burdens even though they are glad to have what little money you own to help their bottom line, which is to make money. So with that said, don’t pay the banks! Pay yourself! How do you pay yourself? Invest in stocks, mutual funds, and bonds that pay you interest(money). Avoid credit cards and borrowing! If you don’t have the money, then don’t buy it! Do not give the banks extra money, so that you can have a depreciating (losing money) asset. Think assets (what pads or lines your pocket), not liabilities (things that take away from your money).

2. Insurers- Insurers protect you from liability(responsibility to pay for loss) and protect the things your own(assets). Many times, we do not have the necessary cash flow to pay for huge losses. With that said, buy insurance on everything of value, that you cannot replace with the cash you have on hand. I believe in insuring everything possible.Insurance can be expensive, but the price is small when you have a disaster.

3. Retail purchases and autos- Purchasing anything new is like throwing money away in the trash. Why? Almost anything new loses extreme cash value. Purchase clothes, shoes, goods, and autos used so that someone else can lose the cash value and take the big depreciation hit for you. In return, you are benefiting your assets and helping the environment by recycling. The money saved can be invested so that you are paying yourself.

4. Groceries- Purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season so that you get the best value. Buy dry goods and other items in bulk if you have storage capacity to save money. Buy organic foods when possible to avoid chemically laden food products. Natural foods will save your retirement money for you and not prescription drugs to maintain your health. Avoid most cleaning products because they often do not work as stated and they are hazardous. One can clean and disinfect almost everything with bleach, lemon juice, vinegar, and soap.

5. Entertainment-  Always look for early season bargains on passes to museums, zoos, water parks, amusement parks, etc. The passes allow you to go to a place as much as you want without paying for a ticket every visit. The passes usually pay for themselves within one or two visits. For movies, hit the matinees and save up to 25% per ticket. If you want to take it further, pack your own food. This is always healthier and a huge savings.

6. Health- Avoid all drugs (prescription and illegal) as much as possible. The body hates drugs especially your stomach, liver, and kidneys. Avoid alcohol as much as possible and limit to no more than one drink a day maximum. Eat as many plant-based foods as you want, love and use fresh garlic, and limit consumption of animal products. Diets high in vegetables, grains, and fruits help you to have the power to enjoy life in your senior years and save your retirement money for trips and not prescription pills. At my age, I am watching friends far apart and break down, because they never took the lifestyle choice of being healthy serious. Protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen and clothing for that beautiful youthful look. Drink plenty of water and limit sugary drinks. I would say to avoid all man-made food additives as much as possible especially monosodium glutamate (makes you gain weight)  and high fructose corn syrup (diabetes link).

7. Donate- Donate what you do not need to charity organizations or others. Donate time to help make a difference in the environment or someones life. Donating time, money, and goods are great for the soul and health of the body. Another added benefit is the government recognizes the importance of donating and often many things can be used as a tax write off.

8. Religion- Prescribe to a faith and stick to its teachings as much as possible. I say as much as possible, because it is unreal to expect perfection. Of course, I am bias to Jesus Christ and Christianity, because Jesus washes me clean even though I am a sinner. Many religions base salvation on good works, but you can never have enough good works. It is impossible! We can never be perfect and Jesus knows this. A benefit of religion is added years to your life which is backed by research. It also gives one and improved state of mind and greater outlook on life.

9. Human relations- Listen and watch a person to know their heart and state of mind. Know who they hang around. Unfortunately, not everyone is nice or good. If something is great and another tells you it is bad, then you must realize that person is bad. If committing a certain act is bad and another tries to convince you it is o.k. that person is bad. Great people work to bring you up, help you, and show you good things. Bad people are the opposite because they tear you down, do not help you or your life, and they will show you in the worst way how not to be successful. A rattlesnake has a pattern and rattle for a reason. To warn you of it’s danger! Humans also have patterns and characteristics.

10. Education- I cannot state it enough! Read, study, and learn all that you can about as many topics as you can. Be a renaissance man/woman!

So how does one get energy? Redbull, Monster, sugary drinks, junk food, vending machines, drugs? I hope not!

Energy is supplied to our bodies by consuming delicious natural foods from the Earth. Food should be consumed in it’s purest form which is raw for maximum energy potential. When you cook or process food, it loses much of the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Exercise will help you metabolize food better, but energy itself comes from the food we eat.

So what is the difference in processed vs. raw state? In processing of food, the processing leaves the original raw food dead. When a food is raw, it contains enzymes that are living. Think of it this way. One can have two batteries, both of which are the same size, shape, and appearance, but one of them may be dead. The fresh battery has electricity to deliver energy. The dead battery can fill the the battery compartment, but all it is doing is taking up space. No energy! In terms of food, this is called empty calories. A raw nut can be planted and it will sprout, but a processed nut will rot in the ground. Raw gives life and energy!

The reason so many today pop antacids, allergy meds, or a host of other meds, is because many are consuming dead food. Empty calories. The best health medical plan around is eating raw food. Food that has life! Food that gives us life! Processed food, fast food, sugary drinks, energy drinks, and vending machines are slow suicide. Your killing yourself slowly! Bloating, weight gain, depression, fatigue, and illness are all apart of eating DEAD food. Empty calories!

So what are some of the raw energy foods? Raw nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes/beans, grains, honey, and olive oil. The best way to eat these are in there natural state. Meat is o.k., but reduce it as much as possible because studies show 95 to 98 percent of toxins in your body are from meat. Especially red meat. Ask yourself, “If I were on Earth 500 years ago, how would I have found these foods?” No grocery stores, no boxes, not frozen, no jars, no processing. Raw! You would have not seen the illness, depression, or lethargy either. Food years ago was alive, and not dead.

Your organs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, and digestive tract suffer considerably on a diet of dead food. They cry out by spewing the toxic garbage right back up your throat to get your attention. Your body screams,”Hey, you are feeding me crap!” Most folks deal with it by popping an antacid. These drugs also effect your organs, weaken your immune system, and body. It doesn’t have to be this way. Chose raw food and life!

Water is another vital part of energy. Often when we are hungry, a glass of water can cure this craving, because we are actually dehydrated to a degree. Drink plenty of water.

I must say it saddens me to have watched so many in life fall apart physically, because of poor lifestyle choices. It saddens me to watch co-workers waddle, limp, and breath like they have ran a marathon with only one flight of stairs walked. I listen to people tell me,”Your food looks so good and healthy.” While they eat dead food at the lunch table. Junk! Again, it does not have to be this way. If you are reading this, and I am describing you, then chose RAW, chose LIFE. Purchase 75% or more of your food from the produce section, and stay out of the grocery store aisles. This is where most of the dead food resides in coffins. I mean boxes. If you must eat frozen, then chose organic foods. Leave energy drinks and fast food alone. This change will help reduce stress on your body, give you ENERGY, and change your whole outlook on life.

For more information, I recommend the following book.

http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Energy-Recipes-Smoothies-Supercharge/dp/1603424679