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My Frugal Life: "If Nothing Ever Changes, Nothing Ever Changes"

One cannot lose weight by eating a faulty diet. I eat whole grain bread, lots of fruits and vegetables, and keep bad fats like margarine and chemically-extracted oils and sugars, especially white sugar, to almost nonexistent. My motto is, "If nothing ever changes, nothing ever changes." And these new changes must become a standard in one' life.

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I read a lot of books on nutrition--that was my ammunition. Once one realizes the harmful effects of a poor diet, and the great benefits of choosing foods wisely, it's a whole lot easier to make changes--if not for yourself, for your family.
I recently read that if one eats organic foods as much as possible, one could eliminate 86% of the chemicals entering entering his body. It's a health insurance policy, in that regard. You may spend more for organic initially, but save thousands of dollars on medical bills in the future. Woodman's has a nice assortment of organic foods, which is where I get most of mine. And with the farmers markets starting up again, that's another source for wholesome foods.

Many people do not get 8 hours of sleep per night, which also contributes to weight gain. I don't know why that occurs but it does. I buy cold-pressed oils from Trader Joe's in Milwaukee. I also grow my own fruits and vegetables in a chemical-free garden. My lawn is untreated and the deer, turkeys, and birds thank me for it as they graze there daily.

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This time of year, you can find me digging up dandelions, root and all, to make my dandelion tonic tea. I wash them well, throw them in a kettle, add water, bring to a boil, then turn off, cover and allow to sit overnight. Strain, bottle, freeze/refrigerate. and consume a couple glassfuls each day. Why would one want to put herbicides on such a beneficial source of nutrients? I'm baffled. Don't people want to be well? I could go on and on, but enough for now.

By the way, my husband and I are 66 and 67 years old and take no medications.

Source: Years of research and eating whole foods.

By Anne from Green Bay, WI

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