7 Ways to Save Money and Be Healthier This New Year

Happy New Year Middle Tennessee! Making a change in 2019? If you're making a new year's resolution, chances are it relates to saving money and getting in shape. Neuhaus Foot & Ankle can help you do both! 

As you kickstart things in 2019, here are 7 things you can do today to save money and be a healthier you. 

1. Make a grocery list and stick to it. 

If you have a smartphone then you should definitely check out Favado, the coupon app.  You can find the lowest prices at your local grocery stores and save tons of money on your grocery bill. You can find all the major retailers including Kroger, CVS, Target, Publix, and Walmart. This coupon-skimming app will do the research for you to find the best deals in your area. Then add those deals to your grocery list. 

Don't buy food on impulse! 


2. Avoid fast food.

Freezer-to-Table Main Dish: For a dinner that's ready in seven or eight minutes, try a frozen healthy meal like Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine. If you use a frozen-in-the-bag vegetable dinner, cook chicken breasts and keep the serving the size of your palm. Less meat will save you money.

Cook Big, Freeze Small: Once in a while, cook up some large-volume food -- a big batch of soup, a hefty pan of lasagna, lots of whole-wheat pasta, or rice. Freeze it in small containers for handy use later.

Speedy Side Dishes: Keep canned or fresh veggies on hand to round out a healthy meal. Frozen vegetables are actually frozen fresh, right on the spot, so they still have all the nutrients. Canned vegetables are also good. Fresh vegetables to always have in stock while in season are: celery, carrots, and tomatoes and fresh fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and grapes.


3. Eat less meat.

Shop for substitutes: Stock up on at least three foods that can replace meat in many dishes. Mushrooms, beans, and chickpeas are solid options. 
Combine proteins: In as many meals as you can this week, swap half the meat with an equal serving of plant protein; mix chickpeas with half the usual amount of chicken, say, or black beans with half the ground beef.
Trim the bacon: Sorry! We all love bacon. Reduce your intake of sausages and bacon big-time. They contain a ton of sodium, preservatives, and fat. Not to mention bacon is always one of the more expensive items in the cart. 

4. Buy quality and price shop.

Quality products are usually worth the investment. They last longer and are manufactured at higher standards. This is especially true when it comes to products like shoe insoles. It's not unusual for patients to tell us they've spent too much money on Dr. Scholl's inserts or orthotics from the Good Feet Store when dealing with their foot pain. 

Unfortunately, the importance of a good quality orthotic insole is overlooked. This is because most products promise support, cushioning and comfort. However, if you suffer from foot problems in your daily life, high quality insoles are a must for you.

Quality insoles can reduce back pain, correct foot disorders, and prolong the life of your shoes.


5. Buy a new pair of shoes.

Your fitness goals will get you on your feet more than you're probably used to. Neuhaus Foot & Ankle sees a lot of foot pain and injury from new activity like running or walking. Avoid these common foot and ankle injuries with a new pair of shoes.

Stress fractures & Shin splints: One of the most common causes of stress fractures & shin splints is from wearing old shoes that lack adequate shock absorption or shoes that are unevenly worn and lack stability. 

Knee pain: Running in worn shoes throws off your biomechanics. If you over- or underpronate (the amount a foot turns to absorb impact while running) and your shoes corrected for that, once they're worn out, they will stop fixing this issue and cause an improper torque that leads to knee pain.

Heel pain: Shoes that have lost their support cause the muscles at the bottom of the foot to tighten with every step. In severe cases, the bottom of the feet begin to tighten and the heels become inflamed. This sets a stage for an overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis and this causes the tendons to become chronically inflamed.


6. Clear out your fridge and pantry of junk food. 

Avoid the temptation to cheat when that savory or sweet tooth hits you. Did you know more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes? Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Neuhaus Foot & Ankle helps people with diabetes ensure proper foot health and blood circulation in the lower limbs.

All people with diabetes should take special care of their feet have their feet. Annual visits with the podiatrist is important to detect problems early and to prevent ulcers and other complications. Better yet, avoid getting diabetes with proper health and nutrition!


7. Sign up for a 5k, 10k or a new distance race, today!

One can't grow staying in the comfort zone. Signing up for distance race you've nevery done before  will help push you past what you know you can already do. A new distance will give you ample opportunities to push your mind and body.

Signing up today (or as soon as possible) can get you discounted entrance fees before the race season picks back up again in the spring. Save money, get in better shape, and push yourself!

Neuhaus Foot & Ankle has a few podiatrists that compete in endurance events throughout the year. If you're a runner, triathlete, or training for a new race - avoid injury and take care of those feet. You only have two of them! 



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