Thrifty Health Tip: Heart Healthy Tips

Posted on February 9th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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There’s no missing the fact that February is the month in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day. But, did you know that February is also American Heart Month? That’s not the month in which we practice making heart shaped cookies, cakes, and brownies. Rather, it’s a time to step back and make sure you are taking care of the one heart you’ve got.

Here are a few heart healthy tips in honor of American Heart Month.

1. Get your omega-3 fatty acids. Your heart loves omega-3 fatty acids. You can get omega-3 fatty acids in a variety of ways. Eating fish is a great way to get it. However, there are quicker, easier, and less expensive ways to get it, too. Flax, walnuts, pistachios, grass-fed beef, and enriched eggs are all great sources of omega 3s.

2.  Have a glass of wine. Research suggests that a glass of alcohol a day helps to increase our levels of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) to support a healthy heart. So, enjoy that glass of wine and know that you’re actually doing your heart some good!

3. Unplug. Take some time each day to de-stress. Turn off your phone, computer, iPad and do something relaxing. Doing that for just 15 minutes a day will go a long way to support your heart.

4. Sleep. Research shows that people who sleep more than seven hours a night have healthier blood pressure numbers and have lower levels of the hormone cortisol, the “stress hormone,” in their blood stream. Higher levels of cortisol make arteries more susceptible to plaque build up. So, go to bed early and sleep to your heart’s content, literally!

5. Watch your waist. It’s extra wait around your mid-section that can be an indicator of risk for heart disease. So, watch your waist. If you are a man and your waist measures more than 40″ or a woman whose waist measures more than 35,” begin target the source of excess calories. They are likely to be coming from sugar and/or white flour.  That’s the easiest place to start.

What are you doing to show some love to your heart?


What To Buy in February

Posted on January 31st, 2013 by Discount Debbie

Today is the last day of January. Where did it go? Weren’t we just opening Christmas presents? February is the month of love, but it’s also National Cereal Month. I didn’t even know that existed, but sure enough it does so stores will be having tons of cereals on sale. This includes my personal favorite, grits and cream of wheat too!

Here’s what else is on sale in February.

1. Aspirin and heart healthy foods. The month of love is also the month that emphasizes heart health. So be on the look out for Aspirin sales as well as butter substitutes as well as other healthy supplements that promote heart health.

2. Chocolate! Oh I LOVE chocolate. If you missed the after Christmas chocolate sales, wait until February 15th and stock up!

3. Chinese food. February is when the Chinese typically celebrate New Year so there are lots of sales on noodles and other Chinese related foods.

4. “Love” items. Do I need to say more? It’s the month of love and all the things that go along with that will be on sale. I’ll stop there. This also includes mouthwash and toothpaste.

5. Big Screen TVs. Since the Superbowl is February 3rd this year, tvs will go on sale soon after. Check out your local electronics stores for deals.

6. Fitness equipment. January is a huge month for selling fitness equipment and since February is when that influx dies off, most retailers drop the prices on their equipement making February a great time to buy.

7. President’s Day Sales. I don’t know why department stores do huge sales for President’s Day, but they do. This is a great day to hit places like Macy’s, Dillards, Sears, JcPenny etc. They ALWAYS have President’s Day sales.

 


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