Month: November 2015

The easiest way to get vegetables: V8

low sodium v8We’ve all heard that we need 5 or more servings of fruits or vegetables a day. I used to think fruit juice was a great way to sneak in a serving or two of fruits, but it turns out they are very high in sugar and not a good option.

A much better choice, it turns out, is V8. However, the downside of V8 is its high sodium content. This is easily solved however, if you purchase the low-sodium version of V8. 8 ounces of low-sodium V8 provides you with two servings of vegetables, so if you have a glass every morning, you’re already 40% of your way to meeting your daily requirement of fruits and veggies.

The other quick and easy way I like to get some veggies is by eating mashed potatoes. I like to buy the instant kind offered by Whole Foods (the brand is called 365) because it contains no preservatives. I did find, however, that if you follow the directions, the potatoes end up being too mushy. For this reason, you’ll have to experiment a bit to find the right consistency for the potatoes.

If you have other ideas of meeting the daily requirement of vegetable servings, do let me know! For more information on healthy eating, check out my post about vegetarianism.

Vegetarian Diets 101

Many people contemplate becoming a vegetarian for one of two reasons. The first is because they are against cruelty to animals. The second reason is because they believe it is a better diet for their health.

Vitamin B12Is a vegetarian diet indeed healthier? It seems for the most part, the answer is yes. On the whole, people on vegetarian diets have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. They also tend to be thinner, which is a big plus because today’s society suffers a serious obesity epidemic.

The standard vegetarian diet means you do not eat any meats. But you are allowed, under some plans, to eat animal-derived products like cheese, milk, or eggs. Such foods, in fact, may become your primary sources of protein.

The stricter form of vegetarian diet, called the vegan diet, avoids all animal products completely. Under this plan, you are not allowed to eat dairy or eggs, and as you can probably guess, this diet is a lot harder to follow.

Of the two, I recommend people start out with the standard vegetarian diet because it is easier to follow. Even if your ultimate goal is to become a vegan, it’s smart to take small steps toward your goal instead of making a drastic change to your diet overnight.

A good way to progress into a vegan diet is:

  1. Eliminate red meats. You can still eat white meats like turkey and chicken. You should find this step fairly easy to take.
  2. Eliminate all meats except fish. If you don’t like fish, this step might be a bit difficult. You can also just eat meats every other day to help you transition into vegetarian diet.
  3. Become a vegetarian. As stated above, you may still eat eggs and dairy products.
  4. Become a vegan.

One thing you must be mindful of if you become a vegetarian is that you’ll need to supplement your diet with vitamins to make sure you get enough B12. Typically, vegetarians are deficient in this vitamin, and it is therefore important for you to ensure you’re getting enough. The easiest way is to purchase a supplement from a reputable online vitamin store such as Pureformulas.

I like Pureformulas because they offer free shipping on all orders. Therefore, you can buy a single bottle of B12 and not have to pay for shipping, which would not be the case with most other online vitamin stores. Remember to use a Pureformulas coupon when you make your purchase to get the best discount deal you can.

Why you should give Gamefly a shot

There are many reasons today to own a gaming platform. These days, a console like PS4 or Xbox can do a lot more than simply allow you to play games. Once hooked up to the TV, many game consoles actually allow you to view Internet content. This includes services such as Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix.

But the main reason to own a game console is still to play video games. Consoles themselves aren’t cheap, starting around $360 for the newest platforms. It doesn’t end there, however. Typically, you’d have to spend $50 or $60 to purchase each game, presuming you like to buy new releases.

This is why I prefer to have a Gamefly membership instead. Using Gamefly, I pay a low monthly fee and can borrow as many games as I want. This allows me to try out a greater number of games while paying much less money over the long run. The best part is that I don’t have to go anywhere to get my games, since they are delivered to my door. So make sure you learn about how you can try Gamefly for free.