Cheap Living – Try RVing As a Lifestyle

Cheap living is something we may not have thought much about before last year. Then the stock market went south and people are thinking “Now I can’t ever retire”. When you are dealt lemons why not make lemonade? Cheap living does not mean living cheap it can mean a lot of fun. How?

Consider fulltime Rving as a way of life. Lots of people do it or haven’t you been caught behind a RV on a 2 lane curving road. Yep that’s us in the RV, not in any particular hurry, enjoying the scenery. RVing is also a great way of living cheaply.

List the money you spend on your home mortgage, home insurance, utilities, property taxes, painting, termite service, etc . Compare with monthly rent of around $500 per month for an RV space. Add your RV insurance, a maintenance fund and compare the 2 columns.

Are you shocked? I ran the numbers when we first got an RV and figured I could RV for about 35% of what I spent operating a house. Now of course I did miss mowing the lawn, cleaning the screens, gardening, and doing house chores…get the picture.

Replace the restrictions, let alone the expense and life on the road seems like a winner to me. It is a way of life that has many rewards.

The obvious are choosing the climate you experience, being closer to family, or being further from family. Whatever it is your choice.

Before the RV, when we were working we vacationed by plane. Go to the airport, get the bags (I assume they made it), get the rent a car and off you go. You may pack and unpack a couple of times, but what the hay you are on vacation.

Compare that, which we did for 20 years, to RV life. One you pick when you go through big towns to avoid traffic, you never have to unpack, and your “home” goes with you everywhere.

A big bonus in RV life is the scenery you see on the road. You miss a lot when you fly.

We used to fly from Phoenix to Denver and drive to Steamboat Springs. Flying takes about 12 hours of hassle and frustration. When you drive to Steamboat Springs from Phoenix you go through Monument Valley, there is no traffic, great scenery…oh yeah it takes 12 hours. Do I have to mention the difference in cost?

Here is a great example of how cheap living can be a positive instead of worrying about your next brokerage statement. RV life costs less, offers tremendous flexibility, and is a lot of fun. Enjoy.

Maintaining Your Hair the Right Way – Healthy Lifestyle For Faster Hair Growth

If you desire to keep a good looking crowning glory until you are old, there is no better way to achieve this than maintaining your hair the right way. Maintaining your hair’s health is a habit that should be started early in life. In addition, for faster growth of your hair, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle too.

Regardless of your age, it is never too late to begin taking good care of your hair. Maybe the lack of knowledge is preventing you from starting to take good care of your hair. You might not be aware that there are techniques that will aid in making your hair grow faster. And these techniques do not require the use of medicines or other artificially made products.

Today is the best time to change your old ways of treating your hair. When it comes to hair care, take the steps below and stick with it. Consistency is the way to get the desired hair length in the shortest time possible.

The first step is to understand is the concept that both the skin and hair are indicators of your state of health. So always maintain a healthy lifestyle to bring out a great hair. This requires eating a balanced diet every day with the right nutrients.

Sleep 8 hours a day. Getting enough sleep is a requirement for beautiful and strong strands. With enough sleep, avoid stress and take the time to relax whenever you can.

Never use harsh shampoos. Apply shampoo only every 2 days. Use a conditioner every day instead.

The last thing you should do is try a fad crash diet. Never try to lose weight in a very short period of time. Sudden weight loss can dramatically affect your hair’s growth too. When the body loses weight at a fast rate, excessive nutrients are being shed off as well. When following a diet to lose weight, the body takes in less of the proper nutrients. From there, possible hair fall and hair loss can result.

Following these techniques require discipline and consistency. But when you see your hair growing fast and beautiful, you will know you have succeeded with your efforts.

Lifestyle Changes to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes!

Reverse Type 2 diabetes by simply making some lifestyle changes… you hear this often. So what does this really mean?

This type of diabetes is very often described as being a lifestyle disease… meaning it is largely a result of a lifestyle made up of:

  • obesity
  • lack of exercise and
  • poor food choices

Yes, Type 2 diabetes may be in your family’s history but that does not mean you need to activate the gene. Realistically, if you were not overweight the odds are you would not have developed Type 2 diabetes.

These are the lifestyle factors that can be changed, the main risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes:

Obesity: this is defined as being 20% or more over what is considered your ideal or healthy body weight. 10% over your ideal weight makes you overweight.

One simple way to know if you are in danger of developing Type 2 diabetes is simply to measure your waist:

  • keep you waist measurement under 35 inches (88cm)… this is for females
  • males need to keep their waist measurement to under 40 inches (102 cm)

The fat that forms in your abdominal area, also known as belly fat or visceral fat, accumulates around your abdominal organs and stops the insulin your body creates from working the way it’s supposed to. As your body gathers excess fat, your cells become increasingly resistant to the effects of insulin… this is insulin resistance. This means your pancreas needs to work harder to remove sugar from your blood. Over time your pancreas can no longer keep up with this increased insulin demand, so blood sugar levels rise and Type 2 diabetes results.

Exercise: Everyone knows the importance of eating healthy foods and getting the proper amount of exercise. The problem is we do not always do what we know we should do… even for our own good. Lack of exercise is one of the important factors also implicated in lifestyle disease. Exercise helps to keep your body in a healthy weight range. Regular exercise also helps to lower your blood sugar levels and improves your body’s insulin sensitivity.

Poor Food Choices: Studies show that a healthful diet is based on these basic principles:

  • the foods to eat on a daily basis are vegetables, fruits, wholegrains and legumes (beans, peas and lentils)
  • foods to avoid are those that cause a rise in blood sugar levels: white bread, potatoes and sugar itself. These can be replaced with rye bread, yams and sweet potatoes, and fruits

Eating too much sugar is easy to do. It is in so many foods that people eat each day without even knowing it… including many breakfast cereals, pasta sauces, bread, salad dressings and other sauces. Fruit juices, cordial, sports and energy drinks all add even more sugar to the average person’s daily diet.

Not eating enough fiber is another issue. Fiber slows down the absorption of nutrients including glucose; so fiber in your diet is helpful in lowering the glycemic index of other foods included in your meal.

The types of fat you eat also plays a role in your Type 2 diabetes risk. Trans fatty acids in your cell membranes reduces the ability of your body’s insulin to bind to your cells receptors leading to insulin resistance. Trans fatty acids are found in margarine, cooking oils and foods containing these products.

The trend in food choices is associated with weight gain, of course, but keep in mind it’s the poor food choices that cause the direct damage to health. You cannot change your genetic makeup but you are in control of your lifestyle… change your lifestyle and you can reverse Type 2 diabetes.