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Healthy Living: It's All in the Routine!

Camille Cain is a self-proclaimed "Sassy Elder." From time to time she will be sharing her Health and Well-being insights here at ElderPride. She believes that we can still eat healthy while being on a limited budget. Each week we will share a few insights for aging forward with grace and ease, and many will include Camille's culinary expertise. For example:

Camille suggests that we purchase only what we need for the week. Fresh produce and meat parish quickly. While many of us hate wasting food, we also can manifest serve digestive problems by eating food that should have been tossed out days ago. She offers that we must think about what we would eat for the week, and stay within those limits.

We must repackage immediately. If we have a freezer, divide meat into portions as soon as you get it home, wrap it well, label it and freeze. She also suggests that we purchase smaller jars/bottles of items that must be refrigerated after opening, such as mayonnaise and salad dressing. Camille says: "Don't always go for he big bargain jar. It needs to be used within one month, unless the carton states otherwise. And once opened, the content should be used within 7-10 days after opening.) How old is the mayonnaise in your refrigerator right now? Camille also suggest that we label any carton opened with the date that you put it into the refrigerator so that you can use it up or (sigh) throw it out.

Finally, a clean kitchen makes for healthy living. All surfaces should be wiped down and cleaned daily. Do reuse any dish or utensil without properly washing it first. Merely rinsing out the coffee cup from yesterday and pouring fresh coffee into today, may just be making your sick from the bacteria that formed over night. My grandmother would not go to bed with a dirty dish in the sink, or without sweeping her kitchen floor. Garbage was taken out every night before she retired. She never had a bug in her house, and she was rarely sick. Good routines do equal good heath.

If you have any questions, would like recipe suggestions, or want to find out more about food storage, email our Sassy Elder at the email address below. What is your secret for healthy shopping, or food storage? Comment below

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