April 8th Show
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On today's show:
how to save money!
instagram yoga sensation and author
EVERY BODY YOGA
Yoga Instructor at Shangri-la Springs
Yesterday, April 7th in history
1933 President Franklin Roosevelt signs legislation ending prohibition in the United States.
1983 Specialist Story Musgrave and Don Peterson make the first Space Shuttle spacewalk.
1990 John Poindexter is found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1770 William Wordsworth, English poet laureate (“The Prelude,” “Lyrical Ballards”).
1860 W.K. Kellogg, cereal magnate and health guru.
1915 Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan), jazz and blues singer.
Today, April 8th in History
1789 The U.S. House of Representatives holds its first meeting.
1913 The 17th Amendment is ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
1974 Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
563 BC Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Happy Birthday, Buddha!
1605 Philip IV, king of Spain and Portugal (1621-65).
1726 Lewis Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1921 Betty Bloomer Ford, first lady to President Gerald Ford.
Week 2 Garden Week- Listen to Millissa Bell, the Master Gardener from Shangri-La Springs – on what to do to get started!
April means that Spring breaks are over and families with children have begun the countdown to summer. Time for the kids starts dragging and time for the parents starts flying into the anticipated abyss of completely unstructured days.
South Breeze Day Camp offers an old school, northern-style approach to Camp. Its the classic camp of past generations where life-long friendships are formed and extraordinary, novel and entertaining experiences are had. At least six distinct experiences a day, in fact. From performing arts to sports... each day. Kids graduate from camp and often immediately apply to become counselors so they can stay at this camp. www.southbreezedaycamp.com
Collier County Parks and Rec has a massive list of very specific camps, such as tennis or robotics or sailing or art that fill up very quickly, especially the most popular or limited availability choices. http://www.colliergov.net Find “I want to” drop down---- register
Get on top of your summer today and give everyone something to look forward to by signing up for summer camp TODAY while there is still availability!
Save Money at Whole Foods!
Grocery shopping is expensive and can take a significant amount of time if we let it. Combine that dynamic with food waste being at offensive levels in the U.S., with 30-40% of the food supply being wasted and it becomes clear that we can do better. With a little forethought and preparation, we can go a long way to saving time and money, while reducing waste, regardless of where we shop.
Whether you love grocery shopping or despise it, there is no denying that Whole Foods has one of the most extensive selections of organic, gourmet and healthy finds around. Yet, with a nick-name like “whole paycheck” many of us clearly have had issues with over-spending there. In the following list there are several things we can do to help keep the spending in check as well as more wisely allocating our time while keeping waste to a minimum.
1. Plan meals for the week.
There is no other single thing you can do that will save you more time and money at the grocery store and for the rest of the week, than having a definitive list of “needs” that will culminate as real meals for the week.
2. Make a list. (see #1)
A list ensures that we will end up with everything required for the pending weeks meals and will keep emergency trips for forgotten items to a minimum. Depending on what you drive and for how far, fewer emergency trips is significant for both time and money savings, let alone the frustration cost. If you are one who goes to more than one store to save money- run a quick calculation to make sure you actually are. I know people who are driving for 15 minutes out of there way because they can get milk for nearly a dollar less, she is failing to recognize that she’s probably spending 2.50 in gas and a half an hour of her life, lets calculate her worth at 20 an hour and she just spent 12.50 to save a dollar.
3. Stick to the list (see #2)
The most expensive things in the cart end up being the things that were never intended to be in the cart. They also tend to be the unhealthiest, so stick to the list.
4. Don’t go down the aisles that are not required for your list (see #3).
Wandering in Whole Foods is dangerous, especially if you’re hungry or are feeling creative and inspired.
5. Buy the 365 Brand.
Whole Foods generic line, that has a significant amount of certified organic products, has been so popular they are now opening budget-conscious 365 by Whole Foods stores.
6. Check for sales at wholefoods.com (www.wholefoods.com)
Before you menu plan, go online to see the weekly sales so you can plan your meals around them. They also have an extensive database of budget-mined recipe suggestions.
7. Get the Whole Foods Market App (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/digital-coupons-new-way-save-whole-foods-market)
Whole Foods offers significant discounts exclusive to App users, like $5 of produce when you spend $15.
8. Follow Whole Foods on social media.
Their social media outlets are where random and significant one-day specials are advertized.
9. Get a supplement punch card.
If you buy Whole Foods 365 supplements, you can earn $10 dollars for every $100 you spend.
10. Shop on Wednesday or Friday.
There are sales happening every day at Whole Foods, however new sales start on Wednesday when you can get the best selection. On Fridays you can take advantage of the sales that started Wednesday and also get the benefit of the Friday-only specials.
11. Buy in bulk.
For dry ingredients that you use more of, buy in bulk. Brown rice, beans, nuts, and quinoa are seriously healthy options and rice and quinoa can be cooked in bulk and frozen in serving size portions for future use.
12. Buy in cases.
For those items you regularly go through, buying them in case quantities will save you 10%. From soy yogurt to canned coconut milk to frozen veggie burgers to wine, what ever it is you can save 10%. Wine at Whole Food is very overpriced, you’re over paying if it is not already on sale and your buying a case of six for the additional 10% off , as that brings it down to regular retail price.
13. Buy frozen.
Fresh produce seems like it is the healthiest choice, however the produce has taken a very long, hard journey from where it was grown to your store. Once picked, produces begins slowly decomposing and as time passes, nutrients are lost. Frozen fruits and vegetables however are flash frozen, usually the day they are harvested, locking in all the nutrients for your benefit until you’re ready to use them. Organic versions are more available and more consistent than in the produce section as well and for far less.
14. Avoid the plastic containers of pre-cut produce.
These containers are priced having nothing to do with produce cost but for the value of the convenience. Buy the produce whole and slice it yourself for a fraction of the price.
15. Consider the salad bar- with caution.
For small portions of produce (1/2 cup of shredded cabbage is needed) head to the salad bar. The salad bar is a dangerous place ripe for over-spending, but if nearly a head of cabbage is going to be wasted for lack of use, then get the little bit you need at the salad bar. If you’re making a salad, assemble with weight in mind, beans, hard boiled eggs, etc. that cost next to nothing are the heaviest things at the bar.
16. Avoid frozen and prepackaged meals.
For the price of the ingredients, you could have had 4-5 meals and they would taste significantly better without all the added garbage ingredients.
17. Don’t buy more than you need.
Whole Foods has a dizzying assortment of fine cheeses, however you don’t have to buy in the sizes offered, ask them the cut one in half to better suit your needs. Same goes for the bakery, you can buy a half loaf if that is all you want.
18. Don’t have Whole Foods be your only place to shop.
Locally sourced always tastes better and your local farmers market will have beautiful produce and you’ll be supporting small farmers. For paper products and cleaning supplies, stores like target will have better prices on the same items, like natural detergents or recycled paper towels.
19. Don’t be afraid to return things.
If your last trip happened when you were starving and you bought fantasizing about a possible dinner party that’s never going to happen, then take the stuff back. If you don’t like the taste or quality of what you bought, take it back, if those gorgeous strawberries are a box of fuzz the next day, take it back, they have a great return policy with friendly staff.
20. Bring your own bags.
Ten cents a bag is not going to wildly adjust your budget but it is something and more importantly its makes a huge difference to the environment.
21. Don’t buy impulse items at the check out. We know this.. but a reminder helps.
Jessamyn joined us to share her new book EVERY BODY YOGA and helping us to take pressure off of needing to be some special way before you try it, like skinny, beautiful, young or a female. There are no pre-requisites for yoga. Whether you regularly do yoga or want to get started - the new book - EVERY BODY YOGA - is an unprecedented new guide filled with inspiration and tips on how to practice the exercise known to provide healing, peace, mindfulness, mental and physical well-being for - everybody and every BODY.
Many times, folks may be intimated to do yoga, having the impression it's for the flexible and fit crowd. But in this book, author and yogi JESSAMYN STANLEY breaks all stereotype and shows you - any body can do it!
“I wrote this book for every fat person, every old person, and every exceptionally short person. I wrote it for every person who has called themselves ugly and every person who can’t accept their beauty. I wrote it for every person who is self-conscious about their body,” Jessamyn Stanley writes.
Jessamyn Stanley is a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes. The self-professed “fat femme’s” trademark confrontational approach to tackling big topics—fat-shaming, body image and the media, the tyranny of unattainable beauty standards—has garnered her a fanatic following, national media attention, and acclaim as an internationally celebrated yoga instructor whose fans flock to her sold-out classes.
In her debut book EVERY BODY YOGA: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body (Workman), Stanley offers an unprecedented new guide to yoga for anyone whose aspirations have been tempered by insecurity. The result is an accessible, uplifting, and often hilarious approach for everybody, and every body.
EVERY BODY YOGA
Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body
Linsday joined us following Jessamyn's interview to really help us get past our hesitation and getting ourselves through the door.
Its not about amazing bodies, its not about all the outfits or the equipment, its simply about you deciding you want to do it for yourself, regardless of your current state of being.
Demystifying the practice and getting us back to the basics... breathing. A very insightful interview- Be sure and listen!
Lindsay Pirozzi is a Yoga instructor at Shangri La Springsand a handful of other studios, to get more information, or sign up for a class go to Shangrilasprings.com or call 239-949-0749