Staying Healthy on a Budget

Tim ZimmerLearn

We’re all feeling the pinch of the deflated economy. There is a hidden opportunity during this time to improve our self care skills, cleanse our lives of unnecessary stuff and restructure our priorities. Conservation and self preservation is a beautiful thing no matter what the economy looks like.

Every day at the Tummy Temple we practice wellness and educate our clients about it. We believe that our health is our wealth and enjoy the investment process. Developing a personal wellness program doesn’t have to cost a lot and can actually create big savings and improve your quality of life. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to ensure that you will avoid a major health crisis or be able to effectively recover from one. We encourage you to enhance your self-healing power with the following suggestions:

  • Create an effective, holistic health care team with you at the center. Ideally, your health care team helps you figure out what is affecting your health both adversely and positively. Effective primary care providers can design programs for people that address issues from all angles. We suggest having good diagnosticians, manual therapists, Registerd Dietitians, mental health counsel, spiritual counsel and acute care practitioners on your side. And remember that no one knows your body like you do. Guide your practitioners with your own self-knowledge and ability to report about it (health journals are quite effective for this). Then come up with solutions that include your own intuitive wisdom.
  • See your preventative health care practitioners on a regular basis. Prevention is the key word here. The investment made up front on health care is much like paying taxes throughout the year. The more you invest along the way the less likely you are to have a big punch in the end. The big bonus here is that you can feel great along the way, too! We suggest seeing someone who helps you feel better and identify weaknesses a minimum of once a month. If you feel uncomfortable symptoms in your body, then address them immediately (this is where #1 above starts to come in handy). Don’t wait for something to break down. At that point “the fix” is likely to be more expensive and uncomfortable.
  • Improve self-care knowledge. If you are doing a good job with migrating to the mindset of prevention vs. reaction, then you will likely be doing a lot more self-care work. Self-care work is what you do for yourself that improves your health. This includes enhancing your diet with nutritious foods, taking supplements in a disciplined fashion, doing self-massage, exercising, focusing on gratitude and positivity, and developing your home remedy cabinet. What natural remedies are great for helping with a sore muscle, a short bout of constipation, improving cholesterol levels, painful periods, helping with sound sleep, and acid reflux? These are all issues that every family can effectively deal with at home with proper self-care knowledge. Holistic practitioners, classes, books and the internet are great for helping you expand your self-care repertoire.
  • We expect that in this post-bubble economy world there will be a silver lining of an emergence of sound values. Health has long been recognized as wealth. We are grateful to be a part of values that endure the test of time and money and a part of your health care team.