Thursday, June 15, 2023

Feng Shui Tips to Refresh Home’s Chi



Tips for a sweet home at Colors 4 Health

Why do people the world over use Feng Shui techniques to attract peace, joy, and balance into their homes and lives?

Feng Shui is the
ancient Chinese art of placement and decorating. It has many simple-to-learn concepts that can help us today to align health, hearth, and heart in harmony with our desired lifestyle.

Read this post to see which Feng Shui tips resonate with you, and practice using them to cleanse, declutter, refresh, and correct imbalances in surroundings and life.

Then find ways to tune into life force energy (chi, qi, or prana) and apply it to Feng Shui principles to gain a greater sense of well-being.

When chi flows freely through our bodies, minds, and spirits, this energy creates feel-good vibes and helps us thrive by merging the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual realms.

Free-flowing chi provides inspiration for  abundance manifestation, and makes space for insights that improve relationships with ourselves, our surroundings, our family, and others.

Happy Family and Feng Shui Tips

An important point to remember when implementing Feng Shui ideas is to proceed at your own pace.

Some people need to block off a chunk of time and schedule a Feng Shui activity in a planner. They try to accomplish one Feng Shui project at a time.

Others prefer to work full speed ahead, until one room or the whole house is cleansed and refreshed.

Others work best spontaneously, and grab a few spare minutes to seize the moment.

Look Below for Feng Shui Tips to Refresh Home's Chi

Tip# 1 

Keep entryway attractive, welcoming, clutter free, and chi-friendly.

A clean front door and open space at the main entrance helps usher in improved wellness, career satisfaction, personal progress, and loving, restorative energy into homes. 

Dust the front and back of the front door, as well as the hinges, knobs, and frame. Remove leaves, twigs, and particles that have accumulated on the front door mat, walkways, or behind front porch plants, wreaths, etc. 

If your house or apartment number isn’t visible from the street or hallway, guests and delivery people may find it hard to locate you. 

Likewise if overgrown plants, shrubs, benches, display items, or furniture crowds the main entry to your dwelling, it puts obstacles in the path of new opportunities from entering as well.

Check outdoor lighting and replace lightbulbs if necessary. Bright lighting elements illuminate the path and neutralizes stuck or stale energy. 

Once inside, make sure windows and glass doors are clean and in good working order. This allows natural light to shine in. 

Open windows or door for at least 20-30 minutes a day to take advantage of the healing power of fresh air and natural light.

Tip# 3

Declutter countertops and other flat surfaces morning and night. Read, file, and/or shred mail each day. 

Cancel as many paper statements, circulars, newsletters, and the like that you can. Sign up for paperless billing, if you haven't done so already.

Don't leave dirty dishes in kitchen sink, on countertops, or in other rooms of the house.

Tip# 4

Clean out junk from floor, chairs, bed, and closets. Donate, trade, or recycle as much as possible.

Remove yellowing, dying plants and flowers as well.

Throw out artificial or dried flowers, and faux plants. They release dying or dead energy into the air, and can cause an adverse effect on health and mood.

Tip# 5

Weed out duplicate or broken sports or exercise equipment. Keep those you want to save in good working order in a gym bag and/or on a garage shelf, or laundry room or mud room bin.

Set up a dedicated space for hobby paraphernalia, books and magazines, keys, wallets, hats, outerwear, and accessories. 

Take out garbage and recycling daily, and keep indoor garbage containers out of sight.

Sort through stuff in closets, drawers, and other storage places. Give away or repair items that are not broken. 

If you never use, have outgrown, or hold on to things with bad memories associated with them, they may be the ones to discard first. 

No matter how beautiful an item is, if it overcrowds the space you have, swap it out for a smaller version or eliminate it entirely.

Tip# 6

Live plants are an important part of Feng Shui decorating. Plants emit positive energy and cleanse the air. 

Vegetation's green and other earthy colors remind us of health, renewal, and growth.

Bring the aura of the outdoors into your home and notice how living things including pets contribute to the positive flow of chi throughout your home. 

Tip# 7

Study characteristics of the 5 Elements in Feng Shui which are FIRE, EARTH, METAL, WATER, and WOOD and their corresponding COLORS. 

These elements help us combine, add, subtract, and align Feng Shui energies in our living space. Each element is represented by specific colors.

Use 5 Elements to Balance Home Chi

Fire: Red, Yellow, Orange, Purple and Pink. Fire represents high energy levels, passion, and transformation.

Earth: Light Yellow, Sandy Tones, Light Brown. Earth represents stability, nourishment, and support.

Metal: White and Gray. Metal represents mental strength, influences intelligence, focus, and clarity. 

Water: Blue and Black. Water represents release and renewal, inspiration, relaxation, and flow.

Wood: Green and Brown. Wood represents expansion, creativity and new beginnings.

For additional information about colors and ways to balance chi see:

Balance Chi with Chakra Colors

Did this post intrigue you? Do you think any of these tips can help improve your sense of comfort and pleasure at home? Are you willing to experiment with Feng Shui ideas?

Please comment below.

Use simple Feng Shui tips to feel centered, happy, and uplifted at home. 

To keep the ball rolling and get more organized and refreshed in living space deep clean home or apartment at least once or twice a year. 

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Frugal Food Shopping Tips to Improve Health on a Budget


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Saving money at the supermarket doesn't have to mean giving up nutritious foods. Here are brilliant tips that help us keep our food budget in check, yet still be able to afford eating wholesome foods that nourish us.

Updated 4/1/2024

Consumer food prices rose 7.7 percent for year ending in April 2023. Rising food costs make us continue to look for ways to keep a firm check on spending. 

This post illustrates many food shopping tips that can help save money, without sacrificing good nutrition.

Plan Ahead

Read food advertisements, collect coupons, and see store apps to learn what's on sale. Sign up for free store loyalty programs to get the perks. 

Before heading off to the market, menu plan for one or two trips a week. Let's find recipes that include sale items, so we can start off on the right food.

Practice makes progress. Notice how empowering it feels to gain skill at adapting old standby recipes from cookbooks and online to healthier versions. 

If we choose, we can also update
family heirloom recipes this way by adding, subtracting, or substituting one ingredient for another.

Just be mindful to include menu items that fit within food categories of whole grains, veggies, legumes, protein, fruit, nuts, seeds, and low-fat dairy or dairy alternatives.

With a written menu plan in hand, check to see which ingredients are already in the fridge and pantry. 

Make a shopping list for the rest.

Fill shopping cart with ONLY those items on the list. 

If a product is unavailable when we get to the store, replace it with a food that  provides similar vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting compounds as the original one. 

Being consistent and deliberate with our food shopping routine is a time-tested way to save money, improve health, fuel our bodies well, and keep within our budgets.

It's worth the effort to research
which foods are nutrient dense (quality over quantity). Colors 4 Health has many blog posts that can help. Feel free to use the search bar for healthy eating ideas and
check out a few samples below.

Frugal Food Tips to Improve Health on a Budget

Do the Footwork

Set the intention to find recipes that can easily be put together in the time we have, made with cookware and utensils we already own, are at our cooking skill level, and ones that we're interested in trying out.

When we vary our diet by trying a few new dishes each month, we get a chance to include the best of the fresh produce that's in stock on the day we actually do our shopping. 

Colorful fruit and veggies feed our senses and satisfy our appetites as well. 

eat produce that's colorful as the rainbow

It's wasteful and expensive to buy food we won't use. So if we'll be eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a restaurant or as takeout during the week, budget for that. 

Caution: We can’t control the amount of sugar, salt, and fat that goes into meals we eat out, and often meals grabbed on the run lack as many nutrients as those we make at home. Restaurant meals and takeout foods are often more costly as well.

Economize Where We Can

Save part of weekly food budget for future sales of healthy staples like quinoa, brown rice, whole-grain pasta, canned beans, and high-fiber cereals. 

Find and compare unit prices listed on shelves to get the best price. Buy store brands if cheaper. Many off brand food companies use the same quality generic products in canned and frozen goods as those found in brand names.

Keep in mind, if a product is not on our list, we're less likely to impulse buy it. 

It also follows that if we don't bring junk food into our abode, we save money, eat healthier, and take a giant step toward resisting temptation and maintaining health.

Don't even head down an aisle, if it doesn't stock a product on the shopping list.

For example, skip the flavored beverage aisle if at all possible.

Focus on shopping the perimeter of the market. One wall of most markets has produce, another protein sources, and another fresh bread. 

Smart shoppers are aware that in general, the interior sections of the store contains shelves with the most highly processed foods. If a product appears at eye level in the market it usually follows it's more expensive than products that are stocked on the shelves above or below it.

Learn to choose the most unrefined, whole food version of an item available by reading every label.

Read Every Food Label

Processed foods and drinks or fully prepared deli foods are more expensive for the most part than those we make from scratch. 

Processing and packaging costs, as well as labor and shipping costs to prepare and transport these foods to the market are all transferred to the consumer.

Most prepared foods contain added sugar, high fat, high salt, or additives and preservatives. Some include added colors, thickeners, and artificial flavors. Use prepared foods in a pinch, but don't rely on them to meet nutritional needs. 

One way to tell a processed food is unhealthy is if the ingredient list is more than three or four ingredients long.

Pre-plan the purchase of snacks. Don't buy junk food; make a choice to get munches like unsalted nuts or seeds, veggies and hummus, low salt pretzels, or air-popped popcorn instead.

Pre-plan dessert shopping as well. Apples, blueberries, bananas, grapes, peaches, and other fruit make great desserts. 

See this colorful three ingredient recipe, "How to Make a Tempting Red White and Blue Dessert," for a quick and delicious dessert idea. 

Check all use by dates, and don't stock up on food that may not be used up before it goes bad. 

Make Food Choices That Align with Our Lifestyle

Plan meals to supply energy to fit in with our activity level. 

For those who need guidance consult with your health care provider and see "The Definitive Guide to Healthy Eating in Real Life." 

Then read about the benefits of eating the rainbow of plant-based foods in "Bloom Into Health."

Vary menu plan from week to week and season to season to prevent feeling blah about meals. 

Buying and eating in-season, local crops are fresher, because they haven't travelled long distances to get to the market. In-season veggies and fruit are often those featured in weekly sales.

Reap health benefits by replacing processed foods with nutrient-rich sources of proteins including canned or dried beans, tofu, tempeh, legumes, leafy green veggies (fresh or unseasoned frozen), unsalted nuts, seeds, nut butters, nut milks, and the like. 

Eating 5-9 portions of unprocessed veggies and fruit a day are better for our waistlines, heart, and prevent serious diseases including prostate and breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes, than ready made, greasy, deep fried, or preservative laden ones.

Locate the bulk bins at the grocery store.  


Buying food in bulk allows us to scoop out the exact amount we need for a recipe ingredient like quinoa, coffee, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, and flour.

It’s often more economical to get food staples this way, than grabbing pre-packaged (cereal, dried beans, whole grains, etc.) ones. 

If we’re just buying a small amount, buying bulk foods conserves food and money, a great combo.

What to Do with Leftover Food

After we finish eating our meal, if there are any leftovers, we can stretch dollars and save time, by eating remainder the next day. 

Another alternative is to freeze uneaten food and defrost and use it at a later date. πŸ‰πŸ…πŸ›πŸ 

At one time in my life, I worked at an upscale grocery shop as a personal shopper and menu planner. I learned many of these tricks of the trade then. 

Just know I offer this information for educational and entertainment purposes only. If you need health, nutrition, or financial information consult with the pros.

Before you go please comment below.

What is your favorite tip for saving money and health as a frugal food shopper?

Mine is don't go to the market when you're hungry, rushed, or tired. 

Which of my tips resonates with you? 

Please explain in the comments section below.

Did you learn anything new or interesting by reading this post? Does it help motivate you to be a more attentive shopper and why?

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