The 5 clues on how to shortcut your way to a better life

Where are your actions not creating what you want? Continuing to do them without any connection to how silly and outdated they’ve become.

How can you create a better tomorrow, if all your old baggage bogs you down?

I remember an ahh hah moment, in my mid-20’s when I sat in front of a corporate executive. Thankfully, he was also a friend. When, he offered me a fireball candy. Tossing it in my mouth until the heat was too much. Quickly, I plucked it out of my mouth to blow on it as I had always done. This time however I was met with a crazy glare and a “What are you doing?” which took me by surprise. He snapped me back into reality as I explained, justifying my sanity or lack there of at the time. You see, when I was 4 we used to go to the candy store and this was mom’s advice. Made sense at the time, so I just kept doing it. That was until someone pointed out differently.

Where have you turned up your heat, just going through the motions, reacting or worse creating an unnecessary crisis as you go about the day?

  • Dieting.. Lulling you into a false sense of health as you wage war on your body.
  • Resolutions.. Short bursts of progress until every-day life gets in the way.
  • Time Management.. Focus on doing more today instead of supporting growth & future ideals.
  • Health.. Fading resource you painfully earn the right to keep instead of a birthright that supports you.
  • Responsibility.. Enabling others to slack off or drop the ball and a distraction of living the live you’re meant for.

I was no longer connected to the process of what I was doing and blindly went on as I had always done until someone pointed out how what I was doing made absolutely no sense.

What daily habits and personal care routines are you wasting your time without even questioning if it’s the right thing to do for you, or if there’s an easier or updated solution? Wonder how much time, effort and energy you put into things that can be achieved in a much simpler fashion.

You’d be surprised at how much opportunity you have to improve as well as eliminate steps in your day freeing up time to go after your dreams. Think of how enjoyable life would be.

How well are you doing? Think of how many times you mindlessly go through the day on autopilot, or pushing to get through.

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Take a moment for a fresh look at You … what You want and examine the actions You are taking to Achieve or Resist creating that brighter tomorrow.

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How Trader Joe’s makes you go bananas

How Trader Joe’s makes you go bananas

I enjoy hearing the backstory on how Trader Joe’s got to their decision of offering Banana’s for 19 cents, and there may be this sweet little old lady in Arizona who’s happy now that she can buy a single banana….

However, the sad truth is that when buying a $.19 cent banana instead of the per pound pricing, like all the other stores, I always wonder if this is a good deal.

With no scales in sight…I fight the urge to run over to Shop  Rite to weigh the stupid thing and see if it really is cheaper.

But honestly, I do question my purchase every time over this simple difference.

Thinking… Trader Joe’s strategy was built around only offering things that are cheaper than other food stores and better quality. But in this instance is it true??? Having long given up on counting calories after finding a better solution, I thought my over-complicated math problems were behind me at the grocery store.  However, my math brain still seems to want to be stretched. But missing a piece of the conversion (weight) puzzle leaves me wondering.

Faced with a decision, the drama continues.

… Googling I find an  average banana weighs 4 oz. So that 19 cent banana is equal to $.76/lb. where other stores charge $10 cents less per pound. Hummm… but are these average bananas. I have no idea.

Now tell me, I’d like to know who in the world figured out what the average banana weighs when I see such a bunch of random sizes of banana’s all the time. Was it a bunch of monkeys?

Crazy right, but sadly, Honest too. We’re talking a couple of cents here. But it’s hard to let go wanting to make the better decision especially since I’m heading to the other stores anyway. Money is money and price is one factor in what I buy, so I don’t want to feel ripped off.

It doesn’t end there…To make matters more uncertain I’ve actually tried to search for banana’s that are similar size at my next stop to calculate and answer this dilemma once and for all. Don’t want to bring in the ones I bought, that could be criminal, or actually get charged again thinking I got them there? Too bad the ones here always seem to be bigger, and not 4 oz. I might add because I can weigh them here, so I never quite satisfy my curiosity to get to the bottom of this mystery.

You’d think I’d give up bananas for another fruit already. But no that’d be too easy.

I have learned to end the quest of the best banana price and just buy them at Trader Joe’s changing how I decide.

Logically, I’m spending more per pound but less in the long run when I walk away with those 4 banana’s that are the size I want for $.76 vs. those supersized bananas which run about $1.25. This is a change in how I pick where to get these bananas but definitely more certain in my choice.

But truthfully, it had created a little cloud wondering over such a silly thing. Having spent time writing about this mental game may seem absurd, so much time, too much energy for something simple.  But think about how many choices you’re faced with in which you go through some over-complicated process to make your decision.

My next shopping trip I will resolve this question once and for all when I hunt down a scale to weigh those bananas and put this senseless unresolved dilemma to rest … and if you find change lying by the “Bananas 19 Cent” sign at Trader Joe’s you’ll know I was there.

So, my question to you is where do you go bananas in the grocery store.

– What other products leave you in the dark as the right or wrong choice?

– Where do you freeze up trying to make a decision and then just pick one?

Let’s hear what decision sends you into a tailspin at the grocery store.

Produce You MUST Buy Organic

When it comes to eating healthy, the emphasis goes beyond just carbs, fat, protein, and calories. It even goes beyond food groups!

When you make the conscious decision to start eating healthier foods, it’s important to pay attention to what’s in your food.

Did you know that the nutritional value of most our produce has decreased over the last few decades? The food we eat no longer gives us the nourishment it used to, requiring us to seek other sources of vital nutrients.

This is due to the increasingly more common use of pesticides and genetically modified foods (GMOs).

By consuming organic food as often as possible and choosing foods that are locally grown, you can minimize the effect of pesticides and GMOs in your diet!

Beware These Foods: The Dirty Dozen

These foods have been named as the most likely to be contaminated by pesticides. If you’re on a budget, these are the foods you want to prioritize buying organic.

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes (Imported from elsewhere)
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes

Safer Bets: The Clean Fifteen

These foods are the least likely to contain pesticides, according to the President’s Cancer Panel. Because of their many layers and rough outer skin, these foods are less likely to be toxic when bought conventional.

1. Onions
2. Avocados
3. Sweet corn
4. Pineapples
5. Mango

6. Sweet pea
7.  Asparagus
8.  Kiwi fruit
9.  Cabbage
10. Eggplant

11. Cantaloupe
12. Watermelon
13. Grapefruit
14. Sweet potatoes (also known as yams)
15. Sweet onions

Guidelines for Staying Safe When Buying Food

Most foods are much better for your body, on multiple levels, when purchased organic. They’re closer to the earth and more care has been taken to ensure that they’re raised in a natural setting.

If you’re not able to purchase organic at a grocery store, farmer’s markets are a great alternative. Local farmers aren’t subjected to the same large-scale requirements of a corporate or a farm subsidized by the government. They’re usually more likely to use fewer pesticides and more natural methods when growing foods. Often, these small farmers carry organic produce, even if the label itself doesn’t say “organic.”

It’s also easier to buy foods that are in season if you have local sources. Farmers want to ensure that their stock doesn’t go bad before the next crop comes to flower. Eating seasonally is also statistically the best way to avoid food that has been genetically altered to remain fresh longer.

Where do you buy food in your neighborhood? Do you typically buy organic food?

Tell us why or why not in the comments!