Second Hand Buying

The best way to stretch your dollar farther is by buying second hand used items.

I like to shop, but I can’t afford to have everything brand new. As long as I am using the item, it works, and it is in good condition then I am happy with it.

Sometimes you buy something, and after time passes, you don’t want it anymore. It’s taking up space, and you would like to get rid of it. If you bought that item new, you will be taking a big hit financially, but if you bought it used, then it won’t be nearly as bad.


Sugar is highly addictive and really bad for you. I still like sugar. I generally only eat items with sugar between 3 P.M. and 8 P.M. If you eat sugar first thing in the morning such as with your coffee or breakfast, then you will get shaky and light headed throughout the day.


If you think about breakfast in America, then you will see that kids make the rules at breakfast. Unfortunately kids are generally not interested in being healthy and having a long and productive life.

What are common breakfast items and what do they all have in common? Fruit, yogurt, pancakes, french toast, cereal, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, oatmeal, coffee, orange juice, milk, waffles, and doughnuts. The commonality in most of these items is sugar. Kids love sugar, but it is so unhealthy and will set your whole day up for failure. Once you eat sugar in the morning, you will crash and feel light headed and shaky until you get more sugar. A few hours later the crash will happen again, and you will need more sugar. Kids don’t know better, but adults need to learn to not have sugar until closer to night time. Night time sugar crash is better because you will be sleeping, and you won’t even know that you’re fiending for sugar.

I generally don’t eat breakfast. Water is my breakfast. I believe that people don’t need three meals a day. One meal a day is all you truly need. A healthy breakfast to me is something along the lines of eggs, bacon, nuts, and a glass of water.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is where a person only drinks water and no food for 16 hours. I have been doing this for about 6 months now, and it is working for me.

I wake up in the morning and start my day with a glass of water. After noon I have my first meal. I usually eat a large meal. Around 5 P.M. or 6 P.M. I have my second meal, which is usually a smaller meal or snack. Then I am all done eating and drinking anything except water by 8 P.M.

This way of living has helped me maintain my weight and not get too overweight. It’s not very challenging. I feel like I can continue this way of eating forever.

Water Fasting

Have you ever tried water fasting, thought about it, or are looking for ways to lose weight? I am going to share my views on water fasting and weight loss.

I am concerned about my general health and weight very much. I am 5’8″ and weight about 165 lbs. I care a lot about preventative maintenance with my health, so that I can feel good, be productive, and not put a financial burden on myself and my wife. After doing some research, water fasting seemed like something that would benefit me by flushing out my system and losing weight.

I decided to do a four day water fast. I had a plan, and I was going to make it work. I fasted from noon on Thursday until noon on Monday. Before my fast I ate a huge meal, and then from Thursday until Monday I only drank water. I did not add anything to the water or take any vitamins/drugs. I only had water.

I felt okay for the first two days. I worked my job, then when I was at home, I tried to take it easy. I watched a lot of T.V. and took naps. Day 3 I was feeling like I had no energy. My mind did not feel sharp. I felt very weak and unbalanced. I stayed at home for all of day 3 and 4. On this day I also wanted food really badly. Day 4 was more of the same, but even more difficult. I knew that I was at the home stretch though. My wife ordered pizza that day, which was torture. I love pizza, but I was on a fast. My sense of smell was greatly strengthened and I could tell. I kept asking her “can I smell your pizza?” It smelled extremely good. It smelled better than it ever had! Even if I were to give in, I knew that I would probably puke due to my body not being accustomed to complex foods.

After my fast was complete, I had to reintroduce food to my body. My first food was strawberries, and they tasted amazing! I came back into eating by eating very very small portions every two hours. By the next day, I was back to eating normal portions and everything I normally do.

From fasting I lost 10 lbs; only to gain back 5 lbs right away. My facial skin looked improved, and I felt a little better all around. I would suggest it to everyone that is healthy enough to handle it. I think that the body does need time to flush itself out regularly. I only suggest doing a two day fast though. I don’t plan on doing more than two days straight ever again. I plan on doing a two day water fast at least once a year.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You make up your own mind, and make your own decisions as to what is right for you.