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Healthy Finances are a Part of Healthy Living

written by Head Health Nutter May 10, 2011

If you’ve ever struggled with your finances like me, you probably have some conflicted feelings about money. Today we discuss how important financial health is to healthy living, and I share with you a clip of a great TV show that’s been teaching me how to manage money better!

Ever since I came to Toronto for university I’ve been in debt. I accepted it as part and parcel of getting an education but borrowing that money made it seem ok to be in debt. So when the banks gave me credit… well, let’s just say I’ve been living more for the moment rather than considering my future.

Food is like money in so many ways. When we pack on the pounds, it’s not the food’s fault. It’s how we view food and what we use it for that gets us into trouble.

For health nuts, food is fuel that builds a strong body so quality is important and they tend to choose nutrient-rich foods. People who eat for pure pleasure, either for taste and instant gratification or to control their emotions, tend to be overweight or skinny-fat.

Although some people believe money is the root to all evil, I’ve come to believe it’s how you view it and how you manage it that makes all the difference. Smart money managers respect and value money, and choose to make wise investments. They are willing to sacrifice some pleasure today in order to reap even greater benefits later.

Did you know that money is the #1 reason most couples break up? Til Debt Do Us Part is a Canadian TV show on the Slice network starring financial wiz, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, who’s been helping couples overcome their financial (and marital) issues for at least 8 seasons.

I love Gail – she gives real tough love when it comes to managing money and even better, she teaches couples about money and forms a plan of action so they can get out of debt and build hefty retirement funds.

Watch full episodes here and check out the “where are they now” follow up episodes.

As a viewer, I’ve watched enough episodes of Til Debt Do Us Part that I’ve learned a ton about money management, debt repayment and what it means to be in a strong, healthy life partnership. For the first time in my life I am confident that I can finally clean up and take control of my finances!

Do you believe healthy finances are a part of healthy living? Why? And what do you think of Til Debt Do Us Part?

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4 comments

Dimitri Snowden May 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

“Til debt do us part”! Sad reality, but clever title! Wise investments are certainly important for your fiscal and physical health! Thanks for sharing!

-Dimitri Snowden

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Head Health Nutter May 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

You’re most welcome, Dimitri, hope you enjoy the show! Stay tuned for at least one other post that clarifies more aptly how much healthy finances contribute to a healthy lifestyle. 🙂

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Healthy Living Tips May 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

Not having control over your finances can affect your health by causing chronic stress. This can deplete our bodies of much needed vitamins and nutrients and cause illness and disease by weakening our immune system.

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Head Health Nutter May 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

So very true – I bet $ is the #1 contributer to stress and therefore illness.

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