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What We're Following Today November 14, 2019

A Nutritionists Take on Quitting Sugar

This nutritionist says that quitting isn’t necessarily needed nor a good thing. All or nothing approaches often fail. She says, “It’s worth asking yourself: would you rather have fast results or a long-lasting effect that won’t need rigorous protocols to be maintained?”

The idea is that you don’t need to avoid something entirely, but approach your health from a nourishment perspective. What does my body NEED today versus what do I need to avoid today. For some micro-tracking helps, but for others “like me” I just need to make sure I am eating “better” day after day.

The other big note in this blog post is the idea of knowing what different foods do to you specifically. Sometimes you may find that your body processes things differently than others and that these differences can impact your overall health. The more mindful you are about these differences, the more likely you’ll be able to control some of the challenges you face on maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.

In Intergenerational Approach to Politics

As humans we tend to be very “me” or “I” focused. This gets in the way of our political discourse A LOT. This story is a good example of a community that has some real educational needs but doesn’t have the full community support financially, and for good reason.

In the throws of the debate a town can be sucked into an us versus them mentality and not understand that we often have the same objectives but have different priorities based on real life matters. In this case, parents of children blamed older residents for not approving the older funding rather than understanding some of the very real WHY’s around it. As a community we can’t just throw money at things, we have to think about the impact that greater spending will have on all residents - regardless of the project. The approach the town is now taking looks to include all perspectives in order to accomplish a common goal - quality education for our kids.

The 7 Best Tips for Buying a Townhouse

Sometimes moving into a community with smaller footprints or less labor for upkeep needed makes sense. Sometimes we just prefer communal living and townhouses / condos can be great opportunities for us to be owners at various stages in our lives. Townhouses may provide you with some ownership of a patio or small patch of grass, which might be right for those who like to have “some” land to work with.

This article by Mitch Strohm on talks through some of the best tips when buying a town home.

Here they are:

  1. Consider getting a REALTOR®

  2. Know the costs of townhomes in your area

  3. Know the HOA Fees and what they cover

  4. Prepare for a possible bidding war

  5. Shop the best mortgage rates

  6. Get pre-approved financing

  7. Get a home inspection

You can apply a lot of these tips to any situation, but once you think you are committed to a Townhome scenario, it will help you focus in on market facts and hidden costs that could come up as they pertain to townhomes in your area.

Don’t Want to Cook for Thanksgiving this Year?

Maybe you are not interested in cooking a full on Thanksgiving meal this year - here’s a link to a page on the Penny Hoarder that gives you the costs for 7 alternatives to doing the cooking yourself.

Tyler Omoth illustrates 7 locations where you can buy a Turjey Dinner / Thanksgiving meal already prepared. From Publix grocery stores to Cracker Barrel, there are some options out there. Prices range from roughly $7 - $15 per person for most places. Go a little more upscale for Whole Foods and you might be closer to $23 per person.

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