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Real happiness lies not in amassing huge wealth but the way in which it is spent

In our most recent posts, we introduced the idea that global and personal economic crises can present opportunities to develop new financial models. We were prompted to do this, in response to losing money through poor financial advice and our move to New Zealand.

Now, our health and well-being and that of the environment have become the drivers of our purchasing behaviour.  For example, we’ve started eating less meat, but choose organic or free range (if organic is unavailable).  It’s healthier for us and the animals too.  We consume more fruit and vegetables, which are locally grown, to reduce “food miles.”  We prepare them simply, in ways that maximize their nutritional benefits and retain their fibre content.  We have had a garden in the past and hope to again, so we can grow our own organic vegetables.  Another option would be to have home delivery of in-season, organic fruits and vegetables or shop at a local farmers’ markets, if you have one.

The dairy in our diet comes in the form of low-fat milk, yoghurt, spreads and ices instead of high fat butters, cheeses and ice creams. We occasionally purchase good quality artisan cheese.  We eat more “grains, beans and things” and purchase them dried instead of canned – a healthier option.  We make our own muesli for breakfast or have porridge in winter.  We purchase much of our bread from a local organic bakery outlet.  But, a colleague recently shared an easy bread recipe with us, so we hope to give it a try.  Watch this space!

Our hot beverages are decaffeinated and our coffee is fair trade. We often drink hot water instead of decaf coffee or tea.  We seldom have soft drinks, usually choosing filtered tap water or juice instead.  We sometimes purchase New Zealand artesian well water (Waiwera), because it is less acidic than regular water.  We recycle the bottles, when empty.

We limit purchasing processed or prepared foods (we’re still working on eliminating frozen french fries!) and our visits to restaurants.  When we dine out for special occasions, we prefer to go for lunch rather than dinner, so we are not eating a heavy meal in the evening.  If we want to drink wine, we either bring our own (many restaurants in New Zealand permit this for a small corking fee) or purchase just one glass each, since one of us is usually driving.

We do enjoy desserts, but they are almost always homemade and often feature fruit.  We try to choose cake recipes, which substitute ground nuts for some of the flour.

To ensure we get the essential vitamins and minerals, we take a good quality, daily multivitamin in powder form for better absorption, and fish oil capsules.

Our food expenditure and consumption is a formula that works for us, but is still a work in progress.  Hopefully it will give you some “food for thought” 🙂

Until next time,

Your Boomer Life Partners

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