Monthly Archive: December 2016

Senior Living in Portugal

I renovate senior homes in Florida for a living, so when I recently vacationed in Portugal, I was curious to find out how well senior U.S. expatriates lived there. The first thing I discovered is that the government has a 10-year tax-exemption deal for expat retirees in Portugal. No income tax will be deducted from their pensions for a ten-year period. That’s a pretty good deal if your pension is large enough to benefit from it. It’s no secret that Portugal is taking an economic beating right now, with credit rating downgrades, large amounts of debt and high unemployment. But that also means you can live very well there if you are getting a decent pension such as Social Security. Your pension acts as a buffer against the wild gyrations in the Portuguese economy. You will be able to find nice living arrangements for a low rent and have money left over to hire a housekeeper. Many Portuguese people will work for pennies to prevent starvation, so you can have a whole private staff for only a few dollars a day.

Another factor to consider is the language barrier. However, two factors are helping overcome this problem:

  • ·       Many Portuguese are learning English so that they can get jobs with expats.
  • ·       Many personal devices now offer spoken translation. If hears what people say and translates it in real time. Each year the technology gets better.

On the positive side of the ledger, Portugal offers many attractions:

·       Food: Portuguese food is so delicious, especially if you like seafood and shellfish. Meat and vegetables are also terrific and inexpensive there. The cuisine is Mediterranean and very healthy. I especially liked the many different pork dishes I sampled. Even the best restaurants are very affordable and the service is first-rate. All of my waiters spoke flawless English. Also, authentic Port is half the price in Portugal as compared to U.S. prices. You can drink a bottle a night without worries.

·       Golf: I think they have the best golf courses in Europe! I played every day and the populace is passionate about the sport. I found that greens fees and alike were much lower than in America.

·       Climate: Nice if you like it hot, especially in the southern part of the country. That’s important because the coastline has beautiful beaches where you will want to spend a lot of your time.

·       Healthcare: Much more enlightened and relaxed than in the U.S. You can get most medicines without a prescription. 

Taste is Important When Dieting

Nutrisystem is a weight-loss system that provides counseling and weekly meals, consumers sign up and design the best weight loss plan and then their meals are shipped to them. Jenny Craig, much like the Nutrisystem weight loss plan has a lot of support with a personal consultant who would be your mentor, or teacher throughout your weight loss journey. Two very popular weight loss methods to complare would be Nutrisystem vs Jenny Craig.

Consumers testing the NutriSystem Weight Loss Prevention Program were not satisfied with the taste of the food products. Most reviews concluded the NutriSystem foods were less expensive than products from the Jenny Craig line, but Jenny Craig food outranked in the taste department. Jenny Craig consumers were neutral about the personal consultation included in the program. Depending on the lifestyle needs of the dieters, the personal support was either a burden or blessing. Some clients were given the positive affirmation, support, and guidance they needed to begin and continue their dieting system. The mailing system of the Nutrisystem is convenient for a dieter with a busy lifestyle.

Those that chose the Jenny Craig option are recommended to, but not required to come to the office weekly for weigh-ins. This was helpful to some consumers that need a personal coach to discuss the lifestyle changes that dieting requires. Overall, depending on the personal preference for taste and lifestyle differences, dieters were satisfied with both systems. A majority were dissatisfied with the taste according to Nutrisystem reviews. There were more inclined to pay more for the most costly and tastier choices that Jenny Craig offers. Consumers were more inclined to stay on their diets and not cheat on their diet with the better tasting food. Those that were not satisfied with the taste of their food choices, found it easier to sneak in foods they enjoyed, making their overall goal of weight loss more challenging.

Dieting is a lifestyle change, whether you as the consumer, are looking at the ingredients of your food or looking for someone to help you make the transition into your healthy lifestyle. Whether consumers of both products were trying to lose weight or eat healthier in general, they all agree, enjoying the meals they are eating is important and will ultimately be the deciding factor in how your diet will fit into your lifestyle.