One of the main reasons people use as an excuse as to why they don’t eat healthy is that it is expensive. You know what is expensive ? A $4 coffee or a $8 burger and fries. What people fail to realize is that not only by eating unhealthy they are accruing health bills, but they are also eating more often.
The majority of people fail to look at the long term vs. the short term, all they see is the instant gratification. That’s a major problem with the world we live in right now, it’s that everyone wants instant gratification for everything they do. From going to the gym for 2 weeks and expecting results, to eating healthy for 5 days and expecting to lose weight. It’s like starting up a business, the hard part isn’t always starting it up. It’s being able to do it for several months or years, continually working on it and continually improving it even when the income isn’t always there. It’s not that you should stick something out if it’s not working. It’s that you need to stick it out long enough to work.
The problem is all these companies promote eating whatever you want and focusing on the 2 dimensional approach of calories in calories out. They market you just need a ton of fat burning pills or other supplements to get the results when the truth is you just need real food. You don’t need to spend $40 on a pill package or $180 on a supplement bundle. You need to spend $80-$100-$120 at the grocery store and cook the food.
It’s all about cooking your food and understanding you are eating to promote long term health and longevity. That you are eating to thrive and not just survive.
Tips to Eating Healthy on a Budget
1. Buy whole foods
Buying whole, real food is cheaper than buying processed, refined sugar. That’s all fake food really is, is sugar and salt that just makes you hungrier. When you buy real food it really satisfies you and helps you remain full longer. Don’t spend most of your time in the grocery aisles, spend some of the time there. Spend most of your time on the outside perimeter of the grocery store. Or take a stroll to your local farmers market. When you buy generic brand food its cheaper, stop buying name brand food all the time, a lot of times the store brand or generic brand is the name brand just packaged differently.
Figure out your protein sources, whether you’re an animal eater or not. If you eat animals chicken, eggs, lean beef, fish and bacon are all cheap protein sources. Vegans/Vegetarians can buy quinoa, beans, mycoprotein, hummus, peanut butter etc. You can buy cheap sources of protein you don’t have to eat special, like steaks every night unless you want to.
Fat you can buy extra virgin organic olive oil or coconut oil for cooking. You can buy nuts like almonds, pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, brazil nuts etc. For seeds you can buy chia or flax seeds.
Figure out what vegetables you like and can double dip with meals like spinach, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, garlic, mushrooms, asparagus, peppers, etc. When you figure out vegetables that work in multiple meals it allows you to buy less vegetables.
Since fat sources, and some vegetable sources have carbohydrates you just may need to buy fruit such as; berries, oranges, lemons, apples. Or you can buy sweet potatoes, beans, or wild/brown rice.
3. Buy frozen food
Frozen vegetables and fruit are healthy when chosen correctly. You can also sometimes buy frozen healthy meat. This helps you buy food in bulk saving you money, and many times they’re already partially prepared so it saves you time as well.
4. Supplements can save you money
Protein powder, fish oil, and multivitamins can save you money if you can’t get all the nutrients you need in a day from food. They're called supplements for a reason, if you need to "supplement" your diet for extra nutrients.
5. Find out when the deals and specials are
Sometimes local markets or even grocery stores have specials on food or meat. When they need to restock food there’s usually a day they need to get rid of the food by or just take off the shelves. Ask around, or look online and find what day they restock the shelves and get rid of the older food.
6. Limit liquids
Stop wasting money on gatorades, soda, and bottled water. You have free water at home. If your water is not good then buy a filter, in college I bought a Brita water filter and it saved a lot of money on drinks.
8. Prepare your meals before you go out
Stop buying food on the go and prepare meals. You can either do it the night before, morning of, or at the beginning of the week. “Bringing the brown bag” to work isn’t bad, it saves you money, time away from your job, and it's healthier. If you need to eat out or have a plan to eat out, it’s fine to eat out for lunch every once in awhile. But eating out everyday becomes pretty excessive. When you cook in bulk you can prepare for several meals or several days in advance.
9. Buy in bulk and freeze
Sometimes you can buy in bulk or get a Costco, Sam’s, or other wholesale store membership. You can buy in bulk there, when food is in season, or on a discount and put it in your freezer an keep it for later. They can stay frozen for several months.
Just realize that when you buy fake food you end up costing yourself more money. Whether its because you eat more often, you’re eating out, or it costs you in energy and productivity. Who knows it may even cost you in medical and health bills. So no matter which way you put it, eating unhealthy will likely cost you more money.
If you are getting sick continuously I would ask yourself what are you eating, how’s your stress, sleep and exercise? I haven’t been sick in I’m not sure how many years. It’s not because I’m some genetic freak, I just try to live healthy.
Then prepare and plan. When you have a shopping list, or an idea of your meals you can buy in bulk or buy cheap. It allows you to make smarter decisions and not impulsive ones.
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