…Than Eating Unhealthy
People always say that eating healthy is expensive, but really, it is no more expensive when you consider what the healthy people aren’t buying and eating in general.
Processed foods cost a lot. You’re paying for other people to do the work for you whether at a fast food restaurant or packaged foods from the grocery store. Plus, Is it really worth it when you look at how the quality of food goes down? The following picture shows some statistics of negative affects of eating processed foods.
Seven Ways to eat healthy for less:
- What you might be buying: Canned beans, minute rice, seasoned rice pilaf, flavored oatmeal packs, quick oats. What to buy: dry beans, whole grains such as brown rice, Steel cut or rolled oats in bulk.
- You might be buying coffee at a coffee shop everyday. What to do? Purchase fair trade organic beans in decaf and regular. Store them in your freezer, grind as needed and make your morning coffee at home. Save big bucks and help others at the same time. Win win.
- You might be buying bargain meats, poultry, sausages, hot dogs, etc. How can you change this to healthy for less? Considering there are 7 lunches and 7 dinners every week, explore more meat-free meal options. try whole grain pasta dishes with healthful sauces, rice and beans (try Mexican style), tasty tofu dishes, more ways with eggs, etc.) Purchase when on sale: grass-fed beef, hormone-free turkey and chicken, nitrate and nitrite-free hot dogs and nitrate-free deli meat. Use as needed throughout the week(s) and for cookouts, etc. The old ways of cooking meat every night as your protein source is past.
- If you buy lots of beverages like soda, vitamin waters, and juice, consider investing in a juicer. Make juice with fresh vegetables and fruit a couple of times per week. You don’t need any of the store-bought sugary drinks. The above photo shows just how many teaspoons of sugar are in each drink. Soda can and should gradually be replaced with water. If you need a dose of caffeine, carry around little pieces of dark chocolate to have once per day and give yourself the option of homemade hot cocoa in the morning for good healthy energy. Choose a low-glycemic sugar such as coconut sugar for adding to coffee or tea. Low glycemic foods contribute to good health and disease prevention.. For more on this, check out this link.http://www.gisymbol.com/
- This may sound crazy to some people, but eating healthy often includes eating less (although it may seem like more when eating loads of veggies!), which in the long run can mean spending less. You can literally plan to get full faster and stay fuller longer. Eating healthy means high fiber from lots of veggies and whole grains, and fruit. Refined foods don’t satisfy for long and leave you empty and craving more. The higher nutrients and better digestibility of well-prepared foods take care of you better.Try this: Have a meal of rice and beans with avocado, tomato, and a sprinkle of grass-fed cheddar cheese. Also, have either a side salad or some steamed broccoli. Then don’t eat before bed (this alone saves you in more ways than one). Now, maybe not after the first time, but give it time (try this pattern for a couple of weeks with this type of meal); once cravings have subsided, these meals satisfy and helps curb craving all on their own.
- Buy organic. Non-organic vegetables and Fruits contain pesticides and herbicides. not only that, the soil in which they are grown is dependent on chemicals. it is no longer self-sustaining and nurturing. Organic farming procedures encourage healthy soil as the vitamins and minerals are worked back into the soil. It is far more beneficial to your health to spend a little more on organic produce especially high-water content foods such as :celery, bell peppers, strawberries, cherries, stone fruit, cucumbers, grapes, tomatoes, apples, and pears. How to save money this way is: Buy whatever you can on sale including frozen organics, go to places like Trader Joes’s and Market Basket and do research in your area for stores that claim to have lower prices. Many stores are now adding store-brand organics which helps lower costs all around. Additionally, many local farms have organic produce and sell for fair prices. Look for those that may sell to restaurants—they may even sell at wholesale prices. Enjoy the fun of buying real untainted food and savor what God made and lower medical bills.
- As part of suggestion #5, eating healthy means eating less but also eating often so as not to overeat, but also having all your meals in a timely manner and not going past about 7 O’Clock at night. By eliminating the nighttime snack (the hardest of all to ditch), you not only save money on whatever it is you snack on, you get healthier by allowing your digestive system to rest, recoup, and recover, giving you quality sleep. You will wake up refreshed and ready for breakfast. So plan on 5-6 small meals per day all before 7 pm.