Why Eating Healthy Is Expensive Is A Myth
I hear this a lot, “But Tiffany, eating healthy is just too expensive.”
I get that buying organic is more expensive than the traditional. I get that it appears that packaged foods are cheaper than making them yourself. I get that fast food seems to be cheaper than cooking or a healthier restaurant. Today, I’m here to tell you that this is a MYTH!
I know that money concerns are a major sources of stress, and a 70% of people live paycheck to paycheck. Stretching our dollars is a necessity for most of us. When it comes to eating well, affordability is one of the consistent barriers for many people.
It’s a myth that eating healthy is expensive!
You don’t have to buy a $10 cold pressed green juice to get vegetables! So today I want to share with you 5 ways to save time, save money and to eat well.
#1 Make Your Own Meals Most of the Time
Cooking your own meals most of the time is better for you and doesn’t have to cost a lot. The key to saving money on food is to get a budget and buy only what you need from the store. In order to make that happen, you need to plan your menu, make a list, and stick to it.
If you know me, you know I’m all about Intuitive Eating. So I’m not talking about creating a meal plan with rules of what you can and cannot eat in order to lose weigh. I’m talking about planning what you’re going to eat for the week. When you do so, you’ll save money and avoid the midweek chaos of “what’s for dinner” that leads to ordering expensive take out or wasting time on an extra grocery store run.
I know it sounds crazy, but even those cheap processed foods will be cheaper if you make them yourself, not to mention healthier. I tell my clients, if you want a cookie, that’s totally OK, but make cookies from scratch. If you’re family wants Chinese food one night for dinner, cook it yourself. Pizza? You guessed it. Make it yourself. (Seriously, you can make pizza for as low as $5 for the whole family)
Avoid buying processed foods; often you can make similar dishes quickly and easily for much less.
#2 Plan for and Eat Leftovers
Leftovers last in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Before you trash them, reinvent a new dist and save money.
I love leftovers for lunch the next day. My husband usually takes leftovers to work to warm up and even my youngest son will take leftovers to preschool (added bonus that they have a microwave). This saves money from not eating out every day at lunch and saves time because I just but leftovers in containers as soon as we’re done with dinner and lunch is ready.
I also like to get creative with my leftover and make a new meal with them.
- Use left overs from a pot roast or brisket to make stroganoff.
- Use leftover rice–microwave it and add cooked vegetables you have on hand.
- Reheat vegetables in a skillet, added a beaten egg and cook until set.
- Turn leftover chicken or steak into a casserole or strata.
- Turn leftover spaghetti and meatballs into meatball subs.
Certain leftovers are great to put in the freezer too. Write the date on teh package and plan to use them within a month. I love freezing chili, soup, and spaghetti sauce. Also, when I make things like lasagna or enchiladas I make a double batch and freeze the second batch for later. It takes just as much time to make two as it does one.
#3 Shop Seasonally
I’m a huge fan of buying my produce organic. At the minimum, I think we all should be buying those items on the Dirty Dozen list organic. The pesticides used in our foods are harmful to our health. Buying the alternative might be cheaper in the short term, but what is it doing to your health in the long term?
Eating seasonally is important, and carries benefits to your health, the planet, and your wallet. Here are some of them. There are real benefits to eating foods that are available at their peak right now.
- You can save a ton of money and eat healthier, better food.
- You’re supporting local, more sustainable farmers.
- You get a wider variety of food in your diet.
How do you know what’s grown locally and in season? Check out this seasonal produce guide.
Frozen vegetables are often cheaper than fresh but keep their nutrients. They also keep for longer, meaning less food waste.
Nutrition is fundamental for health and well-being, and the cost of food alone should not stop people from eating well. Junk food may be cheap and tasty, but the idea that healthy food is expensive is just fiction.
Think about shopping for real, unrefined food. Perhaps you will notice that although the price may be a little more than conventional food, you don’t have to buy as much because you no longer have cravings for junk food or have to eat as much to feel full and energized. Generally speaking, the better quality food you eat, the less the body requires to operate optimally. So, make an effort to eat less of the best and see just how great you feel!
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