There seems to be a big misconception that it is more expensive to eat a healthy diet then it is to eat unhealthy processed foods. Well I just got back from the farmers market where I bought a full week’s worth of fruit and vegetables for $26.02. Now for rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, beans, nuts, seeds, flour, and even pasta; don’t go to the supermarket and by prepackaged or canned, go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and buy from the bulk bins (some farmers markets may have the bulk bins as well).
When it comes to drinks its even easier. Water replaces soda, juice or whatever bottled drink you may be currently consuming. You can install a filter on your kitchen sink relatively inexpensively. Get yourself a good refillable bottle that you can carry, and start saving.
Now being a vegan I use some meat substitute products like seitan, and tempeh which are a little expensive but still cheaper than meat and no animals have to die for it. That’s a win/win in my eyes. Now if you eat chicken or fish; STOP!!!
Eating healthy can be very inexpensive if you shop around a little to find where you’ll get the most for your money, and when you look at the big picture you’ll be saving money on more than just you grocery bill. Healthy diet = healthy body; less trips to the doctor and less money spent on prescriptions and over the counter meds. That alone should give you some incentive to make the changes.
Being a trainer I hear this excuse from people every day. I simply explain it just like I did above, then I say, let’s make believe it was more expensive to eat healthy (it’s not), isn’t your life worth it?
It’s funny that I hardly ever hear people say “I’m going to quit smoking because it’s too expensive”.
That’s all I got…
Time to go prepare my food for the week…