My mind cannot get off of the excuses I received Tuesday as it relates to healthy eating. The one that sticks out as somewhat legit is the idea that healthy eating is expensive. I can attest to the fact that eating healthy takes time and preparation and buying lots of fresh fruits and veggies can be a little more expensive than Ramen Noodles, but I still refuse to accept this as a legitimate reason to eat crap food.
My opinion is firm and resolute: healthy eating is the biggest sign that you respect yourself. If you can do better, you should do better. If you are capable of putting fruit in your mouth as opposed to cake, then you should. Period. I will never relent on this point. If you eat because of emotional reasons and this causes you to be obese, then you must speak to a health care professional to work through the issues. If you want your entire life to change, then spend 6 months eating healthy foods. I promise you it will have an impact on every single aspect of your life!!!!!!!
Why am I so passionate about obesity and living a healthy lifestyle? The answer is simple: I do not want people to die prematurely because of ignorance, laziness or neglect. So many health related problems disappear when people start living a healthy lifestyle. This is a fact! High blood pressure is the most common issue that healthy living resolves. **Once again, I am speaking about people that have no medical reasons contributing to their weight problems.**
Anyway, to get back to my point about the expense of eating healthy I have compiled a list of things that one can do to eat healthy on a budget:
- Buy an entire chicken instead of buying the packaged chicken breasts. For about the same money you can buy an entire rotisserie chicken which will provide 5 times the meat.
- Buy potatoes by the bag. Baked potatoes are a great carbohydrate option and a bag only costs a couple bucks.
- Grow your own veggies. This may not be an option available for everyone but you must think outside the box to overcome obstacles.
- Organize how you shop for groceries. This is so important. First, only visit the store once per week. If you forget something add it to the list for the following week. Second, buy spices, nuts, nonperishables in bulk and only replenish every 2 months. And third, shop to fill recipe needs that will produce multiple meals. Do not randomly grab things from shelves, then try to produce something from what you purchased.
- Shop at discount grocers. Evelina and I shop at Aldi which provides great products at huge discounts. We can fill a shopping cart for under $70, which would cost approximately $120 at Publix or Harris Teeter.
- DO NOT OVER-BUY! This is the number one issue most shoppers have when buying fresh fruits and veggies. Remember, you are going to buy fruits and veggies each week so plan your buying so that you run out on the day prior to shopping. If you still have fruit left on your shopping day this lets you know to eat more or cut back a little.
- Prepare casseroles and slow cooker meals. This cooking style allows you to have many meals prepared with very little time or money invested.
- EAT BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING! Going to the store hungry will guarantee over-buying.
- Fall in love with beans. Go to the store and buy the largest mixed bag of beans available. They are a great source of protein and are very inexpensive. Do not buy them by the can.
- Shop for deals on packaged chicken and fish. Often the butcher can point out product that will soon “expire” meaning the store needs to sell the product quickly and has reduced the price. Sometimes at a 60% discount!
- Buy frozen veggies by the bag. My favorite is the vegetable medley in the 5 lb bag costing about $3-$4. Great value and better for you.
- And my personal favorite…only shop on the outer portion of the market. This is where you will find fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, etc. Eliminate the processed, pre-packaged, frozen meals, cakes, cookies, etc. All of this is expensive and ruins your health and budget!
So these are a few of the ways that we keep costs down around our house. I do not want to hear any more excuses as I am kind of tired of playing Myth Busters here on Dream Big! I say that tongue-in-cheek, but you get my point.
The only reason people do not eat healthy is because they simply do not care, are ignorant or are neglectful. And by ignorant I mean lacking knowledge or awareness in general…not stupidity.
I hope this helps remove a few obstacles from your mind and starts you on a healthier lifestyle. If you can do better, you should.