Eating Healthy on a Budget (part 1)

Is health expensive?

Eating healthy and living a lifestyle that is supportive rather than self-destructive does take commitment and that often means time and money.  Depending on the number of changes that need to be made, the adjustment in how you spend your time and money will vary.  I believe that the time investment in yourself and your family is worth it.  However, you have to make that choice yourself.  I actually believe that the financial argument is false and is often used as a scare tactic and a personal excuse that keeps us from even exploring the issue.  After reading some of the thoughts that follow, I would love to get your feedback.

In determining the cost of a healthy lifestyle, I believe you have to look at the big picture.

  • First, do you believe that a healthy lifestyle is key to preventing and healing modern disease?  If you don’t then you will never make the changes.  If you want to understand this issue, set up a time with me to discuss the impact of nutrition on heart disease, cancer, auto-immune disease, infertility, hormonal problems, digestive issues, Alzheimer’s, and the cost of these diseases in dollars, time and heartache.
  • If you already believe this and are faced with confusion on all of the information out there, read these blogs, follow the links, and check out my website for other links and programs.

Finally, to squelch the financial argument, sit down with a pad of paper or a spreadsheet and list monthly expenditures on the following:

  • Boxed and bagged processed foods
    (do not include whole foods such as brown rice or whole oats or dried beans in bags)
  • Sodas & Specialty Drinks (not bottled water or tea bags)
  • Specialty Coffee over 1 cup/day (amazingly, this gets its’ own category!)
  • Fast food (the “drive through” kind)
  • Sweets (half of this)
  • Alcohol (over 2/day)
  • Antacids, Pain Meds (Tylenol, Advil, etc), Allergy Meds, Sleeping Aids (take half of this number)
  • Time/quality of life/business focus lost to headaches, foggy thinking, aches & pains, PMS, etc.
    (you put a value on this)

If you do some planning along the lines of the suggestions in part 2 and use this list as an indicator of the extra amount of money you have available as a choice to spend on healthier foods, then I am confident you will start to see that healthy choices are possible within a budget and that the benefits are both quantifiable and priceless.

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