Countless times I have heard people mention that they cannot eat healthy because it is too expensive. They view eating healthy as an “all or nothing” activity and that everything needs to be organic. While, yes, eating organic can be a healthy way to go, it is not the only way. Also, thinking of it as all-or-nothing is just sabotaging your own health. Any little change you can do is a step towards a healthier you. Below is a list of changes I found helped others and myself as well. Do not expect to do all of it, pick and choose which ones will fit your lifestyle and wallet. If there are any that are not on the list which you find helpful yourself, please list it in the comment section.
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when in season and frozen when they are not.
Don’t buy package green salads. Yes, they are convent which I am still drawn too from time to time, but per ounce, they are more expensive.
Eat less. Take a look at what you are eating in a day, if you’re portion sizes are more than they should be, cut back. However, shoot for eating 4-5 meals/snacks a day.
When grocery shopping, stick to your list. Plan meals ahead of time so you know exactly what you need to pick up at the store. And don’t shop on an empty stomach.
Look for sales and plan meals accordingly.
Try less expensive cuts of meat.
Prep meals and snacks ahead of time so when you are short on time, healthy foods are already there and you’re not tempted to grab junk foods.
Keep an organized fridge and pantry. Knowing what you have may keep you from buying items you don’t need at the store.
Shop farmers markets on Sunday close to the end of the business for best deals.
Buy in bulk.
Make meals in bulk when able, especially if they make good left overs.
If possible, grow your own food.
Don’t buy drinks. Drink more water, saves you money and calories.
Eat out less. If you are eating out multiple times a week, try for only once a week.
Focus on eating healthy 80% of the time.
Organic when able, focus on thinner casings on fruits and vegetables.
Avoid buy superfoods, they tend to be pricy.
Cook from scratch and avoid readymade meals and grains.
Rearrange your budget. Is there another area you can shave down and put that extra money towards food?
Change perspective, how much is feeling good worth to you? Eating not so healthy foods may save you money now but how much will you save when your health goes bad and you need medical attention for conditions related to diet?