12 EASY WAYS TO BE HEALTHY ON THE CHEAP
I often hear how people want to be healthy but they think it’s too expensive. And yes, I agree. Unfortunately eating well is not rewarded and alot of organic produce and high-quality products are still on the cheaper side. Despite that, there are ways to get around it and I’d like to share this with you today.
1) Buy in bulk
Cropping up all over the country are bulk buy stores. They don’t look very special inside but they are! These shops normally feature tubs filled with (often Australian/Local) nuts, seeds, grains, superfoods, dried fruits, honey, oils and more!
All you need to do is choose what you want and how much to buy. If you take in your container you can also help the environment by reducing waste.
2) Get your produce in a box
Personally I use Food Connect which supplies local and organic/chemical free produce. I have peace of mind because I know I’m giving back to local farmers, I’m enjoying local and therefore seasonal produce and I also get organic and chemical free – reducing my toxic load.
The main point is that I don’t do to the shops, I use everything I receive in my weekly box and there is no waste. It forces me to get creative with produce i might not instinctively choose.
3) Spend more money higher up the food chain
If dairy, meat, fish, butter and eggs are in your diet then this is where your money should go – towards high quality grass fed/pastured/organic products.
The things you eat the most of should be where your money goes.
The lower down the chain, if money is an issue, then this is where you can scrimp and save. That’s not to say buy junk food, but perhaps if you can’t afford organic veggies all the time hit the supermarket instead.
4) Eat your dinner for lunch
When I was working full-time partly to prevent myself from eating crap food and partly to save money I would always make enough dinner to take to lunch the next day. Big quinoa + lentil pilafs, stir-frys, curries, veggie bakes, zucchini slices – these were all super easy to make, incredibly healthy and even easier to pack up and take to work.
5) Start a workplace foodie group
For the sake of variety and also to limit buying extra produce a great idea is to start a foodie group at work. Round up four or five friends who are keen to live healthy but also save some money. On Sunday evening each person cooks up a healthy meal and individually packs up 5 portions. On Monday morning you swap until you have 4-5 different meals to enjoy for lunch or dinner. If you smart and buy in bulk you can do this really cheaply, have fun trying new recipes and stay healthy.
6) Drink more water
The health benefits are clear but the cost benefits? Well, imagine you cut back on your $3.50 coffee each day, or that $2 soda or even your $5 freshly squeeze fruit juice (hello sugar!) There is at least $14 in your pocket each day, just by upping your water in take.
7) Ditch the junk
Don’t buy crisps, biscuits, chocolates or any other treats. Sounds obvious, but this stuff is pricey too and we don’t need it at all!
8) Don’t eat it if you don’t like it
I’m surprised by how many people eat healthy things they don’t like – what a waste of money! If you don’t like it, don’t force it. Save your dollars for fresh produce or find something else that works for you
9) Eat the Ayurvedic way
Ditch the snacking and aim for 2 larger meals with more good quality fat and protein (avoid refined carbs). Try not to eat after 6pm but instead have some fruit and nuts or a small light salad. Less is more!
10) Make a list and stick to it
When you have to visit the shops look through your cupboards first and make a list. Give yourself a time limit and stick to it and the list!
11) Shop the outer edges of the store
Avoid the aisles unless you have to but instead stick to the fresh produce (fruits/vegs/meats/dairy/fish etc) on the edges of the store.
12) Grow your own herbs and veggies
Even if you like an apartment with a tiny balcony it’s more than possible to create a little green oasis with your favourite, most used herbs and veggies.
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