Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.
There’s some kind of myth that eating healthy will eat up your paycheck. That thought, my friends, is not true. With a little time, research and planning…eating healthy can be affordable.
What does eating “healthy” mean? In today’s society, many people suffer from some kind of digestive disease. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and ulcerative colitis are among the most common. Our diet, the food and drink we intake regularly, has influence on these digestive diseases. What we eat will determines the health of our guts. The health of our body. I can almost guarantee that if you are a person that has a diet filled with primarily processed and manufactured foods…you are suffering from one or more digestive disease. Don’t take my word for it…do your research!
Before, I changed my diet, I suffered from GERD. My diet consisted of mostly junk food. Although I ate some healthy foods, I liked eating snack type foods. My favorite go to was hot-dogs. Every time after I ate a hot-dog, I would get heartburn. A lot of the foods I was eating was messing up my digestion and making me unhealthy. So, at the top of this year, my other half and I decided to eat more consciously. We have children and we wanted to set a good example for them. We read books and articles, watch documentaries and YouTube videos and came up with our new plan to get healthy.
Through all the research we decided to choose a diet that consisted of mainly plant-based foods. A plant-based diet is not expensive if you, like I said before, take a little time to research and plan shopping. Shopping at more than one place have proven to be cost effective for me. I always look at a store’s deal ad, if available, before I go to that store. I downloaded an app called Flipp- this app has all my favorite store ads listed and it updates weekly. So, when it’s time for my grocery runs, I go to the stores that has the best deal according to the app. Since, I’m focusing on a plant-based diet, going to farmer-markets and organic-whole specialty food stores, are my first choice.
Farmer markets prices are usually fair but are mainly open only on weekends in some areas. Organic-whole specialty food stores can be expensive; so I go to those stores only when there is a deal too good to pass up or if that is the only place I can find a particular item…which is not often.
Using coupons will save you money as well. You can find coupons in your local paper, store ads, online coupon sites, there are digital coupons provided by stores usually if you download their app onto your smartphone. There are apps that you can download for free, that will help you save money by sharing information with them from your shopping experience.
The choice to be more mindful in your diet is a great one. To be able to control what you put in your body takes control…it takes dedication. Since I have changed my diet, my health has improved tremendously. I no longer get heartburn, my bowels are regular, my energy has increased, my skin is clearer, I breathe better…I just feel better as a whole. This feeling is invaluable. Taking the time to research foods and their effect on your body is invaluable. Once, you know what foods is healthier for you, next is to locate these foods in your area. After you find out where, next is to find out which place has the best deal and/or has a coupon. Some stores will even do a price-match! Finally create your list of stores to go to.
I have my favorite stores I go to where I live. My goals are always to shop consciously and save money. Now, that I am restricting processed foods, I already do save money. Potato chips, cookies, meat and diary can be expensive…especially if you prefer name-brand items. Not buying those items, actually allowed me to buy a variety of plant-based foods.
It’s about balance.
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