I hear it all the time. “Frank, I want to eat right. But healthy food is so much more expensive!” As someone who has been striving to live a healthy lifestyle for many years now, I understand the struggle. Organic produce, grass-fed beef, cage-free poultry, vitamins, protein shakes – it can definitely add up quickly!
Sticking to a healthy diet is even more challenging when you’re living paycheck to paycheck. But eating healthy is possible even on a shoestring budget. More importantly, the long-term benefits of a healthy, organic diet far outweigh any short-term compromises you may have to make in order to accommodate it. Here are some tips to help fatten your wallet while you’re getting in shape.
Buy in Bulk
Wherever possible, buy your staples in bulk to save money. Buy larger quantities of eggs, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, canned tuna and other items that you tend you eat regularly. This is where a Sam’s Club or Costco membership can really help you keep the costs down over time. Look for deals on your favorite protein sources, such as steak, chicken, tilapia, or salmon. Prep what you’ll eat during the week and freeze the rest.
Buying in bulk is also possible with some fruits and vegetables. Stock up on frozen vegetables, frozen berries for shakes and keep an eye on sales to save money on items like avocados, apples or grapefruit.
Buy in Season
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is always preferable to frozen produce, but it can get expensive if you are trying to buy these items out of season. Buying fruits and vegetables that are grown in season not only taste better, they are a lot cheaper.
Buy apples, cranberries and squash in the fall. Watermelon, strawberries, raspberries and asparagus are in season during the summer months. Cycling your produce according to the seasons will not only save you money, it will help you eat a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
Buy locally-grown produce whenever possible. It might not always be the cheapest option, but buying local supports the environment and community farmers as well as your healthy, organic lifestyle. Plus, when you can actually interact with and get to know the people you’re buying your food from, they are much more likely to help you out with deals and freebies if you’re a loyal customer. To find farmers markets in your area, check out the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Community Farmers Market directory.
Adjust Your Budget
If you’re just starting to make your health a priority, you may want to revisit your budget. If there’s a will, there’s a way and there’s always something else you can cut out to make room for the things you actually need. Ladies, please hear me – you don’t need more shoes! And guys, no, you don’t need more gadgets or video games! Choose to invest in your health now and it will pay off later as you enjoy a happier, healthier life.
Spending a little extra money to ensure that you’re avoiding GMOs, pesticides, high fructose corn syrup and trans fats is absolutely worth it in the long-run. Cancer, thyroid problems, diabetes – these are all health problems that have skyrocketed in the last few decades. As we continue to eat more processed and unnatural foods, our health has declined overall.
A healthy lifestyle requires commitment and sacrifice, but trust me – you will love the payoff! Are you ready to change your life? Contact me today for private personal training.