High Price for Healthy Food?
I was making what I thought were some simple suggestions …
Switch to drinking only wheat grass, substituting chia seeds for your morning cereal, you know, the basics.
All kidding aside, we DID talk about nutrition basics (and, no, I don’t use wheat grass or chia seeds on a regular basis).
The basics started with a question — where in your diet can you add fruits and/or veggies?
And then I went on to what we believe to be some smart starting points that this woman wasn’t doing on a daily basis.
Eat breakfast daily.
Replace liquid calories.
That’s step 1.
And for every suggestion, she kept coming back with the a barrier "but it costs too much for organic food."
"But it doesn’t have to be organic" I said.
"Well, it costs too much to eat healthy."
Does it REALLY cost too much to eat well?
Here’s a quickcomparison of just a few "junk foods" on the left vs. "health foods" on the right side of the table
|Doritos||$3.99||4 lbs apples (.99/lb)||$3.96|
|2 L bottle of soda||$1.39||Tap water||*Free|
|1 package Oreos||$4.29||3-6 oz Greek yogurts ($1.29 each)||$3.87|
|Sausage & Egg biscuit||$1.70||1 dozen eggs (makes ~6 meals)||$1.29|
*Of course you do pay SOME for tap water, but minimal
So those are just a handful of comparisons. Not only are the foods on the right side of the table more nutrient dense, but you get a lot more bang for your buck …
…1 dozen eggs can provide breakfast most days of the week, whereas a sausage & egg biscuit from McDonald’s feeds you for just 1 day. Even when you add in a piece of fruit or whole grain toast, you’ll still pay less for that entire meal.
And while this last concept is hard to understand — eating well NOW will save you a SIGNIFICANT amount of money down the road, as you’re preventing sickness by caring for yourself now.
Just make 1 small positive change each day …
…it will ultimately allow you to achieve whatever physical goals you set for yourself.
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