It’s shocking to me how often this happens…
I’m sitting at work having lunch in the teacher workroom when someone comments on the expense of my meal.
“Look at that huge salad! You must spend a fortune on groceries!”
“You always have such fresh healthy food. What’s your monthly food budget like?”
“I just could never afford to eat like you!”
It always shocks me because since refining my healthy diet and going plant-based several years ago, my food costs keep going DOWN!
The truth is that simple, healthy whole food staples are really budget friendly, and even organic produce is less expensive than animal products.
Not to mention, since I am so good at making yummy healthy meals now, and I get my weekly meal prep done with no stress, I am not hitting the drive through or eating out nearly as much as I used to.
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So here’s the real deal:
Healthy meal staples are dirt cheap
Stock your pantry, and build your meals with these components as the foundation for easy, healthy, CHEAP options:
Potatoes- white or sweet
Dried beans (a little more effort involved, but super cost effective… canned beans are also really inexpensive)
Carrots, celery, cucumbers
Frozen veggies (cost effective especially if you struggle with produce going bad in the fridge)
Keep these on had in your kitchen, and then each week, you will only need to restock on things like fresh greens, or other produce that you go through more quickly.
Plant-based protein sources are WAAAAaaay less expensive than meat products
A block of extra firm tofu or organic tempeh will run you about $2, and you can get 3-4 meals out of one package… compare that to chicken breast, and it’s an easy option.
*bonus- no risk of meat spoiling and getting you sick with plant-based sources. You can eat them raw and they cook up way faster than meat too
Cheese is hella’ expensive… so just stop buying it
Not only is dairy really bad for you, quality dairy products (that aren’t full of hydrogenated oils, dyes, and other crap) are super $$$. Get rid of them and try one of my dairy-free recipes for a much more cost-effective alternative.
Meal prep and avoid the drive thru temptation
It is so much easier to NOT spend money on quick food options when you already have healthy tasty meals at home. It will help you avoid wasting money on processed, empty calorie-full, fast food because healthy food is already waiting for you at home.
Eventually, you will not even be tempted anymore because that food just won’t make you feel good. After even more time, your taste buds will adjust and you will crave your staple healthy meals!
Spend your dough at the grocery store instead.
You may see an increase in your grocery bill at first, as you transition your kitchen from junk-filled to nutrient-packed. BUT, once you’ve got the staples, you need less and less new stuff each week.
When you’re making healthy meals at home, you aren’t spending the money at restaurants at much, and this alone will bring your food costs way down!
Less health care costs
As you lose weight and get healthy, the cost of your health care regimen will decrease. By improving your health naturally with food and exercise, you will be less dependent on different kinds of prescriptions and pharmaceutical solutions. THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!
You know how much money I spend on medicine per month? $0.
Imagine how much your budget would love you if you were able to get rid of all those expenses!
Eating healthy, losing weight, and getting fit
have a much wider reach than just your weight on the scale.
Physical health and financial health are very closely related, because as our life simplifies so do our finances.
If food expenses are standing in your way of making a change in your diet, shoot me an email and tell me about it! I would love to help you sort through it.
In the end, the return on investment of a high quality diet is exponential. Your budget and your health will thank you!
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