Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later! No One Eats for Free.
One of the common themes I hear as a reason that people do not eat healthy is that good food is too expensive, while processed food is cheap. Initially that may appear factual, yet let's literally peel the onion back to show why that isn't the case.
First, need to re-look at how we value food. If you look at food for its nutrient density, versus it sheer magnitude in volume per dollar, you will realize that you are getting much more for your buck then revealed at first appearance. Real food tastes better and provides you the satisfaction of being full, whereas cheap processed food just creates cravings for more. So with wholesome food you eat less, feel awesome and fulfill your nutritional needs, which is a good thing all the way around. Yet biggest plus of all, you are building a solid foundation of good health, saving yourself untold future medical / pharmaceutical costs, and living a better, fuller life; can't even begin to put a price tag on that!
Also, need to look at your entire shopping costs, just not comparing individual items. Yes, organic, wild caught, free rage, organic, grass fed, non-GMO will costs you more for like conventional food items. Yet realize you are paying the extra for what you're NOT getting, which includes a full spectrum of pesticides and insecticides. These undesired toxins put a real burden on our liver, create inflammation, impact our gut health, and as you can imagine, zaps the taste out of our food. Trust me, once you have had grass fed beef or wild caught fish, you will not go back, anything else is no longer palatable.
But does everything we eat have to be organic? No, it doesn't, yet highly recommended that at minimum that you spend the extra money and avoid the Dirty Dozen, these foods have the highest levels of pesticide resides:
Conversely, you can save your money on these foods by buying conventional, listed as the Clean Fifteen:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet frozen peas
- Honeydew Melon
Okay, still not convinced, understand the future good health benefit, yet have a set budget, and looking for immediate affordability? That's where looking at your entire grocery bill comes into play. When you eat nutritional dense foods, your shopping is simple, and you only need a few go to, core food groups. A typical plate at any meal when you eat clean consists of a protein, wether that be a meat of plant based option, heathy veggies, and maybe some healthy grains and fat, dependent on your healthy food choices. Yet what you don't have is processed foods, you left that at the store. So when you look at your typical week shopping, and change that out for a cart full of natural, whole foods; eliminating cereals, pre-made processed dinners, pre-made breakfasts, processed cookies, can soups, crackers, granola bars, sugary yogurts, sodas, juices, and more...I'm confident that you will have realized not only immediate tangible savings, yet the intangible benefits that are yet to come promise to be priceless. Give it a shot