So many people use the argument that they don’t have the time, energy or money to be healthy. I get it! and I will agree with TWO of those claims. First, yes, being healthy requires you to give up TIME. Making healthy meals, food shopping with intention, making shopping lists and figuring out which meals will serve your family for the week all take TIME. Heck, I made my lists and breaded my chicken this morning at 4:15 after Ruby’s feeding, but like anything else in your life (whether it be electronics – FB, texts, stock prices, sports or catching up on reruns) SOMETHING will take precedence.. and for me, well, my family’s health comes first, so I swap meal prep for reading the magazines that call my name on the check out line, time and time again I admit, I really don’t have a clue what’s going on with the Kardashians, nor do I know the latest trends (hello Nordstrom Rack & Marshalls), but for me, it’s just so rewarding to see that the fruits of my labor are paying off… Maya prefers cucumbers to bagels.. who knew that was even possible – she’s 3, btw.
Effort. Yes, being healthy takes effort. If we see it as something we’ll do when our live’s allow for it, then it will never happen. We need to drum up all our efforts and see our overall health (immunity, energy, attention, balance and happiness) as just as important as the effort we put into being successful at our jobs, at our social life, at our gym routine… How does one make this change? Ask what you’re willing to give up for optimum health… then ask yourself what it will cost you if you don’t. I assure you, the payoff feels SO good, you’re going to look forward to making your next day a healthy one.
Money. Okay with this claim I agree that if you change nothing about the content of your food other than going organic, you will be spending more on your health. But another significant part of the dietary equation that should change if you want to beef up (or beef down) your health is the TYPE of food you’re eating. Do this and you will save $. Also, I strongly believe that the more you spend now on healthy food, the less you’ll spend later on health care costs.
Our country is severely undernourished. Not underweight. Undernourished. We’re overeating and we’re starving. How is that possible? We’re feeding our cells refined foods, processed foods, GMO foods, nutrient poor/ dead energy foods that keep us needing MORE. The more nutrient dense food we eat (veggies, fruit, seeds, nuts, beans, legumes, healthy fat) the less hungry we will be.
A few of my tips for saving $ and fostering a healthy lifestyle
- Buy organic on produce (the dirty dozen) and on animal protein – look for sales – all else is contingent upon your financial ability.
- Buy whole grains, not refined cereals – oats instead of packaged/processed cereals – in bulk! Costco! So affordable and so much more satisfying.
- Skip the soda/juice aisle. A family of 4 can save $500 a year if they just drank water!
- Go to the supermarket with a list which coincides with the meals you want to make for the week, otherwise you’re going to be checking out with an extra few bags of “marketing junk”, the foods that the food industry tells you are healthy and does nothing other than assist in their bottom line (and your waist line).. man i’m on a roll tonight!
- Skip the fresh blueberries and strawberries right now and find a bag in the freezer section – just as nutritious and a lot less expensive.
- Shop at farmers markets! Many accept government-assisted programs – WIC & SNAP – a more affordable way to buy the foods that will keep you strong.
- Eat less meat and more beans/legumes. Beans and lentils are a great and satisfying source of protein, full of iron, B vitamins and fiber. They’re incredibly easy to make (drain and rinse!), versatile, last in the fridge for a few days longer than meat, are low fat, low cholesterol and highly nutritious!
That’s my piece for this evening… hope it inspires to you take that first step J