I understand healthy eating can cost more but there are ways to eat healthy on a low income. So, ultimately the questions are why is healthy foods more expensive? Or, why are unhealthy foods cheaper?
The answers to these questions revolve around money themselves!
Unhealthy foods or junk foods are made cheap to sell and make a profit. The cheapness comes from all the horrible ingredients used. Companies figured out how to bypass the cost of good ingredients and fill their place with cheap bad ingredients. For example, bread will eventually turn white with time, BUT to speed up the process people started BLEACHING it. Yes REAL BLEACH.
Likewise, the healthy foods that may be a little more costly, are costly based on the simple fact that they are good for our bodies. So, paying more for the healthy stuff is just an INVESTMENT in your health!
So how do you eat healthier with out breaking the bank?
Changing your eating habits and making it a lifestyle starts with little steps here and there. Junk foods DO COST money so just replacing the junk foods with fruits, vegetables, or whole grain snacks will definitely make a big difference.
Hit up the sales and buy in bulk! Cook at home! If you see a big package of meat on sale, buy it and split it into freezer bags for later use. This way you don’t have to cook it all at once! Or you could make extra so lunch is there for you the next day! You could also look for fish and other seafood products to be on sale! Frozen vegetables go on sale a lot, they hold up in the freezer, and they have the nutrients your body needs!
Planning is important
Plan ahead. Yes, this will take a little more time on your part but it will work out in you favor. Plan meals for the week, make a list and stick to it. And by sticking to it I mean going shopping when you are hungry isn’t a great idea. Ever been walking down a grocery isle and everything looks good? I have and I was hungry…it will get you every time! Take the time to read ingredients at the store, don’t worry about looking stupid, its all about your health!
Look at the off brands! Off brands aren’t bad, especially if they have to good ingredients you’re looking for!
Seems like everything cost more these days!
Whether its junk food or healthy food being bought, MONEY IS BEING SPENT! The healthy food is an INVESTMENT because your health will be better in the long run! Saving money and buying cheaper foods now could lead to to have more hospital bills later! Also, the healthy foods do have the nutrients you need, so you will feel better through-out the day and they will keep you feeling fuller longer!
I’d love to hear from you and what you think! Leave a comment below!