Eating Healthy on a Budget
Eating healthy does not mean that you have to put your bank account on a diet. In fact, eating healthy can actually help to indirectly fatten your wallet or purse by helping to avoid other expenses: such as eating out more often, or in some situations doctor visits. While I can not (and will not) say that eating healthy meals all the time will prevent you from ever having to go to the doctor, it is known that by putting good nutrition into the body your body will react in a positive way.
In my own experience I have found that eating a healthy meal at home, meaning prepared and cooked at home, is actually cheaper in the long run. It may seem like you are spending more money at first, but buying ingredients for 2 or 3 large meals, then preparing the meals at home and splitting them up into individual portions for use during the week, will typically be cheaper than eating out everyday instead. Even a so called “healthy meal” sandwich from a sub shop would end up costing more per week than buying a week worth of groceries and making meals at home.
For those that say that they want to eat healthy at home but do not know how to cook, you can still cook delicious, and healthy simple meals for yourself and your family. Cooking a healthy meal does not have to be daunting challenge, in fact in most cases it is actually quite the opposite. Some basic knife safety skills, a basic ability to use a stovetop and oven, and the ability to follow directions from a recipe and you are good to go. If you are like me, and you tend to learn better from a visual standpoint, then all you need to do is visit Youtube. Just type the name of the recipe into the search field, and you have a very good chance of finding a video of someone making that recipe and all you have to do is follow the same steps. In fact chances are good that you will find multiple videos for the same recipe.
I hope that this puts in perspective the benefits of eating healthy. By controlling what you eat and getting the proper nutrition that your body needs to function properly, you can achieve your wellness goals. It does not matter if you are looking to lose weight or gain weight, eating healthy meals can help you achieve your goals. Like I mentioned earlier, when you put good nutrition into the body then your body will react in a positive way. Your body already knows what it is supposed to weigh and to look like, all that is written in your DNA. All you have to do is give your body the nutrients it needs to build and to grow.
*This blog post is done for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult a doctor or certified nutritionist before starting any weight management program*