Between elevated health insurance costs, annual deductibles, monthly drug prescriptions and missed work due to illness people spend thousands – probably tens of thousands – of dollars on health care each year. For example try having a hip replacement surgery due to carrying too much weight for too many years… but eating healthy is too expensive?
Quite simply, the time and money you spend on your health and your diet are the most valuable investments you can make. There is simply no price you can put on a healthy body and a clear, sharp mind.
Despite the misconceptions, eating a healthy diet does not have to cost that much more than the standard American diet of processed, nutrient-depleted, hormone-pumped, pesticide-contaminated foods that most people eat.
Here are some ideas to help you save money while eating healthy:
Buy in Bulk
Get healthy food in larger quantities and freeze it. This saves So much over going to the store every time you need something. Not to mention the incidentals – like your time, gas, and impulse purchases.
You can buy spinach for example at Ingles and pay $3.50 for a small bag, or you can go to Sam’s and pay $3.98 for a huge tub of organic baby spinach. (Tip: I love putting spinach in my protein shakes! You can’t even tell it is there.)
Shop in Season
Fresh fruits and vegetables are always priced higher during the non-peak seasons than in the summer and early fall. Join a Co-op and get seasonal produce weekly for great prices! Fresh produce tastes a lot better too.
Grow your Own
Herbs and Sprouts take up very little room, but are packed with potent disease fighting nutrients. They take up very little space, and look and smell nice.
Don’t forget about frozen organic vegetables and berries. They are usually much less expensive than those that are fresh. But the nutritional value is usually the same or often even better. After all, the produce is frozen and preserved shortly after being picked.
Your Health Is Your Greatest Wealth
There is no greater investment than an investment in your health. And there is no greater price to pay than losing it. The good news is that you can make healthy choices without breaking the bank!