According to US News, 70 percent of Americans don’t meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s daily fruit and vegetable recommendations. People are not eating as healthily as they should. Is it the taste of fruits and veggies that causes some sort of healthy food phobia? Could it be our busy schedules that are causing us to neglect proper meal planning? Maybe the answer is a bit more economical. How many times have you heard, “I want to eat healthy but I can’t afford to?” The truth is, we can’t not to eat healthy. Many health disparities are due to irrational dietary choices. Let’s try thinking ahead. Healthy eating is prevention and, in some cases, the cure.
Follow these tips and remember, the less money you spend dining out the more money you will have for healthy food. You only have one body; it is not a wastebasket. It is your temple, feed it well!
Coach P’s 10 tips to eat well and save money:
Prepare and bring lunch from your home.
You know what you’re eating and you are less likely to binge on junk food.
Stop the impulsive shopping.
Plan a grocery list before leaving and stick to your list.
You don’t need to be influenced or distracted.
Buy in-season fruits and veggies.
In-season fruits in veggies taste better and are cheaper. Root veggies (beets, onions, sweet potatoes, turnips, celery, carrots) are in season this time of year. Apples, bananas, grapefruit, pears, tangerines, and dates are all in-season fruit.
Buy inexpensive protein.
Eggs, milk, low-fat cheeses, beans, peanut butter, frozen spinach, tuna and frozen chicken breast are all great sources of inexpensive proteins.
Buy generic and store brands.
When it comes to whole foods and raw foods (oats, raisins, gluten-free pastas, olive oils), there are no real difference between brand names and store brands.
Buy frozen fruit and veggies.
They are cheaper and you will get the same health benefits as fresh veggies. I especially love frozen pineapples and spinach year-around for cooking and juicing. Try the two together along with ginger as a part of your next cleanser!
Shop on the outskirts of the grocery store.
Choose fresh beans, nuts and pre-packaged salads.
Shop in bulk.
Save money on things like whole cereals, water and large bags of produce. Join a wholesale club.
Buy from your local farmer and farmer’s market.
The fresh produce is cheaper. And who wouldn’t want to invest in their local community?
You need to eat healthy–this is not up for debate and excuses. In 2013, whatever it is that is hindering you from succeeding and being the best YOU, build a bridge and get over it. You can be healthy. Remember where there is a will there is a way. Plan ahead and shop smart!
Coach P. is a Wellness Coach and Nutrition Expert from New Jersey. She is WEGO Health, Health Activist and a member of The American Nutrition Association. “Healthy living isn’t about perfection. It’s all about balance; besides, I appreciate cheat days.” – Coach P. Connect with her on Twitter @coachpcare and www.coachpcares.info.