We all want to be healthy. But we all want to pay less.
For some people this is actually a daily dilemma. I was very intrigued by the fact that more than 1 in 10 people in the United States live on Food Stamps. That means that a person has to eat for 4$ a day. How to be healthy on a budget like that? Check out this trailer of a movie made by a couple who are trying to live healthy on a Food Stamps budget.
Luckily, there are also a lot of people who live on a larger food budget. But the dilemma stays the same. Healthy foods seem so much more expensive. Let’s take a look at how we can be healthy and pay less.
Invest in food quality
How to be healthy? Eat quality food. In my honest opinion quality food is free from pesticides/hormones and grown to its peak naturally.
But organic fruits and vegetables can be very expensive! That’s why you can pay less by growing your own. You can grow organic produce for a fraction of the price. Yes, it takes some investment.. but once you’ve tasted your own home-grown tomatoes, you’ll never want to buy them again.
If you’re not ready to grow everything yourself, take a look at this article about the Dirty Dozen. Try to grow some of these foods if you use them frequently.
You can even invest some money in a chicken coop with a few chickens. They will give you a steady supply of quality eggs (and maybe meat) for a fraction of the price.
If you like meat and you are not interested in raising your own, buy local good quality meat in bulk. Invest some money in a big freezer and load it up. You can even buy it together with friends or family. This will give you quality food for less money.
Eat with the seasons
Learn how to be healthy and eat with the seasons. Growing you own vegetables makes it easy for you to do that. Nature provides us with all the necessary nutrients if we eat the things that grow in our particular circumstances.
For example: in the winter our body needs more vitamins and minerals to withstand the cold. So instead buying expensive corn and tomatoes from across the globe, eat some kale, cabbage and arugula. All of these greens are grown in the cold season, they are full of vitamins and minerals, and provide you with the necessary nutrients to stay healthy and pay less.
Imagine all the money you can save on expensive supplements, knowing you can eat your way to all the nutrients you need.
Get moving in your own garden
How much do you pay for your gym membership every month?
You can save that money by committing yourself to your garden and growing healthy foods. Did you know that gardening can burn up to 275 calories an hour?
Get you daily exercise by going out into your garden and plant some new seedlings, pick some weeds, look for bugs, amend your soil, prune trees and shrubs or just talk a walk and admire your hard work. The fresh air will do you good.
Not only will you pay less by skipping the gym, but your efforts are put to creating something of great value for yourself and your family.
Forsake the pre-packaged foods
I know, cutting and washing your own salad leaves take a little more time than using the pre-washed bagged salad leaves. But those bagged foods are a lot more expensive! They are not as healthy as you might think either. Every hour those products are lying in the shelves of the store they lose nutrients. And taste if I might add. So grow some greens, become more healthy and pay less.
I little planning can go a long way when preparing your home-grown meals with little time on your hands. Try to avoid processed foods. Most of them are just plain bad for you. Invest a little time in developing your cooking skills. Cooking from scratch can save you a lot of money. Yes, it may take a bit more of your time.. but isn’t living a healthy life worth that? Just try to cook a few meals from scratch an you’ll see, you will start to like it… maybe even love it. Making time for things we love is much easier.
How to be healthy?
Please share your ideas on being healthy on a low budget!