Eating Healthy is so Expensive: Let’s do it on a Budget.

I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’ve been inside of a grocery store or at least down an aisle that houses shelves of food. Anything that’s been processed, in a box, or that’s not organic is considerably cheaper in comparison to whole organic foods. I’m sure it pisses you off as much as it does me, but we’ll save the rants for another time. Moving on, at the beginning of my health journey, I had to find ways to make eating healthy possible. If there’s a will there is a way and I promise you if I can make it happen on my income, so can you.

A lot of what I’m going to be discussing to a lot of my readers are common sense and are things that I’m sure you’ve already tired or already utilize. I’m simply here sharing what I know and what I did to make an organic and whole food diet possible. For myself, I found a Costco membership to be worth it in regards to buying organic items such as Paleo mayo, organic whole chickens, and other grain-free odds n’ ends. I also found that when it comes to a tight budget, you simply can’t buy all of your produce organic. So there’s this list out that called the “Dirty Dozen.” I really recommend this list when shopping on a budget.

Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

Clean 15

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn (I do NOT agree with this and advise against it)
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Cauliflower
  14. Broccoli
  15. Kiwi

Another tip to eating healthy on a budget is emailing or mailing companies about their products. Let them know what you think of their products (all good things for this to work), and ask for coupons or if they have any promotions. You would be surprised at the number of companies that I’ve communicated with and the response was shocking! I’ve had companies send me both coupons and free products (and the occasional we don’t care)! When trying to eat healthy on a budget there’s definitely hard work involved.

Another thing to keep in mind is to utilize your store’s apps via Google Play Store or Apple. A lot of stores offer digital coupons, specials specific to that app, and even freebies. You have to be vigilant and constantly on the lookout for a new deal. With all of these things being said, the hardest but most rewarding way to eat healthy and organic is to create your own garden. I don’t care if you live in a 10 story highrise or have acreage, you can make it work. Please keep in mind that working hard towards things such as your health is the single most important investment you’ll ever make in your life. You’re worth it!

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