I’m really trying to eat healthier, but it’s expensive! I’ve mentioned before that I’m on a health kick lately. This is actually rather amazing, because I used to have no problems eating a fast food burger and fries for dinner on a regular basis.
Then I started reading blogs like Squawkfox (make sure you check out her frugalicious foods) and Nutrition Fitness Life, and now I can’t stomach the thought of french fries and greasy burgers anymore. That’s a good thing, right?
Like any changes I’ve ever made in life, I decided to research healthy living. I picked the book Shoppers Guide to Healthy Living. It’s a lot better than it sounds. At first I thought it would be a book trying to sell you a bunch of “health” products, but it’s not. It’s basically advice from a woman who totally changed her family’s consumption from fast food and junk to all natural and organic products.
It was a quick read. I think it took me an afternoon. The author, Kathy Loidolt, provides a 5 phase plan for transitioning to a healthy lifestyle. In each phase she tells you what to buy (in general terms…not brand names) and what to avoid. She does provide some brand names at the end of the book to get you started, so you’re not overwhelmed.
I was impressed, and decided to jump right in. The problem is, in the first phase I’m supposed to give up meat and chicken with hormones. Organic, free-range, grain fed meat is EXPENSIVE!!!! As is organic produce, though I haven’t checked the weekly farmer’s market yet.
So my question to you this week is how far do you go to eat, drink, live a healthy lifestyle? Do you eat organic? If so, what? Just fruits and veggies? Meat? Canned goods? Personal care products? And how do you budget for it? Did your grocery bill go up? How do you cut costs, yet still eat the way you want to?
I obviously have a lot to learn. At least I’m avoiding McDonald’s. That’s a small victory!
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