Eating Well on a Budget

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Some people justify their poor eating habits because they believe eating healthy is more expensive. That may be true, but like with all things, it’s all about balancing your expenses. If you can’t afford to buy a Rolls Royce, would you still buy it or would you buy a cheaper car instead? They’re both going to get you to your destination, but are priced differently. The same goes for food.

 

At the grocery

There is a lot of debate about organic and non-organic, natural and GMOs, etc. It’s a lot to take in, but always remember to stick to the basics. In general, you want to shop around the perimeter of the grocery store. Avoid the aisles as much as possible because that’s usually where the processed and packaged foods are. Whole foods are cheaper and can be used for cooking in bulk.

Some grocery stores also sell in bulk, so fresh produce like potatoes can be stored for a long time without spoiling. Chicken and vegetables are your best bet.

In the kitchen

First in, first out. Don’t store food and forget about it only to dig it out a month later when it starts to stink up the whole fridge. Pack readymade meals that are easy to grab and go to avoid takeout or fast food stops. Fast food is calorie-dense and not as nutritious as whole foods that you have prepared yourself.

In the office

Keep healthy snacks on hand like blueberries and nuts. These are full of nutrients and promote satiety. Avoid chips and biscuits that contain empty calories because they will only trigger a hunger response due to their low nutritional value.

Other reminders

Experiment, experiment, experiment. If you are new to cooking, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. You may not be used to following recipes and doing the groceries, but these are life lessons that must be learned at some point. Explore different cuisines and ingredients and be patient with yourself. If you don’t get it right the first, just keep trying until you can figure out a system for yourself. This way, you can eat healthier and stay within your budget.

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