Happy New Year to all!! It is that moment when many people make New Year resolutions. Often, these resolutions have to do with losing weight or eating healthy. These are certainly wonderful goals. I would like to help you make your resolutions about food and food and turn them into healthy habits that last.
Many people assume that everyone “knows that” it is much more expensive to eat healthy meals rather than settle for junk food. A tight budget almost guarantees to reduce those ideal routines to eat in many ways. Unhealthy foods, most of the time they are cheap in the supermarket than the healthiest options, which makes it too easy for most people to eat junk food instead of the healthier option.
Leave 2019 behind: adopt healthy eating in your New Year’s resolution.
Even when dining out, it is cheaper to find a fast-food restaurant than dining in a restaurant that may have cooler and healthier options.
Your budget shortage does not have to end healthy eating goals or if a limited budget prevents you from eating better. Just look for some easy solutions and think about the healthiest possibilities.
Economic suggestions for healthy eating
Tip # 1 – Go to the farmer’s market
You can usually find a farmers market locally during summer time and, if you are a city dweller, you can find farmers markets that work all year. Finding envious bargains is not as rare as you might think and you will often find amazing items at bargain prices that are always welcome.
If you are not sure where to find a farmers market, ask people you think are healthy, including those you don’t know.
Tip # 2 – Grocery Store Coupons
You can find offers in healthier options if you are willing to go to different stores to get cheap deals. With regular purchases, it will be obvious that each store has constantly better prices on certain items, but you must be attentive to the Mother of all sales, so compare prices.
Goodbye to the 2019 diets: adopt healthy eating as your New Year’s resolution 2020.
Tip # 3 – Buy vegetables and fruits
Do not be fooled for convenience. Baby carrots are not better for you, too, they are packaged on purpose to hide the deterioration and failures that, yes, are not healthy, but are a waste of your money. You’ll get more nutrients you’re looking for, when you’re willing to prepare your fruits and vegetables, instead of paying someone else, with something prepackaged. The packaged fruits and vegetables available at your supermarket cost you more to cover the additional expense of paying the labor needed to clean (hopefully, with your fingers crossed), chop and put in a container.
Worse, packaged products, especially fruit, offer your supermarket a way to earn more money with products that you would normally discard or throw away if you were preparing it. Fruit that is hard and cuts deep into the rind is quite common. Instead of having the store throw away those parts (but they can also end up in the salad bar, if your grocery store has one), they’ve found a way to turn what you would consider rubbish into a higher priced item.
Tip # 4 – Welcome home cooking at home
Homemade soup is healthier than canned soup, no kidding, it has much more nutritional benefit. Packaged foods are made to delay rapid deterioration, so it should be obvious that such ‘food’ is packed with extra calories, but completely unnecessary, sugars, sodium (salt), and you don’t want to know about the mystery ingredients of those you have never heard of, besides a dead surprise insect, or one still alive! – Occasionally. And although, it is not something that is freely publicized or presumed, there are many canned foods, among which are the main family names, which if kept sealed can survive a nuclear explosion. Do you really want something scientifically invented that lasts for literal decades, going through your lips?
Healthy eating is possible and the best part is that you can do it while saving time, money and possibly yourself, in terms of health. Obviously, how to convince someone to eat healthy is not a matter of budget, but more importantly, a health problem. Healthy eating affects everyone who consumes what they buy. Therefore, if you do not worry about yourself (I do and you should), consider your spouse, parents, children, friends, neighbors and siblings who are trapped suffering the results of a poor diet. Yes if you would eliminate the myth of “healthy eating costs too much”, what prevents you from enjoying a healthier and higher quality life?
Tip # 5 – Exercise!
There are many benefits when you exercise regularly. It helps you raise your mood and keeps your heart healthy. Exercise will make you feel better after a long day at work. Regular exercise will also help you sleep better. Exercise strengthens your heart. So, if you want to enjoy life more, exercise regularly.
The last but not least is that you should have breakfast. You may remember that your mother told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, your mother is right. Breakfast is your first meal of the day. It will be the one that will give you the energy and nutrients you need for the next day.
These tips are very easy. It will take a while to break your old habits, but after a month or so you will see the benefits of having a healthier lifestyle.