Let’s talk eating healthy on a budget
Stop with the excuses.
There are so many ways to make healthy food affordable. While organic, local, grass fed, whatever might be nice to have, none of that is necessary to lose weight or eat healthier. I used to have to really watch my grocery bill & often used that as an excuse to not eat healthy. It can seem overwhelming, but with some practice it gets super easy, I promise.
Things you need to eat healthy cheap:
1) Time - This is THE tough one. If you are working two jobs, have kids, super long commute, while also going to school... you might just have a legit excuse. BUT it’s still worth trying. You need time to plan, look up recipes, grocery shop carefully, meal prep and more. Time is the true reason I believe most people find eating healthy on a budget too difficult.
2) Basic cooking skills - YouTube and Google are your friends. Be ready to have some failed experiments. I often sucked it up & ate things that didn’t turn out great because the $$ was already spent! But with practice I’ve not only been able to start making up recipes on the fly, I’ve truly learned to love cooking.
3) Meal prep - Set aside the time & invest a tiny bit ($15 for a good set) on meal prep containers and I swear your life & budget will change. When I didn’t travel for work, my best results came when I planned & prepped all three meals & snacks for the week. It was also crazy cheap compared to eating out or grabbing snacks from the vending machine because I was starving.
4) Bulk buying - Costco or Sams Club or wherever, bulk buying makes a big difference. When you’re truly paycheck to paycheck, this can be hard. If you live in a tiny apartment or have roommates, ditto. Be smart about it & bulk buy what you can (e.g. canned items: no need to freeze or refrigerate & super long shelf life)