Costs of Eating Healthy: Eating Organic Part 2

As I stated before, upfront costs associated with proper nutrition are monetary of course, and time; in contrast,  I will argue that eating unhealthy can also be pricey.  My opinion stands that it is more profitable and even more convenient to pay the price for good health in the grocery store.  Neglecting the body by consuming of chemicals and pesticides can lead to cancer or other abnormalities of the body.

But it is so expensive!  A large contributor to increased expense in the market is the consumption of empty calories.  Empty calories are found in foods like soda pop, chips and candy bars.  These foods have large amounts of calories (a measuring stick for food energy) but no substantial vitamins or minerals.  If we are not feeding our bodies the nutrients they are begging for our bodies will continuously ask for food.  This lack of satiety, or constant state of hunger, leaves us reaching for another round of potato chips.  The cycle of eating empty calories supports one of the many theories making clear that junk food is a staple which contributes to obesity.

Below are a few tips that I use to cut the costs in the marketplace.

1.  Buy in bulk.  Bulk foods are generally cheaper.  Time can be saved as well by cooking in bulk and storing meals in portion size containers to be consumed throughout the week.  No matter if you are single or have a family of five, buying and cooking in bulk is much more efficient.

2.  Swap your proteins.  Try alternating beans or legumes in place of meat for a good quality protein and fiber source.  One large bag of beans is almost 90 cents cheaper per serving than chicken.

3.  Grow a garden.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests 2 hours and 30 minutes of “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” per week for adults.  (CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html)  Save money, engage in a family project, and exercise by growing a garden.

Lots to come,

Tawnie Goodwin

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