Secrets to Eating Healthy on a Budget

Written by Allen Hunt, Membership Consultant, O2 Fitness Falconbridge

Can you eat healthy on a budget? The answer is yes!!!

My family and friends always ask me how do you eat healthy because its so expensive to do so.  My first response is always where do you shop and what are you buying?  They usually say “I brought everything that was labeled low fat or zero carb and I got them from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. But, after I went shopping I went to Wendy’s because I didn’t feel like cooking anymore.”

First of all you don’t have to go to these stores to change up your eating habits if your on a budget and furthermore you definitely need to stay away from fast food!

The next comment I hear is “I don’t have time to cook.”  I have heard this comment so many times and it gets old… My mother raised four children, went to work everyday and cooked dinner every night when she got home.

So, I’m going to tell you the secret of having a few extra dollars in your pockets when you leave the grocery store.  The secret is simple: buy only what you need!

When its time to go to the grocery store I know I get a little excited because I’m thinking about all the possibilities that can happen with food, then I look in my wallet and come back to reality.  Write a list before you go to the store and don’t defer from that list by playing the most popular grocery store game: “yumm…that looks good.”

Read the labels, get low sugar products, lean meats, fruits, vegetables and as much water as you can get your hands on!!! Your body will thank you and your workouts will become better and easier.

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