There are many ways to do it.
My whole point here is that it doesn’t have to cost much to eat right. Real, health-giving, honest, simple, whole, foods cost less than food that isn’t so good for you.
There are many ways, so any particular food-as-religious-dogma can buy in. I personally am not a vegetarian, I don’t stick to organic, and I have no food allergies or restrictions. However, for those who do have such limitations, the basic ideas I’m pushing here still apply:
Doing it yourself, eating simply, paying attention
to food groups and nutrition requirements appropriate to you and your situation
costs less than eating out, buying prepared foods, and using food as entertainment or status icons.
If you’re strictly into organic foods, then buying bulk organic greens is still cheaper than buying pre-washed and chopped bagged organic greens.
If you’re not into wheat, then a nice big box of plain old-fashioned rolled oats is awfully cheap. Not into oats, either? Well, a nice bag of brown rice costs very little.
And so on.
What about the time it takes? There are a couple of ways to look at this: it really doesn’t take much time. It actually takes far less time to prepare your own food than it does to go out and wait in line every time you want to eat. As for “convenience foods,” it takes fewer working hours to pay for food you make yourself. And if it doesn’t, I mean, if you make so much money and work so many hours that the few minutes it takes you to boil an egg is of that much concern to you, then I might suggest that saving money on food is not a high priority for you. That’s cool. Congratulations! You’re one of the people who can afford to have other people do simple things for you. That’s nice.
After all, it’s a matter of priorities, values, what’s important to you. A lot of people don’t care much about how much money they spend on food. OK, that’s cool, it’s wonderful to live in a society of such immense wealth! My deal is that if you DO have some reasons for wanting to eat complete and balanced nutrition and you also want to avoid paying a lot of money to do that, you can do it.
And I say “piffle” to anybody who says you can’t.
Andrew Saul, at DoctorYourself.com says, Eat Cheaper and Eat Better: “ Eating healthfully means a complete … diet of inexpensive, whole foods. It also means a good tasting, simple diet that you can live with – and will live better with – every day.”
Hey, you can learn helpful things even from people with whom you don’t entirely agree. Like this J. D. Roth dude, he has 16 Ways to Eat Healthy While Keeping it Cheap. Even though I’m not on his diet, and I don’t advocate using supplements, so what? Maybe you’re into those things, and whether you are or aren’t, there are some darn good ideas on his list.
It’s all about the attitude, brah. Hey, if you want to change something, you gotta understand that means doing things differently than you’ve been doing them. Like SparklyStark says, “One way that I’ve made positive changes to my diet is by dropping the “I can’t eat that” attitude, and looking at delicious healthy dishes and going, “When can I eat that!?”