• Dorota Alimowska-Choma

Eating well on a budget

Updated: Dec 20, 2018

You can often hear people say that eating healthy is very expensive and not possible on a budget. Yes! This might be true if you don't know some shopping tricks. There are lots of brands that are very expensive and you can find yourself discouraged from looking for better options. I believe that adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be very expensive. There are some great tips that could help you out while shopping.

1. Shор Locally

I love the farmers market and really enjoy shopping there every Saturday.

Despite the fact, that organic food seems to be more expensive, I always find a good deal and appreciate great quality of the food and relationships with people who sell their products. It's a great way to support local farmers. Moreover, the fruit and vеgеtаblеѕ thаt are ѕоld аt farmer’s mаrkеtѕ are mоѕt оftеn in ѕеаѕоn аnd this means that рrоduсе wіll cost less. The соѕt of fооd often is affected by transportation costs. Shорріng lосаllу can hеlр lower the соѕt of purchasing hеаlthу fооdѕ.

2. Prepare a shopping list and stick to it

The shopping list is a great way to avoid the temptation of buying stuff you don't need. It also helps with making your shopping go quick and easy.

If you like making lists, you can also make your list by sections of food groups.

Something like:

• Fruits and vegetables. Try to buy the ones in-season and locally grown when possible. Use a dirty dozen list.

• Grains: quinoa, buckwheat, and millet

• Meat and fish: organic, grass-fed, wild fish

• Hormone-free organic dairy and eggs

• Oils, nuts, seeds

3. Don't go shopping when you are hungry

It seems so basic, but I have experienced this so many times. Shopping on an empty stomach will add to your shopping cart so many unwanted, often fast foods.

4. Buy store brands over highly advertised ones

Store brands are so much more affordable than the ones that are highly advertised. Someone has to pay for the advertisement! Don't let it will be you! ;) I'm joking, but seriously, a lot of store brands are the same quality and much more affordable.

5. Think about the number of products you buy

Sometimes we waste money if we buy too much food, which will go bad. Think about the quantity. It's better to buy less than food ending up in the garbage.

6. Plan your meals

Planning your meals and cooking at home is a great way to not overspend and know exactly what you need. I strongly advocate cooking from scratch and not buy prepackaged foods. They are not the best option if you want to start to eat healthy and clean. First, there are enormous amounts of plastic and preservatives in pre packed meals. Plastic also contains chemicals that you don't want your body to ingest. It is best to avoid it as much as possible.

7. Don't buy junk food

You can cut your food bill a lot buy avoiding junk foods. If you plan to eat healthily, junk food should not be on your list anyways. ;) Junk food often is packed with unhealthy ingredients, which will not nourish your body. If you want to have great energy all day avoid junk food and prepackaged meals, instead focus on good quality foods to keep you nourished.

Good luck!

P.S. Please share with me your own tips & tricks in the comments below. :)

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