Friday’s tip this week comes from guest blogger, Stephanie Watson. We were so excited and thankful that Stephanie took time out of her busy schedule to share her insight with us this week. Thank you Stephanie and I welcome you back any time!
Today’s Tip: Eating right doesn’t have to cost too much money
Eating Right Costs Too Much Money
I hear all the time that eating right costs too much money. I have even said it myself. But honestly it is just not true. It’s a good excuse at the time that might make me feel better about buying that bag of chips, instead of the bag of carrots, but it just does not hold up under the scrutiny of logic.
If you look at it realistically it does not cost more money to eat right. Sure, some of the groceries cost more initially, but honestly, why would any of us pay one dime for a bag of potato chips?
What is in a bag of potato chips? Salt, Fat, Sugar, Starch. There is not one ounce of nutrition in a bag of chips. Just fat, calories, and too much of nothing. When you think about it paying $2.00 for a bag of nothing but calories is pretty expensive compared to paying $2.00 for a bag of carrots that has lots of vitamins and goodness in it.
Also if you are eating right and watching portion sizes the food is actually going to cost a lot less than if you’re eating wrong and as much of it as you want. If you check out the FDA pyramid it is clear about what a serving size contains. If we all stuck to that serving size of each food group each day I bet a lot of us would not only eat less, but we would spend less money at the grocery store too.
Stephanie is a Virtual Assistant https://www.stephaniewatson-va.com and recently started a support group for others struggling with losing weight. https://www.toughloveweightloss.com.
Shannon - The Shrinking Mommy says
LOL – my husband used to tell me that buying fruit (which I love) and veggies cost too much, but yet we’d spend over $50 every weekend just for his weekend junk food binges.
It’s true that “healthy” prepacked or processed snacks do cost more than the sugar and fat laden junk foods, but whole unprocessed foods aren’t in the long run.
One of the realizations I had when we were working on my daughter’s weight issue was that I was telling her no to an apple or yogurt she wanted but allowing her a candy bar at the check out counter. An apple costs less than 50 cents, yogurt is just 50 or 60 cents, and a candy bar anywhere between 50 and 85 cents. once I realized that, I started letting her choose a healthy treat from anywhere in the grocery store and it made a difference.
Now I’m doing the same thing for me. It’s much less expensive to spend the money on fruit or yogurt than to buy a bag of chips, and I feel better. Definitely worth it!
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