Reducing the Costs of Eating Healthy

Healthy Food

shutterstock_128010659In today’s era of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and steroid-enhanced cows, chickens, sheep, and other animals, eating healthy and natural can be difficult. First of all, organic produce and naturally fed protein can simply be difficult to track down.

Secondly, if you are able to find quality meat and produce, they tend to be much more expensive than lower quality items. If you are making a concerted effort to eat healthier, but you are still on a budget, this can be extremely frustrating.

According to the journal of Health Affairs, a recent study determined that eating a balanced diet of vegetables and whole grains is considerably more expensive than loading up on sugar and saturated fat.

While this study is disheartening, we believe healthy eating shouldn’t be reserved to the economic elite. There are many ways to eat more natural and healthier without going bankrupt.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Here are a few tips for healthy eating that will keep your stomach happy and your wallet heavy:

  • Plan your Meals

Making a plan for daily meals can go a long way towards forcing yourself to eat healthier. When you don’t have a plan in place, it becomes much easier to settle for fast food or on-the-go snacks. By scoping out coupons and deals you can use quality ingredients that are on sale or that you already have in your possession. After making your plan, the most important thing is to stick to it!

  • Eat Seasonal

Typically, fruits and vegetables picked during their prime season are less expensive than their out-of-season counterparts. Scouring farmers’ markets can help you find fresh produce that is reasonably priced. Some spring favorites include green beans, strawberries, and asparagus.

  • Grow your Own

There is really no substitute for starting your own windowsill or backyard gardening beds. Spring is the best time to plant seeds and will allow you to reap the benefits of your labor in the late summer months. Even if you lack backyard space, there are plenty of alternatives for placing planters in your windows, on your front porch, or in indoor containers.

Take the Time Now, You’ll Be Happy Later

Before you turn to the dollar menu, take some time to evaluate the aforementioned tips and see what can easily be implemented in your life. Eating healthy simply takes a little more time in planning and preparing your meals.

Ultimately, a meal that is planned and prepared by yours truly is infinitely more satisfying than a pre-made McDonald’s hamburger that has been sitting in the warming station for who knows how long.

At Vitality Fitness, we realize that healthy eating is incredibly important to help you maximize your efforts to exercise regularly. Physical activity can prove unsuccessful in helping to regulate weight loss if your diet is not adjusted accordingly.

If you would like more information on the fitness training and programs available at Vitality Fitness Calgary, please visit us online.

If you would like to speak directly to a representative, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 1-587-777-3378!

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