Buying cheap food could be among the costliest mistakes you ever make. Saving a few bucks or even a few pennies now can be correlated to staggering costs down the road.
There are many reasons why cheap food costs so little. The first has to do with nutrition. Let’s use bread as an example. Cheap white bread which is massively produced, loaded with preservatives to give it a longer shelf life, and stripped of health-promoting micro-nutrients does not cost the manufacturer much compared to organic multi-grain flourless bread that is loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This life-enhancing bread won’t last long on the shelf because it does not contain preservatives.
It might shock you that my husband and I spend $4 to $5 for a loaf of bread, sometimes more. We also have no doctors bills, no co-pays, and we take no costly medicine. When my parents were my age, between the two of them they had a gaggle of diseases and medical bills. I think when it comes to economics, my husband and I are ahead.
Here are seven reasons to make nutritious food a priority:
- If you think you are saving money by buying quick, processed, convenient and non-nutritive food, think again. Since food is medicine, if you eat junk food, your body will become junky. Two examples of health woes that result from over-processed, high-glycemic food are obesity and heart disease. Health care costs associated with these diseases are approximately $120 billion per year. Obese people and people with chronic disease are 2.5 times more likely to require drugs, surgery, and hospitalization. Now that‘s expensive!
- Learning to prepare food with your family promotes the benefits of primary nutrition. This means that quality family time will help everyone connect with each other. This reduces stress and can even increase some of the hormones in our body that are associated with pleasure, which in turn, supports the immune system and helps to reduce inflammation.
- Learning the difference between cheap food and the reasonably priced natural food is the trick to being healthy both physically and fiscally. Fast food is usually compromised in its nutrition value which is why it is so cheap. Compare that to an organic Fuji apple and some all natural peanut butter for a delicious and simple lunch or snack. You don’t have to shop at an expensive health food store to upgrade the quality of your food selections while monitoring your expenses.
- Cosmetic surgery, including liposuction, is performed over 400,000 times per year. Think of the time, risk, cost, and preoccupation many people have as a result of not liking how they look and feel. Redirect those resources to food that makes you feel and look great.
- One of the most expensive things in the entire world is being unable to work. If you are ill and not able to perform your job, ask yourself what you might do to get healthier to reverse this. Learning how to select and prepare simple and delicious food is among the best starting points.
- Empower yourself. If you are of the mind that you take your body to your doctor when your body breaks down (sadly, often because you did not properly feed your body), couldn’t you make a change higher up the chain? Making healthy choices puts you in control of your life. As one of my clients said recently when he turned 60 years old, At last, I am in charge. No longer does food control me. I make healthy choices because I know what is important to me.
- Choosing organic might seem like a stretch. Start off with avoiding the “dirty dozen” as these foods have the highest amount of toxic chemical residue. Reducing the toxic load in your body’s cells is a brilliant starting point to steer yourself toward much greater health.
- Have an outing with your family to your local Farmer’s Market. Select one new fruit or veggie per week. Try the organic variety and taste the difference. If there is no Farmer’s Market where you live, ask your local supermarket about local, organic produce. This is better for your health and the environment.
- Learn some simple, healthy recipes. It’s fun and relaxing to prepare food. Experiment, but keep it simple at first. This will bring your family closer together, which is good for everybody’s health.
- Begin to upgrade your selections at the market. Go from processed to whole foods. Throw the junk food in your pantry away. Get as many foods as possible in their original, natural form. Fruits and veggies are the best places to start. Consider grass-fed beef if you love meat. Eliminating factory-farmed commercial meat is an enormous benefit to your health.
- Drive by the fast food drive-by. Get in the habit.
- Consider working with a health coach. Doing so will cost you way less than working with a doctor. Co-pays, medicine, and hospitalization are exorbitant compared to the cost of learning to be healthy and in charge of your body and your health.
Love your body and get your body to love you back.
With love and encouragement,
Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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