Too Expensive to Eat Healthy?

14 Aug

save_moneyCan’t afford to eat highly nutritious, all natural, healthful food? Guess what: Jen and I have been saving around $300/month just for the two of us by eating better food! And personally, I’ve lost 10 pounds so far, in just 4 weeks, and my blood sugar is more stable (I have Type 1 Diabetes) and my insulin usage has gone down significantly. We both feel better. And our future hospital bills have just taken a nose dive.

You don’t have to buy tons of organic vegetables and take fistfuls of supplements. This is what we’ve been eating:

  • Brown rice
  • 100% Whole wheat pasta
  • Tomato and spaghetti sauce with NO OIL in the ingredients
  • Red, white, and sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Various types of beans (variety is awesome)
  • Fresh fruits (such as cantaloupe and bananas)
  • Frozen vegetables (such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, green peas, various mixed veggies, squash and zucchini, and so-on)
  • Oatmeal
  • Sea salt (for a little bit of seasoning)
  • Various spices (such as oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, curry, etc)

We also get the following, which aren’t cheap, but we (especially my wife) sometimes like to have a bowl of cereal as part of our breakfast:

  • Almond milk (unsweetened)
  • Cereal (read the ingredients carefully! 100% whole grains, no oils, no preservatives, nothing you can’t pronounce or wouldn’t see growing in a field)

We eat as much as we want, and don’t have a calorie ceiling, but a calorie FLOOR (I make sure I never eat less than 2,000 per day, and I’ve eaten as much as 4,000) to make sure our bodies get what they need to burn fat and think and function and to avoid food cravings.

The Vitamin B-12 we take (since we consume no animal products) costs $16 for a 6-month supply.

Organics?

If you CAN buy a few organic items, some are more important than others. If you can swing the few extra bucks (which you probably can once you stop spending all that money on meat, oil, dairy, and pre-packaged foods), try to get the following organic, since the non-organic versions of these items tend to contain high amounts of pesticides:

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Coffee (make sure you’re not adding real or artificial creamer! try almond milk instead)
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines (Imported)
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes (except sweet potatoes)
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Wine
  • Zucchini

Here are some that are considered “clean,” and if you need to limit the amount of organic food you purchase, here are some you can get non-organic without risk of excess pesticide and herbicide residue:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas (make sure they’re not GMO!)
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (make sure it’s not GMO!)
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Watermelon

Final Notes

As much as possible, get all the ingredients and make your own food! And when you do buy something already put together, read the ingredients, and don’t buy anything with MSG, oil, casein, isolates, any form of meat or dairy (including fish and eggs), artificial flavors or colors, and any of the things you don’t recognize and can’t pronounce.

By eating this way, your cholesterol will drop, your blood pressure will normalize, your Type 2 Diabetes will resolve itself (sometimes in a matter of days, so beware of taking your medications and injecting insulin!), your cardiovascular issues (including E.D.) will start to heal, your excess weight will start to melt away, and you’ll take yourself off the list of Americans who will end up in the hospital, nursing home, or morgue because they eat the rich western diet.

Here’s to life and wonderful food!

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