Excuse #2: I can’t afford all those expensive super foods!

This is the second post in this series about the most common excuses that people use for not following a healthy diet.

It’s also part of a Slideshare presentation titled Cupcakes vs. Rice cakes, so please go check it out if you have a minute.

As the slide says, you don’t need to buy lots of trendy, expensive ingredients to eat healthy food. You can if you want to, of course, but it’s not necessary.

I’ll start by giving you my description of healthy eating: it’s eating a variety of mostly real, whole foods, along with minimal processed, packaged and junk food. So we’re talking about cooking most of your own meals using fresh ingredients and having the occasional treat or take away.

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Stock up on staples

We like to use lots of good old fashioned staples. Think potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, chicken, fish, eggs, oats, nuts, bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cheese, olive oil, butter, coconut milk and honey. There are some things I spend a bit extra on because I believe they’re worth it – coconut oil, cacao powder, avocados and good quality steak. We don’t eat steak that often and when we do, we like to know that it’s from an animal that’s been raised humanely and grass-fed.

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You can go crazy buying all sorts of amazing things from the delis and shops that cater to people looking for organic and chemical free foods. My point is though, that you don’t have to in order to be healthy.

Before you go shooting excuse #1 at me, yes, it does take time! All that means is that you need to be organised and you need to plan and prepare.

Think fresh & local

If you want to buy reasonably priced organic fresh produce, you will need to do a little bit of homework. Find out when and where your local farmers markets are and where you can buy quality meat and fish.

You’ll also need a little bit of time for planning and prep. The weekend (or whenever your days off are) is usually easiest. Plan your menu for the week, then go shopping to buy what you’ll need. Fresh fruit and vegetables will need to be washed, chopped and put into storage containers.

The rest is up to you, depending on how much time you have throughout the week. The more prep you do on the weekend, the less time you’ll need to spend on your meals through the week. You might want to just pre-cook some of your protein (meat and fish) and portion it into containers. Or you might want to cook some meals to keep in the freezer for easy re-heating on your busiest days.

If you need help with any of this, please download my free Starter Pack .

It’s designed to help you get started by giving you a meal planner, kitchen tips fact sheet (for prep and cooking) and a food diary that you can use to analyse your current eating habits and highlight any changes that you may like to make.

 

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The biggest thing that I’d like you to take away from this post is that it’s more important than ever to  be aware of what you’re eating. Our food has changed a lot to cater to our modern, busy lifestyles. Our demands to make it faster and easier however, mean not all of the changes are good for your health. You need to read labels and be informed, so that you can make the best decisions for your and your family’s health.

Living a healthy lifestyle is not expensive – it’s very affordable with a little bit of planning and effort.

 

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