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

This is the second post in the series about the most common excuses 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 that out too.

Now let me explain why you don’t need to buy lots of trendy, expensive ingredients to be healthy.

There are plenty of everyday foods that are actually the real superfoods.

 

My description of healthy eating is eating a variety of mostly real, whole foods and minimising processed, packaged foods. 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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Sounds simple, because it is! You just need to get into a habit of doing it consistently.

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There are plenty of everyday foods that are actually the real superfoods.

My description of healthy eating is eating a variety of mostly real, whole foods and minimising processed, packaged foods. So we’re talking about cooking most of your own meals using fresh ingredients and having the occasional treat or take away.

Sounds simple, because it is! You just need to get into a habit of doing it consistently.

Stock up on staples

 I’m talking good old fashioned staples, like potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, garlic, spinach, eggs, oats, nuts, bananas, berries, cheese, olive oil, butter and honey. If you don’t have access to organic produce, just make sure you wash it before you eat it.

Get your everyday staples in place and then supplement with optional extras.

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You can consider adding things like avocados, alternative flours & milks, protein powders and many other supplements.

My point though, is that you don’t have to in order to be healthy.

Be smart and savvy

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 is usually easiest. Plan your menu for the week, then go shopping and buy what you need. Fresh fruit and vegetables will need to be washed, chopped and put into storage containers.

The rest is up to you, depending on your schedule and how much time you have through the week. Don’t over complicate it, you just need to be more organised if you’ve got a busy schedule Maybe pre-cook some proteins (meat, chicken) and portion into containers. Or you might want to batch cook some meals to keep in the freezer for easy re-heating on your busiest days.

If you’re not sure about where to start, try my menu planner. 

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 over the last 40-50 years to cater to our modern, busy lifestyles. The demand to make food faster and easier however, means not all of the changes are good for your health.

You need to read labels and know exactly what’s in the food you’re buying, so you can make the best decisions for your own and your family’s health.

Eating healthy food is affordable with a little bit of planning and effort and the rewards are very worthwhile.

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