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.
Read the other posts in the series here:
Excuse #1: I DON’T HAVE TIME/I’M TOO BUSY
Excuse #3: IT’S TOO CONFUSING/IT’S TOO HARD
Excuse #4: HEALTHY FOOD IS BORING
Read on to find out why you don’t need to buy lots of trendy, expensive ingredients to be healthy.
There are plenty of everyday foods that are the real superfood super heroes.
When I talk about healthy eating, I mean eating a variety of mostly real, whole foods and minimising processed, packaged foods.
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.
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 are all inexpensive, healthy foods.
If you don’t have access to organic produce, just make sure you wash it well before you eat it.
Get your everyday staples in place in your eating plan, and then 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.
If you want to buy reasonably priced organic fresh produce, it just takes 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 some time for planning and prep. The weekend is usually easiest.
Plan your menu for the week ahead, 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.
Grab your copy of my free healthy menu planner.
The biggest thing I’d like you to take away from this post is that eating healthy food really is affordable. With a little bit of planning and effort, the rewards are very worthwhile.
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.
Being able to read and understand food labels is an essential skill these days.
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