So, I’ve been eating healthy for quite some time. I love it so much! And I’m not just saying that. It has legitimately changed my life.
A few years ago, I was forced into going Gluten-free (<– read about my personal story here!). Not the most fun thing I've ever had to do, but it did start me towards living a much healthier lifestyle. And it helped me to pay more attention to what I was putting in my body.
And here’s the thing. Ever since I had my son… which is over 16 years ago at the time of this revised posting – I can’t even believe it! – I have tried many things to keep myself healthy and my weight on track.
No fancy program has ever been right for me.
Plus, I had a terrible sweet tooth. Like I could play the role of the Cookie Monster very well.
I also LOVE cheese. Confession: I may or may not have referred to it as it’s own food group a few… thousand… times. I always try to eat well, but there are just some things I love and have a hard time staying away from. Again, Macaroni and Cheese, anyone?
But that’s what I love about the new healthier lifestyle I've created for myself!
It hasn't been a lose weight quick solution.
It’s not even about losing weight, it’s about good health and maintaining great skin. Losing weight has just been an awesome bonus.
Eating healthy has helped me to cut out most of the not-so-great stuff many people ingest everyday like gluten, soy, sugar, dairy and more. You might read that and think it may seem like you’re “cutting out” a lot, but when you start paying attention to what you're eating and add healthier foods into your diet, you actually have many more options than you think.
And you’re body receives ten-fold what it loses in health and energy benefits.
Plus, I have way less cravings for junk anymore.
And even when I do get a craving for something, I can't eat a whole lot of it, so I'm much more controlled.
As I've worked with people over the last few years, I’ve noticed there's one major common question everyone has… How much is it going to cost me?
And I get. It’s a valid question.
People think organic or healthy and they somehow see a big price tag. However, it's actually way less expensive than you think. Even when you're buying the really good stuff.
The branded products in the store are really what drive your grocery bill up.
Don't believe me? Pay attention the next time you go.
Put all your healthy stuff up on the conveyor belt first. And watch the difference in the total.
And in reality, even if it was more expensive, should you really put a price tag on your health? In reality, you're either going to pay a little now or a lot later (medical bills, insurance etc)
People complain that avocados are 2 for $5 or that a bottle of cleanser lasting 3-4 months is $32, but won’t hesitate to spend $200 on a bar tab.
One night of fun could be an entire month of good health and great skin.
So let's get to the math of it all. Don’t worry, I’m not here to make you do the math problems on your own, I’m here to help you look at all of this more easily, so I’ve already done that for you. I’m like the Honey extension… finding you all the savings without having to do any of the work.
Let’s talk about that grocery bill.
The average grocery bill per person in the US, according to the department of Agriculture, is somewhere between $165 and $345 a month. So, if we take an average of that, we're at about $255 per person per month – which, let’s be honest, we know is not the case in California or any major city for that matter. But anyway, let’s use $255. For a family of 3, that would leave you with a monthly bill of $765 plus whatever you spend on take out.
Are you ready for this? Our max budget for groceries is now only $600. I typically spend closer to $450 a month and that’s inclusive of a few snacks I purchase for my husband and son.
That’s a HUGE financial savings, tremendous health benefits for myself and my family, and allows me another $300 to spend on anything else. Like my skincare!
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