Healthy Eating and Drinking on a Budget

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Food prices are on the rise, and it’s harder than ever to maintain a healthy diet. Here are some tips to get you going!

1. Commit to a Healthier Lifestyle

Make the commitment to stop drinking sugary drinks and eating recklessly throughout the day. Cutting soda completely out of your life may seem hard at first, but after about the 3-5 day mark, you may find yourself completely forgetting about the idea to even buy soda.

2. Approach the health food store with caution.

The second thing you need to do, or in this case need not to do, is go off and buy a bunch of health food without doing your research first. Health food can be very expensive and that fact alone may be the reason that you completely give up on your healthy diet. But fear not, as there are many work-arounds to getting great tasting food and drink on a budget!

3. Grow it yourself.

One thing you might consider is growing your own food.

Having a your own garden has many health benefits – and is very cost effective as well. You may have to spend a few bucks to get all the equipment you need, but after that your garden can become a money saving machine.

Not only will you be able to make homemade meals and drinks from homemade vegetables, but having in the garden calls for exercise and spending time outside on nice sunny days.

What makes having a garden so cost effective and so potentially healthy, is that it dramatically reduces the cost of juicing your own vegetables – something that can become extremely costly but many people still do because of the extreme health benefits that it provides. Juicing and drinking your own vegetables has several advantages over eating vegetables or drinking store bought juice, and different vegetables have different benefits.

For instance, cabbage juice, though not so tasty, is very rich in vitamin U and is widely known for its amazing ulcer healing capabilities, while juicing zucchini can help with bladder problems, can act as a body coolant, and is a good internal cleanser.

All vegetables have their own unique benefits, and the advantage of having your own garden is that you can grow vegetables, juice your own vegetable, and create new and unique recipes at will – all on a budget. Not to mention make tomato sauce, stir fry’s, and anything else that involves vegetables and eating.

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This article was written by Philip Rudy. Philip helps to run and maintain, which is a company that provides healthy drinks.

So Your Body Needs Protein

Your body needs 1g of protein per pound of body-weight per day to build and maintain muscle. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy the best steaks, salmon, and beef there is. Save those for special occasions and go with other sources of protein like eggs, milk, canned tuna, frozen chicken breast, ground turkey, and cottage cheese. These are considered “whole protein” and eating it with each meal helps fat loss as protein has a higher thermic effect than other food.

Buy in Bulk and In Season

There are always sales going on on things like pastas, frozen veggies, rice, and oats when you buy them in bulk. So do so. You will save trips to the grocery store and money. And in-season fruits and veggies not only taste better, but are cheaper as well. Root vegetables in the Winter. Apples & squash in the Fall. Broccoli & berries in the Summer.

Check the Local Farmers Market

They aren’t always cheaper, but you can definitely find a lot of good deals, and they are always willing to give away free stuff when you buy a lot. Not only that – these vegetables are a lot more fresh, and the fresher a vegetable or fruit is, the more healthy it is.

Other ways of saving money are simple concepts like buying everything from one place, drinking tap water, clipping coupons, and getting good with leftovers. Buying generic food is a great way to start. It may taste, well slightly different, but once you get used to it is the same thing. Instead of of buying Cheerios, buy brand name oats, instead of buying Jiff, buy the store brand peanut butter (the natural kind), and instead of buying MonaVie health drinks, buy some of the store brand orange juice.

Not only does eating healthy require discipline, but so does doing it on a budget. Unhealthy foods can be so tempting and even more so when they are cheap. Stick to these methods however and you should be on your way to a healthy, yet affordable, lifestyle.

This article was written by Philip Rudy. Philip helps to run and maintain, which is a company that provides healthy drinks.

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