Two Simple Tips for Healthy Eating, Even on a Budget

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I’ve been taking a harder look at what I’m putting in my mouth on a daily basis and making some changes. I’ve been looking more closely at the ingredients on the sides of the boxes of the food I consume and trying not to eat too much food that comes in boxes in the first place. I have also tried to consider the produce I’m eating and where it’s coming from.

Have you considered the list of ingredients on the food you eat? Or the changes you can take to make a difference in your own health?

1. Read the Box

Nowadays, reading the list of ingredients that goes into the foods that we eat may not only be confusing but frightening as well. Chances are, the vast majority of Americans are unfamiliar with terms like nitrate, sodium benzoate, and saccharin; yet many of us still consume these chemicals every day. Some ingredients like butylated hydroxytoluene are even difficult to pronounce! Nonetheless, our society consumes these chemicals en masse.Β  Should we be asking, β€œWhat is this stuff anyway?”

Technological advances have brought about innovative techniques to not only keep the food we eat fresh for longer but to make it more affordable. The problem is that there are questions regarding the safety of these food additives. Educating yourself can never start early enough.

2. Buying Organic on a Budget

Some types of fruits and vegetables absorb fewer pesticides than others and are safer to buy non-organic. The EWG’s Dirty Dozen list is a great way to decide where to budget your food dollars for organic, or when it’s OK to go for conventional produce to stretch that food budget a bit more.

A few of these safer non-organic foods include: onions, avocado, pineapple, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, cabbage, grapefruit, and cantaloupe.

The 12 fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic because they have been known to absorb higher level of pesticides are: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale/collard greens, potatoes, and imported grapes.

You can also try shopping at the local farmers market for bargains on produce, especially seasonal organic items. Want to take it one step further? Try your hand at growing some of your own food!

Making changes to your daily diet takes work, and it’s up to us to decide what we put in our bodies on a daily basis. Can you make those changes in your daily food intake?

This is a guest post from Lindsey of Eat Drink Breathe. Consider your health and how your decisions can affect your future primary care because it is very important to your well being.

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  1. For some time now I’ve been checking labels.
    So many times I have put products back on the shelf because there’s more words that I don’t understand in the list of ingrediends, than I do!
    This is crazy and very worrying.
    Processed food, sauces, biscuits cakes etc have unbelievably long lists of unknown ‘foods’ and I for one can gather no enthusiasum to eat them …so most of the time I make my own. But I do appriciate that some busy Mums won’t have time, but do try …we can’t feed our children the rubbish that some manufacturers put in their food, eating like this is like playing russian roulette with our lives.

    Just try and make a change each day and in no time at all you will have made some big changes to your life and health, AND this can only be good news!
    Happy eating
    Anita

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