If you’ve read any of my other blogs, specifically in the fitness category, you know that I’ve been on a journey to discover a fit lifestyle that works for me. If you haven’t read about it, you should probably go do that now- I’ve had great results!
In January 2018 (actually December 30th, 2017 to be exact because I refuse to make New Year’s Resolutions), I decided it was time to take my body back- for life, love & a wedding! Phew. What a journey it has been. Not gonna bore you with all those details now, but I will say that the NUMBER ONE thing you can do for yourself if you’re looking to lose weight is to correct your diet. Some people will argue that eating healthy is too expensive, and you’re not wrong. It really shouldn’t cost as much as it does, BUT we are talking about an investment in your health, mental and physical- a smart investment, darn it.
By getting my diet in check, and as a result, also my husband’s since he only eats when I feed him, we have actually saved money! Here’s why:
- You Quit Eating Out
- Remember my last post about the 5 steps to starting your debt free journey? Well, I mentioned that the little things add up, because they really do. A McDouble here, a Sonic milkshake there. Oh boy. I can feel my bank account draining and my pants tightening. This may seem like an obvious one, but you really can’t understand the benefit until you try it for yourself.
- Real foods aren’t that expensive
- I’m a devoted Aldi shopper. If you don’t have an Aldi, I’m so sorry. Seriously, let’s take a moment for those who don’t have an Aldi directly across the street from their gym… Okay, moving on. I have found that by shopping at Aldi as much as possible, I’m buying so many more real, whole foods because they’re so cheap! 3 large zucchini are like $1.50?? Ground turkey? $3.49! Spiralize those squash, brown that turkey and toss in a jar of $1 marinara and you’ve ~4 lunches for $1.50/each?!?! This changes the game… and my budget! <$10 for lunch for a week versus $10/each day to eat out with my coworkers.
- You just eat less
- This may seem obvious, but if you put your focus on getting active and improving your health, you’re far less likely to sink into the couch with a quart of Ben & Jerry’s (I really love ice cream, ok?). Getting active and cutting out the late night snacks has saved me a lot of money otherwise spent on entertaining myself with expensive, processed foods.
These are just a few reasons I call B.S. on anyone who says “eating healthy is too expensive.” Comment below if it’d be helpful to see a grocery haul/meal prep post! I’d love to combine a couple sections of this blog into some fitness/money-saving things.