Living Healthy on a Budget

In early December of 2013 Harvard released a report about the cost of healthy eating. They found that following a healthy diet costs the average diner about $1.50 more a day than it would cost them to chow down on fast, fried and other unhealthy grub.

While this may seem like a small amount at first, in the long-run this will add up. With 365 days in a year, this means that dining healthily will cost about $550 more annually than eating unhealthily would. For those just as concerned about their budget as their waist line, this is a big deal. In this day and age, sticking to a budget gets just about as much attention as the foods we choose to eat.


Stay on Budget, Lose Weight

It is totally possible to lose weight in Greenbrae or Petaluma without busting your budget. By learning the ins and outs of healthy eating, developing healthy strategies to improve your health throughout the day and by being smart with your food choices, you can reduce the cost of following a healthy diet.


Here are a few tips to help you get started:

The Harvard study found that purchasing your own meat and cooking it regularly was one of the highest contributors to the increased cost of eating healthily. One way to cut this cost is to consider reducing how much meat you consume daily. You don’t have to cut out meat altogether for your healthy or for your budget, but eating one or two meatless meals a week can reduce the fiscal impact of switching to a healthier eating style.

Remember, eating a healthy diet and improving your health are worth the extra effort. Your health is the best investment you can make in yourself.

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