How to Afford Eating Healthy
1. Prioritise your purchases
• Eating healthy, plant-based, and natural foods can provide you with ample nourishment, together with heaps of vitamins and minerals.
• Always try to eat locally and seasonally produced food – it’s much less expensive.
• Always choose organic food if you can afford it. Do not skimp when it comes to food quality, and try to avoid food treated with chemical and toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertiliser. Your health is important.
• Cut back drastically on processed foods, fast foods, and eating/drinking out.
• Shop weekly, stick to your shopping list and buy only enough food for the week ahead. This reduces wastage.
2. Draw up a budget
Regarding non-food items, try to buy only what you need and not what you want. A budget indicating projected income and expenditure will allow you to prioritise and cut back on unnecessary purchases.
3. Purchase produce from local farmers’ markets
Organic or naturally-grown produce is often far less expensive when bought directly from the farm or from local farmers’ markets.
4. Buy legumes and grains in bulk
• Purchasing grains like brown rice, buckwheat, oats, millet and quinoa in bulk can save a lot of money.
• These healthy grains provide necessary vitamins and minerals and, when paired with beans or legumes, make a complete protein.
• Buying dry legumes can also save you some money, because you are not paying for the processing.
• The consumption of dry food often takes a little bit of extra preparation, such as soaking the beans, but ultimately saves you money.
5. Reduce meat consumption.
• Meat is expensive and is not essential for maintaining good health
• Cutting back or eliminating meat from your diet can reduce potential health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes
• Reducing your meat consumption can save time in the preparation of meals.
6. Reduce dairy consumption
• Dairy products are not essential for maintaining good health
• Dairy products, including cheese and milk, are heavily processed and can cause many health problems including cardiac disease, obesity and allergies.
• Eliminating these products from your diet can also save you money.
7. Purchase store brands
Many large supermarkets offer a line of quality store brands which are often cheaper than the popular big name brands.
8. Make large meals
Homemade veggie soups with brown rice or legumes are nourishing and slimming. Make large amounts and freeze single portions for hungry children after school or to take to work for lunch.
9. Cook from scratch with whole foods
Cooking meals from scratch using whole foods can be time consuming. It is, however, far, far healthier for you and your family than processed, prepared, or frozen meals. Furthermore, you’ll be saving money by not paying for the preparation, processing and the packaging.
10. Eat less
And finally, in the words of Michael Pollan, American author, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: “Eat food, not too much, mainly plants”.
How to Afford Eating Healthy