Are you guilty?
One day while doing my laundry in our apartment building’s laundry room and talking with a friend, who also lived there, I saw John (not his real name) buy a $2 bottle of regular pop from a vending machine. My friend commented that the pop was pricey. John answered “well this is my lunch.” Concerned about his health she noted that it should consist of something healthier to which John retorted “eating healthy is too expensive for me.”
How often do you hear it from people? Perhaps you even believe it yourself. If you do, I hope you will continue reading because it is simply not true. John from our building is a very hard working guy and very nice, but he is already suffering from poor health due to his poor eating habits and I am sure that he has a higher food bill every month than I do. I see him and his wife drinking Tim Horton’s coffee every day and besides pop they often eat Mc. Donald’s meals, which do not come cheap either. It costs at least $20 for one meagre meal for two people, while our family of four eats a main meal for way less $5-10$ by cooking it at home.
We also do not drink pop at all, which saves us over $700 a year in comparison with someone like John who drinks pop everyday. I brew my own coffee, which costs me $5 a month rather than $90 that John and his wife spend by buying theirs daily and they likely buy something more to go with it, which means even more money spent.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating only organics or other specialty foods marketed as healthy. Regular fruits and vegetables have the same nutritional value and many of the organic fancy cereals /bars are loaded with sugar, which is not healthy for you at all. You can have plain oatmeal with sprinkle of dry fruit on it for fraction of the price. I pay only $8 for 5 kg of oatmeal, which lasts me at least 3 months.
I found that whole wheat bread, low fat cheese, and milk are the same price as white bread and high fat variety, so you are not paying more by opting for healthy product. If you decide to eat fruit instead of drinking juice, you will find that it will cost you less. The same thing happens when you buy more legumes and less meat. It costs you less, but you eat way healthier.
If you are not convinced yet, then ask yourself if you will be able to afford the medications when inevitably you will get sick from eating unhealthy. Blood pressure, diabetes, and other medications can cost you hundreds of dollars every single month. Especially when you do not have the coverage, which if you are trying to save by eating unhealthy, you probably do not have. Don’t even dare to delude yourself that government will pay if you live in a country like Canada, because even there the coverage is becoming smaller every year.
Eating healthy not only costs less, but it saves us what no money can buy, your health and the quality of life. Can you afford to lose that? The myth of healthy food being expensive is not only a lie, but it robs people of their very life. Do not be deceived. Eat healthy, live long, and live happy.
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