I see a lot of tips out there for cutting your grocery bill to save money. Keeping staples in the pantry such as pasta and mince to make spaghetti bolognaise, rice, cereals and filling up on bread. This is the worst advice ever. Simple carbs such as potato, white rice, white pasta and white bread, turn to sugar once it’s consumed if you do not burn off the energy it’s giving you. This can contribute to people to be over weight and cause diabetes from the constant sugar rush. If you don’t buy a higher quality mince, then you are filling your body with saturated fat that eventually clogs your arteries and also leads to people being overweight. Some breakfast cereals contain stupid amounts of sugar that start your day off on a high, which causes spikes in your blood stream, it won’t let you feel full for very long, and may cause you to crash in the afternoon.
A simple alternative is to switch to whole meal pasta and rice, eat oats in the morning to keep you fuller for longer with slow releasing energy, and add beans to meals to make them more filling as they contain fibre. The reason for this is because they are complex carbs, meaning it takes a lot more effort for your body to break the food down, and is a lot better for your health.
Think of it this way: If you spend that little bit of extra money now, opting for healthier choices on a weekly basis, how much could it save you on medical bills in the future? The pharmaceutical industry is huge and they are profiting off the 2 billion people who are overweight or obese worldwide. Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Obese adults also spend 42% more on direct healthcare costs than adults who are a healthy weight. This includes medical costs for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, cancer, fatty liver disease, pregnancy problems and more. Don’t forget the tiring effort of carrying around the extra weight on a daily basis just walking down the street or around the home.
Isn’t it better to look after your health now, to prevent problems and extra costs in the future for medicine, doctor’s appointments and operations? I don’t blame people for opting for unhealthy choices when fizzy is cheaper than water, a McDonald’s burger is cheaper than vegetables, and sugary treats are cheaper than wholesome snacks. I don’t blame people when they are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet every week. But there are options such as decreasing unnecessary expenses, living on a budget, increasing your income or getting a better job, thinking carefully about what money is being wasted, reducing your meat intake and buying in bulk for beans and rice etc.
Here are the reasons I will continue to fuel my body with the best food possible, even if I am trying to pay off debt or save money:
1. Your body is your temple – Why not look after it? “The way you feed yourself, is the most basic, fundamental way you demonstrate care for your body” – Dr Libby.
2. You are what you eat – One in Five American deaths are now associated with Obesity. This number is absolutely astounding. People are literally killing themselves without realizing it, or without knowing how to stop. When you fuel your body with fried foods, sugary food, empty calories, simple carbs, and fatty cuts of meat or processed meat. That all gets stored inside and affects your thinking, your mood and productivity. An unhealthy diet can cause people to feel depressed, self-conscious, lousy, tired all the time, lack physical energy, body aches and pains and internal problems from the strain your internal organs are under.
3. Food can give you energy to be more productive – If you want to truly get the most out of life, the secret is time management. Don’t sit around watching TV, wasting the years away. This may be harsh, but you are going to die one day. What if it’s tomorrow? If you were to look back on your life would it be worth watching? Get off the couch, spend time with family and friends, choose a career you love instead of a job you hate, take the time to do your favourite hobby and explore new things to enjoy. Think positively, and make the most of EVERY SINGLE DAY. Stop wasting time and start being busy and achieving everything you ever wanted. But you can’t do it without nutrition. A healthy diet will fuel your body, give you a clearer state of mind, make you excited for every day and the energy to achieve more every single day.
4. By looking after yourself and your body, you can increase your lifespan – The best food you can eat to increase your longevity is dark leafy greens. Other foods with incredible health benefits are fish, beans such as lentils, nuts, cranberries, blueberries, green tea, red wine in sensible amounts, whole-grains, avocado, bananas, carrots, dark chocolate, flax and chia seeds, lemon, honey, olive oil, oranges, peanut butter, quinoa, and other fruits and vegetables. To see the full list – click here. Who wouldn’t want to live longer? Here is an interesting video on how you can increase your lifespan to over 100 years.
5. Balancing stress – Ensure you have a work life balance. Life can’t be just work, work, work. I know what its like, I was so desperate to save money I stayed up for 54 hours once, working hospitality jobs to fit as many hours of work into the day and night as possible. After going two whole months without a proper sleep, I landed myself in hospital. A year later when I was back working, I did it again. Now I understand that it was stress and burnout because I was so focused on work and money, my body stopped functioning. I now understand how important it is to have balance and more peace in mind instead of chaos. For advice on how to manage this, read my blog post 12 Ways to Manage Stress. Bottom line is, don’t sacrifice your health for money or work.
6. Eating good food can help you to look younger – By eating a diet rich in healthy fats such as avocado, extra virgin olive oil and fish. As well as green tea, dark chocolate, vegetables, seeds and spices. A nutrient dense diet gives you shiny hair and glowing skin.
7. You can get more out of life and achieve the things you want – Do you want to start a business or excel in your career, pass your college exams, do a 6 hour hike, have more energy to play with your kids? A healthy diet will give you the mental stamina, focus, physical strength and more energy to do the things you want.
8. It will affect how your see yourself in the mirror – The best feeling ever, is waking up in the morning and liking what you see. Doing a twirl in front of the mirror with a smile on your face. Walking down the street feeling 100% comfortable in your own skin. Self confidence plays a big part in our mental/emotional health, and the things we are willing to try in life. I love to feel my absolute best and know that I place a high importance on looking after myself. Your diet will also give you more energy and motivation, to exercise and work out which can help you to achieve your dream body. You aren’t going to get there by sitting on the couch.
All of these tips relate to money, because when you feel your best and have energy, you can put in that extra effort at work which could land you a promotion, you can start a side hustle for extra income outside of work hours, or sell things in the weekends to bump up your paycheck. So by placing a high importance on diet and personal care, you will feel able to do these things, and you will be more likely to avoid medical bills and health problems later down the track.
I hope you have found this powerful and inspiring. If you would like a breakdown of the specific foods to eat that benefit your health, to lose weight, increase energy, and mental and physical performance, then check out my new e-book 63 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Long-Term.
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