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Its Too Expensive

When you decide to change your eating and start living a healthy life, there are a lot of potential obstacles. First, people are worried about the food. “What can I eat? Will it taste good? Will I have to eat nothing but kale and cardboard for the rest of my life?”

Then, people get a chance to look at my recipes and they calm down a little. I mean, my guacamole recipe proves that healthy eating can also be super delicious (and I don’t mind bragging 😉).

Later, people get worried about time. “Will I be stuck in the kitchen all day? Will I have to spend days at the gym? Will I have to spend my every waking moment weighing foods and counting ever calorie?”

And again, people see some of our meal plans and calm down. Sure, I’ve got a couple recipes that take a few hours to make – but that’s only when the slow cooker is doing all the hard work!

After our members know the food will be good, easy, and fast, they head to the grocery store and encounter their last obstacle:

Price.

Now, I’ll be honest with you, eating healthy can seem expensive. Buying organic meat and produce costs a lot more than buying boxed mac and cheese and frozen dinners.

And sometimes, people think the cost is too much.

“I can’t pay this much for groceries every month. It’s too expensive.”

I completely understand if you feel that way.

But, how much would you pay to wake up every morning without aches and pains?

How much would you pay to enjoy every moment with your family without feeling tired or left out?

How much would you pay to feel absolutely awesome, inside and out?

I’m not asking you to spend money you don’t have. In fact, I’ve talked about ways to save money on groceries a lot and I’ll keep talking about it because it’s so important that everyone is able to get the healthy food they need, no matter how much money they have.

But I am asking you to change your mindset around money. Because the money you spend on healthy food, might be a lot less than you think.

Think About The Savings

Sure, a grocery bill full of organic foods will seem a little high the first time around. But that bill doesn’t show you all the other money you’ll be saving.

When you cook healthy meals, you tend to eat out or get fast food much less often. So, your organic beef might be $10, but that’s a main course for at least two people. Compare that to any dinner out for two. Even at a fast food place, you’ll usually spend $20 and a restaurant will set you back $40, at least.

The pricey grocery items are still so much cheaper than the alternatives. And they’re so much better for your body and health.

Think About How You Feel

In the past, how much money have you spent on coffee? I know I used to have a cup every morning and felt like I needed it to start my day. I didn’t want to feel sluggish or tired and I was happy to pay a little bit for something that would give me the energy I needed.

Sure, that cup of coffee gives you energy for the next few hours, but it does nothing to help your energy overall. You know what does work long-term? Organic food.

When you eat organic, you’re getting rid of all the toxins and chemicals that have been clogging up your system. Plus, you’re eating whole, healthy foods that give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Now, organic food won’t give you a quick burst of energy like coffee, but over time, it makes a world of difference. Recently, Naomi told the community how healthy eating made her feel:

“I have energy to keep up with my kiddos, and the clearest skin I've ever had. My moods are more stable, too. I seriously thought it was going to be a battle after having two kids, but I am doing great!

Eating whole, delicious foods makes you feel good. The cheap, processed food won’t.

So, when your bill is a little higher than usual, you’re not just paying for food. You’re paying to feel good. And I know that’s something I’d happily pay for!

Think About Your Future

When my mom was struggling with diabetes, she was in and out of the hospital. They gave her all this “diabetes-friendly” food, which was really just processed junk full of fake sugars and completely devoid of nutrients.

After I came up with a plan to lower her blood sugar through whole, natural foods, she started to feel better. The 40 pounds she thought she’d never lose started to melt away and her blood sugar almost completely stabilized.

As for the hospital trips? My mom had to see the doctor less and less and hospital trips were few and far between.

Why am I telling you this? Because healthy food kept my mom out of the hospital. It made her healthy and active again. And it added years to her life.

Now, I’m not saying that a perfect diet will keep you out of the doctor’s office forever. But it does make a difference.

And if I have to pay a little more today to live a long and healthy life with my family, I’m fine with that.

In the end, the little bit more you spend at the grocery store today will save you time and money in the long run. The healthy choice you’re making now will pay off in the long run.

And trust me, your family will thank you for making that choice.

Comments

Trina Corbett
I've followed BD for several years. Did the 9 Day Cleanse a year a half ago. Went mostly plant-based for a times several years ago. But all the while was still not getting it. Was still looking forward to regular "cheat days". But just completed the sugar detox and I believe a switch has flipped inside me. An new awareness has awakened. I don't want to eat processed food any more. Not even a little bit. Maybe it's because I have found more good recipes. But also my mindset has changed. And I am so thankful for BD for the wealth of information it provides and the research it does so I don't have to. I trust Isabel. <3 <3 <3
Jean Storms
Also can you email me your answer
Jean Storms
Isabelle, my husband is pre diabetic. What plan should he follow. He is also low salt with congestive heart failure and poor kidney functions
Tamara Wilson
While I completely agree with all Isabel is teaching us all it is a fact some simply don't have the budget to do the all natural all organic in everything from laundry detergent to produce, etc. And sure, you might be able to squeeze some extra years for a longer life, but what if you don't want to on account of having lost your spouse or child/children? All of this eating well to live longer is a nice notion, but some people's lives change drastically on account of having lost loved ones. They feel alone and (if you're a believer in God) might just want to "go home" to be with them because they are lonely and grieving. Just saying. It almost seems like an all-or-nothing deal here. Not trying to be disrespectful.
Storie Howser
I started almost 4 months ago by getting rid of sugar in my diet. That was hard but doable. Then i decided why not go all the way and eat a very clean diet with no more processes foods and buy as much organic as possible. Well....let me tell you......it was the BEST thing i have ever done! Within 2 weeks, i had no more digestive issues like bloating, indigestion, or heartburn. Then i noticed a change in my skin. It broke out at first then cleared up and got better and better. My husband and 3 kids all eat this way as well. Him and i have each lost 15-20 pounds. My daughter has lost a pants size and we all have tons of energy. I would say to anyone worried about the cost. Don't try to go all organic at once. Take small steps. Shop the perimeterof the store and narrow your food to 4 basic groups. Meats, fruits, nuts and vegetables. I promise you wont regret it. Yes its more expensive but it can be done. I lnow because our family of 5 live on one income. Hope that helps you all!
Dr. K. Lees
Actually, as someone who lives on a very strict budget, I am dairy, meat, and sugar free when buying groceries so I do most of my purchasing at Costco, because you get more for the buck in produce, fresh fish, and other organic recipe items to create great meals such as extra virgin olive oil, Kalamata olives, unsalted mixed nuts, almond milk, organic eggs, etc. I usually spend $200/mo on groceries, which includes paper products and make my meals from scratch. Isabel’s recipes are truly perfected on years of research, education and fitness knowledge. It takes great commitment, perseverance, and dedication to maintain and aspire to a healthy lifestyle. Changing one’s mindset is choosing to make healthier decisions in eating, fitness, and learning how to share home cooked meals with family instead of with strangers surrounding you. Being present with yourself and those in your life is centered around food. It’s fun learning new culinary skills and bringing everyone in the kitchen to help
Anastasia Chopelas
Totally with you on that. It has gotten a LOT less expensive comparison wise to eat organic.... A few fun facts: the number one cause of bankruptcy in this country are out of control medical bills. You can pay a little more up front or a lot more later,like everything you ever saved up. And what about the time. I'm 65 and run circles around people half my age,take no medications (I have friends that pay over a thousand after insurance per month!). They're bogged down after 4 pm while I'm still alert and active until I don't want to be. Never mind all the energetic consequences of eating beef with corn,antibiotics,growth hormone,and fear/anxiety hormones coursing through their veins before they're slaughtered. Oh,I could go on. Eating organic IS cheapest way you can go. I'd rather wear old clothes and live in a smaller place and drive an older car than shortchange my health.
Merrilyn Tattersall
Hi.. if you don't have money to spare at fast food or restaurants then you certainly can't afford organic & many recommended healthy items. No disrespect but i may assume wrongly but you isobel would earn a lot more $ than a lot of us on this group & may be a bit out of touch. If the budget for a fortnights groceries is $200 & i put a few organic items in there that shop isn't going to see me out for a fortnight, then what? And no i don't buy Mac Cheese or frozen dinners (i do buy regular-non organic veg & very cheap cuts of meat or no meat & can't afford butcher or fish (supermarket here has imported rubbish & local is unaffordable for me. Also of course if money was not an issue we'd prefer to wake up pain free but on limited $ there is no choice unless we skip paying a power bill or some other part of the already tight budget.. sorry but that's reality here at mome

Categories

  1. Balance   
       26 posts
  1. Healthy Eating   
       15 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       6 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       6 posts
  1. Parenting   
       5 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       4 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       2 posts

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