My shift towards a healthy lifestyle was brought on by my mom and her sudden decision to become a vegan. She has since quit her job, moved out of our nice suburban home and devoted her life to “spreading the word” about living a healthy lifestyle.
I am not suggesting you do that haha. I don’t always agree with her decisions but I respect her tenacity and it encouraged me to do a little digging of my own.
The first change I made was my diet. Most people believe that eating healthy is a luxury that they cannot afford but I am happy to tell you that that is not true!
Since I made this change while I was still in college, I didn’t have a lot of money to work with. These are the 3 simple changes that I took towards eating healthy and staying on budget.
- Drink Water
Water plays a huge role in keeping your body healthy and running correctly. Increasing your water intake is a simple step and it is free!
Something that has worked for me is getting a 6 cup Brita pitcher to put beside my desk. I fill it up every morning and most afternoons. At the end of the day, I have consumed at least 12 cups of water. This is much more than someone my size is supposed to drink but I can’t argue with the results.
It took some getting used to but I have noticed a huge difference in my health. My skin is clear, my immune system is stronger my weight and appetite are much more regulated.
If you do nothing else for your health, start drinking more water!
My mom would suggest that you drink distilled water because it has been boiled so that the majority of its impurities are removed. This is probably a great step to take however, I have been fine drinking water out of my Brita pitcher and changing the filter regularly.
- Cut it out
Another way to eat healthy is to cut out the things you don’t need.
Not cut back…cut out!
This is where most people get discouraged from eating healthy. You might think that you have to stop eating the things that you like but after about a week of removing unhealthy snacks from your diet, I can pretty much promise you won’t want them anymore. There are also tons of healthy alternatives that you will hopefully start to enjoy even more.
Those treats that you snack on during the day or that ice cream you have after dinner…those are not essential to your diet and they are probably bad for your body and your wallet. If you stop buying snacks at the store it eliminates having them as a temptation at your house and you will be shocked how much money you start saving.
- Simple ingredients
I’m sure that you have seen those good looking recipes for healthy brownies or paleo cookies. There is nothing wrong with making these! Most of the recipes are amazing and every now and then they are great treats. However, if your main concern is staying within your budget you should probably steer clear of those for now. Those recipes call for more expensive ingredients that are great to have but again, not really a necessity.
After you get used to only buying what you really need then try adding in some of these fun recipes!
For the time being, I encourage you to increase the number of fruits and veggies that you eat. You do not have to buy the most expensive produce or even organic produce. Eating more fruits and veggies is a step in the right direction. They are also a great substitute for those snacks that you no longer have. Carrots, apples, and bananas are great for those mid-day cravings!