A few months ago I wrote a blog post on “no more excuses” and talked about excuses I’ve used and hear all the time. I still get tons and one I get the most is “Healthy food is too expensive, I can’t afford healthy foods.”
Over a year a go I used that excuse all the time. But then I needed to look at my budget and figure out what my priorities were. Whether I wanted my “comforts” or to be healthy.
-First look at how much you spend on food each week. This INCLUDES those random trips to coffee shops, takeout, soda, tea, alcohol, and junk foods. You will be surprised at how much you are spending on foods/drinks that you DO NOT need. We don’t NEED coffee/tea, we don’t NEED chips/donuts/pizza/McD’s/etc… We don’t NEED to have a “few drinks to kick back”. Oh, I know we love those things, I know it will be HARD to give them up. BUT if you’re serious about getting healthy and bringing healthy foods into your household you will want to cut those things from your life.
Now look at the little extras you spend outside of food. Movies you rent, going to the movies, buying that little thing from the dollar store, driving when you could walk(gas), getting your hair done at a fancy salon or cigarettes(“take the edge off”- the reason I get the most from others). Some extras will always pop up but if you’re aware of your spending then you’ll hopefully learn to save more for healthy things in your life. I’m also not saying cut out all extras as I find it important to treat yourself once in a while. But I see people spend money on gas all the time by driving 2 blocks to go to the store, walking is good for you and a lot of people say they don’t have time to workout, maybe if they’d walk more they’d “kill two birds with one stone” kind of thing. You save money for healthy foods and get some physical activity at once by just walking.
I truly believe that if you really and honestly look at where you spend money here and there, you’ll find the money to afford healthy foods. You have to really want to be healthy to be able to commit to it.
I’ve learned this personally. I LOVE chips, pizza, tea, icecaps, going to the movies and buying popcorn, and a few sweets here and there. But I’ve cut back and in some areas cut them totally so we can afford healthier foods. It’s good money wise and healthy wise in so many ways.
As the photo says at the top- “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an excuse”