How To Be Healthy On A Budget
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
I really don’t know how my roommate is still alive. I rarely see him eat, but when I do, all he eats is fast food, doritos, alcohol and boxed macaroni and cheese.
I jokingly said to him, “How do you survive?” To which he relied, “It’s too expensive to eat healthy.”
It took everything in me to bite my tongue and not go into a long spiel about how WRONG that statement is. I’m willing to bet my weekly food bill is less than his… AND I’m eating organic foods!
I’ve done the math and my dinner costs an average of $4 and includes grass-fed meat, organic vegetables and sometimes a healthy organic carbohydrate (sweet potato or rice). That’s a MUCH better deal than the Frankenfood Combo Meal down the street!
Whether you are on a budget or just love a good deal, being healthy doesn’t have to be some overly complicated and expensive venture.
Here are the methods you can use to be healthy, even when you are broke:
- Drink Water: Keep it super simple and have 95% of what you drink throughout the day be WATER. The benefits are vast and water is essential in keeping your body functioning well! It also keeps you well hydrated, which will minimize phantom hunger and cravings (thirst can often be confused for hunger).
- Tip: Buy a glass reusable water bottle and take it with you EVERYWHERE. I found one with a clip at the top, which makes it easy to hook onto my bag as I am on-the-go.
- Load Up On Organic Healthy Fats: I’m a coconut oil NUT. I use it in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom… you name it and coconut oil could most likely be a solution. Incorporating this magical oil into your daily diet can give you energy, keep you feeling satisfied and make your body a “well oiled machine.” Now, if only you could slather it on your bank account and have money magically appear…
- Add 2 tablespoons to your morning coffee and blend to make a delicious latte. I also add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter.
- Mix with baking soda for an all natural toothpaste.
- Use as a natural makeup remover – works magic on eye makeup!
- Makes an excellent moisturizer.
- Oil pull to enhance your oral health.
- Tip: Experiment with different brands to find one you like (as the tastes differ). I LOVE Nutiva Unrefined. If you don’t like the coconut essence, test out a Refined Coconut Oil.
- USE Your Body: No need to have a fancy gym membership… you have your whole entire body to work with! When I was traveling and didn’t have access to a gym, I would do a morning workout circuit using nothing but my body weight. Follow this 30-45 minute workout to help get your juices flowing:
- 15 Minutes of Sprints: Run full force for 30 seconds, rest 90 seconds. Repeat this cycle for 15 minutes (sounds easy enough, but it will get your heart pumping!).
- Body weight exercises: Planks, push ups, squats, tricep dips, basic yoga moves.
- Tip: When in doubt, get outside and WALK! Explore a new street, city, or park near your house and take a wander – you never know what you may discover!
- Eat & RepEAT: You can save yourself a lot of money at the grocery store if you shop the sales and eat accordingly. I value eating organic and natural foods, so I buy whatever is on sale that week and eat the same thing over and over (but switch up spices and how I prepare it).
I’m no Master Chef, but I cook at home 90% of the time, which ensures that I am using quality ingredients and know EXACTLY what is going into my food. Here are some affordable staples that you should always have in your kitchen:
- Grass-fed ground beef for patties, meatballs, scrambles, etc. ($4.99 per pound – sometimes on sale for $3.99!)
- Zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli, lettuce
- Organic White Rice (I know, you’re probably thinking that brown rice is better – BUT, for many, white rice is much more easily digested and it provides a source of carbs, which your body needs for energy)
- Pastured eggs ($4.99 for 6, which is a bit pricey, but I rationalize that it is 83 cents per serving. For high quality, hormone-free protein… that’s a great deal!)
- Write It All Down: A critical part to your overall wellness is feeling balanced, taken care of, happy and fulfilled. Letting out your thoughts and feelings is important in nurturing yourself. Acknowledge your emotions and “work through them” by expressing yourself in a journal. Release this energy – “getting it out of your head” can contribute to creating inner peace. Don’t know what to journal about? Here are some ideas to get your started:
- Vision book: Write down what you want in all areas of your life (health, family, relationships, career, etc..). You can also cut out pictures to create a visual display of what your goals and visions are.
- Gratitude Journal: This is a great ritual for bedtime. Take a few moments to write down what you are thankful for – your healthy body? Sunny weather? Your partner? Acknowledge your blessings and they will acknowledge you back.
- A Memory A Day: Write down 1 highlight that happened during that day.
Health is a choice and something you have to work on each and every day. It may be cheap and easy to pick up that $5 meal deal from your local fast food joint, BUT it immediately damages your wellness.
If you truly want to have great health, it will take some time and effort (at least in the beginning) – but the benefits will be a-plenty in the years ahead!
How do YOU stay healthy when you are on a budget or “broke?”
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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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