Many people struggle to eat healthy on a budget, and though it may seem like an impossible task. It’s just like changing other fitness and nutrition habits. All you need is time and practice.
Of course there are some tips and tricks to get you started and push you in the right direction, which we at Gymaholic, are going to share with you.
With this article Eating Healthy On A Low Budget, you will understand everything about grocery shopping on a low budget.
I myself am a student, so I have plenty of experience dealing with empty pockets and scrounging for food. I have met plenty of people who think it is extremely difficult to eat healthy with a low budget, and they are shocked when I tell them that I now only spend maybe $40 on groceries per week, if even that.
To be fair, some people may end up spending more than that to sustain themselves, and there are also many people who share a fridge and a house with others and you may or may not be in control of what goes in or out of that fridge… But I promise you, and whoever you share this with that if you follow these tips, it may save you a bit of money in the future.
Eating healthy is all about habits, and so is shopping. What you like to eat usually dictates what you buy, so if you haveunhealthy eating habits, you’re obviously more likely to buy unhealthy food.
Small steps are important, and if you try to dive head first into a healthy diet after eating horribly for a long period of time, you are going to end up wasting money and time. Slow progress is better than no progress. So keep that in mind.
The biggest problem a lot of people face when trying to eat healthier is organization and planning ahead. If you are going to the grocery store and you’re not sure what you’re going for, you’re likely going to spend more and buy more things that you don’t need.
‘Need’ and ‘want’ are big words when shopping, and you should always be asking yourself the question “Do I need that, or do I want that?” What do you need is where the planning comes in.
Create a plan of what you’re going to eat for the week. If that’s too daunting, at least plan a healthy dinner for a few days of that week, and think of essentials you may need for breakfast and lunches.
Group foods together and use them more than once during the week to limit wasting food. For example, if you know you’re going to buy specific vegetables or fruits that go bad faster, or that you can’t freeze, try to make plans ahead of time to use it up. This increases the amount of food that ends up in your stomach, and limits the amount of fresh food in the garbage.
Create a shopping list of what you need for those meals and bring it with you. Always have a shopping list. If you go without a list or a plan, you’ll likely spend more money on things you might not need.
If you’d like to set a budget too, it can be helpful, but sometimes you need to experiment and get used to shopping healthier before you realize how much you can save by not buying junk food that you don’t need. Keep an open mind and be aware of what is truly burning away your money.
At The Store
You may think you need a cart, but do you really? It’s like when you grab a larger plate when you’re eating dinner –you end up filling the plate more, because the food portion looks smaller in comparison. Portion control can start at the grocery store.
Grabbing a smaller basket means you’re tempted to spend less, and question more whether you truly need that giant box of sugary cereal or bag of chips taking up all that space, where you could put more healthy items instead.
It’s okay to buy things you want once in awhile, but limiting things you want to one or two items every time you go grocery shopping is key in order to save room for more things that you need.
It can help with portion control, as that ‘treat’ needs to last you until the next time you go shopping, so you may choose tosplit it up through the week, rather than eating it all at once.
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