My biggest excuse for the longest time to avoid eating healthier was:
“I wanna eat healthy but it’s just too expensive!”
But is it really though? I’ve never been the type of person to care about what I eat. You’re talking to a person who used to eat Debbie Cakes for breakfast, ice cream right before any basketball games I played and sometimes cereal for dinner.
I seriously had some of the worst eating habits from stress eating and then to snacking on any and everything just because it was there within my reach. People use to always make comments and say things to me like, “I hate skinny people like you. You can eat anything anytime you want and still stay small” OR “Keep eating like that and one day it’s gonna catch up with you!”
I will say this – Naturally, I’ve always had sort of a small slim body shape. I truly think it’s a strong gene that I inherited from my mama so for that .. I am very thankful! (Whoop Whoop! Shout out to you mom!) Also, I’ve always been very active in sports. I played basketball from the time I was in 6th grade all the way up through college so that’s something else that’s kept me in shape over the years.
Even after I quit playing college ball and entered the life of Motherhood, I still continued to eat however, whenever and whatever I wanted … almost 28 years and a extra 30lbs later .. my horrible eating habits have officially caught up with me and affected my health in some very negative ways. Over the past few months, my blood pressure’s been funky, my sugar levels suck and acid reflux has been kicking my ass!! Not to mention, the older I get the more those unhealthy habits are starting to affect my body appearance. I’m telling you, I’ve grown fat in places that I didn’t think I could get fat in and I hate it!
So me being the type of person that I am, always looking for the solution instead of sitting too long with the problem .. I decided to give this “eating healthy” thing a TRY!! Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
One of the biggest misconceptions is that eating healthier is more expensive than foods that are bad for you but that’s not true. It’s really only expensive if you don’t pay attention to what you buy. Be mindful of the fact that not everything that says it’s healthy is for you is good for YOU. Here’s some tips to help with shopping for healthy foods.
- Buy in bulks. My Kroger & Walmart visits consist of frozen chicken breasts, cartons of egg whites, non-fat greek yogurt, frozen shrimp, bags of precooked grilled chicken, salad mix, bag of almonds, pistachios, walnuts, all kinds of fruits and etc. Eating healthy doesn’t need to be expensive if you buy in bulk. In fact, it’s much cheaper that way.
- It doesn’t have to be organic or gluten-free. Only people who have been diagnosed with certain conditions HAVE to be on these types of meal plans.
- Plan before you shop and pay attention to the portion sizes you are purchasing.
- Do your research. Healthy does not mean expensive. Don’t think you have to choose the foods with the fancy healthy labels.
- Beware of foods labeled “non-fat” or “sugar-free”. Sometimes, these products contain more calories and are no better than the original version. (My Husband reminds me of this every single time we’re shopping together!)
The journey of eating healthy is by far the hardest one I’ve ever been on but it’s totally worth it! I’m so proud of myself for sticking to it and I’m super excited about the positive results I’ve been seeing in my health, body & energy!! I’m not a die hard healthy eater nor am I on a particular diet. I’m just more aware and considerate of what I’m putting into my body and that makes a big difference! Thanks for stopping by to read and I hope these tips help you along the way of your journey!