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Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Plan before you shop and pay attention to the portion sizes you are purchasing.
  4. Do your research. Healthy does not mean expensive. Don’t think you have to choose the foods with the fancy healthy labels.
  5. 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!

44 thoughts on “Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive!

  1. This post was so true and helpful. I recently discovered that eating healthy is not that expensive…. it can even be cheaper than unhealthy food sometimes.

  2. Loved reading this. These are great tips. I will be moving soon and these were great to help keep me mindful when spending and feeding my family. I also love that you love basketball. Big fans on this house, I don’t play but my Hubby has been with a ball in his hand since he was like 4! Have a great week!!!

    1. Thank you so much !!! 💛 & Girl Yes I Loveeeee Basketball !! I still play from time to time when I can at the gym. Fun exercise!! Thanks for reading and commenting !! I hope you have a fabulous week!!

  3. I loved this I’m trying to change how I eat too . Some weeks I’m super into it some weeks I’m just like yolo but I really need to make it a lifestyle change …Thanks for the tips

    1. Lol 🗣 YOLO !! I feel you on that !! 😂😂 that’s how I was this weekend!! 🙈 back on board starting tomorrow lol thanks for reading and commenting !!

  4. Oh Jessi!! I’m here!! Yes, being healthy and feeling good go hand in hand. I appreciate this article girlie!!! God bless you always my friend!!🤗💖

  5. Eating healthy in no way means that it has to be expensive – anyone who still uses that excuse clearly hasn’t been doing their research lately.

    Your tips are wonderful and are will help so many people out there who just need a little push to make healthier choices with their daily intake 🙂

    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Very informative post. I always hear people say “buy the organic stuff”. I’m trying the healthy eating but staying consistent is a struggle for me.

    xx | sharpaige.com

    1. My Husband used to think the same thing until he started doing his research. I feel like the food you eat should be determine by whatever your health and fitness goals are too!
      Thanks for reading and commenting ❤️

  7. Throught reading your post I was just about to say that bad eating habits at the end always come back and show but you wrote it yourself. I have the same exact problem, maybe I’ve never been really skinny, but I was tonned and well built up until 3 years ago when I quit smoking and became a literal fatball. I gained around 40 lbs (I already lost 15, but I have a long way to reach my goal weight), not to mention my body doesn’t look perfect anymore (I’m 28 and it’s way more difficult to look athletic now).
    Your advice was great! I would add that meal-planning is a life saviour!
    Dorota

    1. Oh I definitely agree !! I see now that it really does catch up with you. I’m so excited for your progress though !! Keep it up girl !! Thank you so much for reading and commenting !! ❤️

  8. Great post! I’ve had the same experience in my life. I’m little naturally (I also thank my genes), and everyone always either comments about how lucky I am or warns me it’s going to catch up with me… I just had a baby and I’m not as young as I would like to be, so I’ve started trying to eat healthy to get ahead of the inevitable! Planning ahead has been the biggest help for me! =) I really enjoyed your post!!

    1. Awhh thank you so much !! It’s nice to know that other ppl can relate to getting those same comments !! & planning ahead is the best thing you could ever do honestly because after you give birth … us women , our bodies turn kind of weird !
      Thanks for reading and commenting ❤️

  9. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing 🙂 I believe in the importance of planing because you can’t fail on meal prep or overspend so it works good in many ways. Great read. I will definitely use some of these tips to improve my sweets addiction when grocery shopping lol

    1. I agree! I hate shopping on the budget but we that’s just what we have to do right now so it really helps me when I can buy things in bulks. Thanks so much for reading and commenting ❤️

  10. I am so sorry Jessica that I am this far behind with reading and commenting! I am trying to play catch up today considering I didn’t go to work today. I was just having too much pain to be forced to sit at a desk all day long. Anyways, thank you for this post! I have been doing much better lately with food choices considering I discovered gluten does some horrible things to my stomach. I have been eating more fruits and veggies, but also gluten-free foods. I have found that eating healthier doesn’t have to cost as much as I once thought. I am a bargain shopper and check prices at stores before I go. Whatever we need in the house, I go to stores where the item is cheaper and that works for me!

    1. Girl , noooo worries !!!! ✨ I promise!! I’ve been crazy busy too but starting next week I’ll be transitioning over to the life of a stay at home mom lol and I’ll definitely have more time to catch up!

  11. Another big saver would be to grow your own vegetables in a pot or yard/garden if you have one. That’s definitely going to make it less expensive.

    (Now where to get some asparagus seeds locally… 😂)

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