Myth # 7 Eating Healthy is too Expensive!

How many times have we heard this one? or have you even told yourself this? This salad is 5 bucks, but I can get a cheeseburger, fries, and a soda for a dollar.. I want you to know that healthy eating and the end cost is extremely affordable. Its even more affordable when you budget and meal plan. With stores that offer wholesale options like Costco and Sam's Club, as well as stores like Aldi and Trader Joes, healthy eating and an organic lifestyle is on the cheap. Let's break down the numbers...

Convenience and Costs to Eating Healthy

After counseling multiple families on dietary habits, one of the main excuses we hear for not eating healthy is that it is too expensive. In 2013 Harvard did a study that established most healthy diets on average were only $1.50 more a day then an unhealthy diet over the course of a year. This wasn’t just a study on healthy eating, but on the utmost healthy eating. What did they define as a healthy diet? A healthy diet is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts. Unhealthy eating was defined as a diet rich in processed foods, meats, and refined grains. 

For some families, the extra $550.00 a year is a financial burden. However, the cost of healthy eating is surprisingly smaller than most would think. If you also think about the benefits to healthy eating, the extra cost per year is far less than the economic hardship of most lifestyle related chronic diseases.

Some Extra Facts to Consider When Feeding Your Family

In 2010, 33% of American children under the age of 18 were considered obese. 

Obesity is a major — and growing — problem among American children. The rate of obesity among U.S. children has tripled in the past 30 years. Today, one in five American children is obese, which increases their risk of lifelong health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Obesity is thought to be a product of several interacting factors, including genetic susceptibility, behavior (diet and level of physical activity), and environment (home, school, and community).

What is the one of the most common vegetables consumed by infants aged 9-11 months?
Answer: French fries
 
60% of the average American’s diet comes from processed food sources.

What we fuel our body with will ultimately determine how it will run because 70 percent of the cells that make up the body's immune system are found in the wall of the gut, aka our intestines. So, we truly are what we eat!  

This chapter was borrowed from my family lifestyle cookbook All Good Choices. Find more info here.