It’s been 2 weeks since I started this post. I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while, so better late than never, right? A lot of people ask me how to be healthy on a budget, how to lose weight without selling a kidney for quinoa roasted nut butter kumbaya (is that a thing?) Here is how to kick start weight loss without spending billions.
I’m a real stickler for budgeting and being thrifty, which is entirely possible to do when following a healthy diet and totally necessary when you’re a mom. Here are my top 3 tips for healthy living on a budget.
Fresh to death
I have nothing against investing in fancy schmancy powders and potions, but you can get the same results with au natural fruits and veg. I like to have a staple list of my go-to fruit and veg that I buy on a weekly basis. Because I eat fresh all the time, I do weekly shopping trips to Food Lovers Market. Weekly fruit and veg shops are cost effective, especially when you have a set list in mind for what you want to prepare for the week. This way you have all the food you need and none of the wastage.
Bonus: I make a list of the fruit and veg I need for the week and then add one exotic fruit or vegetable to try out. So far this has been a 50/50 thing in my house.
Be a Boy/Girl Scout
Preparation is pretty darn important for weight loss. Not only is preparing meals in advance a good way to make sure you’re fed, but a great way to make sure you’re eating the right foods.
I prepare meals for 3 days in advance, that way I have fresh meals for each day and I get to shake up what I am eating during the week so that I don’t lose my mind.
Budget for EVERYTHING
The biggest waste of money is not budgeting for what you have. It is true. I spend up to 5 times more when I go into a shop without a clear budget in mind. That being said, I am the ultimate thrift seeker. Don’t leave the house without knowing your budget and knowing what specials are on where. When you do a little bit of homework, you too could be the living image of a Coupon Crazy person (what was the TV Show called, man – I can’t remember).
I go as far as using my phone to calculate totals while I am busy shopping (because actual calculators are so 2000) and I avoid the pre-cut veg like it’s rotten. It probably isn’t, but you’re paying anywhere close to R10 more for less veg just because it is cut up.
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