How to Successfully Manage Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy on a budget can be achieved easily enough. There are so many ways, just needs a little bit more focus…

Budgeting is all about the amount of money you’re spending on the foods you’re buying to stock up your fridge and kitchen cupboards with.

Although you’re eating healthy on a budget, you should choose organic for certain foods. They’re not always more expensive, especially if you go to a famers’ market. In fact, they are likely cheaper from there.

In particular, eggs should be free-range or organic. Milk, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables should be organic too.

Eggs and milk do not necessarily cost a whole lot more than their non-organic counterparts.

For example, in my local supermarket there’s only £0.25p difference between non-organic eggs and their organic counterpart. With the milk, there’s £0.40p difference. That difference is worth a whole lot more for your health.

Compare prices and package sizes to get the best value for money. You’d be surprised, but sometimes, bigger packages are not always cheaper than smaller packages in the long run.

So, divide the number of grams or kilos or litres of the bigger package by that of the smaller package. How many of the smaller packages can you get out of the bigger package?

Multiply that number by the price of the smaller package. Now compare this value to the price of the bigger package. Which is cheaper? The cheaper one is better value for money.

Watch for any specials or “buy one, get one free” offers. Sometimes at the supermarket, you may find that smaller packages are on sale or that there is a special on them; while the bigger package is being sold at normal price. Sometimes it’s the other way round.

Either way, do the quick calculations and draw your conclusions from them. You don’t have to do the calculations mentally; most phones have a calculator nowadays.
Try to choose fruits and vegetables in their season, because they’ll be cheaper than when they are out of season.

Many food supermarkets and food stores keep loyalty accounts and customer cards, and give money-saving coupons from time to time. Take advantage of those too. Set up an account with them if you don’t have one yet.

It may be better to be regular at a particular supermarket so that you can get loyalty discounts.

If you are eating healthy on a budget, shop in bulk from wholesale stores. Some of them require memberships or accounts with them, and sometimes charge a nominal membership fee annually. Shopping from such stores are usually worth it and work out cheaper in the long run.

Try to buy fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets. They not only work out cheaper, they are usually fresh too; which is good for your health!

Don’t buy ready-made meals, it is cheaper to buy ingredients and cook them yourself at home. Plus they would usually have processed stuff in them anyway, which you want to avoid for your health.

Avoid buying on impulse. Otherwise you end up buying things you didn’t plan for. Stick to your list and plan your food shopping list upfront.

The most important things you want to buy are fruits and vegetables, as they are the most nutrition-packed foods you can buy. So pick these first before other foods.

As you would have seen, eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be hard. You just have to know what you’re doing and stay focused, and you will win easily enough.

The I Love to Eat Diet That Works Everytime

You could drug it with some obesity medication, and try to suppress it, but risk the horrible side effects like insomnia, terrible headaches or even high blood pressure. On the other hand you could really try to overcome the callings of the monster with pure willpower, by just saying no to it and to those high-kilojoules foods it usually wants, but you would probably end up feeling deprived. Then you could also try and cage it by following one of those very cruel artificial eating regiments that they call a diet. Oh, what a horrible word diet is. 

The there is the option of doing something very unusual, to some it might even sound strange, lets dot he natural thing that has been proven to work, time after time. By not even trying to defeat this monster, your appetite, lets satisfy it instead. To many of us this would sound absolutely absurd, how in the world can you lose weight and satisfy your appetite at the same time. Well, let me show you how it is possible to feed the monster and stay healthy, fit and even lose weight.

The missing ingredient in weight management is that feeling of fullness at the end of a meal, to feel satisfied and full with fewer calories. What creates that satisfied full feeling is mainly volume, the simple bulk of the food you eat. In other words, if you consume low energy density meals, that are low in kilojoules but has lots of substance, you will readily satisfy your appetite without the weight gain. 

Lets take a look at a few examples of such high-volume, low kilojoules, appetite busting foods.

Soup creates that satisfied full feeling in just about every way any food can. There are several reasons for this, first your eyes see the big portion, and then you smell the steamy aroma which generates a lot of sensory stimulation. Then the large volume of the fluid fills your stomach, and with an ingredient rich soup, it takes longer to digest, thus keeping you full and satisfied for longer.

Light versions of soups are recommended, like minestrone, potato leak, corn chowder, mushroom barley and gazpacho soup. Remember to watch out for those cream based soups as they are loaded with fat and kilojoules. Having a soup as a light meal, snack or starter will tame your appetite, keeping you full and satisfied for longer.

Anyone who drinks a glass of Vegetable juice before lunch, will intake an average of 600 kilojoules fewer with mealtime. With this juice salt content and temperature is not a factor. What works in doing this is the low energy density and modest dose of fiber content of the juice, and a bonus is that it tastes good too.

Bran flakes are a terrific source of fiber, and they give you a lot to eat for very few kilojoules, and like all high fiber foods, they tend to take the edge of your appetite monster as well. One of the easiest ways to get your daily fiber is to eat a good healthy breakfast that is high in fiber. A person who has such a breakfast takes in about 400 fewer kilojoules for breakfast and lunch combined. 

Having an appetite suppressing fruit protein smoothie for breakfast knocks out hunger because it is nutrient dense, and like al meals that balance protein, fat and carbohydrates, it helps keep your blood sugar levels steady as well. Here is a good option for a healthy delicious fruit protein breakfast smoothie. Take a scoop of protein powder, 6 bananas, a cup of strawberries (frozen or fresh), ¾ cup of water and two teaspoons of almonds. Combine all these in the mixer and enjoy.

Appealing sweet and juicy berries and other fruit may be the ultimate smartest snack of all. Along with the high water content, berries have lots of fiber, as does other fruit and they are really filling with very few kilojoules. Just picture this snack, 10 large jelly beans, 20 tiny fat free pretzel twists, and about 3 cups of fresh strawberries or any other fresh fruit. That is not enough jelly beans or pretzels to make even a dent in your appetite, but the berries or fresh fruit will do just that. 

Salsa, the fiery chemical in red chilies, the spicy stuff added to either breakfast or lunch will make you eat less afterwards. These make you cut on hunger between meals, and tend to pare down the number of kilojoules you eat at the next meal. Chilies act as a non pharmacological stimulant, which boosts the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. This makes you feel less hungry and more satisfied and full. Have some omelets with hot sauce, or top baked potatoes with fresh salsa for breakfast, a small meal or just to snack on. 

Many OF us, including myself, just cannot stop eating and are not fully satisfied until we’ve had that something sweet. This does not necessarily have to be a bad thing, how lucky for low fat frozen desserts that is one of the best ways to satisfy that sweet tooth without pilling on the extra kilojoules.  Seventy grams of ice cream weighs in at about 460 grams, whereas half a cup of chocolate frozen yogurt would add 480 kilojoules to you dinner. 

So have a satisfying amount of low energy density food at your meal, and then finish it off with a nice low fat frozen dessert and you are well on you way to lose that extra weight, and you are full and satisfied and the monster will not complain at all. You won’t even know that he is there. 

Tips to Help Lose Weight

When it comes to shedding a few extra pounds it may not be as difficult as you once first thought. However with the huge range of slimming products and pills on the market today many don’t know where to start.

This may seem obvious but the best thing you can do is start eating healthy foods. Eating healthy means you have to monitor and watch the foods that you eat. Many people think eating less is the answer but the real solution is to eat the right kind of foods. As an example a portion of chips or fries could easily be replaced by an apple or some other fruit, cutting down on any foods with high calories will certainly help.

If you are unsure exactly what healthy food is you could do a search on the internet, there are hundreds of great sites out there with lots of healthily meals and cooking instructions. Try to find meals you like and then replace it with one of your unhealthy meals. Once you start to look about you will find there is thousands of different meals to try and something for every taste.

As well as eating healthy meals taking regular exercise is also essential help lose weight. Exercise is very important as it helps your body burn off calories. If you haven’t done any exercise in a while it is very important to take things slowly at first, you don’t want to pull a muscle or damage your body in any way. If you don’t at present have an exercise plan or program or don’t know where to start it is a good idea to find a free instructional workout video on one of the popular video sites like Google or YouTube.

When exercising you can use special equipment such as weights and exercise balls but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, although many people enjoy going to a club you can just as easily exercise at home using the things found in your house such as the stairs to do step ups on.

When it comes to exercising many people are just plain lazy and require some kind of motivation, if you have any friends or a partner see if they are interested in working out with you. Keeping a log or journal is also a good idea; you can even use a online blog. Keeping a track of your progress can help boost your confidence as you see your weight dropping.