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Getting Healthy on a Budget

You want to get healthier, but without sacrificing the health of your bank account. That’s understandable! And yes, it is entirely possible to successfully follow a weight loss plan without breaking the bank. For example, you can…

Cook for yourself. Yes, it takes a bit more time, but cooking your own meals from scratch is much more affordable than buying pre-packaged “diet foods” or relying upon restaurant fare. Focus your meals around fresh, seasonal produce, lean meats, and whole grains, and experiment with new recipes.

Visit your local farmer’s market. You can purchase fresher (which is also healthier) produce directly from farmer’s, often at a reduced price. Head to your local market once per week, and plan your meals around purchases.

Cook several meals at once. Double your recipes and freeze meals for busier nights, or take leftovers for lunch the next day. When you grill meat, cook enough that you can incorporate already-prepared protein into meals later that week. For example, grilled chicken can be shredded for tacos and enchiladas or chopped to include in salads.

Identify affordable proteins. No one is saying you have to get all of your protein from meat! Eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, beans, lentils, and tofu all provide protein at a lower cost. Go vegetarian a few nights per week, and the savings add up.

Drink water. Relying upon diet sodas or other flavored drinks can create unhealthy habits, and also adds to your grocery bill. Switch to water, which is free from your own tap.

Identify affordable take-out options. Yes, occasionally you won’t feel like cooking. Identify your healthy, affordable options ahead of time, so that you’re not tempted to turn to an old (and less healthy) favorite. For example, Thai restaurants are known for their low-cost, filling meals. Or, drop in at your supermarket to grab a rotisserie chicken and a bagged salad.

Make an appointment with us. We’ll meet up to discuss your weight loss plan, and help you devise strategies to overcome any challenges you’re facing.