Paleo on a budget

One of the hardest things about living healthy is managing the costs of your new lifestyle. Things like eating only fresh foods or buying organic can put a nice dent in your wallet. Having a family that can take this healthy journey with you is a great way to stay motivated, but it can also wreak havoc on your budget. But there is good news, contrary to popular belief eating healthy does not have to be costly, in fact, with a few simple tricks, you can start your paleo journey without breaking the bank.

Even though you are on a path toward healthy eating, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself by starting a new routine overnight. Believe it or not if you don’t make this transition slowly, you are very likely to fail. Yes, in time, you will be a pro at this and you will be planning your weekly meals with no effort at all. But for now, the transition should be gradual. One way to ease yourself into healthy eating is to try to keep your trips to the grocery store to a minimum. For instance, if you are used to shopping once a week now, try to stick with shopping once a week when you begin eating paleo. This is a bit tricky because you will be eating healthy, unprocessed foods – foods that tend to have a shorter lifespan than what you are eating now. So plan your meals around things that have ‘staying power’ in your fridge. For example, apples tend to last longer than bananas and romaine lettuce seems to last longer than spinach. Other foods with an awesome shelf life include avocados, sweet potatoes, and celery.

Next, it’s time to look at the freezer aisle. Believe it or not, this will become your new best friend. The produce aisle can wreak havoc on a grocery budget, it’s easy for the costs to sneak up on you once everything gets weighed. Beyond that, produce doesn’t always last as long as we would like it to, meaning more grocery expenses are right around the corner. An easy way to avoid this is to get creative with your fruits and veggies. Buying frozen things like berries and peaches ensures you don’t have to worry about your fruit going bad. Another great thing about buying frozen is that you can avoid cans, which may be convenient but are often just as unhealthy for your body as processed foods can be.

Planning is not an easy thing to learn, it takes work. But once you break the habit of just reaching for whatever is in front of you, your life and your budget will be a whole lot happier. Taking a simple 30 minutes once a week to set up your meal plan is an easy way to stay healthy. Best of all, because you will always know what your next meal is going to be, you won’t be wasting money on groceries that you don’t need.

Eating healthy on a budget can be done with a little creativity. Follow these simple tips to keep your budget and health happy.

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