Plan your meals
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.
In many cases, we spend too much on food because we didn’t prepare a meal plan. Whenever possible, plan your meals for the week – that way, you’ll know what to buy, cook, and store. It reduces wastage and allows you to “adjust” your budget when you have other things you need to spend your money on.
Of course, don’t forget the principles of healthy eating: more fruits and vegetables, choose whole grains, limit saturated fats and processed foods, and hydrate well.
Below are additional tips for inexpensive, healthy eating:
- Consider meal prepping, where you prepare or cook foods by batch.
- Identify which foods you can freeze so that you can store them for a more extended period. For instance, you can freeze some brands of bread and milk.
- Be careful with buy-one-get-one offers, especially for items you’re just trying for the first time. You might end up wasting them.
- As much as possible, choose whole meat and chicken. The pre-cut or pre-sliced ones are often more expensive.
One way to invest in your health and fitness for free is to get adequate rest and sleep.
Adults need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily. Getting less than 7 hours regularly is associated with poorer health, like weight gain. Please note that overweight and obesity are risk factors for many harmful conditions like hypertension, stroke, and heart attack.