(six minute read)
Why is it so simple to spend $6 on a coffee (from your favourite local coffee haunt, of course) or $9 on a hard earned glass of wine, though it is seemingly an overwhelming tragic hit to your pocket book when spending $5 on organic free-range eggs?
That mentality is just plain DAFT (debilitating as fuck and foolish)!
Adapting to inflation, the continual price increase in well – almost everything, is a reality we must learn to understand and roll with for the test of time. Point one, we aren’t here to choose in sacrifice; we are here to learn to have it all while being smart about it and stay healthy in the process.
PAY NOW OR PAY LATER. You will either be spending your pennies on quality food upfront or on expensive healthcare down the road. There are no alternative options aside from these two.
Fact: cheap food (more like food alternatives) makes you sick. Sick means the need for a remedy whether it’s holistically derived or that of a pharmaceutical need. My point: neither is free nor inexpensive. Spend money on whole foods from the get go or spend money trying to remedy an illness later on; either way – your choice, you pay.
There is no such thing as free or affordable healthcare. I don’t care what country you live in or what company is partially (or “completely”) fronting your healthcare bills, you’re footing the tab in paying taxes on your healthcare whether you’re aware or not.
Indeed, you are paying taxes no matter what, though like a domino effect one bad apple can spoil it for the whole bunch. If healthcare becomes unnecessarily overused as a result of treating our bodies like trash instead of nourishing them, our taxes will rise as a whole.
INPUT VS OUTPUT and the law of maximum returns. Maximum, being the greatest return you can expect to receive from whatever you put in, and in this context I mean into your body. Let food be thy medicine and let food also be thy fuel.
Choose produce over processed and stick to the outside isles of whatever grocery market you frequent; this is generally where the produce is found. Produce refers to living foods; organic or not, stick to them. Foods with preservatives “preserve” the same way in in your body as they do the boxes they come in. That shit is made to last, hence your body isn’t designed to process said nutrients (if any) or break them down effectively – translating to low vibe or no energy, as a result. Don’t go there (often), if you can help it.
Shop local; okay, this is rule 2.5. As a result of stimulating the local economy (dollars you put into supporting local organizations, in your own back yard), the local economic situation will in turn “stimulate” your own personal capital 😉
If you’re consistently supporting Joe the farmer who has set up shop bringing non genetically modified, non pesticide laden fruit, veggies, eggs, and hormone-free meat to the convenience of your community, he’s going to have the means to continue to do so. A healthier you, a healthier economy, it’s a win-win.
LESS IS MORE. Whole foods are more nutrient dense than processed foods; therefore you need less in order to be full. Choose an apple, hard-boiled egg, and steel cut oats over a cereal bar that “does it all”. I guarantee you’ll feel fuller, longer, spend less money in the process, and be healthier as a result.
You don’t have to break the bank to fit healthy eating into your budget. This may require shopping at more than one market and looking for deals (not the end of the world).
Food and money don’t: buying in bulk is not the answer in reducing cost in terms of grocery spend. Rewind back to our mention on preservatives and processed food. Buying in bulk for toilet paper and paper towel, yes 😉
Food and money do: shop for what’s in season, it will be more affordable than what is not. I.e. buy “winter vegetables” during the winter (squash, carrots, yams, beets, etc.) and buy “summer vegetables” during the summer (artichokes, butter lettuce, asparagus, etc.).
Food and money rule of thumb: buy whatever is local to wherever you are. I.e. you are on the coast – eat seafood, you are in Alberta – eat beef, you are in Nicaragua – opt for plantain, Florida – get you some orange juice! You get the picture.
DON’T BE FOOLED
Just because a prettily packaged “80% organic” product appears to contain nutrients, it likely also likely contains chemicals that aren’t optimally designed to jive with your body composition. Remember that commercial “don’t you put it in your mouth, though it might look good to eat. You could get sick. Real sick.” I’m alluding to those Muppets from the eighties. Go watch, and abide!
Healthy vibes & much prosper your way, friends!