You’ve decided today’s the day you vow to cut out the junk and eat healthier! Good for you!
Now you’re ready to start your Nutrition Challenge on the right foot and you’re following the MyHealthyTransitions Health Coaching Detox Checklist to the letter – cleaning out your pantry and getting ready to stock it with all nutritious foods.
Then you find yourself at the grocery store faced with a bill at the checkout counter and you’re a shocked (and a little panicked) by the total.
You know this is an important investment in your health, but it still might be enough to put a doubt in your head about adopting this new healthy lifestyle, even though you know deep down is the best thing for you to do for many reasons (improved self-esteem and moods, to stop feeling out of control around sugar or processed carbs, better sleep or to prevent more serious long-term health issues like Type 2 Diabetes).
Or maybe your partner won’t be as supportive if he/she sees the grocery bill creep up.
While it’s true that some of my clients who take prescription medications are able to go off it after shifting their diet and completing a 30-day sugar detox (which can be much bigger savings long-term) but right now at this moment, this may not be what you’re thinking.
As a Health Coach, you may assume that I’m here to say “suck it up” and do what you need to do, no matter what it takes - no excuses. But as an average person with a budget myself, I can relate to how you feel.
Why does healthy food have to cost more?
While the answer to that question is a separate blog post altogether (and rant about the downfalls of the U.S. food system), what is most important to you is finding ways to make healthy eating affordable and accessible long-term so that your nutrition challenge is a jumping off point for a lifestyle change.
I’m not going to lie, if you’re just starting out from a SAD (standard American diet), it may be a greater initial investment up front, but I assure you it’s TOTALLY worth it to have all the healthy items you need on hand to make good choices and tasty meals. Not just for convenience so you don’t resort to unhealthy choices and cravings, but because you’ll want to continue your newly learned healthy habits so you won’t just need them for the time that you’ve committed to a detox.
So now the question is…what to buy?
While I share a lot of fun food finds on my social media profile and give you a behind-the-scenes grocery store tour in my Sugar Detox Program, you truly don’t have to buy the “fancy” specialty foods to be successful as a healthy eater. I promise! Even if you just stick with the basics that you may not already have in your pantry like canned coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut aminos (soy sauce replacement), unsalted seeds and nuts, spices and hot teas, you can do well on a sugar detox.
READY TO KICK YOUR SUGAR & CARB HABIT? Most of the guess-work has been taken out of it for you if you simply follow the must-haves on Meal Plan and Shopping Lists guides that you’ll receive as a participant in the Wellness Warriors Radio Sugar Detox Program!
Here are a few of my best tips to keep in mind to make you relax about your investments and impact on your wallet (and waistline):
Buy in bulk at discount stores. We all love Whole Foods, but believe it or not, large discount membership stores are actually ahead of the curve when it comes to stocking some healthier options, thanks to changing consumer demands nationwide. I take you on a grocery-store tour in my Sugar Detox Program, but Trader Joes is another great option if you are lucky enough to have one near you, or you can take a healthy road trip with friends to stock up on some pretty amazing food at affordable prices! Heck, even Costco, Target and Walmart are getting on the healthy bandwagon with organic bulk foods!
Order online. Amazon or Thrive Market are great options where you can find some sugar detox staples at a better price due to their ability to source vendors. I don’t know about you, but I like when food is delivered to my door without me having to waste time or energy shopping for it! J
Eat in season. You may not be able to grow all your own produce (though I highly recommend doing this if you can…even if it’s just herbs), but shopping at local markets (or even in the grocery store) based around seasonal availability can really make a difference on your budget. Fall root vegetables and green apples are still around at your local market in the fall. You may have heard about a CSA (community supported agriculture) program, so you can find one in your area and share the costs with a friend if needed. If you are someone who cans or freezes, use the seasons to store fruits or other seasonal produce for winter when they are harder to find at a reasonable price. You can find your local Farmers Markets and CSAs at the Local Harvest website.
Frozen is a “yes.” We’re told to shop the perimeter of the grocery store to avoid packaged foods, which is still a good idea, but one inside aisle I frequent for vegetables is the frozen section. Believe it or not, frozen veggies still contain all the nutrients as fresh and they are usually a fraction of the price, especially if you’re buying at the grocery store and not a farmers market or in the off-season.
See some ideas you want to try? I’ll have even more tips coming up in Part 2 of Healthy Eating on a Budget series, so stay tuned!
Health Coach Bio
Beth Romanski is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Beth takes a personalized approach to health coaching, working with clients to create custom nutrition blueprints and individualized coaching programs to meet their needs. Beth is passionate about spreading the message of health and happiness through education, with a supportive and empowering style.
Visit Beth’s website to learn more about her one-on-one coaching programs and to request a complimentary health consultation to discuss your personal health goals. Listen to Beth’s Wellness Warriors Radio podcast or learn more about the Wellness Warriors Radio Sugar Detox Program to find food freedom from sugar and carbs for good!