The other day my lovely hair stylist, Amanda, stated with complete sincerity — not to mention plenty of frustration over her inability to lose unwanted pounds — “It’s just too expensive to eat healthy, Nattacia!”
This certainly wasn’t the first time I’ve heard this argument for eating a diet of fast/processed foods, so I shared something with her that I had recently shared with listeners on my New Year’s Day Fresh Start Teleclass — we eat in order to obtain nutrition. That’s it, pure and simple. Sure it helps if our food tastes good, but sadly (and more often than not) we’re eating empty calories and highly processed foods for taste sake alone.
Here’s how I described the process of eating to be nutritionally satisfied versus eating to fill the gap, only to find that you’re hungry less than an hour later and feel like there’s undigested food sitting in your belly as you fight to fend off those growlies.
Imagine this scenario: you eat a banana and decide you’re still hungry so you eat a second banana. Chances are pretty slim that you’ll still be hungry enough to go for a third banana, right? Now, try that with a potato chip. There’s a reason they say, “You can’t eat just one.” In fact you could probably finish off a bag or two before your body signals that you’ve had enough.
That’s just how it works with empty calories. There’s nothing nutritionally sufficient going on in order to signal to your brain that it’s just received what it was seeking — nutrition that comes from eating real food!
I know how tempting it is to look at a $1.99 meal deal and think, “Wow, I can have an entire meal for under two bucks!” But as your hunger grows, along with your waistline, so do your chances for malnutrition, brain fog and a long list of diseases (think Type 2 diabetes, which is nearly always completely reversible through dietary/nutritional changes alone) created primarily because your cells and organs are so nutritionally deficient they’re unable to fend off all the toxins and chemicals that surround us in today’s world.
Where I will admit eating healthy is costly, is in the time it takes to plan meals and snacks – to prepare foods from scratch – but there are ways to cut corners on that time while still preparing nutritionally rich and tasty meals.
In my next article I’ll be sharing a simple menu plan — a snapshot of a-day-in-the-life of my private VIP clients to help them increase the quality of what they eat. For now try this in order to help your body start to gain more nutrition from the foods you’re eating: eat just 25% more fresh vegetables and fruit each day. Simply add in 2 cups of non-starchy veggies – for instance, a nice mixed green salad or lightly steamed broccoli and cauliflower – and one deliciously crisp apple every day.
For those who find buying organically grown foods is far too costly , click here to download the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen – Clean Fifteen” list of foods that you really should buy organically grown and which ones you can get away with purchasing that are conventionally grown. For more great information I invite you to visit www.EWG.org.
My experience has shown that eating healthy isn’t actually expensive … it’s priceless! You have a choice — you can either pay now by choosing “real” foods versus empty calorie processed foods, or you pay later with the most valuable commodity you have — your health!