I’m not going to lie it is hard to do good food on a budget, especially if you want to achieve a physical result. Food is an integral part of the process when combined with workouts; to change, shape, or chisel your body. Whatever your goal, food is key. Eating well on a budget requires a commitment to 3 things:
• First make a commitment to eat good food in general: we’re all guilty of sneaking the “not so good” food or snack items into our shopping cart. You know, the ice cream, the chips, the frozen dinners and processed garbage; these items are not nutrient dense and shouldn’t be consumed on a regular basis. First commit to eating clean.
If ice cream is a must for you don’t buy the giant sized container, buy yogurt instead. Add a couple frozen fruits to it and you’ll never know the difference. Both items cost less and you’ll have enough of a healthy snack to last a week! You also want to choose foods that fill you up when you eat them in the right combinations. For example have protein with every meal; don’t just eat a whole bag of carrots and wonder why you still feel hungry; have carrots with hummus so that you have some good fats to absorb and that will actually curb your appetite and you’ll eat less. Buy your dry food items in bulk from Sam’s, Costco or the Bulk Barn! Buy fresh produce from the farmers market and get to know your local farmers.
• Give yourself a dollar amount each week that you are allowed to spend on food: get the money out in cash and stick to your budget. This will force you to focus on your needs and not wants. No cheating! Now pick and choose the best value for your dollar. The first thing to go is the junk…anything processed. Fresh is best!
• Have an ample supply of quality protein: something you always want to have in your kitchen and never skimp on is a quality protein powder. Oatmeal is also a great breakfast option but remember what I said about eating the right foods, in the right combinations. Oatmeal by itself is only a grain. When you eat one item in the food category it is not a complete meal; add some protein powder to get your proteins in; it will keep you full longer and help you eat less. When cooking your meals think big and always cook extra to cover lunch or snack the following day.
So to sum it up >> Make a commitment to eat good food. Eat nutrient dense food in combination. Stay away from expensive processed foods and always stay on budget. Buy in bulk; buy fresh from farmers markets. Make sure you’re eating enough quality protein and if you need a treat go out for it. If it’s in the house it will be consumed!
Be well, be active.
Written By: Trina Lambe – Founder/CEO (email@example.com)
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