It’s no secret that I am all about healthy living and natural remedies. If we chat for more than 10 minutes, chances are that the conversation will turn that way at least once.
But honestly, the excuse I hear the MOST is “eating healthy is SO expensive”.
And it is true, our grocery and supplement budget is higher than someone who eats the Standard American diet. However, we also spend next to nothing on going to the doctor for being sick…. But I digress.
Even if you are not ready to go gangbusters on the healthy living lifestyle, there ARE some simple changes you can make.
In fact, I’ve put together a pretty darn good list of healthy switches that will actually SAVE you money.
1. Cook at home… from scratch
You can buy the ingredients for MULTIPLE meals for what it costs you to eat out for one. Sure, it may not be as fancy, but you can cook it healthier AND save money.
Bonus points for using real butter or coconut oil to cook your food in instead of the junk oils most restaurants use.
When you can avoid it, don’t buy the prepackaged stuff. You are paying for someone’s time and resources to cut up that fruit or mix up that guacamole. Aside from the fact that the questionable liquid most of that cut up fruit is stored in, it really is cheaper to just buy the fruit and cut it up yourself.
2. Drink water instead of pop/juice/etc
The Average American consumes 45 gallons of soda per year!
Y’all! That is INSANE! Especially when most carbonated beverages are loaded with sugar and chemicals and are linked to increased risk of things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, liver damage, premature aging, Alzheimer’s, and obesity.
3. Start an at home or outdoor exercise program.
Gyms are grand, and sometimes the act of leaving the house and seeing actual real live people or taking a class helps motivate you to workout, but home workouts can save a TON of money.
If you want a personalized home (or gym) workout plan my friend Lynnette Like is great
If you’re interested in workout videos+a pal to keep you motivated my cousin Mikki is great
4. Switch to cast iron pans
These puppies literally last FOREVER. And even if they’ve been “ruined” they can still be restored with a little elbow grease and butter. Garage sales and thrift stores are your friend here.
Bonus: You can probably even resell your Teflon coated cookware. Heck, you may even come out ahead!
5. Reheat leftovers on the stove or in the oven
No need to use the microwave. There are countless speculations on the harmful effects of using a microwave. On top of that, many naturally minded people (ourselves included) believe that microwaving deteriorates the nutritional value of your food. You can even sell the microwave!
Bonus, reheating food in your oven helps to better heat the food all the way through.
6. Gardening and canning
Not gonna lie, we have yet to embrace this practice. My mother still has to remind me to water my cacti…. So ya… I’ve got a little way to go before I trust myself to invest in a garden.
But I do have lots of friends who are able to grow MORE than enough vegetables to feed their friends and family for a couple months AND sock some away for the winter.
7. Regular Thankfulness practice
I don’t know about you, but when I see the newest coolest stuff, it is REALLY easy for me to start wanting to get it ALL in my house right now…. Especially if I haven’t been taking the greatest care of my heart. (click here for an article with some great self-care tips.) But when I regularly practice intentional gratitude, I am MUCH more content with what I do have, and don’t spend money on stuff I don’t actually need. In fact, I am apt to be more generous and give away some of the resources that I already own.
8. Invest in a wholesale membership
Without question our most used wholesale membership is our one with Young Living Essential oils. These little bottles of plant juice have replaced COUNTLESS products in our home. Seriously, I cannot legally tell you all the OTC stuff we never have to buy anymore. The great thing too about using therapeutic grade essential oils is that 1 drop goes a LONG way, so sometimes it literally costs pennies to support your body’s natural healing process rather than multiple dollars per dose.
It’s true, that the other companies might be cheaper per bottle, but when you compare quality and how much you actually have to use to get results, Young Living is actually a stellar deal.
If you’re interested in some great coaching on how to use essential oils, check out this page and shoot me an email.
While there are plenty of healthy switches that are more expensive, I hope that this list can at least help you get started.
It’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself. Your body, your soul, and your God authored destiny are worth the work that it takes to be healthy and feel your best.