Healthy Living On A Budget

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Interpreting information on how to live a healthier life can be a challenge in itself, but an enormous shopping bill, as a result of your new found enthusiasm for health and wellness, often leads to rapid deflation of said enthusiasm and a downright anticlimax when you check the bank balance!

Here are a few tips to consider, when heading for that healthier diet and lifestyle, but want to avoid the trap of over spending on your food bill.

Home Cooked is best and cheapest, but for those who just don’t have the time to spend in the kitchen creating gourmet meals, preparedness is the key. Set aside a few hours once each week to knock up a few different dishes. Soups, stews, shepherds pie, risotto are just a few of the easy ones that freeze well. Cook fresh ingredients and use lots of herbs and spices to make your meals flavoursome.

Not every item on your list needs to be organic. While organic is recommended to keep clean and free of toxic residues, there are some foods that are not highly toxic in their non­ organic form. Good options for non­organic foods are New Zealand Lamb, free range chicken, frozen peas, onions, asparagus, kiwi, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, cabbage, pineapple, bananas, mango, avocado, and grapefruit.

Avoid buying special ingredients that you’ll only use once. Use coconut oil, olive oil or butter for cooking, and buy all round seasoning like sea salt, curry powder, chilli flakes and mixed herbs.

Bulk buy whenever possible to keep the shopping trips minimal; the more often you shop the more you spend. Check out farms that raise their animals naturally and get together with friends/neighbours to share in bulk buying a whole cow for instance.

Eat vegetarian meals a few times each week. Wholesome soups using pulses are filling and much cheaper than meat dishes.

Look out for special offers / reduced prices. These are commonly on offer because their sell­by­date is close at hand; if you can freeze it, you essentially bypass the need to use immediately.

By Lisa Borg, Nutritional Therapist at Pulse Light Clinic, to find out more about Lisa, please click here – Lisa Borg’s Biography

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