The SparkPeople Blog

Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
12/14/2013 12:00 AM   :  7 comments   :  6,638 Views

See More: news, healthy living, links,
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think
When people tell you that it's too expensive to eat healthy, tell them that the difference in cost between a nutritious diet and an unhealthy one is just $1.50 a day per person. Do you think that's a big difference or not?  

9 Easy Tips for Emotional Balance
Do you struggle to find time to do everything you need to do--let alone what you want to do? Don't miss this list of nine easy self-care rituals that will have you feeling more relaxed and balanced, even in this harried world.

Why Your Purse Is Giving You Back Pain... And 11 Ways to Fix It
Raise your hand if your purse is so heavy that you've wondered whether carrying it counts as strength training? If you tote around a large bag, you might be at risk for back pain. The good news is that you can fix it!

Fat Jokes in Children's Movies Are A Lot More Common Than You Think
Sad but true: Even in movies aimed at children, jokes that take aim at those who are overweight are more common than you might think.

10 Ways to Get Psyched Up to Work Out
Feeling ho-hum about your workouts? Get excited with this list of 10 helpful hints.

12 Healthy Homemade Gift Ideas
Homemade gifts are cheap and heartfelt ways to spread the joy this season. Here are a dozen fun and easy ones.

Maintain — Don't Gain — This Holiday Season  
We love this mantra. Learn how to avoid weight gain and stay where you are during the holidays.

Obesity in 1950s America: Early Days of a National Health Crisis
Time shares a photo essay of a woman who was battling obesity more than 50 years ago.  

Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti
Double chocolate AND cranberries? One word: Yum!

What The Biggest Loser’s Alison Sweeney Eats
Biggest Loser fans will love this interview with the show's popular host.

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?


Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
 

NEXT ENTRY >   Giveaway Closed: Billy Blanks Tae Bo Live DVD Kit

Great Stories from around the Web

Comments

  • 7
    i think it is alot .. i am on disability so i get food stamps but i get 225 a month to feed 3 people .. even eating things like mac n cheese and ramen i rarely have enough funds to eat breakfast or lunch and my kid gets free lunch and breakfast at school.... and ppl think why are poor people fat ....this is why cause u can eat a box of mac for a dollar but even making a salad costs more like 5 - 3/3/2014   2:38:19 PM
  • 6
    I certainly understand your frustration, even though we don't have nearly as many mouths to feed in our home. However, you could also qualify like this...

    What you feel you may be saving now by purchasing cheaper, less healthy foods you will likely pay in prescriptions and medical bills later on, either for yourself or others in your family. I doubt those costs would be a mere $2,737.50 per year.

    My father has a saying that he heard from a sleazy auto mechanic on a TV show once. The saying goes, "Pay me now, pay me later." The point is that regardless of which route you go, you will end up spending the money. The question is, what would you rather spend it for and how much would you rather spend?

    I don't mean any of this to sound as if I'm judging your situation, finances or decisions. I don't know what you guys do in your home, so I can't speak to that. What I can say is that I'm a poor...right now what people would consider very poor. I am in school working to fix that, but as of right now I make roughly $900 a month. Who can honestly live off that these days? However, I prioritize my expenses, and I consider my groceries one of the most important expenses. I don't make a lot, but I sacrifice that extra bit of money in order to purchase healthier foods. Sure it hurts when I see the total, but then I think about the fact that at least what I'm doing may mean less trips to the doctor or hospital in the future. I'd rather pay the little bit extra now than a whole LOT extra down the road when I'm up to my ears in medical bills.

    What I wish is that we could find a way to make healthier foods more affordable and more accessible. Then families wouldn't have to feel like they need to choose one way or the other. So yeah, I completely agree. It's horrible... - 12/15/2013   10:30:29 PM
  • 5
    I agree with Erin. I immediately did the math too, and for a family of four, eating a healthy diet vs an unhealthy one is $180 extra per month. If that family of four is hurting financially that is a sizable difference.

    The ingredients in unhealthy food are subsidized in our country making it cheaper. And that's sad. Families that are struggling then have the added benefit of the poor health that comes from cheap food. Which, let's be honest, we all pay for.

    I consider healthy food cheaper personally (I don't feel like I'm spending money on garbage or toxins and most of the time I like the taste better and it makes me feel WAY better), but to make it look cheaper by saying it's only $1.50 more! ..per day per person is kind of misleading. On the other hand, it's misleading for a good cause, sooooooo carry on!

    - 12/14/2013   6:19:02 PM
  • 4
    Besides, good food leading to good health is cheaper than paying for medical expenses that come with bad health later on. - 12/14/2013   1:17:58 PM
  • 3
    9 easy tips hit home with me, I am not a happy person between November and February, even here in the Sunshine State I get depressed . So I will keep this article close to me. - 12/14/2013   12:37:34 PM
  • 2
    I did some math. $1.50 a day doesn't sound like much. But I have five people in my family. $1.50 a day per person adds up to $7.50 per day for the family. Which is more than $50 a week-- $2737.50 per year. That is a lot of money. More than $200 per month more than what I would pay for an "unhealthy" diet-- however we qualify that. So yeah, I think it's a lot. And I think it is kind of horrible. - 12/14/2013   8:55:12 AM
  • DELLMEL
    1
    Great blog. That sound sovtrue. - 12/14/2013   12:16:37 AM

Please Log In To Leave A Comment:    Log in now ›


Join SparkPeople.com

Sign up for a FREE SparkPeople account