It's a challenge, but not impossible to eat healthy on a budget. While you might not be able to eat organic, you can still make good choices. I do enjoy sausage as much as the next person, but you do have to watch the saturated fat. If at all possible, try to buy chicken sausage over pork. that will save you calories. Be careful with the ground burger too. I know it's cheap, but it's cheap because it's high in fat. Lean chicken is reasonably price. Even lean pork would be a better health choice than some ground beef. You'll have to watch your portions.
Also, you might want to check the spark recipes section for ground beef meals. Hundreds of members have posted healthier versions of hamburger helper type meals. They're simple ways to make the dish more healthy.
Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. I've been tweaking my nutrition for years.
If were to give you one piece of advice that would help you become a healthier eater, it would be to do your best to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. I know that's hard on budget, but frozen veggies work ! Buy fruit that's on sale as well as in season. check your area for farmer's markets. If you go towards the end of the day, sellers mark down their veggies.
Just adding a few more veggies each day really will help towards helping you lose weight and be healthier. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. there's a lot to learn.
Here are some examples of healthy meals you could make with ground beef. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipes.asp?food=g
Also, when is the last time you had a physical ? I know you've recently moved, but you should try to get a physical as soon as possible. the journey to good health should always start with a trip to the doctor. Do you know your blood sugar ? If not, you should. You could be diabetic. If you have diabetes, that's going to change the way you eat. Too many Americans have diabetes and don't know it. Ditto, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Both of these contribute to heart disease.
The good news ? If you start eating better and lose weight, you reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes.
But, you have to start some where. thus the need to start slowly.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/4/2013 (15:54)