How To Save Money + Eat Healthy On A Budget

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How To Save Money + Eat Healthy On A Budget

 

I hear often enough that eating healthy is to expensive. I’ve experienced this first hand myself when I took a year and half off do to my nutrition schooling, and can confidently say that it is completely doable. The tips below helped me not only save on a tight budget, but incorporate more greens and whole foods into my diet.

 

> KNOW YOUR BUDGET

Knowing your budget will make it so much easier to work with; it will help filter out wasteful purchases on things like juice, chips, popcorn, take-out and so on. Knowing your budget will also help you to make healthier choices and avoid over spending and excess debt.

 

> SHOP LOCAL, AND IN SEASON FOR PRODUCE

Check out your local farmers markets and independent grocery stores for foods like leafy greens, herbs, root vegetables and fruit. You’ll notice that most of what’s being offered is in season, which is why everything is much cheaper; and because it’s local most of the foods will be spray free of chemicals and pesticides. Leafy greens and fruit are typically the most pesticide contaminated foods, so eating organic or spray free will void almost 80% of neurotoxin consumption in your diet.

 

 

> PLAN AHEAD & PURCHASE IN BULK

Shop around sale items, if you see that next weeks flyer has canned goods on sale do some pre-planning on which meals you can make based on those foods. Buying in bulk will also save you more money that month. I use almond milk, frozen fruit, and canned beans every week so I make sure to stock up when the price is right. Warehouse grocery stores like Costco are a great place to stock up on shelf stable and freezer foods.

 

> LOOK FOR SECONDS PICK

This is by far where I save THE MOST money. Your smaller independent grocery stores don’t have sale turnovers as fast as big chain store, so fresh goods are always being marked down. Anything with a quick expiry date like fresh fruit, vegetables and even pre-packaged greens, are marked down and sold from 50-80% off regular cost. Not all grocery stores have this .99 cent area, however is you ask to speak with the produce manager they are usually more than happy to pass along a box of food that can’t be sold as “fresh” right off the shelf.

 

***Another little tip is to avoid using debit or credit, use cash only!! When you purchase with cash you see your money physically diminish from your pocket. Using cash will help you to reevaluate your spending and to align with your healthy eating goals.

 

Cheers!

 

Chelsey

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2 Smoothie Superfoods That Will Slim Your Waist BIG TIME!

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2 Smoothie Superfoods That Will Slim Your Waist

BIG TIME!

 

So you’ve been working out, tried cutting carbs, and even went down the vegetarian road. I personally feel that experimenting between diets and lifestyle changes is definitely a great way to learn what works best for your body. I strongly believe in bio-individuality which is, one’s person’s medicine is another person’s poison and, there’s no one right way to eat or to live for all. One thing I do believe to be true for everyone, is that the state of our gut’s health is the key problem to our health issues, especially weight gain. Below are two superfoods you can incorporate into your smoothies to start healing your gut and replenish your flora, this will increase your metabolic rate, burn excess weight and make you feel overall FABULOUS!

 

# 1) ALOE VERA GEL:

Aloe vera is one of my favorite superfoods, it’s high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, along with a whole bunch of other phyto-nutrients, and is extremely soothing, and healing to the digestive track.

Aloe vera is an adaptogen, it will help your body cope with stress and adapt to external changes; so whether you’re constipated or have diarrhea, it will help regulate your elimination cycles in water way you need. Aloe will also help to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria AND get rid of intestinal worms + it pulls out toxins from the intestinal walls as it makes its way through your body.

Just like any other medicinal plant there is always a limit to how much should be consumed. I personally use it approximately 1-2 times weekly in conjunction with other digestive healing foods.

Tip: Aloe vera gel has a much smoother taste than the juice and mixes really well in smoothies. Try using it in a pineapple or mango blend!

 

#2) JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE POWDER:

Jerusalem artichoke powder is a prebiotic food, the difference between prebiotics and probiotics is that probiotics are a blend of living bacteria (the good kind), prebiotic are what feed the friendly bacteria. By incorporating prebiotics into your diet you’re helping all the good bacteria flourish in your digestive track. This is so important, if our bad bacteria takes control it breaks down the mucus membranes that line out gut. When this happens we’re prone to food sensitivities, leaky gut, and autoimmune diseases.

Start with adding 1/2 a tablespoon of Jerusalem artichoke in your smoothie and work your way up to a whole tablespoon.

Adding these super foods to your smoothies will benefit your body on sooo many levels. Smoothies alone are cleansing and will help repair your gut, but adding these superfoods will bring everything to a whole new level.

Keep in mind that processed foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, stress, bacterial imbalance (especially from antibiotics), and toxin overload will all create issues in out gut, it’s important to keep these at very low moderations to prevent future damage.

**Some other great options to heal your gut are coconut products, bone broth, sprouted seeds and chicory root.

 

Cheers to your health and feeling fabulous!

 

Chelsey