There an Opportunity for Healthy Change Because of High
Gas and Food Prices?
day weíre confronted with trying to make ends meet as
prices of almost everything are going up. Most of us
will have to make some difficult decisions to stretch
our dollars. Since old habits die hard perhaps this
situation can provide an impetus for many to rethink
their food choices and get healthier while spending less
or at least getting more nutritionally for our money.
Changing habits isnít easy because motivation often
starts out high and everyone likes mystery pi vegas heist
dwindles rapidly while we revert
back to our old comfortable habits. None of us knows
when or if prices will return to what we have become
used to. While trying to look for the silver lining in a
very unhappy and stressful situation, this may be an
opportunity to establish some healthier food and
activity habits while stretching your dollar.
are a few ideas that may help save some money and
improve health habits as well.
regular protein intake helps to control hunger
decreasing the need for over-eating and excessive
snacking. Snack foods are not inexpensive.
Roast a whole chicken and turkey. Use the leftovers
for soup, chef salads etc.
Shop for vegetables and fruits in season and grown
Avoid purchasing wet produce as it weights more and
may cost more.
Depending upon your location, farmers markets and
local food stands may be a better buy than the
left over veggies and protein the next day for a
breakfast or lunch omelet.
Avoid already cut and washed vegetables. They cost
Eggs are still a good buy. High in protein,
nutritionally sound and a better breakfast choice
than cereal. A good higher protein breakfast
Make home-made salsa, salad dressings and coleslaw.
Processed items are more expensive and usually
contain added sugars.
fashioned oatmeal is a much better choice than
expensive, sugar-laden breakfast cereals.
in bulk. Individually packaged portions are more
Shop for less expensive cuts of meat, marinate or
slow cook for tenderness.
Look for store specials.
Make your own iced tea in bulk rather than purchase
the deli section get items sliced thin. They go
Eating at home is much less expensive and can be
healthier. Importantly, it gives the family a chance
to spend time together. Research shows that eating
at home is healthier for kids and makes it easier to
manage their weight. Have the kids help prepare
meals. Itís a learning opportunity to teach
healthier food choices and how to cook.
Save gas and walk more especially for short tips.
How many times do you get in the car for a trip of
less than a few blocks because thatís what youíre
used to doing? Walk instead.
When itís safe ride a bike for errands rather than
Slow down-it saves gas
save by avoiding expensive treats and snack items. Most
are made with refined, processed flour with trans fats
and added sugars. Because they have little nutritional
value, other than empty calories, they create more
hunger and cravings and the need for more food. So save
on those items and invest in your health. In the long
run youíll keep healthcare costs down and enjoy a better
quality of life.
is no better investment you could make than in your
health and the health of your family.