Do You Have To Be Rich To Eat Healthy?

With all the new diet fads out there America has seen a drop in obesity levels. However, studies show that families with higher incomes have had better success losing weight than lower income families. So, In America do you have to be rich to eat healthy?

Shamefully, the answer is yes.  Generally the healthiest foods in grocery stores, including fresh fruits and vegetables are rather pricey. Anything organic is going to break the bank. You pay for better quality foods.

Nutritionists recommend a balanced meal of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. An average family of five having a pasta dinner, such as spaghetti and meatballs, can pay a huge price tag when switching out their white flour pasta for whole grain pasta. A box of whole wheat pasta can be up to 3.00 a box rather then .99 cents for the white flour pasta. A typical white potato usually always ends up on the plate, but if your eating healthy that potato is bad news. A sweet potato should be the switch out. On average sweet potatos can cost you at least 1.99 per lb.

Healthy Living

Healthy Living

When eating healthier your cart tends to fill fast with fruits and veggies, making your bill rise rapidly. It’s a terrible feeling to have to say to your children that they cannot have the blueberries or grapes based on the price tag. Unfortunately, many of us have to cut these out of our food budget. And even usually inexpensive produce like carrots can become pricey if you upgrade to organic. An organic bag of carrots can be 2.00 dollars extra.

Produce Section

Produce Section

That loaf of white bread should be a thing of the past according to the updated food pyramid. Whole wheat or whole grain bread should be your only choice. But the need to  stretch your dollar will most often require you to place the .99 cent loaf of white bread in the cart. Its far easier to make sandwiches for larger families with cheaper loaves.

Even low fat or low calorie yogurts, cheeses, and milks will have a hefty price tag.  Some recommend switching out your milk to an almond or soy. As if milk isn’t expensive enough now. Nuts too will often be last on your list as well.

When trying to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family, healthier foods will dent your weekly food budget. However, there are ways to minimize the cost and eat healthy. You can grow your own fresh vegetables, and hand raise your own chickens for the fresh eggs. If your dwelling is in the city and this isn’t an option check with your local farmers market held on the weekends. You can really get some great fresh produce locally and without the price range of a chain grocery store.

You can also always opt for more exercise. Its free and is proven to make you feel better. It will create a better lifestyle without going into debt in the healthy eating section at the grocery store. Setting smaller goals and changing one thing at a time in your diet will create lasting, favorable results.