You don't have to pay a chef to spend high
on healthy food.
food is especially pricey!
seems downright prohibitive when
sold, *if you can find it, in grocery stores.
*(Check with a local cattle farmer to work out a deal on bulk purchase.)
My husband and I are looking at a water filtration
system that will remove chlorine, fluoride, mercury
and approximately 70 other impurities from our
(safe) tap water.
...could land in our top five most expensive
budget items, somewhere south of a
mortgage payment and just north of car
insurance for four drivers, two of whom are
There's a real clash of principles for me:
Frugal living vs. best quality food consumption.
I want the comfort foods
that hold memories, give
me that sense of
celebration, community and
home, then cling to my
waistline like a frightened
cat stuck on a tree trunk.
I hate giving up those sweet,
delicious traditions and the
reward cascade in my brain
that sugar brings.
I hate spending the extra money.
I hate giving up my typical desserts.
Know what I hate even more?
That’s the short list. All can lead to an early grave, but none more
often than heart disease, America’s most infamous serial killer. It
seems to be creeping up on people in my age group at an
alarming rate. Is it? I don’t know statistically. My social circle is
"Everybody’s going to die from something. Why give up my
favorite foods? They've kept me alive and healthy so far..."
Are you sure? What if some of what you're used to eating is
making you sick, perhaps in ways that are subtle?
What if a different way of eating could not only extend life,
but make the quality of life
Better eating is better life? Are you kidding me?
Cut out the processed sugar and survive?
I’m a foodie and a convenience junkie.
Who has time to cook?!
I know all the arguments because I’ve made them,
because it seemed impossible that I could prefer
the good stuff over the junk. Maybe your
thoughts run on those tracks.
With two parents
who were NOT obese but still wound up with
Type II Diabetes, my great fear was that if I got it
too, I wouldn't get to eat the food I liked best. So
when my doctor said, "If you're concerned about
getting diabetes, just start eating a healthy diet
now and you'll never get diabetes," I thought,
"Give up what I like now
so I won't have to give it
But, LIFE has a way of catching
up to poor quality food choices.
Good food brings good health.
For a great start in making your health a priority,
you might like a book entitled,
The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life
by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen
and Dr. Mark Hyman, experts in
faith leadership, brain health and nutrition,
scientific research coupled with compelling
Christian scripture. The emphasis is on
abundance and nourishment
and not on deprivation weight loss.
(weight loss is one potential, positive result.)
This straightforward, meaningful
approach for consideration provides a nudge in
the right direction.
Good information and practical, do-able solutions
provide a path to a place where the unprocessed
food you grow to enjoy becomes fuel for your
most satisfying life.
That's not a diet you will give up on
and quit, it's a plan you can follow for good!