March is the Simple Woman healthy eating month. We all think about healthy food as something flavorless, green, disgusting, or not affordable at all. It DOES NOT have to be like that. If you are like me, then bring in the sweet and fried! What if I tell you healthy food can be tasty and affordable? What if I tell you it’s even simpler? So, for this monthly series, I will be sharing:
- Simple Woman vs. Food – Our relationship
- Budget vs. Food – Affordable
- Snacks Ideas – Simple and affordable
- Meals Ideas – Simple and affordable
Our bodies need high-quality fuel to function properly. Let’s bring in all the yumminess into healthy eating. All start with the decision we make. Let’s get started! Here my top three tips for improving our relationship with food:
Healthy eating has to be sustainable.
But sustainable how? Well, this is something that you can keep going on for years to come, without depriving yourself from eating the food you enjoy. Who doesn’t like french fries? They are like the yummiest thing ever. But are they healthy? Yes, it all depends on how you make them. I LOVE crispy delicious french fries! For a healthier version, I don’t fry them in oil anymore. I use my air fryer. Easy, fast, and healthier. My point? Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you are sacrificing eating what you like. Let’s just find a healthier version. Believe me, you will be surprised.
Healthy eating is a lifestyle, not a diet.
I don’t believe in diets, but healthy eating habits. The reason is very simple, it is not sustainable. Healthy eating should be part of your lifestyle as simple as that. Something that is part of you and comes naturally. It’s a habit that you do every single day. For example, brushing your teeth every day. We need to change the way we think about food to develop healthier eating habits.
Healthy eating does not have to be expensive.
But…healthy eating is so expensive!! Yes…and NO! Organic or whole foods can actually be affordable. There are many alternatives. Here what worked for me:
- Meal Planning – Knowing what you will be eating during the week and then making a shopping list is the best way to afford healthier food. Click here to read more about my Meal Prep Planning. Plus, you save a lot of money along the way. Food was the item eating up our money before starting budgeting. Click here for more on budgeting.
- Farmers Market – Eating seasonal, fresh, and supporting your local economy. They even teach you how to prepare some of the food they grow or let you try them before buying. If you go to the market right before they are about to close, you can find better deals. However, I don’t, since supporting local farmers means something to me. My grandpa was a farmer, and that’s how he afforded fresh and healthy food for 13 kids.
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – The same benefit as farmer market, but you will be buying a seasonal share (membership) with this. Every week you go to the farm (YES!! FIELD TRIP!) and pick up your share, which is anything harvested that week. You never know what or how much you are getting. It’s like an adventure. Cost? $670 for 20 weeks. Fresh vegetables for $33.50, plus the relaxing experience of picking up the vegetables and enjoying the farm. Another thing I like about this is that it really improves your relationship with food. I got to try different recipes and get creative in the kitchen.
Like any other, we need to work on our relationship with food. This is the one that fuels our bodies, minds, and spirit. We need to stop for a moment, observe our behaviors, and reflect on what is unhealthy. After that is just a matter of making a decision to change what is unhealthy for us. A relationship develops and evolves throughout the years. One day at a time.
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