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Cheap Food Will Cost You

December 29, 2008

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Lately, people are being more conservative with their money: spending less at department stores, salons, car dealerships and restaurants. While these businesses have seen a decrease in sales, fast food restaurants have seen an increase. People can feed the whole family on very little money. But what is this cheap food really costing you?

Eating cheap, chemicalized junk foods may save you money right now, but ordering off the dollar menu can serve up helpings of high blood pressure and heart disease and could end up costing you down the road with medications and operations.

Many people think preparing their own organic meals is pricier and takes more time. People want fast convenient options.

The truth is, making your own meals does not have to take more of your time, and it’s not necessarily more expensive. It takes about 5 minutes to chop vegetables and another 5 minutes to sauté them for a quick stir-fry.

Experiment for two weeks. Go to the grocery store and buy ingredients for your favorite meals. For ideas you can check out hundreds of our quick, healthy recipes. Keep track of how much money you spend. For the second week buy prepared dishes or your meals from restaurants.

Besides saving a lot of money, you may notice a difference in how you feel when you prepare your own meal compared to when you buy a pre-made dish. Oftentimes, when people make their own meals, they feel more energized and enjoy their food more because of the love and time that went into the preparation. Let us know how you feel as you incorporate more home-cooked meals into your life.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.