If you had the choice to spend you money on medical expenses or food, which would you choose?
The obvious answer to anyone would be food, correct? The sad and truth of it all is that most people end up spending more money on medical expenses in their lifetime due to poor nutrition related illnesses.
Did you know that the top five diet-related chronic diseases cost the US economy $1 trillion a year?!
Can you believe that?
I’m not sure about you, but those number are a bit frightening if you ask us.
So what does it really cost to eat “healthy”?
We hear it all the time, “It’s too expensive to eat healthy and organic. I don’t have the time to cook, I’m always on the run, so I have to eat out and use the drive-thru…”
Really? Does it reallllly cost you that much more?
Let’s take a look shall we?
McDonald’s for Four (the average family sized meal)
Chicken, Potatoes & Salad for Four
Pinto Beans & Rice for Four
That’s TWO meals for the cost of one!
Okay, but that’s for a family of four. What about yourself?
A case of Coke (24 cans) can easily run you a little over $5 when not on sale, correct?
for under $5 you could get…
For under $20 you could buy…
1 large Pepperoni Feast Pizza & 1 order of Breadsticks from Domino’s
So is it really that much more expensive for you to eat healthier choices or to meal prep rather than going out and sitting in the drive-thru?
Think about it, how often do you order lunch out? Or get your favorite cup of coffee or drink on your way to work?
Is your health really worth the cost of eating fast food?
So here’s your homework. Sit down and actually figure out how much money you spend on health care vs. your cost of eating. See what the numbers are. Even one step further, write out what you’re actually spending your money on for food. See what the percentage is of healthy vs unhealthy.
It may be an eye opener to some!
This week, try and take the extra step to meal prep or make a healthier decision when choosing where you decide to eat. Take your health into consideration. Maybe even ride your bike to work or take the stairs, park a little further from your destination or even go for a walk after dinner. It may surprise you how much better you feel when you’re active and eating better!
Your wallet may even begin to feel a little heavier as you lighten up!
Still not convinced you can save money by eating better and meal prepping?
We’ve got all the ins & outs on savings and healthier alternatives to your favorite fast food joints!
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