How Much Does It Cost to Eat Healthy [Infographic] 56

How Much Does It Cost to Eat Healthy [Infographic]

This is a guest post by Martina – a health and environment advocate, who writes about smart shopping and reading product labels. Apart from being a writer, she is also a yoga instructor and theology professor.

Succeeding in your chosen career is not just about having the right skills and knowledge. It is also about being physically healthy. There are jobs that are stressful and physically challenging. Therefore, you need to stay healthy to ensure that you can excel at your job.

One of the best ways for you to stay healthy is by eating healthy. It means that you should let go of processed foods or those that come in a box. You should also stop eating from fast food chains. Instead, you have to buy organic ingredients and cook them at home. You should also prefer whole foods than other options.

Your first reaction is that healthy foods are more expensive. For someone who has just started a career and is barely scraping by, going for a more practical option is a priority. Before you close your doors to healthy eating, you need to understand first its cost. You will surely change your mind later on.

Check the nutrients.

The first thing that you have to understand about healthy eating is that you are getting more nutrients.

You can easily meet your daily dietary needs as opposed to unhealthy dishes, which are mostly made of fats and chemicals. In a study conduct in Kansas and Missouri involving four families, those who have decided to go for healthier food options have received four times than that of the others. In terms of the total fat, the healthier option contains only 1/5 that of the regular choice. The average shopping cost though is slightly higher for the healthier option, which stands at $380 while it is less than $320 for the regular choice.

It might seem like a big difference, but you also have to take a look at the nutrients that you and your family are getting. By then, the few dollars difference would be no big deal.

In fact, if you are to consider the number of trips that you will have to the doctor because your body becomes unhealthy, you will end up spending more. The cost of health care these days is unbelievably high. Staying away from diseases is a must.

Look for other stores.

It is also possible that you spend more because you have limited your option to just one store. As you take a look at other options, you will realize that the same product costs a few dollars less.

You might also check out farmers or local business owners who sell products to bigger companies. Buying directly from them will save you a lot of money. You are also helping in making their business grow bigger.

In the event that the fruits that you are looking for is not in season and your kids really love them, then you can choose frozen fruits. For instance, there are pre-washed and cut strawberries that were frozen. Under the right conditions, the strawberry has an infinite life span. Its nutrients also won’t diminish. Therefore, you can choose frozen products in lieu of fresh fruit choices.

More expensive, but totally worth it.

Several studies have shown that the cost of healthy eating is slightly higher than that of regular stores. This is true especially in developed countries where the cost of living is high and the resources are not as abundant as other countries.

However, if you are to practice a healthier lifestyle and you pick the right products from the right stores, the difference in the price won’t be that big. Besides, you need to protect your health to do better at your job. Hence, it is worth the price.

Here’s an infographic showing the real cost of eating healthy:
True Cost of a Healthy Lifestyle

Save

Save

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest
Directly into your inbox every Monday.
Previous ArticleNext Article

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

relationships

As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

How to Win The 9-to-5 Battle by Staying Healthy at Work letsreachsuccess.com

It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

***
Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.