I Can’t Afford to Eat More Nutritional

Eating a more nutrient dense diet doesn’t mean you have to break the bank!

Mercedes Quintana Wellness behavioral health holistic nutrition

Eating a more nutrient dense diet doesn’t mean you have to break the bank, but it does mean that you have to rearrange priorities on where your money is spent. (I personally look like a zombie where I choose to not get my nails done, buy make up, or prioritize my hair).

There are many budget-friendly tricks that can be used to save money as well. Yes, it will take more of your time, but again where do your priorities lie? Can you binge watch a Netflix show while you make your own ketchup, mayo, bread, and whatever else your family enjoys?
I’ve found that what is expensive is the convenience foods! Especially the whole food, convenient options.

How do I save money eating nutritional foods?

Saving money while still eating nutritious foods can be a challenge, but with a few smart strategies, it’s definitely possible. Here are some tips:

1. Start with Meal Planning: Plan your meals in advance to avoid impulse purchases and reduce food waste. Create a weekly meal plan based on affordable, nutrient-dense ingredients.

2. Cook at Home: Eating out can be expensive. Cooking meals at home allows you to control the ingredients and portion sizes while saving money. Batch cooking and meal prepping can also save time and money throughout the week.

3. Buy in Bulk: Purchasing pantry staples like rice, beans, oats, and spices in bulk can save money in the long run. Look for sales, discounts, or consider joining Costco or one of the other wholesale clubs. Keep in mind you can still beat the wholesale clubs by watching for sales at your local grocery store if you watch for their sales.  You can find additional deals, if they have an app you can install on your phone!

4. Shop Seasonal Produce: Seasonal fruits and vegetables are often cheaper and fresher. Buy locally and support farmer’s markets for affordable produce options.

5. Explore Frozen & Canned Foods: Frozen fruits, vegetables, and canned goods are usually more affordable and have a longer shelf life. They can be just as nutritious as fresh alternatives.

6. Seriously, Avoid Pre-Packaged Foods: Convenience foods and pre-packaged meals tend to cost more. Opt for whole foods and cook from scratch whenever possible.

7. Reduce Food Waste: Make use of leftovers by repurposing them into new meals. Freeze excess food that won’t be consumed immediately. Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overbuying and wasting food.

8. Compare Prices & Shop Smart: Check prices at different grocery stores or online platforms to get the best deals. Don’t forget to look for coupons, loyalty programs, and discount apps to save even more.

9. Drink Water Instead of Sugary Beverages: Opting for water instead of expensive sugary drinks or sodas will help you save money and improve your overall health.

Remember, maintaining a balanced diet doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little planning, smart shopping, and cooking at home, you can enjoy nutritious meals while saving money.

At Quintana Wellness, the nutritional therapy process is not your typical dietician or medical visit. It is a stand-alone therapy, or it may be combined with behavioral health care for a whole-body approach to healthy living. Our holistic approach to health and wellness includes using food and dietary interventions to promote optimal health and prevent or manage various health conditions. It is based on the principle that our diet and nutritional status significantly impact our overall well-being. It is important to note that while nutritional therapy can be a valuable complement to conventional medical treatment, it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before making significant changes to your diet or lifestyle.

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