If you are a non-drinker, not a snack and junk food addict, do not buy many processed and refined foods or eat meat and animal products, you will see your food shopping bill go down dramatically. It’s an automatic pilot money saving machine. Does this leave anything left to eat? It appears not, but not really. Here’s why…
‘With a large proportion of the U.S. population failing to achieve a healthy diet, it is important to understand the root causes. This study suggests that the larger differences in price between healthy and unhealthy food may play a role. If this is true, interventions may be considered to improve the affordability of healthy foods relative to unhealthy alternatives ’.
Personally, I have seen our total food shopping cost go drop to bare bones when we decided to eat largely plant based whole food. I try to buy organic, but it usually costs more, yet not all the time. Get to know the safe fruits and vegetables that don’t necessarily have to be organic and save $’s. See EWG Guide.
5 Amazing Things Happening Shopping For Plant Based Whole Food…
- You save tons of money (Just guessing off the top of my head, me and my wife saved 50% compared to what we used to spend on processed and refined foods, not including eating out)
- Lose weight (I lost 50 pounds)
- You can eat all you want and never have to count calories again (I weigh my high school weight and haven’t gained a single pound back)
- You get healthier (I feel better, look healthier, am stronger, don’t get sick, haven’t seen a doctor in years, blood pressure is low)
- You likely will live longer similar to those in cultures who eat this way (I am 69 and ‘still’ going strong)
When you start purchasing ready made food that is ‘supposed to be’ healthy, that’s where the price goes up and health will go down. For example, veggie patties are processed food loaded with ingredients which aren’t so healthy. Furthermore, even though they are very tasty these days compared to decades ago, I don’t buy them because they are made with processed soy, sugar, oils and other ingredients I don’t want.
‘If one sticks to eating a plant based whole food diet without animal products, processed and refined foods, his food bill will go down as low as it possibly can go. For example, I make vegetable soup a lot. What could a few veggies cost’?
Ingredients for my vegetable soup is usually a small green zucchini, one carrot, a few stalks of celery, 1/4 cup of dry rice and beans, a carton of unsalted chicken broth, can of stewed tomatoes and spices. Making soup, whatever vegetarian type doesn’t cost that much, and you will have soup every day of the week! You will never going hungry. And, that’s a good thing.
Source- 1 Kern, David M, et al. “Neighborhood Prices of Healthier and Unhealthier Foods and Associations with Diet Quality: Evidence from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI, 16 Nov. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5708033/.
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.