So how does this relate to lifestyle change? It has everything to do with lifestyle change because our lifestyles (assuming money isn't coming out of your pours) will be changing whether we like it or not. Now, more than ever, I will be hearing the woes of eating a diet rich in vegetables because of the cost. It is too expensive to eat healthy. But does eating and living well really come with a high price tag? Are we sentenced to a life of Kraft Dinner and Coke because we won't be able to afford anything else? Certainly not.
Personally, I find the news of rising costs rather motivating as it drives me to continue to eat a wide variety of vegetables and (try to) limit the usual North American menu including; red meat, refined flour, sugar, and lotsa saturated fats (not to mention the food-like products loaded with chemicals and other crazy stuff). So is eating healthy more expensive? Let's face it, if a family of four is eating red meat every night and paying those crazy prices for boxed cereal, pizza pops, lunchables, yogurt tubes, and other processed foods your bill will definitely not be able to support the higher cost of produce. BUT...remove the processed stuff and lower the amount of red meat during the week and you have made it work (maybe even saving yourself a few bucks in the process).
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With prices rising, it will be very easy to turn to the faster food options in the short term. Unfortunately, in the long term, living off processed foods may lead to overweight/obesity, chronic disease, increased stress, decreased sleep, decreased motivation, and increased feelings of overall crappiness. By starting to make a few little changes now, you may be ready for it when the prices really hit hard...it is only a matter of time.
I do recommend two books if you are interested in more information about healthy, clean eating. These books changed the way I ate and I continue to refer to them as I move forward and add more veggies to my diet.
I have mentioned this book before and continue to strongly recommend it to those just starting to consider a change in eating behaviour. The author has been highlighted in the documentary, "Food Inc."
I started reading this book when I hated veggies. This author motivated me to care about vegetables and make the effort to try many I had never tried before. Now I eat kale, swiss chard, and bok choy almost every day and am loving it (I always thought kale and swiss chard was intimidating and had no idea how to use it - you can add it to anything and it tastes great).
"Food Rules" came out of "In Defense of Food" and is a very easy read. It details some simple rules to follow when changing your eating habits. My favorite rule is "Don't eat a food that your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food". It's simple and can be used as a reference book when you need reminders of why you are choosing leafy greens over french fries (God knows I need reminding at times).
That's all I have for now.
Thanks for reading.