CAN YOU AFFORD TO EAT RIGHT??
BRIAN STATUS UPDATE: It's Day 5 of my new NOT-A-DIET healthy meal plan. It surprises me, but I'm doing very well. I thought I'd be hungry, but I'm not. The plan consists of four properly portioned, macro-nutrient balanced meals each day and two light snacks.
This shakes out to...(NOOO!...Darn it! I said "shakes!") uuh... to eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours starting after 6 a.m. I'll try not to do those radio Total Traffic reports with my mouth full. Gross! Now, on to today's main blog topic.
CAN YOU AFFORD TO EAT HEALTHIER?
In this first week of this NOT-A-DIET, I've been overwhelmed by support from my personal and Facebook friends, and Magic 98.9 listeners. THANK YOU! However, I've also received quite a few questions or disbelieving remarks about the price tag.
Let me disclose that my food plan is replacing***ALL*** OF MY FOOD, and includes pre-cooking and delivery. That's food replacement for home, at work, dining out, and snacks--seven days a week. My only groceries now are coffee, creamer, sugar, non-fat organic milk, and I'm trying almond milk. I drink these in small quantities, and limit cream and sugar.
That said, my cost for this comprehensive meal plan is...
$330 PER WEEK.
Okay, now breathe! Don't have a thrombo just yet. Let's crunch some numbers. Remember, that's for me. ***YOU*** might not have to pay that much.
If you know your good foods and have time to shop and cook, you'll save money. That's not me. I don't cook, and I HATE buying foods that come in sizes TOO BIG for a bachelor, then throwing away expired food.
As for my bachelor budget, here are some numbers off the top of my head. Add up your own food spending, including ALL areas here, and others you think of.
MY OLD EATING HABITS, ESTIMATED PER WEEK
(Est. 2 meals/day, 5 days/wk)
VENDING MACHINE/SNACKS 15 (sometimes more)
ESPRESSO DRINKS 8 (roughly 2/wk)
MOVIE SNACKS (not inc. ticket) 20 (est. 1 or 2/wk)
TIPS! I ALWAYS TIP XX (varies)
and I tip baristas, too.
TOTAL: $268 not including tips
You might be thinking, "SEE! I was right! The new plan is OVER $60 MORE!" Okay, you got me there...but consider these questions:
SHORT TERM BUDGETING:
DO YOU HAVE $60 TO SPARE EACH WEEK? If so, great! Healthy eating is a good investment. If you don't have $60, read on.
DO YOU SPLURGE on personal non-food items and activities? I have cut back on entertainment: movie downloads, theater, and... (sniff...sniff...sob...) COMIC BOOKS!
Aw Spidey...don't look at me like that.
Sorry, Stan Lee--I love them, but they won't help me trim down from 310 pounds. Maybe when I'm shaped more like Spider-Man instead of the Blob, I'll see Spidey again. Excelsior!
(Photo: Getty Images)
DO YOU LIKE SAVING ON GAS MONEY? Spend less on dining out/drive thru. For me, I make fewer grocery trips with meal delivery.
ARE YOU BUYING ANTACIDS/LAXATIVES? My old diet made me use occasional antacids and frequent fiber supplements. This week: NONE!!
LONG TERM FINANCIAL BENEFITS
DOES LOWER COST MEAN BETTER QUALITY? NO! Just because a processed meal says "Healthy" or "Lean" on the box, is it really?
WHAT PRESCRIPTIONS DO YOU TAKE: For cholesterol? Blood pressure? Hormone levels? Acid reflux? Diabetes? Do you suffer bad knees, bad back, water retention, etc....? Many medical problems are caused or worsened by being overweight and having a poor diet.
HOW MUCH IS YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE? Imagine never needing to meet it and cutting down co-pays, too...because you were just healthier. What if you were able to drop out one or two meds?
And here's my final question:
DO YOU REALLY WANT BELIEVE THAT LOW-COST FOOD IS BETTER IF IT IS SHAVING YEARS OFF YOUR LIFE??
I know I just started this nutrition change, and yes, I'm still fat--but you don't need to be skinny to understand that healthy foods cost more, but they ARE worth it. Think about those years you'll lose from being overweight. Will you be missing your son's graduation? Your daughter's wedding? The birth of your grand children.
This is the choice you are making when you are deciding between microwave pizza or burritos. Choices like this, made by me, paved the path to weighing over 300 pounds today. Only new choices will change that.
So look into healthy options--cold turkey like I did, or something more suitable to your life. Change some foods and change your direction.
And actually, it wasn't cold turkey...I just heated up some curried ground turkey with sweet potato and veggies!! YUM!!