One benefit of spending many years as a student is learning how to live a healthy life on a budget. Here is a list especially for those who say it’s too expensive to live a healthy life. Preparation here is an important factor.
- Say goodbye to packaged breakfast cereals (even whole grain), they are expensive, poor in nutrients and difficult to digest. Soak your oatmeal (preferably organic) overnight to reduce the nasty anti-nutrients (see grain – friend or foe article) and add plain yoghurt/ mixed nuts/dried coconut.
- Eggs – they are a low cost alternative to meat.
‘They are rich in just about every nutrient we have yet discovered’ (Nourishing Traditions). Quality does make a difference, so choose free range (even better organic).
- Basic brown rice is delicious, economical and the highest of all grains in B vitamins. It also contains iron, vitamin E and some protein. Soak as with all grains overnight. Another great alternative is wild rice which is not considered a grain but a seed of a native American plant. It is high in protein, B vitamins and minerals. Both are low in good fats so remember to eat with butter to reduce the glycemic index (rate at which blood insulin levels rise).
- Always cook extra with leftovers in mind. My dinner leftovers usually turn up for lunch.
- Walk more – park the car further away, carry the shopping the little bit extra and don’t forget to take the stairs instead of the elevator.