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Can Diet And Budget Ever Really Get Along?

Can Diet And Budget Ever Really Get Along?

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We’ve all heard it before. It’s a common excuse and, to be fair, it does have some justification. When people talk about diet, they talk about eating well being the luxury of those able to afford it. It’s true that it’s a lot easier to buy healthier foods if you have the money for the more expensive options. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to eat well on a budget, either. Here, we’ll look at ways to keep both your belly and your bank balance full of the good stuff.

Don’t fall for the myths

First of all, processed foods high in sugars and saturated fats aren’t cheaper for you. It can be a lot less expensive using the whole chicken to make a dinner than buying a chicken dinner. The trick is how you buy it. For instance, if you buy a whole chicken and store it responsibly, you can use pieces of it over the week. The thighs for one meal, the breast for another. This is much cheaper than buying those pieces individually. You can save even more money by cutting meat out of your diet for one day. It might take some getting used to, but the difference will be noticeable. Don’t be afraid of visiting the shop in the evening to pick up discounted produce you’re going to use that day, either.

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Bulk up

The more you buy in advance, the better, too. For one, if you have healthy food right there, you’re less likely to go and buy extra treats rather than just pick something out from the fridge. Some foods, like weight loss shakes, come in high-volumes that last you a long time, well justifying their cost with how many meals they can provide. But it’s a good idea to buy produce in bulk, too. Plan out different meals throughout the week that use the same ingredients and you will have to buy fewer products overall as opposed to having to buy new meals for every part of the day.

Let nothing go to waste

Making use of the same ingredients in different foods is going to help you reduce the amount of wasted food. More wasted food means having to buy more food to replace it. Beyond planning your meals better, however, you should also be willing to make use of your leftovers. There are plenty of recipes for leftover ingredients you can find to whip up a meal out of whatever is in your cupboard at the moment. Similarly, you should buy in a way that minimizes leftovers, too. Buy one, get one free offers might sound like a bargain. However, consider that you could buy one ingredient for less than you would get two of the same ingredient, and the fact that the ingredient you got free is likely to go to waste. Suddenly, that offer doesn’t make as much sense as it might have initially.

It’s all about planning and preparation. The more time you’re willing to spend making use of all your ingredients, planning your meals, and buying in bulk, the more money you will save. A little effort for a healthier lifestyle isn’t really that much to ask.

Naomi Isted

Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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