I Need To Lose 10 Pounds On The Cheap: Eating Healthy

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I Need To Lose 10 Pounds On The Cheap: Eating Healthy

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To continue with my last post on exercising "on the cheap," here are some ideas for the other fundamental part of losing weight: eating healthy...and not breaking the bank. 

Eating healthy is not always easy; but with a little creativity, some willpower, and frugality it can be done!

Here are a few tips to get you on the right track!

 

Think outside of the box

  • Hit the local farmer's market.  Prices are better and the food is fresher.  As a single gal, I freeze whatever I don't think I'll be able to eat for the rest of the week.  Cut up extra and put it in a freezer bag to make life easier when you are ready for the produce...maybe for dessert... 
  • Frozen fruit makes a delicious and healthy dessert!  I buy low calorie Cool Whip on sale, take out the frozen fruit that I have so diligently cut up and stored, and - presto - have an easy and refreshing dessert on a hot summer's day. 
  • You could also start a vegetable garden to reap the monetary, physical, and mental rewards. Gardening is great exercise and helps to reduce stress.  Admittedly, I am decidedly lacking a green thumb, but my roommate has started a garden and gets very excited about her latest squash! 

Shop wisely

  • One thing I've learned the hard way: plan before you go!  It sounds kind of ridiculous for one person, but after countless times of going to the store on an empty stomach and buying way more than I'll ever need...or coming home and realizing that I forgot something that I needed...I now make sure to have a snack and a list before I head to the store.
  • I never get a cart- always a basket.  It's just me eating; why do I need a cart full of food?!  And when you are lugging around a heavy basket, you'll think twice about adding that extra item in...and you'll work your triceps!  Shop the perimeter of the store first, buying healthy fresh items and filling up the basket before you go into the dangerous snack territory in the middle of the store.
  • And with snacks, think twice about buying the 100-calorie portion sizes.  They are expensive and you can just buy some snack-size re-sealable plastic bags, and make your own single-serving packets by reading the nutrition label for serving sizes and calorie measurements.
  • Sign up for a club card and look for deals!  A deal on canned tuna can save you money, provide an easy, healthy meal for one, and it has a long shelf-life. 
  • Buy generic!  If it's nuts, rice, or other canned, frozen, or bagged foods, why not buy the store brand and save some dough? 

Save money at home

  • Switch to water instead of expensive soda.  It's better for you and saves you a nickel.  And better yet, use tap instead of bottled water, which is also better for the environment.  Invest in a Brita filter, add some lemon, and you're good to go!
  • Eat less.  Sounds obvious, but it's the only way to lose weight.  Use a smaller plate, and you'll feel like you're eating more.
  • And, I've said it before, and I'll say it again...freeze, freeze, freeze.  It should be the single girl mantra in the kitchen!  It saves money by not wasting food and makes life easier when you come home from work, wrecked and not in the mood for cooking.  Take out a (healthy, prepared) meal, nuke it, and enjoy!

Kristen Peterson

Kristen is a Communications Specialist for CareOne.  She is a contributing author for the Single and Settling In blog where she shares her experiences with managing her finances as a single gal!

 

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