January 19, 2008

Eating healthy: a necessity or an inconvenience?

Someone I know received a treadmill for Christmas. What a fun and purposeful piece of equipment! You can walk...jog...run like wind, in short, you'll get a great workout. That got me thinking about how important it is to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Great for the body...ehhh not so great on the wallet.

Now yes, you don't need exercise equipment to get and stay in shape but without fresh veggies and meats (let's just say fresh food), how could your inside be healthy?

Well I eat fresh food. I really do enjoy them and never understood why kids put up a big fuss about it. And so, I know the pro's (and con's) of eating healthy. But if obtaining these fresh foods weighs down your wallet and there are things you NEED to do with that money - pay a light bill, mortgage, car note - how do we choose which is more important?

What do you think?



This post was written by Chanelle Carver, social entrepreneur, nonprofit consultant, and founder of the Literacy 'n' Poverty Project.

2 comments:

Houseonahill.org said...

Its really very economic to do both! Surprisingly, buying local, is cheaper and better for the environment. When going to major markets, ask for the local produce. Stick to staples and always choose what has no preservatives. This keeps doctors away and you just feel better overall, helping yourself, your community and farmers from the U.S.! Great topic! Thanks!!!!
~ Dwana @ Houseonahill.org

The Literacy 'n' Poverty Project said...

Hi Dwana,

Thanks for the comment! I agree buying local is definitely better for the environment. Not sure if it's cheaper though (and I say this b/c the local market with the freshest produce in my area is not cheap by far -- but you get what you pay for, and they're produce is fantastic).

How often you shop can play a factor as well. We all like to keep things simple and easy but monthly grocery shopping isn't appropriate at all times. Fresh foods need to be eaten immediately (within 3-4 days of purchase I think). You'll save more money if you buy what you need and not everything that looks good :). Shop wisely now and you'll be better off in the future!

More thoughts?

Chanelle
Literacy 'n' Poverty Project

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