In the continuation of my weight loss series (for more on my weight loss efforts, click HERE), I wanted to discuss an awful, painful truth. It is cheaper to be fat than it is to be skinny. Why is that?
In my quest to shed pounds recently, I have been doing more grocery shopping, comparing labels, looking at nutritional data and such. And what I am finding is that the foods that are the worst for me are the best in terms of my wallet. The foods that are better for me and my family happen to cost more money. And in these touch economic times, who has more money to spend on food?
During my last shopping trek, I spent $62.00. All but maybe $5.00 of that total was for food items. The most expensive item on the bill? Ground turkey for spaghetti. Second most expensive item? Granola cereal. Third most expensive item on item on the list? Yogurt and Soy milk. Catch my drift? The cheapest? Hot dogs for my daughter and “fruit” snacks for my son.
I spent more this weekend on food than I usually do. I know $62.00 doesn’t seem like a lot, but it only covered two meals. I am going back tomorrow to load up again! If I continued my usual unhealthy shopping of fatty foods, I am sure I would’ve gotten more than two meals out of that $62.00.
Something has to give.
I blogged last week about FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to help children eat better and maintain healthy weight. And I am all for that! There are too many overweight children these days who grow up to be unhealthy adults. We have to change the eating habits of our youth now so they grow up and become healthy adults. Healthy adults mean less money spent on healthcare because a lot of illnesses and diseases have the weight factor. But how can most families afford to be healthy?
Food for thought.
I am going to continue my weight loss goals as well as preparing more healthy meals for my family, even if it means I have to cut out some of the extras like entertainment and travel in order to prevail. I am committed. But it is harder to be committed than it is to do not be. Kind of frustrating when you think about it.
What are your thoughts about this topic? How do you deal with the financial effects of eating healthy vs not? Comment below!