Ever since I started sharing my journey from Hot Pockets to whole foods, I’ve often heard that it’s difficult to afford a healthier lifestyle. I won’t argue with you there. Real food is pricier than processed food made in a lab or a factory. At first you will see a jump in the grand total on your grocery receipts. But over time you’ll get the hang of it, and I promise it will become more manageable. There’s always a silver lining, my friends — and the price “jump” can be more of a baby bunny hop. Think of changing your diet as a reallocation of funds.
If you are like most of us, some kind of symptom has prompted your healthy shifts (low energy, stress, illness, etc.) and you likely have been treating said symptoms with over-the-counter remedies (medicine, coffee, cigarettes, etc.). So, instead of the coffee-a-day habit (or perhaps a Target habit), funnel those funds towards healthier options and treat the cause, not the symptom. And also keep your “all or nothing” self in check. A little bit is better than none at all and better to take small, encouraging steps and let your mind, your body, and your wallet adjust.