I strongly believe that healthy eating requires time and effort. It requires time to plan out the week’s worth of meals, time to collate a shopping list, time to purchase groceries, and effort to prepare meals. Though this may be ‘costly’, choosing healthier options doesn’t always equal $$$! It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Just like anything you’ve set your mind to accomplishing – going to the gym, being more time efficient, saving up money – meal planning and preparation requires commitment and practice.
I spend a fair bit of time reeducating my clients about the importance of developing these skills; to train themselves to plan ahead and essentially be aware of their food environment and to make opting for healthier options the norm rather than the exception. In doing so, there is no pressing need to eliminate certain food groups and one can actually enjoy food rather than be afraid to eat it!
Pictured above is an example of my typical grocery basket – plenty of variety and colour. This will supply me with a week’s worth of breakfasts, snacks, about 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Total cost? ~$50.00AUD
Not pictured: a mixture of nuts, seeds and milk which I already have stocked up in my pantry.