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The Greatist Challenge: Eating Healthy on a Budget Week 1
There’s this idea about healthy eating: Healthy food is expensive. We have to choose between our wallets and our waistlines. This January, I’m challenging myself to prove good nutrition isn’t always costly, eating healthy and cheap all month long— and I want you to join me. I’ll be checking in each Friday in January with tips, tricks, and updates on how the challenge is going.
- I will not suffer. Food is central to my happiness. No amount of saved money or healthy eating is worth being unhappy. I will not eat any bland, repetitive, or just plain yucky food.
- $60 a week. That’s my budget for the workweek and I’m going to do my very best to stick to it. It includes my weekly groceries plus any indulgences (coffee, lunch out, etc.).
- What’s healthy? Everyone has his or her own goals, and mine may differ from yours. For me, healthy eating means a very small amount of meat (I generally don’t eat red meat), some dairy (lower fat when possible), lots of fresh fruits and veggies, a healthy serving of whole grains, and as few processed foods as possible. If your dietary goals are different, you can still follow along and tweak my habits to make them right for you.
- We all get cheat days. What happens on weekends stays on weekends (financially speaking). I’ll still aim to eat healthy, but bars and restaurants are part of my weekend fun budget, not my food budget, so they don’t count toward the $60.
- I will tell the truth, the whole truth. If a recipe stinks. If I go over-budget. If I’m sick and tired of eating leftovers. I will tell you these things.
- In the name of keeping it real… Here are a few other disclaimers: My boyfriend and I split our groceries, so that $60 budget covers my half. I do understand all the single ladies (and gents) may have a tougher time shopping for one than two, and I’ll keep that in mind when selecting recipes. Also, Greatist covers my lunches on days I’m in the office (that’s three days a week). For those who don’t have a fully stocked fridge at work, I’ll do my best to offer plenty of other lunch alternatives.
How to Follow Along
This journey isn’t all about me. I want anyone and everyone to join me on this adventure. Tweet at me, email, comment, and let me know how you’re doing with your healthy eating challenge! Here’s how to get all the Greatist Challenge deets.
- Twitter. Follow me @kellyannefitz and I’ll tweet at least daily about my cheap eating triumphs (and failures?).
- Tumblr. Head over to the Greatist Tumblr to get a cheap and healthy recipe from me every day Monday through Friday.
- Right here on Greatist. Check out my weekly posts (on Fridays) to get my shopping list and see what I’ll be cooking in the upcoming week.
Welcome to the Greatist Challenge!
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Definitely following a long with this one. This should be a great one for any young professional in an expensive city.You do have two distinct advantages going in though.1) Meat/fish based proteins are usually the most expensive grocery items2) You're a woman, and likely don't need as many calories
@RodzillaReviews Very true on both counts! I do eat seafood though, and I want to make that a part of the routine this month (you can check out this week's menu at team.greatist.com). Plus, I'm splitting groceries 50-50 with my boyfriend, so that'll even things out just a bit— a guy might spend slightly more, a girl slightly less.
Oh,What an content you have provided here!Definitely following a long with this one. This should be a great one for any young professional in an expensive city.
Kelly -- I actually spend less than that per week for both me and my husband, so it's definitely doable. I rarely buy processed foods and buy a lot of veggies, chicken, dairy, etc. I have a host of allergies that prevent me from getting my fat from more nutritional sources (such as nuts and avocados), so most of my fat intake comes from dairy. I dress everything up with a lot of exotic spices, homemade sauces and curries :)
@Wellness_Chick WOW! I am very impressed. So far we only spent $67 on groceries for the two of us, so it's going way better than I'd expected— but I'm planning on going out for lunch at least once. Not sure where you are, but NYC grocery prices are crazy, though. I almost fainted the first time I went grocery shopping here.
I can't wait to follow along! Grocery budgeting is something I struggle with a lot, but it's an ongoing goal for me to get my bill down!