Something I’ve been wondering about for some time now, even though I think I already know the answer, is how to successfully eat healthy when you are extremely low on money. Now by low on money I don’t mean you have to cut out one of your daily breakfast trips so that you can afford the upgraded cable package you just switched to. When I say low on money I mean you’re having to do everything you can to get as much extra money as you can so you can at least maybe pay half of some of your bills. When you’re in a situation like that, how do you eat healthy. Most of the time in those situations I can see people eating less, a lot less, and while that might help lose weight, it’s still not very healthy. The other downside is that from what I’ve seen, the healthier foods tend to cost a bit more than the unhealthier foods. If you don’t buy into all the organic hype, you still pay more for “Lite,” “Low Fat,” “Low Sugar,” or Diet stuff, and if you do like “Organic” stuff, well your just sunk. It’s much cheaper to live off peanut butter (not the natural kind, but the high sugar, high fat store brand kind), white bread, hot dogs and cheap sandwhich meat, but all of that stuff is high in either fat, sugar, bad carbs, cholesterol, or any of the other things that go against a healthy diet. What’s a person to do when they can’t afford to eat “healthy?”
I thought maybe growing your own vegetables could help, maybe taking up hunting and killing your own meat. Those are options, but they still require money, and when it’s not coming in, it’s hard to do anything. So does anyone out there have an opinion on this? What would you do in this situation? Would you eat what’s healthy for your body, maybe spend a little more, and skimp even more on your bills, or would you eat what’s healthy for your budget, maybe put on a few pounds, until you get everything back under control?