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How to Eat Healthy on A Budget by a Toronto Naturopath

Posted By on 10 September 2019

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Beware buying at the grocery store,
Beware buying at the grocery store,

Be aware of what you are buying at the grocery store.

Most of us know, just from our own experiences trying to buy healthy fresh food that simply sustaining ourselves with the groceries that we need to get through the week has become ridiculously expensive. A report from City News in 2018 told us that price of groceries of all kinds has risen sky high. According to The Huffington Post   If you have been purchased organic produce or products you may have been stopped in your tracks by the fact that these healthy items, often recommended by a dietician or nutritionist as part of a healing protocol, are as much as 20% to 60% more expensive than non-organic groceries.

Plan to Shop Once a Week

Our culture encourages people to just stop by at any store and splurge on groceries when the impulse hits us. However this does not work in terms of saving money because spending time in a grocery store encourages most people to blow their purchases on an impulse buy. If you now shop three times a week, try reducing it to once a week. If you become really good at conserving food and making do with what groceries you have by cooking at home then you can save a lot of money. The bottom line is the less time you spend in a grocery store or natural foods store, the less likely you are to blow money on food.

Buy Dried Goods in Bulk

Buying in bulk can save a great deal of money, especially if you are buying lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, corn, quinoa and rice. Take the time to soak beans and pulses instead of buying cans. Not only will you save more than a dollar on most purchases you will be consuming signifigantly less sodium per serving.

As a naturopath with an integrated practice that includes a dietician, I realize that following a healing or special diet had become prohibitive in terms of expense for some individuals, so I have come up with the following tips on how to save money while you shop for organic or healthy produce or groceries.

Go to Your Farmer’s Market Instead of Natural Health Store

In Ontario it is possible to go to a farmer’s market and get fresh fruits and vegetables and even organic vegetables for signifigantlly less money then if you bought the same produce at a supermarket. It is also likely that the food is fresher and more nutritious than the types of fruits and vegetables that sold at a discount chain store. Sometimes, the cheaper the produce, the more overripe and less nutritious it is because it has been sitting in the produce bins for weeks or even months.

Limit Your Spending By Paying Cash Only

Part of setting a budget for what you can spend on food could start with making a list of what to buy and then sticking specifically to the items on that list that were prescribed to you by a dietician or naturopath.  Avoid any temptations,  usually placed on the outskirts of the store aisles and stick to your plan to only shop for what is on your list.

Grow An Organic Garden

One of the least expensive ways to manage to eat produce in season is to grow your own organic garden. Of course this is impossible for individuals that do not have a back yard, and gardening can be a lot of work for individuals suffering from an illness. Still it is one of the cheapest and most economical ways to stay in control of your diet is to be selective about the produce that you plant and stay out of the grocery and natural health food stores for good.

Finally, the diet that is ultimately the least expensive for you is the one that supports your general health, and there are ways to definitely determine what type of foods you should be eating to support your overall well being as well as engage with naturopathic testing, infrared blood analysis and vitamin drip therapy. Visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website to look at a comprehensive list of services and products at www.pinewoodhealth.ca or call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about any of the many services that we offer including weight loss, infrared blood analysis, acupuncture, mesotherapy, homeopathy and naturopathic services.

 

 

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