Grocery store ads
It caught my eye. The grocery store ads that screamed: Sale- Cookies – $0.99 One Day Only! Hmm. I could use my digital coupon up to five times in one transaction and get five packages. Talk about savings! That brand costs $2.59 a package! If I stock up now, I won’t have to buy any for a while.
Right underneath that was an ad for pineapple – $0.99 per whole fruit. WOW! Now that IS savings. That’s whole food packed full of vitamin C! My mind was made up and I wrote down 5 pineapples on my grocery list. No coupon needed.
Grocery store sales that aren’t worth the money
When you open the grocery store ads and see ‘Buy 10, save $5.00’, you think you’re saving money. But, these items are often not worth your money.
Buy 10 sales are usually things like cake mixes, powdered flavored drinks, soda, frozen pizza, hot dogs, energy drinks, canned soups, chips, doughnuts, cupcakes, ice cream, and microwave meals. Empty calories, added ingredients, preservatives, fake coloring, processed sugar, sodium, and…the list goes on and on.
But stop and realize that stores that make us think we are saving money by buying junk, don’t pay our medical bills. They aren’t there when the doctor tells us we have a disease in our bodies. The woman on the radio who pretends to be a “Mom” and says that she feeds her kids “all the things they love”, does not have to deal with chronic ear infections or respiratory illness and viruses that kids end up with because of poor nutrition.
It’s not worth the sale. It’s not worth poor health.
Convenience in moderation
Convenience can be wonderful when we are in a bind or simply can’t manage what is taking place in our lives right then. After having a baby, a warm casserole made with canned soup from a loved one is a God-send! When you only slept 2 hours and can’t think straight, a box of cereal helps you feed your children in the morning. If you feel horrible and can’t manage dinner, a frozen pizza may be your answer that night.
Just not every day. Everything in moderation.
But isn’t healthy food expensive?
If you have a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, you already know there are rarely coupons for these items. I stopped using coupons when we started to make food choices that were better for us about 9 years ago. I also realized that making homemade food takes the same amount of time as it does to run for take-out. It wasn’t worth it. Plus, it’s expensive!
Making an egg on the stove takes the same amount of time as it does to heat up a breakfast croissant in the microwave, (which were on sale this week). Ask yourself, which has more nourishment, which one is healthier? Let me break this down for you:
There are 55 ingredients in one sandwich.
For $4.99 I could get 4 sandwiches this week. I could also get free-range eggs for $1.99 a dozen at my local health food store. Is it worth it to consume processed food on sale?The four sandwiches would feed my kids, but they would want more – and my husband and I would have to eat something else! 10 eggs whipped up, feeds my family of 6 without anyone being hungry afterwards.
Simple changes can greatly impact your health
Starting small with simple changes in your eating can have a great impact on your health. Instead of buying those cookies, a pineapple can stretch a lot further and add some great vitamin C to your diet. Swap out chips for fresh cut veggies and a homemade dip that you like. Swap your white sugar for less processed natural sweeteners, if you use them.
Setting small goals can set us up for success in the future.
Lastly, if you aren’t sure where to start with eliminating processed foods from your diet, there are some great articles, blogs, and recipe sites out there. Do a Google search for clean eating. Start small, don’t get overwhelmed, do what you can. You’ll notice a difference, and your health will thank you for it!