Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: How Much is Your Food Bill?

"God, I can push the grass apart and put my finger on Thy heart."  
                                    --Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet (1891-1950)

Radish microgreens from Zesty Fox Farms

Daikon radish and red potatoes (Aunt Zoraida's farm), honeybells (Schacht Groves)
and hydroponic tomatoes (Pure Produce Farm)
One of my favorite conversations with parents starts like this, “We can’t afford to eat healthy.” 

Recently, I had lunch with a health professional who said she and her husband had adopted a vegetarian way of eating before having their first child.  They have since resumed eating meat, chicken, and other foods from animals.  Now with two young children, they are saving to buy a home.  

In the process of looking at their budget, they have been amazed to learn how much more money they spend on food now that they are eating animal products compared to when they were vegetarians.  My friend’s comment was, “We had no idea it was so expensive to eat meat.  We are seriously thinking of going back to being vegetarians.”

There are so many health benefits to a plant-based way of eating, with its focus on fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.  Next time you go shopping, compare the price of a pound of lentils vs a pound of beef.  As my friend and her husband learned, it is expensive to eat meat.

Maybe we can't afford not to eat healthy...

With love and gratitude,
Nancy L. Heinrich, MPH
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.