The Greatist Challenge: Eating Healthy on a Budget

One of my 2016 goals is to not only get back on track with my fitness but to cut back on eating out and making more healthy meals.

I was scrolling the Greatist website and came across this lovely challenge.

The original post can be found here.

I figured this would be a great way to jump start my 2016 goals. Plus I’m always using the same excuse that healthy food is expensive. So this January I’m going to challenge myself to stick to a budget of $60 and purchase healthy and nutritious food. Each Saturday I will recap my week by sharing my ups and downs.

So here are the rules:

  • 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. – This statement was made by the original blogger but I totally agree. I WILL NOT SUFFER from bland 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.). – Again I agree with this rule. I am cutting back on lunch out and buying tea from Starbucks.
  • What’s healthy? Everyone has his or her own goals, and mine may differ from yours. For me, healthy eating means a reasonable amount of meat (I generally don’t eat red meat), some dairy (non fat when possible), lots of fresh fruits and veggies, a healthy serving of whole grains, and as few processed foods as possible. My main concern is cutting out the sweets and controlling those cravings.
  • We all get cheat days. My main concern is cutting out the sweets and controlling those cravings. With that being said, I’m human and realize that during the weekend I will have days that will cause me to go over my $60 budget.
  • 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. – Totally agree with Kelly on this one. I will practice writing down and sharing my frustrations.
  • In the name of keeping it real… A few of my groceries are often paid for by my grandparents because they help out with my son. However, I will be honest about what things I purchased and what things were purchased for me.

That’s it…seems doable right?

You can follow along with my progress on these platforms:

Twitter/Instagram: @errickanicholle

SnapChat: @erricuhh

Peace and Love ❤


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