I constantly hear people complain about how expensive it is to eat healthy and how they are unable to eat healthy because it costs too much. I hear it over and over again, and it honestly frustrates me.

“Well, I can’t eat healthy because it’s too expensive. Whenever I go to a store to buy anything healthy – whether it’s vegetables or the leaner cuts of meat – it’s always more expensive.”

Let’s take a moment to think about it.

Let’s take a moment to talk about options.

You can easily go get ten nuggets at a certain fast food restaurant for as little as $1.49. But, if you wanted to get a salad, it’s probably going to cost you $5.00 or $6.00. People will usually say, “Well, I would rather pay $1.00 for those ten nuggets as opposed to paying $5.00 or $6.00 for a salad.”

It simply doesn’t balance out, right?

Now, let’s talk about the cost of not eating healthy.

When you’re not eating healthy, you’re most likely going to gain weight which can eventually lead to a whole range of health issues. When you have health issues, you often need to take certain medications, and you’re usually required to go to the doctor’s office on a regular basis. We’re looking at copays. We’re looking at prescriptions. We’re looking at a variety of medical expenses.

But the price you pay for not eating healthy doesn’t end there. When you’re gaining weight, you tend to need bigger clothes. Of course, you’ll need to update your wardrobe, and that’s going to cost you extra. Plus-sized clothing usually costs one or two dollars more than regular sizes – even if they’re the exact same item. I personally think it’s unfair that shops charge more for bigger clothes, but it is what it is.

Now that your clothes are bigger, when you’re washing your clothes, you can’t fit as many items in the washer and dryer as you were able to before. As a result, your utility bill and water bill go up. It all adds up!

At the end of the day, there are a lot of hidden costs that people don’t take into consideration when it comes to eating healthy versus not eating healthy. Wouldn’t you rather pay that extra dollar for the fruits and vegetables instead of going for the French fries that’ll only make you gain weight and feel like crap afterwards?

Sure, the French fries taste good. I’m not going to lie. In fact, anybody that knows me knows that I love potatoes, especially French fries. But we always have to think about doing the thing that is best for you, your body, and your overall fitness.

Am I saying that you should never eat things that might be considered unhealthy? Absolutely not. Just make sure to do everything in moderation. It’s all about balance. Anybody who’s ever worked for me knows that I truly believe in balance.

Do not limit yourself to what you can do as far as saving money to be healthy. This is exactly why I like giving people as many tips as possible. I love being able to give you different alternatives that can help you adopt a healthier lifestyle versus an unhealthy lifestyle.

Have a good day, everybody!

Remember, fitness is fun, but it’s NOT a game.