Healthy Eating Isn't Expensive

Healthy eating is not expensive. And it doesn't even have to be a related to bargaining. It is a reality that first of all, in our heads so full of worries and conflicts, needs to go from luxury or sacrifice, to a need that can not be left aside.

One of my regular meals here in Brazil, costs only R$ 3.44, it would be a one dollar meal in comparison to an average R$ 20 meal, also in the same city I am living right now. I buy the cheapest extra virgin oil available, whole chicken breast, potatoes when on promotion and pepper in bulk.

R$ 0.90 300g sweet potatoes
R$ 1.80 300g chicken breast
R$ 0.54 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
R$ 0.10 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes

Why Should I Eat Healthy?

Some learn it in books and through various means of information that are not always available to everyone. Others copying their parents; others motivated by their favorite celebrities, and others by force, dealing with the loss of relatives, friends and acquaintances by diseases. 

Diseases, that even if they could not have been avoided, could at least be faced differently, if these individuals who suffered were not sedentary, or were already diagnosed with high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoarthritis, excess fat, diabetes, etc.

Once you truly find your reason, you will start becoming more patient with those stereotypes that will look at your food and say:

Your Aunt: I wish I could eat like this.
The Lazy Coworker: Wow! Will you eat it all?
The Philosopher: Life is much more than a body.
The Negativist: In the end, it all will come to dust, no use for that.
The Oblivious Dish Dissecator: What's that here? And here? That must be a boring life.
The Heavy Drinker/Smoker: Madness, I have no money for eating like this.
The Miraculous Dieter: I even tried to eat all of that for seven days, and nothing happened, then I gave up.
The Nostalgic Grandpa: In you age it is easy, I was also like that, now look at my belly. 
The Futuristic Extremist: Nice meal this one of yours. Next week, I'll have only chicken and water.

The list could be extended absurdly, but the idea is just to show you that anything remains impossible until you decide proving to yourself the opposite.

Once you understand the need, we then follow through a different controversial path: What is healthy? Vegetarianism, Veganism, the Protein Diet, the Zone Diet, the Low Carbohydrate Diet, the Raw Diet, the Paleo Diet, what does science say?

Science will keep changing its opinions, for every favorable study there is at least one claiming the opposite.

Take this story as a  example: I spent the last 2 months eating more carbohydrates than usual, focusing on gaining some body mass. I then started eating brown rice, but after a few bowls and clicks on Google, I found at least three different researches pointing out that white rice, although it has less nutrients, it is less harmful in the long run, because it does not contain as many pesticide remnants as the brown rice has. (1,2,3).

Until that moment, did I live believing the opposite? Yes. Did I switch to white rice? No. I just stopped eating it, because it's not something that I miss in my meals and it can also be replaced by other items. If in the future I wake feeling like eating rice,  I will probably buy an organic option, or even eat the former one, with the difference that now I know that any excess could be harmful.

But even amid so many doubts, here is what most of the diets hold in common:

Eat a variety of unprocessed foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, extra-virgin oils, herbs and many leaves. Avoiding the addition of salt and sugar. Opting for chemical, additives, preservatives free. A diet with or without the inclusion of animal products, but always meeting the nutritional needs of each individual.

Remember that nutrients refer to micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats), a variety of all of them is crucial.

If you will be going organic; eliminating rice; eating animal products or not; these are choices that do not rely on scientific studies, in my opinion or anyone else, but in your ability to be consistent with your own choices, without giving up the pleasure of eating what you like, and what you feel that is healthy for you.

That same extra slice of bacon that the doctor could say that is bad for your heart; in a moderate way, could be all you need to feel more willing to eat an over sized healthy salad.

Keep Strong. And Learning From Every Meal.