We know that eating well can be an investment when compared to the mass-produced convenience foods that are readily available (and often on Sale in the standard grocery aisle). But we KNOW this investment can actually benefit your pocketbook. Here we will explore this concept in a series of parts coming to our newsletters and blog!
What eating "WELL" means: Science has proven that eating: less processed foods, more whole or complex grains, grass-fed ruminant meat and pasture-raised chicken and pork (produced naturally), wild caught fish, locally produced fruits and vegetables (also produced naturally) is better for our overall health and contributes to the avoidance and even reversal of many illnesses. Locally produced foods, grown with good soil practices, are often more fresh and higher in nutritional value. We believe that local, raw, and grass-fed dairy, also has exceptional health benefits but mass production of these products can be unsafe: All the better reason to buy local!
With these as your guidelines for what eating "well" means let's explore how to save our hard-earned dollars!
1. Avoiding Illness and spending on vitamins and supplements.
The cost of medical care is a heated topic for many Americans, as the cost of medical care, medical insurance, and medications continue to rise. Spending on Healthcare has been projected to rise to $15, 000 per person per year by 2023 based on national trends. Vitamins and Supplements purchased with the intention of protecting and improving your health can easily cost $10-$40 for a month's supply and many have absorption rates as low as 30%.
Luckily, the foods that you eat can positively affect all aspects of health and even reverse illness. Foods higher in antioxidants can help reduce your risks of developing cancer. While foods high in Omega-3's can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. These are three of the most prevalent chronic illnesses in the United States, and can be avoided through diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices.
(Health is complex! We know that factors that contribute to health are diverse and include things that are outside of our control. Hello, genetics! We are in no way attempting to shame individuals who suffer from any form of illness and only believe in taking all the precautions that we can control)
You can find concentrated levels of antioxidants in dark, colorful, fruits and veggies and in Microgreens!
Omega-3's are higher in grass-fed beef and lamb and pasture-raised chicken, turkey, and pork than their commercial counterparts!
Take a bite out of medical cost scares with local, fresh, superfoods that taste much better than a flintstone vitamin!