How to save £ without compromising nutrients
How many avocados does it take to buy a house? This excellent BBC article published today highlights one of the most important aspects of wellbeing - and a topic that is increasingly cast aside by the glamorous wellbeing bloggers of Instagram- that is FINANCIAL WELLBEING. Finances are one of the top reasons for stress and suicidal ideation (Shin et al. 2017). Most of the earnings of my 20s were frittered away on food - from organic to superfoods to the latest shakes and supplements, without a thought on the health impacts of an empty wallet. So, here are some of my quick tips on how to save on your food buying without compromising your nutrients:
1. Buy in bulk e.g. Boxes of veggies rather than one at a time (also saves on packaging)
2. Buy direct from local farms - more common and accessible than you might think. All it takes is a question to the farmer to see if they'd be willing to sell you products direct
3. Choose local wild/line-caught fish rather than organic sourced from (e.g.) Norway where the fish will probably be organically farmed rather than wild anyway
4. Having a day a week of just veggies means you reduce waste and the cost of one meal's expenditure of meat/fish
5. Avoid "Whole Foods" store and other "health food" shops which will sell you all the latest, most expensive health fads you don't need.
6. Buy online - where deals and bulk buys can be easier to see.
7. Avoid the latest superfoods - if it's been in the papers recently then you can guarantee you'll be paying extra (the past 8 years has seen the cost of blueberries, quinoa, kale and avocado double and more). Some ways of avoiding superfoods are: