Low fat, no fat, high protein, low carbs, juicing, raw, vegan, whole grains, gluten free, grain free…It seems as though what it means to eat “healthy” is redefined every few years. Quite frankly, it makes me question the industries that stand to gain with the latest trends. However, I do believe that we each need to figure out what is best for our bodies to thrive. What does this have to do with saving money? Everything!
What are some of your most expensive bills? Medical bills are likely to rank high up there. There are medical bills that don’t have anything to do with our diet. My 3-year old recently fell and fractured her thumb. There is no diet that could have prevented that accident. However, by and large, what we put into our bodies has a significant impact on our health…and, therefore, our medical costs.
This is the reason that we as a family buy organic as much as we can. It’s also the reason we buy as much raw, fresh foods as possible. However, for our family, one of the recent fads has turned out to be good for us and for our bank account. We discovered that we were more sensitive to gluten than we had any idea. How did we find out? Well, we just tried going gluten free to see if we’d see or feel any difference. Even though some say it could take months to feel any significant difference, it has already saved us money.
My husband used to have allergic reactions all the time. We could never narrow down the source of the allergies. It seemed to be something in the yard some times; the carpet other times; something at work. It was always something…until now. We have only recently (in the last few months) gone gluten free. And, it has made a difference for my husband and me.
Here are some of the ways we have already saved money:
1. He is recovering from being sick more quickly and, as a result, not needing to go to the doctor (to pay for the co-pay) or get a prescription (and pay for antibiotics).
2. No allergies. In the past, the allergic reactions have been bad enough that they have required doctor and even hospital visits. So, this is saving money–not to mention all the physical and emotional strain!
3. I have discovered that I’m no longer having allergic reactions to bug bites (specifically mosquito bites). This one hasn’t saved me money but has saved quite a bit of hassle in my world. 😉
How has eating healthy saved you and your family money?
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