There are so many health and fitness fads that have taken the world by storm in the last few decades that it’s hard to keep up! We all know there is always some new craze everyone is talking about whether it is a diet plan or new super food. One thing that not many people may realize is that having a healthy lifestyle may be doing serious damage to your bank account. Believe me, I’m guilty of this myself. I have listed out 5 ways your healthy lifestyle is making you broke and these come from my own experience as a person who strives for healthy living and as a holistic nutritionist that has worked with clients aiming for better health.
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Guilty! I totally bought into the weight loss shake fad a few years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t out peddling false information or claiming these shakes did anything they didn’t really do. The weight loss shakes that I drank and promoted worked amazingly when it came to weight loss.
The thing is, there is always some new, fast way to shed pounds or some new souped-up supplements to help transform your bod and they may very well work, but they could end up being far more expensive than you bargained for.
Another one I’m totally guilty of! You may remember reading about how I used to blow $500 in one week’s worth of grocery shopping. The main struggle was superfoods! I wanted them all. I loved learning about all the health benefits offered through healthy seeds, syrups, and veggies.
Just like that “shop-a-holic” in me had to realize there was always a sale and I wasn’t really getting anything special, that health nut in me had to realize there was always a new superfood. There was no way I could ever stay caught up.
You know how they say, “Don’t shop on an empty stomach?” While that is totally true, it’s also crucial not to shop without a plan and a limited amount of spending money! Before you step foot in the store, it’s so much wiser to go in with a game plan. This way you can make the most of the food you have at home, avoid over-spending and avoiding wandering the grocery aisles until they are yelling at you over the loudspeaker to “GO HOME.”
I am an avid gym-goer; I have been ever since Tom and I met over 10 years ago. BUT…are you? Be honest with yourself when it comes to your gym membership. Having a goal to lose weight or get in shape is great but if you are already feeling over-committed in other areas of your life, a gym membership may not be for you. In fact, sometimes just good ‘ol fashioned outdoor exercise is the best way to go! Tom and I went hiking on our 10 year anniversary/vow renewal and I found myself feeling totally refreshed. There is something soul changing about being outdoors and you can get a workout in while you do it!
Yeah, this one sounds weird, but hear me out. Because these diet fads just keep coming at us, often times it’s hard to pick one to stick with. You want to try paleo so you buy all the new flours and throw out all cheese.
Then you decide maybe keto is the way to go which requires new flours and boat-loads of cheese. So you head back to the store and stock up.
Trust me, I went through a month or so span of stomach troubles and I couldn’t stop myself long enough to actually let one way of eating take hold. I was in stress over-load trying to cure all of my problems without actually letting any of the potential diet solutions stick.
Never fear! There are still healthy food fads that might wind up saving you money!