How are we going to eat foods that are really healthy and keep within our budget at the same time? Aren’t healthy foods costly?
In this post, you’ll discover what foods are healthy and what foods most folks THINK are healthy but which we should really avoid.
With so much information out there telling us what ‘healthy’ foods we should be eating, it’s challenging to say the least.
Who do we listen to? Who can we trust?
Which Healthy Foods should we eat?
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With in-depth research, I’ve found it’s possible to eat healthy foods even on a tight budget.
I came across Steven R. Gundry MD, a renowned top heart surgeon and author. He’s also Tony Robbins’s personal doctor and long term friend.
Dr Gundry discovered the ONE thing hiding in our foods that’s wrecking havoc on our health.
‘The Plant Paradox’, his New York Times Bestseller, explains why we should avoid eating certain plant-based foods and which ones are better for us. Click on pic below to learn more.
For someone who has always assumed that vegetables and fruits are good for our bodies, this has been an eye-opener.
If you want to adopt a healthy lifestyle by losing weight and getting more energized every day, Dr Gundry has brilliant resources to help you. Take a look below.
Who’s the villain hiding in our plants?
Plants contain lectins. It’s their way of protecting themselves as they’re not able to avoid or escape from predators.
Among other things, lectins cause many health problems like the Leaky Gut Syndrome, heartburn, tiredness, inflammation and weight gain in humans.
So which plants should we avoid?
Simple. Those that contain the most lectins!
I’ve included a list below for you.
Foods to avoid or reduce:
–Beans, legumes and some types of nuts
Reduce your intake of beans, peas, lentils, and ‘nuts’ like peanuts and cashews.
-Grains including gluten-free grains
Here’s the interesting bit. Dr Gundry recommends white flour over wheat.
Who likes eating wheat bread anyway? They’re so tough to swallow.
-Vegetables like squash, pumpkins, and zucchini
(Technically any vegetables with seeds are considered fruits).
We can still include pumpkins and squash in our diet as they’re nutritious and economical, especially in winter.
We just have to remove the seeds and peels of these foods as they’re are full of lectins.
Remove them before cooking to be on the safe side.
These include vegetables like eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes.
Nooo. . . I can’t live without potato chips!
But thankfully, there’re ways around this which I’ll explain later. Did I hear a sigh of relief?
These plants have tons of lectins in their peels and seeds.
This makes sense as the leaves and stems of the tomato plant are toxic except the fruit.
Besides, you really need to wait for the tomato to turn red before eating them.
Potatoes that have turned green are toxic too. It’s best to remove their skins.
What can you do if they’re your favorite foods?
To reduce the lectins in these foods, there’re 4 main ways.
I’ve included these products below for your convenience. Just click on their pictures to learn more.
1. Peel them. This handy little tool below should do the trick.
2. Remove their seeds.
3. Use a pressure cooker.
4. Ferment them.
This Easy Fermenter set below has a 4 and a half star rating from more than 1,500 customers!
It comes highly recommended as Amazon’s Choice.
Other foods to reduce/avoid
-Corn and corn-fed meats that are ‘free-range
Mm… I’ve always thought all free-range meats are safer. If you want to lose weight, cut out the corn ASAP.
-A1 milk and organic A1 milk
Well, a few thousand years ago, cows from Northern Europe experienced mutation in their genes.
This affected their milk causing them to contain lectin-like qualities. Drinking this type of milk can cause an immune attack.
It seems that drinking organic milk won’t help our health either. The good news is you’ll save money by not having to buy this type of organic milk.
So what healthy foods can we eat on a budget?
Here’s the list below
A2 milk comes from Southern European cows which didn’t undergo the genetic mutation.
Tubers like sweet potatoes and taro root are cost-effective, and packed with minerals and vitamins.
Being high in fiber, they’re also good for your gut health.
Leafy greens like lettuce, mesclun, spinach, parsley, bok choy, Chinese cabbage and seaweed are also excellent for your health.
Make sure you buy them in season to save.
Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower are great too.
Caution: Those who suffer from eczema should avoid broccoli and spinach as they contain salicylates and amines which promote incredible itch.
Mr MMT’s painful experience is proof of this.
Other nutritious veges include garlic, onions, mushrooms and celery.
It’s best to buy organic celery as they can be heavily sprayed with pesticides.
I prefer purple onions to white as they contain anthocyanins which help prevent cell damage and keep our hearts healthy.
Some may argue that avocados contain fat and eating them makes us fat.
Yes, they do contain fat. But. . . it’s the good type of fat – monounsaturated fat to be exact.
So, it doesn’t make us fatter unless we add on other types of fat on top of eating it.
Eating avocados helps us to lose weight because they also contain soluble fiber that makes us feel full for much longer.
– Seasonal fruits
It’s cheaper to buy fruits that are in season.
Don’t gorge yourself though, as it can cause a spike in your blood sugar.
What I like about eating fruits in season is it’s easier on your budget.
Another added benefit is it reduces the carbon footprint. Our environment doesn’t suffer the additional brunt of pollution during transportation.
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil made from cold-pressed olives, is full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, vitamin E, iron, and more.
Just like avocados, it contains monounsaturated fats and polyphenols, antioxidants that are excellent for our health.
Polyphenols also helps to reduce inflammation.
I heard of an elderly lady who managed to reduce her joint pain substantially after taking a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil on a daily basis.
Note: This is not medical advice. Check with your medical advisor.
Eat berries like blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries and strawberries in moderation. I prefer to buy organic ones as they are free from pesticides.
-White rice and white flour
According to Dr Gundry, it’s better to eat white rice rather than brown rice, as the hull of rice grains contains lectins.
In the case of bread, choose healthier versions of white bread, like those with higher fiber.
How do we keep to our budget?
Below are practical tips that will help you to eat these healthy foods on a tight budget.
#1 Buy veges and fruits in season.
#2 Buy frozen veges and fruits when they’re not in season.
#3 Buy in bulk when they’re in season and freeze them.
I’ve also hunted for great online discounts for you.
#4 For those who love shopping online, order your produce fresh from online markets like Amazon.
Amazon also offers you a chance to try Prime Pantry Free for 30 days. You’ll get to choose from a great selection of low-priced items. Click here to learn more.
#5 You can also opt to buy nutritious, organic foods at great discounts from Thrive Market.
They make healthy living affordable for you.
#6 Grow fruits and veges in your garden or pots.
#7 Join a community garden.
#8 Exchange fresh produce with friends, relatives, workmates or neighbors.
#9 Visit farmer’s markets.
#10 Buy from country roadside stands.
#11 Keep a permanent shopping list of items that you’ll always need when you shop in supermarkets and keep an eye out for specials.
As you can see, eating healthy on a tight budget is still possible. Dr Gundry’s advice is ideal for you if you’re keen to lose weight and boost your energy levels.
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