Man doesn’t live to eat. Man (and woman) eat to live. So, why would I ever cut my food bill? Which is exactly what most people do when they think they have to get their finances in order. Eating cheaper or less expensive foods is not going to make your life any brighter or balanced. Yet people consistently insist on eating crap; buying day old bread, almost expired meats and poultry, dumpster dive or fill up on carbs as a means to make their ends meet.
Do you think that’s a wise decision to make? Jeopardize the one thing in this world that keeps you alive and healthy? Eating!
The first thing Dave Ramsey advises people to do when they are having trouble paying their bills is to “Eat beans and rice. Rice and beans.” We all know what Dave Ramsey meant by that. You’re to open up a can of cheap, salty beans and dump it over a plate of white rice. That’s right. Punish yourself because you can’t pay your bills. Now, Dave Ramsey is stepping back from that incorrect advice. Eating only beans and rice will lead to other nutritional deficiencies. Ramsey’s telling his listeners that what he meant was people should start eating less expensive meals. Really? Beans and rice is a metaphor, Dave says, for taking your lifestyle to scorched earth.
‘Eating poor’ is not going to make you richer, healthier nor give you a long, happy life. In fact, ‘eating poor’ is going to do just the opposite. It’s going to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more unhealthy you eat, the quicker you will earn less money, the sicker you will become, the more you will spend on health care or just plain die at a younger age.
What you should be doing is cutting your other bills and increasing your food bill when times get tough. In reality, you should be eating the best foods available ALL the time. That means buying organic, farm-to-table when possible, eating fresh vegetables, fruits and a daily green salad, good cuts of meat, poultry and fish
Don’t think you can’t afford to eat well. Personally, I think you can’t afford NOT to eat well! Stop buying the junk and the crap. Stop going out to eat in restaurants or fast food joints (where the food is heavily salted and laden in fats and other unhealthy ingredients). Get thee to your own kitchen, start preparing your own meals and channel your budget to prioritizing good food instead.
When I go food shopping I have a list. I know what I want and I want to eat healthy and well. I load up my cart and don’t think about what I am spending. I have a budget in mind but should I go over, I cut from another category. I never cut from my food budget. For the past few months I have been trying to get my budget in balance. I mistakenly tried to cut my food budget down but soon realized after a few weeks that doing so was near impossible. There’s a priceless value to eating good and well. To take my good health for granted would be a serious mistake I’m not willing to make. Nor should you.
Look at the people who are giving you food advice. With all of Dave Ramsey’s millions, does he look like the epitome of good health? He’s overweight and bald. He’s got a paunch gut on him even a girdle couldn’t contain! If there are women out there claiming to reduce your grocery spending by having you dine on two nickles, take a good look at those women. If they’ve been suffering from life long health issues, I’d run in the opposite direction away from their advice .
I may be a few pounds overweight but who’s to say those extra pounds aren’t contributing to my strength and vigor? Every single time I go to a doctor for a check up, all my tests come back negative. I’m healthy as an ox. I very rarely get sick and I am very, very strong. I didn’t get to be like this by eating rice and beans, expired meats and poultry, day old breads, bruised fruits and vegetables, dumpster diving or from eating cheap crap. Am I eating filet mignon or lobster every day? Nope. I’m just using my good intelligence and eating simply and well.
For me, there’s no price tag connected to maintaining my good health. That’s why I’ll never cut my food bill ever again. Hubby and I can comfortably spend $500+ a month on good food for the both of us and that is exactly what we are going to keep doing.
Live well and prosper, my friend. Live well and prosper.
Here are just some of the many different and variable foods hubby and I have prepared over the past few years. We won’t be stopping any time soon. When you have a meal at our home, it’s top shelf. Enjoy!