almost ten ways to eat healthily on a budget

This is just my thinkings, but all you need to buy if you want to be healthy is fruit, vegetables, some grains and some (preferably pasture-fed) meat if you’re into that. When people say that they can’t eat healthily because they’re poor/povo/on a budge/can’t find healthy stuffs I don’t like it!!!

Its so so easy to be healthy on a budgey. I’m an art student! (pff lame). Here are (almost ten) tips n trix:

  1. Shop at your local farmer’s market – easy peasy lemon squeezy. Admittedly, it helps living a stones throw from Portobello markets but to be honest fruit and veg just aint that expensive.

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2. Eat in! – not only is it (more than) likely going to be healthier, its cheaaap and cheerful. I have recipes on my blog but also there are miiillions of good online recipes. (ourbodybook.com is a fave). + LEFTOVERS (oww daang)

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3. Have a kitchen garden – how sweet! I grow some of my own herbs and apart from anything else, its so nice having a cold glass bottle of mint water in my fridge at all times.

4. Buy once and regrow – I don’t know why this isn’t a bigger deal but you can actually grow celery out of a celery bunch base. These are the instructions from my book: “take the bottom base of a bunch of celery and place it, cut side facing up, in a bowl of warm water near a sunny window (change the water every two days). In about five to seven days you will see yellow, then green, leaves sprouting. At this point, you can put the celery into a container with soil covering all but the small new leaves. Water generously and watch the new celery grow! Lettuce and bok choy can be regrown in much the same way” – if you want to know more about regrowing veges drop me a comment/email, I’d be glad to do the research.

5. Make a packed lunch – 🙂

6. Make your own snacks and treats – nuts and seeds are good for you and yummy. Make trail mix at home!!! I love trail mix.

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7. Keep your fridge and pantry organized – stuffs otherwise just gonna get old and living creatures will start to play in it.

8. Eat less? – I think you’ll find if you fill yourself up with fats from coconut oil, nuts and olive oil, you will feel a lot more satisfied and won’t need your evening serving of chocolate or similar.

9. The dirty dozen – these are the fruit and veg you must buy organic as they absorb pesticides the most. If you cant afford it, don’t bother with any of the others. Apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, capsicum (bell peppers if you’re weird), nectarines, cucumbers, tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers and blueberries.

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Hungry For Change – A Food Matters Film

My friend Lucy is an absolute kook. However, I know that Lucy spends a lot of time on netflix (whilst making her clothes) and, sharing a similar interest in health and its relationship with the mind, Lucy recommended a documentary to me the other day that will change your LIFE.

It was a few years ago now that i made the change to healthy, organic, CLEAN living (eurrrrgghhh also have the most AGGRAVATING article to share with you later about ‘clean living’) this documentary still made me feel super inspired and amaze after i finished watching it.

here is lucy being weird (far right)

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AAAAANYway, the documentary is called ‘Hungry for Change’ and it was made by FOODMATTERS (http://foodmatters.tv) and is available on Netflix and iTunes.

Hungry For Change Official Home Page – A Food Matters Film.

(from the website)

In Hungry For Change You Will Learn

  • How to navigate your supermarket – what to buy and what to avoid
  • The real truth behind “DIET”, “SUGAR-FREE” and “FAT-FREE” products
  • How to overcome food addictions and cravings
  • Why fad diets don’t work
  • What food additives to avoid and how to read labels
  • What is fat and cellulite and how do we get rid of it for good
  • The most effective detox and cleansing strategies, and
  • How to eat for clear eyes, glowing skin and healthy hair

While a lot of these things are to do with weight gain/loss, Lucy and I didn’t watch the documentary for either of these reasons. The reason we found it so appealing is because it goes into the fine details of why we feel like we do when we eat certain foods, why we feel differently when we eat healthily and feel happier when we are nourished. I’m sorry if this sounds like a weird preach to the choir but this is something i feel so strongly about and I just want everyone to feel geeeewwwwdddddd.

Please for the love of clompch please watch this.

STAY ALKALINE MY FRIENDS

Favourite Books

Three of my favourite books I read over the (southern) summer were Hippies In The City by Rita Balshaw, Empower Yourself by Miranda Kerr and The Body Book by Cameron Diaz.

Hippies In The City:

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Rita is one of the LOVELIEST people I have ever met. Her book is the perfect “guide to natural urban living” .  Rita wrote the book to help teach people how to have a holistic lifestyle whilst living in urban areas. Its filled with loads of tips and tricks and quirky drawings. Rita works at Perfect Potion in Bondi Junction (Sydney) where you can buy the book and grab yourself some DEEEELICIOUS herbal teas which she kindly let me try out. Let her know you read this post and she might give you a tasty sample. Also check out her website! www.hippiesinthecity.com 

Empower Yourself:

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A lot of people don’t agree with Miranda Kerr and her morals or what not but her first book, Treasure Yourself, changed my life. I can’t give enough credit to it, I’ve read it about 4/5 times now and every time it makes me feel SO DAMN GOOD… I recommend it highly. Anyway, I felt obliged to read her second book and whilst its not as good as the first it was still VERY ENLIGHTENING. The books pages consist of daily affirmations Miranda believes in and a short explanation on how to integrate the belief into your day. V nice stuff (GREAT bath read)

The Body Book.

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And last but definitely not least, my third favourite book I read over the summer was The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. While a lot of health related books are quite airy fairy, this book goes further into the science behind healthy/holistic living. It discusses things like hormones and chemical reactions in the body which for some people is a lot easier to understand. I loved this book and it was SUPER informative. Im going to read it again very soon. (Nicola, I want it back)

Clompch 🙂

All Green Nori Rolls

I don’t really like seaweed that much but I gave it a go and loved what I made. yaay. ImageImage

You can put any type of vegetables in nori but I stuffed mine with avocado, alfalfa, mung, clover, snow pea sprouts, rocket, green capsicum and cucumber. To make the rolls you literally wet the nori slightly (i just use wet hands) and wrap the contents up. You can serve with sesame oil or soy sauce but both mixed together with a little bit of chilli is my favourite.

Sprouts like mung beans and alfalfa, are good sources of protein, vitamin A, niacin and calcium, making them advantageous for your muscles, skin, metabolism and bone health and increasing the amount of green vegetables in your diet can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 14%

My Foood

People are often asking me what my ‘food philosophy’ is.

After getting loads of stomach infections and weird sicknesses when I was younger I had to stop eating dairy, refined sugar and gluten/wheat and I haven’t really gone back since after seeing how much better I felt.

I EAT MEAT. I love meat. I eat loads of grass-fed beef (another post will be up on that soon), chicken and fish. I eat loads of grains, good fats (avocados, nuts, oils), fruit and vegetables and I’m certainly not vegan. But I love vegan recipes and understand that people have their beliefs about certain things. I will never eat meat from somewhere that I don’t know is safe and ethical.

I hope this answers everyone’s questions but feel free to message me about anything anytime. woo.

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