As demands have risen for cheap food over the lats few decades or more, it does mean that a lot of the food that we now have offered to us is poor quality. This could be part of the reason why we are getting less healthy and it means that if we can improve the situation with regards to the quality of food that we are eating, then we could get healthier as well. The main problem is though, that it seems that better quality is more expensive. Although it is possible to have a good diet on a budget, if you want really high quality food then it could be the case that you will have to pay more for it. It is worth remembering that quality does not always indicate healthier though, it still depends on which specific foods you are buying. However, if you do want higher quality, then you will have to come up with a plan of how you will be able to afford it.
It might be a case of starting by eating less. For example, if you want quality meat, then maybe pay out what you normally do for meat but have smaller portions and fill up with cheaper vegetables. If you want to eat out at higher quality restaurants then eat out less often. There are some exceptions, but most of us eat more than we need. We will often eat foods which are low in nutrients as well and therefore tend not to nourish our bodies that well. If we can switch to foods that are better quality and more nutritious then we may not feel the need to eat so much. There are some theories that people become overweight because they are not getting enough nutrients in the food that they are eating and therefore tend to crave food because their body needs nutrients but if they do not eat nutritious foods they keep wanting more and more. Reasons for each individual being overweight or obese are extremely complex and there are many possible explanations and for most people there are likely to be many reasons. However, if you do make sure that you are having nutritious food then you are helping your body and hopefully you will not feel the need to eat so much.
Choose cheaper sellers
You may find that you will be able to go to a cheaper place for your food and therefore have a bit more money to spend on more quality items. Most supermarkets, for example, have a big range of different food. If you like certain brands of food, then it is likely that you will be able to save money at a cheaper retailer as they will probably stock that brand for less. It is worth comparing prices and there is a website called mysupermarket.co.uk where you can do this. It will allow you to see if you can switch to a different store and save a significant amount of money. Of course, you might want to switch to a more expensive shop as you feel they will offer better quality and if this is the case then you will need to free up money elsewhere.
Spend less elsewhere
It could therefore be wise to take a look at your spending on other things. You need to think about what you are buying and whether you could perhaps buy cheaper items in other areas that you spend money. Comparing prices is always wise, to see whether you could pay less. Of course, it might be that you will need to buy less instead or possibly as well, depending on what sort of things you are buying.
It can be worth having a look at all of things that you normally buy and working out what you might be prepared to cut down on so that you will be able to afford better quality food. We tend to all buy a few treats and those are the sorts of things that we may need to go without.
If going without is not something that you are prepared to do then it might be that you will need to think about how to earn more money instead. This can be a harder prospect, but depending on what you do and how much time you have, it is possible, It is best to start with your current job and seeing if you could get a promotion, pay rise or work more hours to get more money form that. If this is not possible then look into doing an additional job. This could be weekend or evening work, freelancing, contract or even online work. You may think that there is not much opportunity out there, but if you look everywhere and are prepared to try anything then you will find that there is plenty available. You may find if you do online work that it does not pay as well as you will often be working on a freelance basis where minimum wage is not really applicable or you will be working for foreign companies where the standard of living is lower and wages are therefore lower. However, it is all a way to get a bit of extra money so you will need to decide whether your desire for better quality food is high enough for you to want to make the effort.Continue Reading