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Why You Don't Need That Expensive Health Food

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to eating a healthy diet, there is a lot of information out there and a lot of healthy foods to choose from. When we first get started down the healthy eating path, we often get a bit too excited. We see all of the big healthy foods -- the shakes and meal replacements and boxed meals -- and think that we have to join the craze. But as it turns out, you may be able to save your money and still get fit. If you're interested in eating healthy, take a look at why you can skip the expensive health food and choose something else instead.

There’s Probably a Less Expensive Option

No matter which health food program you're looking at, chances are good that there is a much less expensive option available. That $100 a bag meal replacement? You can probably get something relatively equivalent for 10 bucks at your local grocery store. The $25 vitamin? Check your local pharmacy and get something for $5 or less. Usually, you're paying for the brand name. Instead, save your money by paying for the product, no matter what the label says.

Diet Will Always Win Out

Health food programs might work temporarily, but unless it also teaches you how to make healthy choices with regular food, don't expect longevity. A better and far more effective choice is to reteach yourself how to eat. Learn about nutrition and whole foods and how to make good decisions. While it might take longer, the effects will be more permanent and provide more meaningful results.

Balance is Key

The real key to healthy living is balance. Balance with eating, balance with exercise, and balance with time and money. You don't have to throw yourself into any particular program or method to find success. Instead, learn about good eating and exercise habits and practice them regularly. It's not magic … it's consistency. Find your balance, and success is sure to follow.

Getting fit and healthy is a great goal. It's definitely something worth thinking about, working toward, and making priority. When you feel the motivation, jump on it! But don't break the bank trying to get there. You don't need those expensive brands. Do your research, be smart, and you’ll be moving toward better health in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Encinitas, Calif.

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