A döner kebap in Berlin? 3,50€. A meal at MacDonalds? 6,00€. This is a sad reality. However, while it is true that buying fast food can sometimes be cheaper than cooking a healthy meal at home, living a healthy lifestyle in general isn’t as expensive as some people like to say.
Let’s look at some examples in the areas I work on with my clients:
1) Sleep and Relaxation. You can buy lots of supplements that are supposed to aid with sleep. The “cheap” alternative: develop a routine that allows you to bring your day to a close in a way that is relaxing, making sure the space you sleep in has all the conditions that are favourable for a good night’s sleep, learning breathing techniques that help you relax at any moment during the day. Cost: 0€
2) Exercise and Movement. You can become a member of a super cool latest-fashion gym. The “cheap” alternative: become more active during your day; take the stairs; take a brisk 30min walk in your lunch break. Cost: 0€
3) Nutrition. You can buy 100% organic food – which can get really pricey once you go for things like animal protein. The “cheap” alternative: buying seasonal fresh produce in bulk, washing it with vinegar and bicarbonate soda to remove as many traces of pesticides as possible, checking for special prices and offers (all supermarkets do it these days), buying in bulk and freezing. Cost: at least 30% less
4) Stress. You can pay to go to a yoga class. The “cheap” alternative: find a youtube yoga channel that suits you (there are many!) or rent a yoga DVD from your local library. Cost: 0€ or 2€ for the DVD
5) Social connection and relationships. Organising expensive group activities that are the latest trend. The “cheap” alternative: invite your friends over at your place for some tea or even to cook together, spending some time bonding with them without any unnecessary external distractions. Cost: depends on what you cook!
6) Environment. You can replace all your plastic tupperware with brand new glass tupperware. The "cheap" alternative: reuse glass containers that you buy from the supermarket: beans, tomato sauce, honey, all come in glass containers that can be reused. Cost: 0€
Working with a health coach to figure out how to balance your lifestyle might demand an initial financial investment, but it will help you build healthy, inexpensive habits that will accompany you for the rest of your life. The argument that health is expensive is an easy excuse, because you know what else is very expensive? Chronic disease. And not only in terms of your finances, but also on a psychological and social level.
Stay tuned for another myth busting blog post soon: “I don’t have the time to be healthy”.
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