eating healthy on a budget

Recent shopping trips have made two facts very plain:

1. Many customers, much younger than I, look extremely physically unfit/ or unwell.

2. Many customers look and sound bewildered when deciding what to buy

They would be less vulnerable to the mischief of food corporations’ TV advertising and packaging if they had a list. Even better if it is a

” food for wellbeing on a budget” list !!

You can’t eat (at home) what you don’t have at home.

Basic needs that are healthy looks something like this

Australian healthy food chart:

In a UK supermarket, the first aisle is often the healthiest. If you needed to live on a very tiny budget (I speak from experience!) your basket could look something like this:

Plenty of

Oats,                     )
wholemeal bread  ) unless allergic or intolerant!


fresh or frozen veg
broccoli, cabbage, peas

some of

dried lentils, beans
baked beans

white fish (if you have a freezer)
tinned fish (sardines, pilchards, etc)
soya (TVP or rehydrated soya products)
lean poultry (chicken, turkey mince …)

fruit that is in season

healthy food guide

Related news today:

health and age research New Zealand

The research shows that our lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on our health and as a nation we have a bit of work to do – particularly when looking at stress, alcohol consumption and how work pressures are impacting our health,” Mayhew said.

“Even a couple of small positive changes can have a powerful impact on our overall health,” he said.

Sovereign has added a “Health Age Generator” calculator to its website letting people work out whether their lifestyle threatens to kill them early, and what changes they can make to give them a better chance of adding extra years to their lives.

Mayhew said on average, men were doing better than women, and people’s habits improved as they got older.

It also suggested that city-dwellers’ habits were by and large healthier than rural dwellers.

Dietary guidelines from Australia

Many people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food. But our new research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows this isn’t the case.

Most Australian households’ food budget is being spent on “discretionary” or “junk” foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, salt and/or alcohol.

Eating a healthy diet, as recommended by the Australian Dietary Guidelines, would be cheaper.

Less than 7% of Australians follow these guidelines. The average Australian adult derives at least 35% of their energy intake from “junk” foods and drinks.

As a result, two-thirds of adults (63%) and one-quarter of children are overweight or obese.


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