Brandon-small-with-logoMaking high quality, nutrient-dense meal decisions is one of the most important factors to having success with a healthy lifestyle. Ideally, you’re buying nothing but organic, preservative-free, humanely-raised, wild-caught produce and proteins.

But…what if you’re poor, struggling, going through a rough patch?

Most of us get to this point of lovely struggle in adulthood. Sometimes, it’s a reoccurring thing. As a fitness professional also pursuing a music career in the oh-so affordable city of Los Angeles, I know the struggle all too well.

With that said, I’ve never been healthier in my entire life. 

When you’re in a financial rut, taking care of yourself is of the utmost importance. Without good physical health, you are merely just throwing another bucket of stress in the pot. You need to sleep as well as you can, eat as well as you can, and exercise your body as well as you can.

Major emphasis on the “as well as you can” part. 

I’m not exactly the first person to write about this. For a quick little bit of nutritional education on cheap and healthy food items, check out this link from the Broke Girl’s Guide

While I agree fully with all of the foods mentioned on The Broke Girl’s Guide list, but if you’re willing to give certain stores and sellers a chance, you can cut the cost on some of those items by over half. Farmer’s Markets may be one option, but you should also consider your local dollar stores. Those stores are often immediately turned down in the minds of most, as many of us assume that dollar stores stock low quality merchandise and foods, but that’s not the case for all. I discovered one just down the street from me that has a wide variety of fresh produce well below large popular grocery store prices. Most of the time, they are the exact same brands as well as more local ones. Don’t be afraid to go into one of these places. You probably have one nearby.

I will elaborate further in later articles on healthy recipes, how to stick to certain popular diets, and fitness advice as well. I’ll be back soon with more. Until then, hang in there!

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