Last week, Mya wrote about a headline-grabbing analysis showing that you pay more to eat the healthiest diets.That’s not good news for the holidays if you’re trying to balance healthfulness and special food traditions – and you don’t want to bust your budget.
Fortunately, you can make choices that help the balance sheets for both health and budget. Here are a few ways to incorporate moderate spending and family favorites, along with an eye on a healthy weight and eating for cancer prevention during the holidays (and year round) meal by meal.
Breakfast: Look for in-season or other fruit on special at the grocery store; stock up on whole grains like oatmeal or make a batch of healthy homemade muffins and freeze individually; use eggs for breakfast protein – Average cost per egg is only 15 cents.
For Christmas morning, I splurge with our family favorite – homemade (1/2 whole grain) cinnamon rolls – but keep the breakfast healthful and economical with grapefruit halves and scrambled eggs.
You sit all day. The vending machine’s full of sugary soda. Sandy from Accounting keeps a heaping bowl of fun-size candy at her desk, which you walk past on your way to and from the copier.
The workplace is where you spend most of your waking time, a closed environment filled with constant inducements to move less and eat more. At holiday time, those inducements multiply. Today, more and more Human Resources professionals are taking steps to create healthier workplaces, because they know that healthier employees are happier — and, yes, more productive.
Here at AICR, we’ve taken a series of steps to ensure we’re practicing what we preach. Here’s just a few of the ideas we’ve instituted:
The AICR Walking Club meets three times a week at lunchtime for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. The group activity helps members motivate one another to get and stay active. We’re looking into a running group for those employees who want to kick up their activity even more. Continue reading →
Last week, a lot of headlines featured news about an analysis that found eating the healthiest of diets costs more per day – about $1.50 more – than the least healthy diet.
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The analysis of research was published in BMJ Open and it’s important information for cancer prevention. Eating a diet with plenty of fiber, fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods plays a role in cancer risk and weight. A healthy diet and a healthy weight could prevent approximately 120,000 US cancers each year.
Doing the math, eating the healthiest diets on average cost about $550 more a year than the least healthy. That’s a barrier for many, as the authors point out.