Three years ago when I started juicing celery in the morning for my thyroid instead of taking a medication, I had no idea how much my life would improve as a result.
Before I threw away the meds and changed my eating habits, I was over a decade into long-term, chronic autoimmune disease. The experience of ongoing doctors visits, blood and hormone testing, out of pocket prescription drug costs, the inability to work full time, the pain and suffering, the loss of friends and social life, the draining of financial resources, the downsizing, etc, etc, etc… was way more expensive than my current, average grocery bill.
Personally, I had to be on a very strict budget when I started switching from a highly processed, meat, sugar, and salt based diet to a whole food, plant based diet. I had to count every penny – often shopping with a calculator to ensure I didn’t go over budget. I also had to make sure I wasn’t wasting any of the food I was buying while meeting very strict dietary requirements. This meant making a commitment to old school cooking from scratch.
What I’ve learned over the past three years is this:
Eating a healthy, plant based diet costs way less than insurance co-pays and out of pocket prescription drug costs.
Dedicating myself to cooking and eating healthy, whole food, plant based meals has restored my metabolic health and drastically improved my overall quality of life.
Being able to fully participate in my life allows me to be more productive in all areas, naturally improving my ability to make an income, which helps me afford healthier foods.
I never again want to be the girl on the living room floor crying because my body hurts too much to move. I’ve spent way too much time doing that. I love being healthy, active, and pain free. I love the freedom of not being tied to a prescription drug. I love the life I’m creating because of the food I’m eating.
People have actually asked me, “How can you afford to eat the way you do?”
My reply is this:
In my experience, I’ve learned I can’t afford not to.
Scroll over the picture below to check out my and my hubby’s before and after pics. We started eating better together in 2017. Together we’ve lost approximately 100 pounds (and have kept it off for almost two years), I’m medication free, both of us have our cholesterol back to healthy levels, my hubby no longer snores, and we both love our new way of eating.
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