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The Truth About Abs
by Mike Geary, Best-Selling Fitness Author

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I have to rant about this topic because I'm so sick of people claiming that they can't eat healthy because "healthy food is too expensive."

**8 Reasons Why Healthy Food is NOT More Expensive**

This is probably the biggest excuse I hear from people as to why they don't eat healthy... most people have a false impression that healthy food is too expensive. But I'll show you just why this is absolutely ridiculous.

Generally, people complain that prices are too high for foods such as:

*organic, free-range eggs vs standard supermarket eggs
*healthy, grass-fed meats instead of standard unhealthy grain-fed meats
*organic produce vs conventional produce (there are some times when this doesn't matter, which I'll talk about in an upcoming newsletter)
*cooking natural, unprocessed meals vs fast food meals

Here are some things to consider:

1. People complain about the price of organic free range eggs that are $3.50 per dozen. However, those same people will buy a $2.00 soda EVERY DAY of the week, which is nothing but chemicals and high fructose corn syrup.

The dozen eggs will give you several days worth of all of the B vitamins, selenium, phosphorus, and dozens of other vitmins and minerals that you need. The dozen eggs will also give you approximately 80-90 gms of some of the most bio-available protein available. Plus there's the healthy fats, omega-3's, lutein, and more.

I don't care if eggs went up to $10.00/dozen... it would still be a bargain!

Why don't more people just skip the $2.00 sodas that they drink each day and put that $60.00/month towards healthy food instead?

2. People complain about the price of healthy foods vs just getting fast food... meanwhile they pull up to the fast-food drive-in in their $50,000 car.

Where are the priorities? Obviously, this person is saying that their car is more important to them than their health. For some reason, they can't seem to understand that their car isn't gonna matter when they die of a heart attack!

Why not drive around a cheaper car and use the extra funds to buy healthier food?

3. People complain about the cost of healthy foods, so they resort to eating cheap junk food... meanwhile they are spending $200 ...    Continue

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@ 11:45pm ET on March 7, 2010 I was planning on reading this article hoping to find ways to get healthier options at lower costs. I was not expecting a rant on peoples spending priorities. This article is just one long rant about people spending money elsewhere instead of on healthier food. What about the people, like myself that don't have car, do not have a TV, don't eat fast food all the time, don't buy a $2.00 pop every day of the week do not have blood pressure medicines and still find healthy food more expensive. I am strong believer in quality over price, but if I can choose the non organic cheaper option and afford more meals on my budget I am going to choose those options instead. Next time please write an article that actually helps us find the healthier options that are inexpensive...for instance your fast food argument could been that people will pay $10 for a burger and fries...when they could buy a pound of ground turkey, whole wheat buns, fixings and a bag of sweet potato fries for close to the same amount and get more meals out of it if they make the burgers themselves. Just an idea.
@ 9:50am ET on March 8, 2010 I agree with JB84...I am also one of those people..I have a cheap car (96) and don't own a TV, IPOD or etc. I don't drink soda, smoke or have to take any of those meds listed...and b/c I am a college student not living under a meal plan cause they are too expensive..I have buy what I can afford..and most times it comes down to do I pay my bills or eat....I pay my bills...I thought that this article would tell me how to get the"good" stuff, but it doesn't it just yells at people who have the money but are choosing to spend it else where...I wonder what he has to say to us who don't have the extra $$$ to spend?
@ 10:21am ET on March 8, 2010 I agree with the above comments-this article has no substance. I was hoping for some food price comparisons that I could share with my patients.
@ 12:52pm ET on March 8, 2010 This article is a joke. Mr. Geary’s arguments support his underlying premise he is trying to argue against: that healthy IS more expensive!

I was unable to find a line in the article actually supports his title. Instead his argument is based on assumptions that (1) the person is buying a ton of soda, (2) they have an expensive car, (3) buy pricey cells phones and other gadgets, to name a few.

His point is not that healthy is inexpensive, it is instead a request to his readers to evaluate their lives holistically and review what they are spending their money on. (However, I imagine the readers of this article are not the hypocrites your rant is properly addressed to.)

His car argument would have been more compelling if he requested the person walk or bicycle ride to a restaurant, which would save them $xx on gas and usage charges, possibly enabling them to lower their auto insurance rates because of the ability to negotiate a better price due to less use, etc… which would then provide the reader more cash in their pocket to buy the more expensive, healthier items, that will enable them to live longer.

Maybe if he added an argument about how healthy eating leaves people less hungry than the consumption of processed food; the article be more credible.
@ 1:38pm ET on March 8, 2010 I agree with JB84. This article is targeted to the unhealthy & oblivious... if you are a member of this site, you are neither. Nor do we appreciate being talked down to. Perhaps the author is oblivious of his audience?
@ 1:44pm ET on March 8, 2010 Yeah... I was expecting an article with helpful hints too. Even if I have ever thought what was said in this article, I would never mention these things to someone who says "healthy food is so expensive" unless I wanted to start a fight or lose their friendship. It sounds like something to be used on CNN or something. I was expecting to be able to say to that's-too-expensive friends, "Try buying fruits in season" or give a comparison to Little Debbie cakes vs. a pack of apples.
@ 3:42pm ET on March 8, 2010 Hey all, it's Mike here. First of all, I fully agree with you... this article WAS simply a rant that was NOT intended towards people that are already conscious about this topic and already make smart decisions on price vs quality.

The mere fact that all of you care enough to take the time out of your day to comment on this topic proves that you DO care. Therefore, this post was not intended towards people such as you that actually care.

In fact, this article wasn't intended for this audience at all...Actually, the diet.com management chose to run this post without telling me that they were going to do so.

This article was actually intended to be a wake up call for the type of audience that has never considered their priorities in buying healthy nutrient-rich food vs cheap junk food that has more calories per unit of cost compared to more nutrients per unit of cost.

You are entirely correct... this audience IS more aware of their choices than the average consumer.

I'm definitely not here to argue... I'm actually on your side... my intention is to HELP the people that have never considered the impacts regarding the price of food.

You have to admit that although most of the people in this community may be conscious of this topic, there IS a very large percentage of the population that has never even considered the REAL cost of food... health consequences, environmental impacts, taxes, etc, etc.

Here is a GREAT quote from the famous book Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollen...I think this sums up this topic perfectly as he speaks about irresponsibly priced food vs honestly priced food --

"whenever I hear people say that clean food is expensive, I tell them it's actually the cheapest food you can buy. That always gets their attention. Then I explain that with our (clean) food, all of the costs are figured into the price. Society is not bearing the cost of water pollution, of antibiotic resistance, of food-borne illnesses, of crop subsidies, of subsidized oil and water--of all the hidden costs to the environment and the taxpayer that make cheap food SEEM cheap. No thinking person will tell you they don't care about all that. I tell them that choice is simple: You can buy honestly priced food or you can buy irresponsibly priced food."


There are some great points in that blurb.

Again the intention of this post was for a wake up call for those that are currently oblivious to what makes up food prices, and also for those that don't currently value quality over price in choosing food, but value quality over price in choosing other things.

That doesn't mean it applies to those of you that are already savvy about this, but it can be a wake up call for the large % of the population that has never considered the implications regarding food pricing.

Also, I could have given a huge list of examples... such as spending $5 on a carton of 3 dozen clementines vs $5 on a soda, fries, and burger at a fast food joint. But that wasn't the intention of this article.

Thanks again for those of you that cared enough about this topic to comment on it! I truly appreciate your insights.

For those that haven't read that book I mentioned, Omnivores Dilemma -- it's a great read that makes you think about food in a different way, and makes you more aware of re-connecting with your sources of food. Also, the movie "Food Inc" is a must see in my opinion too.

thanks,

Mike
@ 4:38pm ET on March 8, 2010 Mike has no clue what he is talking about. I don't buy coffee or sodas out, I drink refilled water bottles that I bring to work and green tea that the office provides. I don't have a nice car, no prescriptions, I have an old cell provided by my company, no IPOD, no big screen and no computer of my own. I don't drink at bars - I do indulge at home on the weekends with cheap stuff, and when I finally break down and buy some new clothes for myself I go to Target or order cheaply online. In fact, the jeans I have on now are getting a hole in the thigh. Thank God I don't have to dress up for work, I am one of the owners of a plant nursery. So Mike, get in touch with real people with real problems and stop reaching for reasons why people don't buy EXPENSIVE organic and fresh, healthy foods.
@ 4:41pm ET on March 8, 2010 By the way, I also don't eat out lunch like a lot of people, I make a sandwich at work.
@ 10:31am ET on March 9, 2010 Honestly I think that this is a good blog - because it's real. It's not sugar-coated...but everyone needs a little less sugar. Isn't that the point? Sure, we all might "know" a lot about eating healthy, but that doesn't mean we actually do what's best all the time. This blog makes you think!
@ 3:04pm ET on March 9, 2010 Great blog! I totally agree with you and even found out some things about myself that I had no clue about. Sometimes people have habits or whatever that they do not realize they have. Most of us need guidance these days.

Alyne
@ 8:48am ET on March 10, 2010 Now come to think of it, i remember that i saw a serious list of food that you should eat in his 'truth about abs' book.
@ 3:34pm ET on March 10, 2010 I agree with a lot of you who say that organic food is still too expensive for those of us on a budget, but Mike makes good points. I think on a larger scale he is talking about staying away from highly processed food, he's not saying you have to go to Whole Foods. I still eat clean from Meijer and Aldi by buying my own frozen veggies and meats and preparing my own meals. I think Mike is just saying that eating out is more expensive that grocery shopping and making your own food. Try taking one day out of the week and making all of your lunches for that week and freezing portion sizes. It saves time and money, and that's from personal experience.
@ 2:38am ET on March 16, 2010 This dude has issues. I am on a completely fixed income trying to raise the last 2 of 4 children. I am overweight, do not watch but 6 hrs of tv a week, I do not own a car, fancy jewelry, a cell phone or an ipod and I can tell you trying to buy fresh produce is expensive and frozen is not much cheaper. I am attempting a vegetarian lifestyle myself but I am forced to feed 4 people on 340 dollars a month....budget that on healthy foods for me. Sorry I just needed to rant after reading that garbage.
@ 5:26pm ET on January 21, 2013 Completely agree with JB84...felt like I just wasted my time reading this article. Definitely not helpful.
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