A few weekends ago, I sat in a very very cold gym watching Bryn's all-day volleyball tournament. It was so cold, in fact, that I decided it would be a good idea to drive all the way home & get a blanket when the first match was over since she had a 2-hr break before the next games.
I'd much rather the room be cold than hot, but this was ridiculously cold. Even the players had blankets when they weren't playing!
Stopped for some lunch on the way back & also decided to get a Starbucks so I'd have something warm to drink & something warm to hold in my hands for awhile. It was the first time I've been there since May... as I decided to give up that daily purchase when I started using AdvoCare products regularly.
Not sure if you ever buy Starbucks coffees/drinks... but can I just say I'm so glad I gave that up. Do you know how much that Venti Decaf Soy Latte cost? And we're talking decaf coffee + soy milk. No frilly extras... no whip... nothing except they had to use the latte machine to make the milk frothy.
Five dollars & fifteen cents! I believe it was around $4.82 in May when I'd last been there, so it's gone up a bit. But why in the holy heck was I spending that every day? Like every day for over 5 years?!
Habit... routine... tasted good... or I guess I'm just basically a dumb ass? I mean for that price I could be eating a whole meal.... not drinking a coffee. And I could've bought a few Louis Vuittons for the money I've given Starbucks over the years.
I've basically saved about $140/month... $1680/year.
I've heard people say they can't afford to eat healthy. They can't afford nutritional supplements. They can't afford the cost of a gym membership.
It "costs too much."
I've heard people say they're not sure what's in nutritional supplements, so they won't take them.
What's in these products pictured below? How much do they cost? When is the last time you've read the labels for everything you put into your body... food, supplements, alcohol... all of it? When is the last time you've added up how much you spend on "junk food"... food & drink that does nothing for your body nutritionally?
What would happen to your grocery budget if you quit putting those items in your cart? How much money do you think you would save every day... every week... ?
Would you change your mind about putting those foods in your mouth once you read the list of ingredients or do those ingredients not matter to you?
I was forced to start reading labels for everything we buy when Bryn was diagnosed with severe food allergies at age 3. I'm actually glad I was forced to do that because it made me start paying attention to what I was eating as well!
I had friend say the other day that our kids are part of the first generation that will likely not outlive their parents because of diets that are high in processed foods... and activity levels that are very sedentary.
THAT is scary.
THAT is sad.
We have a huge problem in the US with obesity. It is an epidemic. Kids learn their eating habits from their parents. And until they're out on their own, they are only able to eat what their parents bring into the house.
The problem is... once they're out on their own, they need to learn how to eat healthy. They need to learn WHAT is healthy. They need to learn that just because a label says LOW FAT or FAT FREE... that it isn't necessarily healthy, nor is it going to help you lose weight.
It is simply a matter of replacing one item for another... replacing one junk food item for one healthy item.
When you think in terms of cost per serving... it becomes affordable.
When you think in terms of health benefits vs. health destroyers... it becomes a necessity, not a luxury.
Meal Replacement Shakes have 14 packages in each box. That's 14 quick, easy & nutritious meals. If you break it down by cost per serving, each meal costs only $3.50. They are low in calories & packed full of all the protein & nutrients you need for an entire meal.
Why are there always long lines for fast food restaurants? Because we live in a very fast-paced society & people are usually on the go. How much did you spend on the last "nutritious" meal you got from a fast food window though? I'll bet it was more than $3.50. I'll bet it wasn't low in fat or calories. I'll bet it wasn't packed full of all the nutrients you need for that meal.
One thing that is for SURE... if we don't take the time to care about WELLNESS now, we will be forced to make the time for ILLNESS eventually.
And ain't nobody got time for that!