If you haven’t seen the latest fast food lawsuit, it goes something like this…
Headline: McDonald’s must pay obese employee $17.5K
When I read this SF Gate article (link here) I had mixed emotions. But first.. here’s the basics.
A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there for a dozen years.
He felt he was forced to sample the food to ensure high standards as random people who worked for the company come in and report violations and problems.
Not to mention, the company offered free lunches to employees which only added to his caloric intake.
On the one hand.. food prices have increased in the last few years.
On the other hand, the myth that it costs so much to eat healthy really isn’t true if you look at the larger picture that encompasses your total health.
[ Note: This article was written by fitness and nutrition author Jon Benson. I have his permission to share it with you. Jon is the author of the The Every Other Day Diet]
One of the biggest myths out there is the myth that eating healthy costs too much.
Just the opposite… and I’ll prove it to you in three ways.
Here’s some sample figures courtesy of my friend Scott Tousignant’s fitness blog…
- 2 medium size sweet potatoes $1 or… small fries from a fast food joint
- 2 red peppers $1 or… a can of pop
- Bowl of oatmeal with fruit & protein powder $2 or… large bag of chips
- 6 Chicken Breasts $10 or… a sub combo from a fast food joint
- 18 eggs $3.50 or… a burger from a fast food joint
- 2 salmon fillets $15 or… large pizza
- Loaded chicken salad (homemade) $3 or… bag of cookies
- Large bag of oatmeal $3.50 or… 4 chocolate bars
Not much of a comparison, it is?
Yet the foods on the left would feed a family of two or more for 4-7 days… the foods on the right? 2-3 days if you live through it.
Tips to make the most expensive part of eating healthy — the cost of quality meats — go further include…
1. Use tofu fillers in chicken and beef recipes. Even if you hate tofu, you can barely taste the difference when combined properly.
2. Buy your meats in bulk online. You can find less expensive grass-fed beef and naturally-raised chicken and have it delivered to you if you live near a large city. If not, check the local farmers.
3. Eat meat only 3-4 times per week and use black beans with rice or inexpensive tuna for your other days. I eat tuna cooked in a skillet with lots of veggies and some olive oil almost every night and I LOVE the taste!
My book The Every Other Day Diet has over 40 pages of recipes in it to help you eat healthy and cheap… and you can still eat out and consume your favorite foods several times per week.
#2: Your Health
Do we ‘really’ need to talk about buy new (usually larger) clothes every year or two? Or about the health care costs associated with being even 20 pounds over your ideal weight, let alone more? How about the time you miss from work with excessive colds?
Eating healthy and taking care of your body adds years to your life… and for the record, the years eating poorly takes away from your life, on average, costs each American over 80,000 in medical expenses.
Want to add that to your food budget?
#3: The Big Picture
Anyone who has been fit knows the joy it brings… the freedom you feel from wearing whatever you want… the productivity you see from increased energy… the pace at which you move during the day.
Not only are these gifts priceless, but they are also massive cash-savers. Your productivity alone can add thousands to your bottom line each year, well off-setting any costs associated with eating quality food.
The Bottom Line…
Like any good accountant would suggest, you need to look at your ROI (return on investment) if nothing else.
What does investing in a better body, greater health, and vibrant energy do for your life? How can that actually translate into more income AND less expense?
You will be surprised.
Don’t Quit. Get Fit!
What do you think?