Now I’m not sure if you’ve arrived here as one who is exactly in the same shoes as me. I’m currently a full-time student, studying Business and Japanese at Griffith University. But I can imagine that at the very least, you have two out of three common passions with me – one, you want to eat healthy, and two, you want to know how to do that even with not much money. Well, if you stick with me, I’ll let you in on the secret that I’ve discovered – that living and eating healthy doesn’t necessarily have to ‘break the bank’. Nor does it require a lot of spare time! Even with a busy schedule, you too can be eating healthy with a tight budget.
So, as I was saying before, if you’ll stick with me, I can let you know how I made my aspirations into a reality, and, honestly, as one who has never been very good at budgeting or knowing how to translate my high aspirations for a healthy lifestyle into a day-to-day reality, if I can do this, you’ll see that you can do this too.
So let’s go.
The Struggle is Real
So first off, I’d like to share with you a little of my story – a little of the journey that I’ve taken to get me to where I am now. And for sure, it is not at all like I’ve arrived. I’ve got a long way to go. But as I was saying before, I am a full-time student, and not just an average student. Without wanting to boast, I am definitely a high achiever. I study my butt off, and give a lot of energy towards learning. And more than that, I give a lot of energy towards making friends and connections with my fellow students, as I know how powerful that can be. It’s not just in the corporate world that “it’s not what you know, but who you know” applies. Always look to the future! But beyond that, collaborative learning and teaching one another are some of the most powerful tools for learning the material on a way deeper level.
Anyway, as you could imagine, this kind of effort and application, and especially this kind of social momentum and drive, requires a lot of energy. At the end of the day, your internal soul-power can only drive you so far before your body just doesn’t feel quite up for the ride.
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
See, everyone knows the old adage, “Healthy mind, healthy body.” But how willing am I to pay the price to achieve that? What am I willing to invest towards that endeavour? Well, of late, I decided that enough was enough of living on two-minute noodles and take-out. I knew that to really support my internal aspirations to achieve the greatest results I can academically and socially, it was going to require some investment towards my “vehicle” (my body). Although I walk pretty regularly, and I wouldn’t have said I was overweight in the very least, yet I knew that I wasn’t really what you could call fit.
I realised one key to change – we don’t really change to fulfill our dreams as much as when we raise the bar of what standard we are willing to not go down to. As soon as I changed my perspective of what I was going to allow to be acceptable, then a whole different passion kicked in. You know what it’s like when you see something happening that is just not acceptable, right?
Doesn’t Healthy Basically Mean Expensive?
But still you might ask, “Doesn’t eating healthy require forking out a lot more money than my tight budget can afford?” Well, actually, I have discovered the very opposite to be the case. It’s not necessarily that any particular thing I’m buying is cheap, but see, when you buy food with planning and intention – and when you consume the kinds of foods that actually genuinely feed your body, then you really don’t need to be spending so much money just “filling the hole.”
Can What You’re Saying Work with My Busy Schedule?
OK, so even if I’ve managed to convince you that you could budget your groceries in a way that would allow you to get good quality food to put into your “vehicle” to fuel you to really achieve, I can imagine that, like me, you wouldn’t have believed how efficiently you could do this as far as time goes.
Well, for the sake of brevity, I’ll give you a brief run-down on what I do (and if you follow my blog, then I’ll end up digging into all of this in more detail so you can do it too):
- I currently do my shopping with Woolworths, and I use my phone to order online (allowing me to more easily see things when they’re on special for one). I do this on Monday or Tuesday, with the plan to pick it up on Wednesday morning as soon as the store opens. Compared to the amount of time I used to spend walking around the store, this is amazing! And I don’t have to worry so much about those impulse buys of things that I don’t really need.
- I bought a Nutribullet blender on eBay for $65, and I use it for a smoothie for breakfast that is packed with goodness – kale, berries, walnuts, hemp seed powder, yoghurt, a little honey, and coconut milk. I figured out that costs about $3 a breakfast, and when I drink that, I feel so good! The fiber keeps me regular and I honestly don’t feel hungry till the afternoon.
- I have a rice cooker, so I can cook bulk – brown rice and lentils (or something similar). I soak my rice overnight, so that I get the full benefit of the grains. I fry up an onion till it’s deliciously caramelised to add to this, and then I just bake some vegies – such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, and boil some other vegies like broccoli. This rice/lentils can be kept and heated as required for up to three days – which in particular really works awesome for when I travel to University. I can take that with me, and I’m totally satisfied. So then I save on not having to buy expensive food on Campus. Win-win!
Now, I’m definitely not going to try to convince you that this is perfect, as this is just as far as I’ve worked it out so far. I’m definitely ever on a journey to work out how to take care of myself, so that I can be energised to give to others – like you.
If I Can Do It, So Can You!
So anyway, to wrap this up, you know a little of my story now. You probably identify with my aspirations to be have a healthy mind and body. But aspirations are not nearly as powerful as deciding to raise the standard of what you’re willing to accept. Now, yes, this will cost you, but it doesn’t have to cost you money. Mostly, it’s a discipline thing, and it doesn’t really even have to cost you much of your time. Just once again, it’s a matter of priorities and vision.
So let me say, if I can do this, so can you!
Let’s do this!
P.S. If you’re a student, I’d be glad to hear from you by filling out Your Student Journey survey. That will honestly just take a minute, and ask you to identify what your particular desires are. Otherwise, feel free to keep browsing my site, and definitely comment below if any of this resonates with you. I’m right here to support you on your Journey.