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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

Healthy Food Financials

...is it worth spending that extra bit and how to save!
June 25, 2013

One of the first “road-blocks” I hear from clients when upgrading their way of eating to include more “super”, organic and whole foods is “but it’s so expensive…”
So here I look at the ins and outs of healthy food financials. I will also give you my top tips on where you can save money.
A few months ago, on what seemed like an average Monday morning, I suddenly felt the urge…. to be very sick! Yes folks, this raw-food-vegan, was poisoned. I can’t name names because I can’t be sure where I picked-up this pathogenic bug, but it likely came from some bad water that had been used to wash my raw take-away salad. Anyway, the next five days were horrendous – no eating, couldn’t keep my water down, tried an enema (no luck), lots of sleeping (missed out on client appointments and work), certainly no yoga lessons and, well, I was just sad. Friday came and my cleaner arrived, looking at my sad floppy body on the couch, demanding I stop trying to “heal naturally” (damn it), and go to the hospital. 3 hours later, I’m hooked-up to a drip and HK$12,000 poorer (thank goodness for medical insurance).
So why do I tell you this here? Well, if you’d asked me then do I think it’s worth going the extra mile, paying a bit more for quality and maybe a bit more time to prepare food, then I would say HECK, YEAH!
Here’s what I believe about most things: buy cheap, buy twice. And, most of the time, you get what you pay for. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not made of money (remember I told you I left my lucrative career to pursue my passion), so (and you can quote me time on this)…“I’m careful about where I spend my money and I spend it on preventative medicine; REAL food”
It’s true, one of the biggest spends in our house is food. Yes, I am a chef and I’m always in the kitchen, but it’s always been this way for me, even when I was at university – my student loan mainly went to Tesco’s Express and Waitrose.
You see, the way I see it, we either spend money on good quality food, or we pay later with HK$12,000 hospital bills, or even more when we end up with diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, cancer or even worse…which, by the way, are all preventable with REAL FOOD.
Health comes down to a very simple equation: Nourishment in + Toxins out = Health.
You do the math; anything else is a by-product of lack of nourishment (for what ever reason, whether it be poor digestion, not enough good food in), or a build-up of toxins. It really does boil down to this. Yes, genetics pre-dispose us to certain illnesses, but your lifestyle and food choices can assist prevention.
Ok, I’ve gone on enough, so let me give you some tips on where I choose to spend and choose to save with food.
If you want to learn more about cooking with raw food, upgrading your diet, chef-skills and health, then check out my upcoming online course about to launch in August 2013.
1. Superfoods are worth it, if you ask me – there is quite the debate about “superfoods” just now. Well, I stand by them. Nutritionally, pound-for-pound, they’re richer in antioxidants and are more nutritionally dense than “normal foods”. I see superfoods as high quality supplements, ones I am willing to invest in.
2. Where to spend on organic - you don’t need to buy absolutely everything organic (and this is a BIG statement coming from someone who owns an organic veggie business). Some veggies and fruits, like avocados, pineapples and mangoes, are among the fruits lowest in pesticide residues. You also typically peel these foods before eating them. Save a bit of money by buying certain conventionally grown foods that are low in pesticide residue. Things like berries, dark leafy greens, carrots and apples, are all heavily sprayed and soak up the chemicals like a sponge. Check out the “Dirty Dozen List” by the Environmental Working Group for advice. Eat FRESH local Hong Kong organic veggie delivery service, is very reasonably priced, and we give you weekly recipes to help ensure nothing goes to waste!
3. Plan to cook once and eat three times – by making-up a big batch of quinoa, rice salad or something like sprouted buckwheat, you can cook once and eat several times throughout the week, saving time and money. Economy of scale rules apply to food!
4. Frozen savers – buy in season and freeze to save – produce out of season is much more expensive, and bad for the environment as it’s shipped from all over, so buy in season while the price is good, and freeze to use later. I do this every year in berry season.
5. Re-use / re-cycle / dehydrate – I don’t throw anything away. Leftover soup becomes dressing, leftover fruit or raw-vegan sushi gets dehydrated. In fact, a dehydrator is mega useful when it comes to saving food leftovers and, therefore, money!
6. Fermented foods go far and last longer  – a few heads of cabbage and a bunch of carrots are very cheap to buy. I make a huge batch of fermented raw kraut out of these simple basics and store in a huge mason jar  - it lasts for months, and is time and money saving.
7. Buy in bulk – by buying things in bulk – like nuts, seeds, and superfood powders – not only do you save on shipping and travel costs, but most places offer bulk-discounts. Shop around and stock-up like a squirrel getting ready for hibernation :0)
8. Share with friends – sharing is fun and saves money. Next time you’re looking for some kefir grains, ask a friend to give you some in return for your recipe. Instead of eating out, save money, host a potluck party at home!
9. Eat. More. Greens. - Greens are inexpensive, much less expensive than most animal products, and yet nutrient rich. This could save you heaps of money on your annual medical bills because they help to keep you in top-notch condition.
10. Just do your best - I add this to most of my advice. At the end of the day, that's all we can do. If some weeks you spend a bit more than other, or a bit less, on good quality food, it all evens out in the end. Just do your best and don't stress out too much :-)
I invite you to try just one or two of these ideas. Let me know how you get on. I love to hear from you.
If you want to know more about how I (Mia – Health Coach, Raw Food Chef, Detox and Health Educator) can support you on your journey to health contact me now for a consultation here or at mia@graciouslygreen.com.♡
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