TMHS 016: 9 Tips For Eating Healthy on a budget – And What Does “Healthy” Mean Anyway?

In this episode of The Model Health Show I’m sharing specific tips and strategies to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Shopping for healthier alternatives is becoming a huge priority for families today. In this episode you’re going to learn 9 specific tips to help you shop for and prepare healthy meals while maintaining a smart food budget.

Now, what does eating healthy actually mean? And why does eating healthy seem to be more expensive? We’re covering the answers to these important questions too, so this is a perfect episode to share with people that are just getting started with a healthier lifestyle.

Eating healthy is the #1 health insurance for your family. By utilizing these specific tips today, you’ll be able to provide your family with the best food possible, protect them from preventable diseases, and shape their health and habits for a lifetime.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What organic really means, and if it’s even important.
  • The other healthy “categories” of foods other than organic.
  • How pesticides and insecticides impact your body.
  • How “government food standards” can be misleading.
  • The truth about conventionally raised animal foods.
  • Whether margarine is better than butter.
  • What happens to your food if it’s not grown locally.
  • How scheduling impacts your food costs.
  • Important tips for buying in bulk.
  • What you need to know about buying frozen foods.
  • The truth about vegetable & fruit washes to remove pesticides.
  • Why your investment in your food is so important.
  • The hidden benefits of Farmer’s Markets.
  • How to find and use more coupons.
  • What “filler foods” are ideal if you have a big family.
  • What’s better: Brown rice or white rice?
  • How to make your foods keep you fuller, longer.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Avoid these 8 foods at all cost – Model Health Show

*  Little evidence of health benefits form organic foods, study finds

* Green superfood blend – Perfect 3

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  • LaKesha
    5 Sep 2013, 5:33 pm

    Awesome!!! I need to have a sit down with Jade on how to shop. lol

    • Shawn
      5 Sep 2013, 9:04 pm

      For sure! Jade definitely knows how to provide for a supersize family 🙂

      • Anita
        6 Sep 2013, 7:21 pm

        Went shopping today, found many items you discussed . Coconut oil ,avocado oil , and many all natural seasonings . The best was the coconut bars. Thanks for the in site. it s getting me off to a great start.

        • Shawn
          6 Sep 2013, 7:55 pm

          That’s so great, Anita! You can do this, and I’m supporting you all the way!

  • Debbie
    21 Oct 2013, 10:02 pm


    I just found your site on Face Book..

    I have had several health issues over the past few years, including Brain surgery last summer.
    Since then I’ve tried to eat healthy and even had a garden this summer.. I am also working with a Holistic Dr and Chiro who keeps my pain level more manageable..
    I haven’t been able to get to the gym much but was wondering what you would suggest to star building muscle back up.. I am thin but have lost a bunch of muscle do to recovery.
    The other factor I have to deal with is very cold snowy winters..

    Thank you so much, I love your site,

  • Amanda
    2 Dec 2013, 9:50 pm

    Great info! A lot of things that I already do with a family of 6. Believe it or not Aldi has sales on organic meats. I have even found a trick for getting them cheaper than the sale price( hint: it has to do with the sale by date. As a mother of 4 on a budget, I am always looking for ways to continue buying as many good whole foods as possible for my family. Great show, especially since you mentioned my hubby! Keep up the great work Shawn!

    • Shawn
      3 Dec 2013, 12:55 pm

      Hey, thanks Amanda! And that’s a really great, valuable tip to add by the way. I know you know your stuff, and I’m sure that other parents out there are going to be benefited by hearing that. Thanks for being an awesome mom, and thanks for sharing your voice!

  • Jacob
    26 Jul 2014, 7:58 pm

    I had a question about 3 foods that seem to pass your test and are staples of my diet. The first is pickles. I know it has salt, but that is the only harm I see. The second is V8. I even do the low sodium version to cut back on salt. The last thing I eat a lot of is sweet potatoes. How healthy are these items?

  • 31 Jul 2014, 12:43 am

    Hi Shawn and Jade!

    You both rock… I found out about your podcast through EOF a couple of weeks ago and started binge listening your podcast since then. Thank you so much for such quality information! It’s really great to see the movement. I shared on my Korean cooking show blog called, Hungry Gopher. Here is the link if you want to check it out.!Gopher-digs-quality-info-Shawn-Stevensons-podcast-rocks/ci3e/8A38762F-2AF0-483F-B86E-6031D0EBCABB

    Keep up the good work!

    Hungry Gopher

  • 17 Dec 2015, 8:34 am

    Hi shawn! Your podcasts are amazing. Just stumbled upon them and am listening to them from the beginning! I was listening to this one this morning and I hear you say a lot “I’m not a fan of supplements” and I also hear you recommending some different ones you do like. What do you consider a supplement? Are supplements and the superfood supplements considered different?

    Thanks for all of your information. You have opened my eyes to a whole new world and I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge and helping others learn this stuff too 🙂