If you don't know me yet, I am tenacious. Maybe too much so, but that is another story. Anywho, I continue to stand atop my soapbox to delve a little deeper into crushing the bane of our existence and allowing ourselves to flourish.
In the last episode, I touched on how we like to use time as a REASON (see, I didn't say "excuse") for our drive thru visits, calls to the pizza delivery, or serving premade mess. Now, you know what is next...your wallet.
Is it cheaper??
Let's talk about how much money you just spent at the drive to make yourself less healthy. A meal these days is anywhere between $4(the uber low quality and usually a kid's meal) and $6 (the one hiding under the title "healthy choice" or its the supersized behemoth that comes with a bucket of transfat and enough liquid to drown a horse). Multiply it times 4 (or more if you have more than the average 2.5 kids) and you have a minimum of $16 that you spent to make yourself less healthy that will accumulate into medical bills later on. However, is it likely that you ONLY spent $16? Doubtful. You probably didn't spend less that $20. And for that you could have made a meal and had leftovers for second or you could have had enough for two different meals. If we are talking convenience, then see how much you could have spent on veggies to take with you instead.
Now, this is taking into consideration the cheap drive thrus like the national chains that I won't mention, but that you are already friends with. What about the high-end ones that pretend to have higher quality foods? I guarantee that your home cooked meals are still healthier than the healthiest chains. Your food is fresh. Your food has not been sitting on the shelf or in the refrigerator for weeks, full of preservatives to make them last that long. Assuming, of course, that you are shopping the perimeter of your grocery for the bulk of your items and NOT buying premade/prepackaged/frozen/canned foods. You aren't, right?? Please say you aren't.
Yet, let's go back to the all important bottom line: Your wallet.
Yes, your grocery bill is going to go up, but your eat-out bill is going to go down. Shop the farmer's and side markets for the fresh fruits and veggies of the season. Look for the sales. Be diligent. Your health and your children's health is at stake. Your wallet is going to have to dish out dollars for meds, doctor visits, and hospital stays by staying in the drive thru line.
When we buy in-season fruits and veggies, we spend less than we would if were buying imported out of season produce. Or if you are feeling REALLY energetic, try growing your own! Talk about savings.
I said the bottom line was your wallet, but it really isn't.
The bottom line is your health. When you ingest chemicals in the form of preservatives, additives, or pesticides, you are assimilating them into who you are. You've always heard that you are what you eat, right? Well, no more true statement can describe what is going on inside you when you when it comes to food...so why not make yourself and your family priority and take the steps that you need to take in order to build the best you and the best family that you can? Your bodies, brains, and babes will thank you for it.
What do you believe you spend on non-homemade food? I would love to hear your argument for/against freshly prepared meals in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011