Eating well is the foundation of health. And this means eating a diet centered on whole foods, preferably organic, locally and sustainably raised. But with the cost of all food soaring to undreamt of heights, eating well can seem nearly impossible to do without breaking the bank.

Supermarket aisles

But “seem” doesn’t mean “is.”

Still, a recent story in the USA Today notes that

Often when food prices increase, the first items that grocery shoppers leave out of their carts are the healthful foods — fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats, says Adam Drewnoski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Instead, they buy more calorie-dense foods loaded with sugar or fat, such as sweetened cereals, packaged macaroni and cheese, and noodles to fill hungry stomachs, he says.

It doesn’t have to be that way, Drewnoski says.

People can use these difficult times to their nutritional advantage by buying locally grown produce, growing some of their own food or brushing up on their cooking skills, he says.

And so, from around the web, here are some tips for eating well on a budget:

On a Budget: 7 Tips for Healthy Food Shopping (Diet Blog)

Tip of the Week: Organic Shopping on a Budget (Newsweek)

Inexpensive, Wholesome Locavore Fast Food (Food Is Love, via Mark’s Daily Apple)

Tips on Making Organic Food More Affordable (Organic Consumers Association)


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