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My Secret to Affording Healthy Ingredients

04/24/2019
By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS

As a health coach, the number one excuse I hear when it comes to eating healthy is the cost of healthy alternatives. While I don’t believe that to be a valid excuse (especially as your doctor bills will pile up later down the road if you don’t take care of your health now), I do always want people to have access to affordable options, in order to stock up on healthy staples in their pantries.

Eating fresh produce, and finding healthy alternatives for processed foods and refined grains and sugars may actually be cheaper than you think. Harvard conducted a study on this exact issue and found that when you choose to purchase healthy food over unhealthy food, you are only paying $1.50 more per day, per mouth. I can also guarantee that paying the extra $1.50 a day will pay off when you aren’t paying for meds and doctor visits. 

I’m always trying to save cash where I can (aren’t we all?), and I’ve actually managed to save around $150 a month while still consistently purchasing my healthy favorites using Thrive Market.

A box of products from Thrive Market.
Photo Credit: TechCrunch

It’s an amazing resource for thousands of healthy alternatives for a fraction of the price (25-50% off retail to be exact). They have actually made the shopping experience very easy for those of us who are following keto, Whole 30, or are gluten-free by categorizing everything for you before you shop! (They even sell clean wine?) AND, by the way, not only do they have a ton of healthy food items, but they also speak to our hardcore health junkies with all natural and/or organic cleaning products, essential oils, beauty products, pet products, and supplements. 

Here’s how Thrive Market works:

There is a yearly membership fee of $59.95, but I’ll give you 3 orders and your savings will pay for that membership in itself. Think of it as a Costco or Sam’s club membership. I’ve also found 15%-25% off coupons for every purchase, on top of the savings I am already making by shopping at Thrive Market. I promise you: this membership is worth it when you save close to $1000 a year. (No joke.)

Thrive market advertisement
Photo Credit:TechCrunch

Lucky for us new users, they have afree 30-day trialso you can experience the discounts without the memberships. Hopefully with Thrive Market, you can find healthy alternatives and options—and no longer use cost as an excuse when it comes to taking care of your body. 

Your health is an investment, not an expense. 

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