Health Equals Wealth
Most people would assume that having all of the money and fancy things in the world equals wealth. This is a misconception. Yes, we would all like to experience financial freedom, but without your health this is nearly impossible. Ralph Waldo Emerson stated that “The first wealth is health”. Let’s put this quote into perspective. When you are in a state of poor health mentally, spiritually, physically it becomes a drag on your finances. Poor health leads to less energy to tackle daily tasks, time spent away from your job, and more money spent on medical expenses. Excepting that health equals wealth by adopting healthy habits starts with changing how you think. For example, some people may think that they don’t have time to workout, or that eating healthy is too expensive.
It is understood that changing your mindset and developing new habits is not always easy. In order to ease into this new mindset, you only need to take one small step at a time. Below are few suggestions to help you to improve or maintain your wealth by practicing good health:
1. Make a plan that works for your individual fitness and nutrition styles so that it will stick
2. Start small by changing one behavior at a time
3. Don’t do it alone. Get an accountability partner that is willing to work out with you.
4. Engage in fitness that you find fun and convenient
5. Healthy food is affordable when you assess your priorities as it relates to your health and spending habits. Try this exercise
o Choose one day within a week to track your spending. Make two columns on a sheet of paper.
o In one column track all food-related expenses over the course of the day (including groceries, eating out, coffee, etc.)
o In the other column track non-food-related expenses for the day
Reflect on the questions below, and try to make budgetary adjustments where possible to improve your eating habits.
What do you notice when you compare the columns side by side?
Were there times you splurged?
Were you conservative in any of your spending?
Does the balance align with your health goals?
6. Cook on a budget by doing the following:
· Meal plan to control spending
· Order non-perishable items and whole grains in bulk
· Shop at your local farmer’s market for fresh vegetables that are in season
· Shop on the outside perimeter of the grocery store
· Preserve food when possible by freezing, dehydrating, and canning
· Cut out canned drinks (i.e. sodas, processed fruit juices, etc.)
· Be flexible by adjusting meal plans when it’s outside of the budget
· Limit the amount of times you eat out
The most important thing is DON’T GIVE UP. Changing your mindset is rewarding for both your health and wallet.