The food industry wants us to believe that cooking is time-consuming, inconvenient, and expensive. Fast-food manufacturers and grocers have brainwashed us to believe that we “deserve a break" from the kitchen. And so they lure us in with their convenient, heavily processed meals.
The problem is that these meals take a toll on your waistline, overall health, and even your budget. That’s why, more than ever, it's important to reconnect with our kitchen, discover the bounty of benefits it offers, and learn just how inexpensive preparing your own healthy food can be.
Here's the truth: you can eat well for less money by making whole, fresh food. A simple dinner of roasted chicken, vegetables, and salad can cost about half of what dinner at a fast-food restaurant would. But today, more than half of the average American's food budget goes toward meals consumed outside the home.
Of course, I understand the challenges of trying to eat well with limited financial resources, limited time, or both — but I firmly believe you don't need to be rich or retired to eat well and take care of yourself.
In fact, I know firsthand what it’s like to live on very little. In college and medical school, I had $300 a month to cover rent, food, and entertainment. And in residency, I lived on $27,000 a year while supporting a wife and two children. Even two decades ago, that wasn’t much for a family of four.