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Eating Right on a Budget

Just because you have diabetes and are spending more money on yourself to manage your health doesn’t mean you can’t make up the difference by managing your diet.  Today we’ve been programmed to eat out, it’s fast, it’s easy, it’s not usually very healthy.  Not only do your options limit you to fatty, salty, carb loaded foods, you are probably spending between $7 and $20 for that meal.

One safe change is to eat home or take breakfast or lunch from home.  Starbucks makes great coffee, but there is almost nothing on their menu that is either healthy or cheap.  I recently looked at their 20 drinks with under 200 calories and about fell off my chair!  When a restaurant puts out brochure like this you have to think about how many calories and how much money you are wasting.

Keep your choices simple.  A cup of coffee or tea has almost no calories but start getting fancy and suddenly a Nonfat Carmel Macchiato will hit you with 170 calories and 1gram of fat.  Not to mention the cost.  Go ahead add that Blueberry Oat Bar to snack on.  It’s one of the healthier treats that they sell with a hefty 390 calories and 15 grams of fat. 

Drink the coffee, pass on the cookies & cakes.  Eat at home more and focus on low glycemic meals that you prepare with less fat.  Saving money means putting a little extra effort in to purchase and prepare your own meals.  You’ll find better ingredients and save money!

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