Often, we as people get stuck in the lifestyles we become accustomed to. This is not always bad, however I think that being able to adjust and change is one of the keys to living a happier and healthier life.
Before I went on a plant based diet I was working a very stressful job that had me away from my house 14 hours + a day including weekends. It was low paying and pretty much a round the clock kind of thing. (well some days at least). At the same time I had put my health aside for the most part. I however, started to spend more and more money on doctor visits and medications. The more sick I became the more my job was really just paying for my diabetes. As it will, for anyone who does not take care of their health.
I think that often we don’t realize the consequence of our actions. We work ourselves to the ground, but we don’t work on our health, and in the end we end paying a much higher price for our health because we’re working so much. It really doesn’t make sense, but it’s not until we can look outside of ourselves that we can see the real value of our time.
The truth is that if you spend 20 minutes cooking an unhealthy animal based meal you can spend 20 minutes cooking a healthy vegan meal. If you spend an hour shopping a week, you can spend an hour shopping for healthy things. Likewise with money. If you spend 30 dollars on animal protein per week you can spend 30 dollars per week on plant based protein.
We form habits. For some of us we have good habits, and some of us have bad ones. Changing habits can be the healthiest thing you do for yourself. If you are in the habit of eating fast food, get in the habit of taking 5 minutes to make a healthy vegan lunch before you go to bed instead.
It’s all about switching what you are doing. Switch out the unhealthy for the healthy. Your time is valuable. If you go out for lunch every day – even if it’s to a fast food place, spending 5-10 minutes to make something for lunch will save you time and money every single day. This ads up! Not just in time and money but will start to help your health and how long you live, and more importantly how long you do not have to suffer.
A very good friend of mine gave me the best advice I could have ever had when I started to make all of these changes. She told me that I needed to really take a serious look at what I was doing in the NOW and how it will impact my LATER. If I quit my job and worked part time doing something a lot less stressful, and was able to focus on my health I would end up saving huge amounts of time and money in the end.
I was spending well over 500 dollars a month to be a diabetic and being unhealthy. And that was not making me any healthier. Medications and doctor visits don’t do any good for you, they just help you prolong the problems. You aren’t going to become healthy because your doctor found a new pill for you to pay for. You will become healthy because you decide that you are worth changing some habits and switching things enough to make a difference. In the end you will save a lot more than time and money, you will save your life.