The Cost Of Your Health

What would you pay for your health? That’s a very weighted question.

Health care is one of the largest U.S. industries, equaling 17.8 percent of gross domestic product (translation – about $3.2 trillion!!).

What’s the 2nd largest cause of rising health care costs, behind government policy & lifestyle changes?

Chronic illness – which is responsible for 85% of those costs. (“Health Insurance: Premiums and Increases,” National Conference of State Legislatures, November 5, 2016.)

We are seeing more and more people diagnosed with diseases stemming from autoimmune to diabetes. And treating these diseases can get very, very expensive with doctors’ appointments, prescriptions, and time away from work, not to mention possible surgeries and uncomfortable treatments.

However, there is a whole new trend – that’s actually as old as Hippocrates –  that we really want all to embrace: Food as medicine. And it works.

We consistently talk about the incredible outcomes of SCD, Paleo, grain free, dairy free and refined sugar free diets and how they actually can heal your body.

Yet, we also hear people constantly claiming that healthy foods are “too expensive”.

But are they really? Let’s take a few things into consideration:

  • Food is a fraction of the cost of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars spent on doctors appointments and prescriptions
  • Typically, when you eat a healthy diet, you end up cooking more and eating out less = major savings
  • If you spend $4+ on a cup of Starbucks every day – cutting back on 3 can buy you a week’s worth of a healthy loaf of grain free bread
  • Many food choices in the supermarket are overpriced – trading in chips and cookies would be equivalent to a very large, protein packed salad


We are not denying that fresh almond milk, hand-made nut butters and organic foods are more expensive. However, it really might not be that much of a differential.

In a study published by the Huffington Post, eating healthy vs. unhealthy will cost only $550 more per year (or $1.50/day) based on comparing a very healthy diet “such as one replete with fruits, vegetables and fish — with a diet full of processed foods, meats and grains.”

So let’s take a look back at that daily Starbucks habit. If you purchased a very simple grande latte at Starbucks for $4.22 (with tax) every day, that would equate to $1,502/year. Cutting back on that alone could buy you triple the amount of healthy food at that $550 estimate. Of course, this is just one example.

We go back to our original premise – the price difference is minimal “in comparison to the economic costs of diet-related chronic disease, which would be dramatically reduced by healthy diets,” Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the study’s senior author and associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, said in a press release.

What is the value of fresh, nutritious, delicious, and healthy foods that could literally heal your body from the inside out?

When you put the entire equation together, eating healthy may be much less than you think.

And isn’t the cost of your health priceless?


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