Investing In Yourself

Do you remember when you were in college (or maybe you are in college) and you would do everything in your power to get groceries for a week for about $20-30 so you could use the remainder of your weeks budget for something to wear out that weekend and your bar tab?

Do you also remember how absolutely shitty and drained you felt ALL THE TIME when you were in college? I barely had the energy to go for a weekly run, and when I did go, I felt like I was going to die.

As much as you may try to “work off” what you eat, there really is no way to do that if you are eating crap all the time. Experts are not lying when they say 80% of your health is attributed to what you eat. One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing people complain about how much more expensive “healthy” food is, because not only are there a million ways to get good deals on food that is actually good for you, but shouldn’t what you eat be a bigger priority?

When I was in my early twenties I spent a lot of money on clothes, makeup, accessories, hair products that I didn’t wear and didn’t use. I thought these things would make me feel better and more comfortable in my skin. As I have learned to take better care of myself, I’ve come to realize that I could be wearing Chanel from head to toe everyday and still feel like absolute garbage. The more makeup you cake on your face, the worse you actually look.

Nowadays I try to wear makeup as minimally as possible. I’m sure some days I would look better with a little more than I wear, but my skin is healthier and I feel better. Yes, clean, organic, all natural products cost more (usually) but you don’t need as many and as much because eventually your skin will clear up and you won’t need to work so hard to have that glow because you won’t be faking it anymore. ESPECIALLY if you are eating well because it really does come from within.

If you take the time to research the best places to buy quality food and products, you may find that you actually end up saving money. In the end, you will find you get sick less often, you won’t feel as hungry all the time, you’ll have more energy. It’s more about actually making a plan and changing your lifestyle and stopping all the excuses than the financial difficulty. In all likelihood you probably already make these choices in small ways and just need to continue to make healthy changes. What are some ways you already put your health and happiness at the forefront? What are some ways you can keep advancing in that direction? I promise it’s worth it.

 

xx Jill

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Carly Baker says:

    investing in myself is the best thing i have ever done. it pays off in spades. i am a nicer, more grateful person because i try to take care of my body from the inside out. it is so worth it!

  2. justalittlebite7 says:

    I am totally one of those people that won’t buy organic because it’s expensive. This is a great reminder that investing in your body is more than worth it!

  3. Alison says:

    Great article! Sometimes I forget how important a healthy diet is… beauty really does come from within! Great article!

  4. angela says:

    Yes, such a great perspective! If you’re not taking care of yourself and nourishing your body, nothing else matters. And I type this as iI eat a cookie.

  5. Michelle says:

    This post came at the perfect time for me. My doctor made me take sick leave because I’m burnt out and I know changing my diet will help my health improve! Alongside exercise and yoga and plenty of sleep, of course! But you’re so right, if you put in the effort then you end up spending less because you’re not sick all the time! Great post! xo

    1. Michelle, check out The Body Book (by Cameron Diaz) and Whole30, even if you don’t want to do the actual diet plans, they give great advice on following a natural diet and lifestyle that will give you more energy!

      1. Michelle says:

        Thanks so much, I definitely will check them out!

  6. Katie Ashley says:

    This is wonderful. I’m a yoga therapy and life coaching based mentor and this is a lesson that I am often discussing with students. It’s a game changer when put into practice.

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