Fredericksburg High School's Media Publication

The Campus Comet

Fredericksburg High School's Media Publication

The Campus Comet

Fredericksburg High School's Media Publication

The Campus Comet

Clear River

The Price of a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s no surprise that much of the U.S. struggles with obesity and health issues when fast food is so cheap and easily accessible. Why would Americans spend $30 on healthy ingredients to make dinner when they can just go to McDonald’s and buy a full meal for six dollars? 

Health-conscious grocery stores are often extremely expensive, such as Natural Grocers. Healthy teas and other drinks cost more than simply buying a large soda at your local gas station. Gym memberships are pricey, as is at-home equipment. Not only is being healthy pricey, but it’s also usually harder to access. There are fast food stops all over the U.S, and it’s much faster to make a stop at Sonic than it is to spend two hours cooking a healthy and nourishing meal for yourself.

Our health is not the only thing that comes at a price, though. Taking care of our environment is also costly. Renewable energy sources such as solar panels, electric-powered cars, or wind mills are all expensive. SHEIN and Amazon, while often unethical, are much more affordable than brands that prioritize environmental consciousness. “Organic” self-care products usually have a higher number printed on their price tags, and it’s cheaper to buy plastic food containers like ziploc bags over reusable ones. 

All of these things contribute to the mistreatment of both our bodies and the earth. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about current prices, but we can continue searching for more affordable alternatives that are healthy and environmentally friendly. If you need a place to start, I’ll list a few down below.

 

Sustainable and affordable clothing brands:

  • Pact 
  • Tamga
  • Tentree
  • Made Trade
  • Frank & Oak

 

Fast food alternatives:

  • Subway- technically fast food, but healthier than Sonic or McDonalds. Good option if you want a quick meal.
  • Cooking- when you have the time, cook a large amount of food that can last over a few days. Now you have multiple meals and only have to pay for them once (the ingredients), instead of eating out and spending money every day. Additionally, homemade meals are usually healthier than fast food.

 

If you’re in a rush and you’re only option is getting fast food, click this link to see which foods from each fast food chain are the healthiest-

More to Discover