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Health vs. Finances

June 25, 2014 by

orange  pepper moneyOne of the biggest challenges for me, as a homemaker, is finding a balance between purchasing healthy food and staying within a reasonable, affordable budget. I consider myself a whole food lover, I prefer to eat organic food over conventional, and the health of my family is important to me.

However, there have been times where I have had to choose a less healthy option due to our financial limitations. Many times I have stressed about how my decisions to be frugal will affect the health of my family.

For me, I have decided to do the best that I can for my family, and realize that, ultimately, our health is in God’s hands.

For this reason, I consider myself a person who takes a balanced approach when it comes to the tension between healthy food and finances. I decide what price I am willing to pay for each item. Sometimes it will be the healthy choice, sometimes it will be the frugal choice, but I will always trust God in the end.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. ~Psalm 139:16 (NIV)

Another note of caution here, for me, was that I was allowing healthy food to become almost an idol. To give you an example, at one point we were trying to follow the latest “healthy diet”, which included many foods that needed to be avoided. During this time, things were tight financially and we had a few friends who were giving us food (like buckets of potatoes) out of their bounty. I was letting this food sit, as it wasn’t allowed on our restricted diet, and then heading to the store to purchase the allowable food, knowing that I shouldn’t be spending money.

It didn’t take me long to realize that I need to appreciate the gift from God and eat it without guilt. This thought process is also applied when people have been kind enough to donate groceries to our family. Sometimes the foods gifted are what I would call “compromise” foods, but I have chosen not to turn my nose up at God’s provision. This is not a judgment on others who would disagree with me, but rather me trying to encourage you should you find yourself in a similar situation.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above… ~James 1:17 (NASB)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of our daily bread. I thank and praise You that even though times are tough, we have never known hunger. I pray for those who do. I pray that You would be their Comforter and their Provider, and that You would encourage us to share our resources so that others would be warmed and filled. Help us to trust You for our health when we have to compromise. Help us to realize how truly blessed we are, and to thank You for our food and our health, for we know that both come from You. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Amazon has two resources that have helped me greatly in my endeavor to feed my family healthy meals on a budget are Homemade: How-To Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally and William-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen.

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What are your thoughts on this subject? How often do you find yourself compromising on health in the name of frugality? 

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12 Responses to Health vs. Finances

  1. Joyce

    With more and more of our food now GMO poisoned, and even organic filled with GMO’s…as you cannot find fresh corn that is not GMO and organic does NOT mean non GMO. Both my husband and I can no longer enjoy corn for it causes us great stomach pain. We must use lactose free milk products….yet raw milk gives us no problem, but we have a hard time finding raw milk in our state. I am as careful as I can be, and I read labels and work within our tight budget…..but in the long run, we too just have to trust God in these End Days we live in. And we know that He is more than able to keep us until we safely reach Heaven’s shores.

    • Heather

      Amen! Very well said…”.but in the long run, we too just have to trust God in these End Days we live in. And we know that He is more than able to keep us until we safely reach Heaven’s shores.”

  2. bonniesteinborn

    Oh – I do so understand your dilemma – trying to be healthy and then graciously receiving gifts that are not on your ‘healthy’ list. I had friends in other ‘M’ fields who received some very interesting gifts… i.e. USED teabags, and outdated goods. I received a few interesting items, but most were graciously sent with such love that all were blessed in the process. AND it is amazing how this often stretches our creativity! 🙂 God is soooo faithful:)

    Keep up the great sharing and God bless you and your wonderful family:)

  3. Carl Sande

    Thank you for your messages Heather. Food is an interesting subject for me right now, as I have lost forty pounds in the last six months. I have had to completely “rewire” how I think about food, and ask continuously for God’s help. I have found that, while it seems to be more expensive to eat more healthy foods, if you consider the caloric “bang for you buck”, I think it does even out. Healthy food choices add up to greater nutrition value per calorie.

    Speaking of gifts from God, we are having loudmouth rooster for dinner today. Should be good. (We were complaining about not getting all hens)

    God bless you, we love you guys.

    • Heather

      I’m so proud of you, Carl! I can only imagine how much work, dedication, and willpower that has taken on your part. You dinner sounds wonderful – praise God for His blessings. Love and miss you both.

  4. Arlene Baker

    Every gift from GOD is good! Bravo on sharing these important words. Do what we can and GOD will do the rest. Love you!

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