Priorities

After my research last week led me to new realms, such as vegetarianism and veganism, my taste buds were altered. I was experiencing major fruit cravings. The odd apple every so often wasn’t enough to quench my appetite. I needed a serious fruit kick.

I took some of my precious allowance to the produce section of the supermarket and filled my basket. Over the past week, I’ve dramatically increased my fresh fruit intake and my body has responded wonderfully. I have more energy and more readiness to go outside to run. My skin doesn’t look as pale as it once did. And after a day where fruit featured heavily, I felt satiated. This was something I had previously been struggling with; never quite feeling full.

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I spent most of January surviving on whatever was cheap at the supermarket. I can see now that I wasn’t getting enough nutrients to remain healthy. I can’t go back to that, not after feeling such benefits. So, I’ve made a decision about increasing my budget. Dramatically. I have doubled my monthly budget to £200.

Of course, this will mean I won’t have a stash available to me after Uni. But, there will still be some left over. And I’ve realised that living now, and living healthily now, is a matter of high importance. My health should come before trying to save money. However, I’m not going to use my increased funds as an excuse to not be frugal. I’m still going to be hunting for bargains to the best of my ability. And this money is marked for fresh, healthy food. Not extras, like books and unnecessary clothes.

£50 a week is the sum I used to live on during first year. It feels apt that my finances have come full circle in this, my final semester at University. The relief I feel confirms to me that this is the right choice.

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5 thoughts on “Priorities

  1. I am glad you have come to that decision; I had not realised how you have reduced your fruit intake. You are so right, that you have to put your health first, always, but especially when you are going to be really stretched/stressed. If you get the chance get to Aldi, they do 5 fruit/veg products at greatly reduced prices and are well worth taking advantage of, especially if you are eating less/no meat. Unfortunately there are many choices we have to make – time/money; nutrition/cost etc and they really are not easy decisions. Just think in a few months you will be able to work again (even if only part-time/temporary) and you will be able to save then. Are you moving back to Glastonbury when you finish at Uni?

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