Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Healthy Bulking On $10 Per Day Challenge.

I want to start off this blog by stating that I am only going to do this challenge as a sort of experiment.  This is not really my normal challenge to try, but I thought it would be a fun experiment to see if I am able to gain muscle on about $10 per day.

Hopefully this will even act as motivation for you to start bodybuilding / bulking with whatever budget you currently have!

In this blog I also wanted to share with you a few different tips on making this $10 per day challenge easier for you each and every day.

This isn't a blog on living poor, or having a poor mindset.  I am doing this challenge to save money, but also as a way to discover more healthy, tasty, cheap foods / meals.

A little backstory.  This is something I don't talk about that much, but I love amazing foods.  This is great for making meals and eating well, but it can be quite pricey.  In fact I was spending a good chunk of my paycheck on food.  Which is good and bad, its good in the sense that I am able to invest in my body with some of the best food, its bad becase I was shelling out probably around $500+ per month alone of food.

Intermittent fasting.

The first tip that will help you the most is to start intermittent fasting.  If you have been following my blog or YouTube channel for a while, you know that I do intermittent fasting nearly everyday.  I usually am not that hungry until later in the day, so it works out perfect if you are someone who isn't hungry early in the morning like myself.  

However if you want to start intermittent fasting, then it will take a couple weeks to get used to if you have never done it before.  But if your goal is to eat cheaper on a daily basis and save money on food, then it will be well worth the effort.

Start to cook for yourself.

This is probably one of the hardest parts of eating cheap, but IMO it is the second most important.  Think about it, if you always eat out how much more money do you end up spending?  Most likely this number is going to be too much to count.

If your really want to eat cheap, eating out will not be worth it.  It may be convenient, but you also don't know every ingredient that they put in the food.  The great thing about cooking for yourself is that you can control what goes in your food.

But if you are like me, you love eating at Chipotle.  I admit Chipotle is one of my favorite places to eat, but I could easily spend between $9 and $12 on a bowl alone there.  Although Chipotle or other restaurants may be filling the money it costs isn't worth it if you are trying to eat on a budget. 

Using brown rice and an affordable source of protein.

Staying around $10 per day can be very hard to do for anyone.  We can get around this by eating healthy and cheap foods such as, chicken, beans, brown rice or white rice, cod, or pork.  By making a meal with a good source of protein along with brown rice, it will be easy to stay around that $2-3 mark per meal!

As I am writing this section I also remembered one food that is a very high source of protein and cheap.  Lentils, are a great way to eat healthy on a budget and are very filling.

makes you resourceful.

This challenge will also help you think outside the box.  I have been eating on $10 per day for a little over a week now, and I have noticed that I am not as much in a routine of eating all the same foods for every meal.  Although there is still some of the same things I eat,  there are many new cheaper foods I am trying that are healthy.

Create a safety net.

One of my biggest reason I am doing this challenge is because I was spending a ridiculous amount of my money on food.  Although I could still save some money, I noticed this to be a bad habit of mine.  I would literally buy great tasting health food just because I had the money to do it.  Although health is very important, I don't believe you should spend all your money on food.

I have been building a safety net over the last few months, but I know I can create this safety net much faster if I am able to stop spending so much money on food.  If you are spending most of your money on food, start to look at what foods you are eating on a daily basis that you could switch out for something cheaper.  As an example, for me it was chipotle, which I could just switch out with some brown rice and some kind of protein.  What is it for you?  What can you switch out and replace?

Closing thoughts.

I hope this has been a huge help to you, if you are having trouble saving money on food.  It is very hard for many people to not spend lots of money on food, and by making this choice to do this challenge you are breaking yourself out of the excessive spending habit!

Live your life to the fullest,

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