Eating Healthy Part 4: Manage Time, Budget, and Emotions for Better Health

Eating Healthy Part 4: Manage Time, Budget, and Emotions for Better Health

by Dr. Shelese Pratt ND @ The Pratt Clinics

Boulder, Colorado


Hopefully you have benefited from the first 8 steps of this series. Here are the last 4 tips for successful eating habits. Sometimes eating well can be expensive, time consuming, strategic, and means you have to employ new habits.

9. Eating Healthy On A Budget

I understand eating healthy costs more money. It is less expensive to eat packaged and fast food than it is to eat a meal with whole grains and fresh vegetables. When you look at the weekly grocery store inserts from your newspaper, the majority of the food that is on sale is from the center isles. These are usually processed foods, high in preservatives, sodium, food coloring, and artificial flavors that come in a box or a can. The problem is that eating the standard American diet causes all of the major health diseases such as obesity, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Saving a few pennies at the checkout counter may cost you dearly in the long run. If you invest in nutritious food now, you can avoid high health insurance costs and medical bills later in your life. There are ways to eating healthy on a budget. Look at my resources page for options to afford eating well and lowering your grocery bill. Here is another great blog on how to eat organic, on a budget.

10. Time

Eating well often takes a little more time, organization, and effort in the beginning.  Having the ingredients you need in your pantry will make it easier to be prepared to make healthy choices at meal time. Sometimes it is best to start with recipes that are quick and easy. I usually make extra food at dinner to eat for lunch later in the week. I also make extra ingredients like quinoa to add to other dishes. I make ingredients once and use them all week.  I plan my meals before I go to the grocery store and I keep my kitchen packed with a staple of healthy food choices. We always have a variety of vegetables, nuts, and fruit in my kitchen.

11. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Do you know your food sensitivities? If not, you should. Avoiding food sensitivities can help you lose weight, decrease inflammation and heal chronic health issues. If you are trying to avoid certain foods, get them out of your kitchen. For example, if you are dairy free, it is best not to have dairy in your refrigerator. If someone else in your house still eats dairy, maybe you all can agree that they will eat dairy outside of the house so you aren’t tempted. I know this one can be tricky. Your willpower and discipline can be tested when unhealthy foods are readily available.  Remind yourself and your family, that food sensitivities need to be taken seriously and keeping these foods away from you will make you more successful with your goals.

12. Don’t Get Hangry (Hungry and Angry)

Make sure you balance your blood sugar by eating regular meals with protein and fiber.  If you skip meals or eat foods that are high in simple carbohydrates, you are more likely to grab foods that are high in sugar to try to bring your blood sugar back up quickly. Unfortunately, you will find yourself in a vicious cycle of highs and lows throughout the day if you keep eating this way. Try to organize your day and keep your body on a schedule. Eating at the same time of day helps your body know when it is hungry. Eating at the same time everyday you will also balance your energy and mood. Balancing your blood sugar will help you sleep better at night.

Eating well is a process. I am here to help.  I love to offering ways to make eating fun and enjoyable. Eating healthy doesn’t need to feel like deprivation. Please see my resource page for recipes and if you need more support please call my office 303.284.3180, and we will schedule time for you.

Dr.Pratt is a great team player and her work complements the other therapies and approaches we follow in conjunction.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

Apart from BIT, Dr.Pratt's vast knowledge of the biomedical basis of ASD helps support parents as they try to heal the child's body in helping the brain develop.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

There were such significant changes in my child's behavior after Dr. Pratt’s treatment, that it absolutely changed his life and the whole family.

- Behavioral Issues and Family Naturopathic Care

I have to say, I have never seen anything have such a positive impact on someone's life.

- ADD / Memory Recall Patient

Dr. Pratt's approach was friendly, relaxing, reassuring and non-invasive, and the progress that we saw in our son's writing was immediate and remarkable.

- Specific Learning Disability Patient

I would highly recommend Dr. Pratt’s nurturing, life changing treatments to anyone who desires a better, easier way of living in this world.

- Anxiety / Learning Disability Patient

Dr. Pratt’s treatment made it possible for my daughter to go to school full-time for the first time in two years, and as a matter of fact, she’s now talking about going to college instead of worrying that she’d never graduate high school.

- Patient of Head Injury Patient

Since my first appointment with Dr. Pratt, I have come back to her for every ailment. She has quickly and effectively cured every sickness I have experienced.

- Naturopathic Medicine Patient

I am working 4 days a week and I accomplish more in a day now than I did in a whole week before. I feel productive and useful after BIT.

- Head Injury Patient

It has not all been easy, changing your lifestyle and diet is a challenge but we feel very supported by Dr. Pratt. It's a long road to recovery but the rewards are great along the way. My son has almost recovered from his symptoms and we owe all of this to Dr. Pratt. We are very thankful to have crossed her path at the right time in our journey.

- EI, Rye, NY

Dr. Pratt is compassionate and well-informed about the various challenges and available options for children with special needs. She is always willing to brainstorm options with parents and has a way of getting through to the children.

- Best, Pooja

It is almost impossible to explain the dramatic and positive effect Dr Shelese Pratt has had on my health. It is without exaggeration that I say Dr Pratt has saved my life on numerous occasions. To say her work has dramatically increased the quality of my life is gross understatement. There is not an aspect of my physical, mental, or emotional health that Dr Pratt has not addressed at some point during my years as her patient. I first saw Dr Pratt in 2005, after suffering one infection after another over the course of three months and had exhausted my known medial avenues. She was the only doctor to see the connection to between all of my symptoms and to care long enough and deep enough to get to the bottom of them. I have sent countless loved ones and colleagues to her over the years and know that the level of her care has changed their lives for better without exception. I have had the privilege of seeing Dr Pratt for Brain Integration, naturopathic, and homeopathic treatments and I can say without any reservation that I credit my health and well being to her and her practice.

- Erica A., Naturopathic Medicine Patient