“My philosophy is all about eating well the easiest way possible,” says Lauren Paige, a healthy lifestyle coach and travel and food creative. Lauren Paige is currently in Germany, working and exploring the local cuisine with a healthy spin.
But it hasn’t always been this way. “I didn’t start cooking for myself until I lived with 8 roommates and had no money to go out to eat,” Paige explains. Suddenly, she has to learn how to cook for herself affordably and in a way that made her feel good.
Resourcefully, Lauren Paige started going to the farmers market at the end of the day. “They’d have like eight zucchinis left and everything would be half the price,” she says. It would help her stock up for the whole week without breaking the bank.
It also had the unexpected side effect of sparking her love of cooking, as she had to figure out how to make interesting meals out of the leftover hodgepodge of produce she came home with. I’d take my roommates with me or we’d split up hitting all the farmers markets in the city at the same time,” says Lauren Paige. In fact, they were such regulars at the market that she and her roommates ended up volunteering there, which meant they had access to even better deals on fruits and veggies.
Her long hours at the farmer’s market also made her rethink her dedication to buying “organic” everything. “I’m not 100% organic. Instead, I’ve learned to gravitate towards the local section,” she explains. “It’s not only cheaper, but you’re also giving back to the community,” she continues.
Fast forward a few years and Lauren Paige no longer has 8 roommates, but she’s still proud of how she was able to break into healthy living on a budget. “People think healthy eating has to be expensive, but I think it’s about being smart,” she says.
How To Do it: Head to the farmer’s market at the end of the day and don’t be afraid to buy up the “ugly” produce. It all tastes the same!
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