Last time, I shared that my wife, Gwen, and I improved our lifestyles to counteract the cost of eating junk food. Those costs translated directly into decreased medical bills. This directly correlated with us switching to more healthy foods.


Why Did Our Medical Costs Decrease?


Our diet and lifestyle change reduced our need for emergency and routine doctor visits, medications, monthly and quarterly blood tests, and various medical scans. The healthier we ate and the more active we became, the less we needed doctors and drugs. It’s that simple.


The nutrients in healthy foods fixed the root cause of the symptoms for which we needed medications. By minimizing the intake of toxic and inflammatory chemicals in fast and processed foods, our bodies could use the bounty of nutrition from real foods and begin repairing our broken bodies. We didn’t have deficiencies in chemicals or medication. We had deficiencies in nutrition and activity.


Meat is the most expensive item in your shopping cart. You would save a lot of money if you cut your meat consumption in half and replaced it with legumes (beans, peas, and lentils.) When Gwen and I changed our diet many years ago, we cut our grocery bill in half just by cutting out so much meat. That meant we could buy a lot more veggies, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds for the same amount of money. The bonus is the extra plant-based foods made us much healthier. Today, we have a diet that is at least 95% plant-based.


Tips for Buying Healthy Foods at Lower Prices


  • Every grocery store has a particular day when they replace their produce with fresher produce. Usually, a couple of days before they restock, they will have sales on those items. Ask the produce manager; they will gladly tell you when the weekly sales happen.
  • Buy in bulk, then freeze, can, or dehydrate vegetables and fruits. Root vegetables, winter squash, and whole grains can also be bought in bulk because you can keep them in cool, dry storage for a long time.
  • Join a local farmers’ and growers’ co-op. Almost every city has one. Then you can buy produce directly from the farmers at very reduced rates every week.
  • Visit your local farmers’ markets and get to know and support them through your purchases.


As a smoothie and juicing fan; vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices are part of our everyday life. We see and feel the benefits. However, that’s not the case for most Americans. America’s diet is primarily processed and refined foods. Our culture has evolved into a society of fast and easy. We eat on the run to any convenient source of quick and easy food, which is high in calories and toxic chemicals, while being bankrupt in nutritional potential.


One way to get in the appropriate nutrition is by drinking Vive Shake. Contact us at 877-878-3009 or for more info. Next time, we’ll talk about why healthy food seems more expensive. Why is unhealthy food so cheap? You have an enemy working to keep you sick.


Vive Shake and the recommendations contained on this site and our blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. They are for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.