The Cost of Your Health

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Good morning!! :mrgreen:

First things first: BREAKFAST! I started my day with two slices of toasted carrot raisin Manna Bread with Barney Butter spread on top. Melted Barney Butter is pure heaven to me.


On the side, I had a few slices of watermelon. I also plan to drink a glass of iced coffee with soy milk as no morning is complete without one! 😉


Cost of Your Health

So, I had no idea what to blog about this morning. Most mornings, I wake up with a zillion ideas running through my head, but not today. I just stared blankly at my computer screen. I wrote about “splurging” at the grocery store over on Trading Up Downtown this morning, so I thought it’d make for an interesting Question of the Day on CNC.

If you regularly read Trading Up Downtown, you know that I am a total cheapskate. I’m always looking to save money and I don’t easily part with my hard-earned dollars. But, when it comes to my health, I’m more likely to spend. I do, however, make an effort to save where I can. For instance, I’ll shell out extra bucks on a Garmin because I know that I’ll use it A LOT, but I save on workout gear. I buy shorts and pants from Old Navy and Target and cheap tank tops and socks from Walgreens and Kmart. (That stuff just ends up sweaty and gross!) In the food department, I splurge on Greek yogurt and sometimes organic produce, but I save on my grocery bill by meal planningbuying reduced/damaged produce, and cutting coupons. For me, being healthy doesn’t need to be expensive, but sometimes my health is worth the splurge.

Question of the Day

In what ways do you splurge and save on the cost of your health?



  1. I splurge on good running shoes and healthy food. Lots of produce, especially. I save on workout clothes. I know the expensive brands are probably better, but I cannot in my right mind fork over $$$ for one tank top.

  2. I spend money on food. I try to shop around, but eating healthy is important to me. That and the gym. I spend money on gym membership and kids club. I am cheap when it comes to other things. I don’t shop for clothes, I don’t get pedicures, I get my haircut every 6mos, and I don’t buy expensive make-up. Everyone has their splurges, I just chose what I want mine to be.

  3. I splurge on stuff that keeps me safe: good sweatproof sunblock, running shoes whenever they’re worn out, pedicures. Ok pedicures don’t keep me safe but if you saw my runner’s toes, you’d approve this expense too! I DON’T splurge on kombucha. I tried it once, and unless it instantly made me lose 10 lbs and win the lottery, it’s waaay too overpriced for me!

  4. I buy good shoes and sports bras but go to TJ Maxx for last season’s workout gear.

    And I buy canned beans or bagged but organic veggies. It’s all about give and take. And I love ethnic markets for fun stuff to add since it is always cheaper than the ethnic section of the grocery.

  5. I splurge on produce! I also splurge on my gym membership. I realize that I could save some money by buying work out dvd’s and running through the neighborhood… but I know I wont do it. I like always having a safe place to go get my sweat on… with or without the husband (dont get home until dark and dont walk by myself in the dark). I also splurge on good running shoes. Man… I splurge on a lot.

  6. I splurge on organic produce (maybe not every bit of produce I buy in a single shopping trip, but most of it is organic), and I splurge on workout shoes/clothes. Obviously splurging a bit more on shoes is worth it, but I should probably look at saving a bit more on the clothes. I can’t resist cute workout stuff though! I wish I could think of a save, but I’m sort of a spender. LOL, maybe I should work on that!

  7. I definitely spend a little bit more on buying healthy, and sometimes organic foods. Mentally I feel better, but physically I feel better too! So the splurge is totally worth it.

  8. I tend to splurge on things that create memories, like travel and photography and good food and cultural activities. I’m cheap about toiletries, pedicures, and home entertainment (no cable, etc.).

  9. I splurge on clothes in general — both regular and workout. I keep myself in great shape, and figure I deserve to show off. But I buy them a discount stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls. I save on preparing all my own foods. No premade hummus, no Starbucks coffees. If I can’t make it or carry it with, I don’t eat it. For me it’s a waste of money to purchase something at a restaurant or Starbucks when delicious food and drinks come right out of my kitchen. DH and I eat all meals out of our home, except for a dinner out once every week or two, then it’s always with a coupon or at a reasonable restaurant.

  10. I save a lot of money eating at home now, I love it because I eat healthier and save money, I used to splurge on eating out almost everyday :s

  11. I splurge on proper running shoes and quality food! i save money by not eating out as much as the next gal. Love your blog! so refreshing to read!

  12. My family tends to eat small portions of meat to keep the cost down, but the meat we do buy is expensive because it is either organic or without growth hormones. We also splurge on organic milk. Not everything we but is organic but those are a couple of the items we spend more on.

  13. I splurge on healthy, ‘clean’ food such as fresh vegetables and lean fish, poultry and bison!!! There’s nothing like a healthy, hearty meal 3 times a day…that’s my special splurge to myself and my body each day, 3 times a day!!

  14. This is a really good post! For so long I bought super healthy at the gstore and thought that was being good to my body. Then my boyfriend introduced to me to ultimate omega fish oil. I said, “NO way, that is WAY too much money to spend.” Is it though? We only get ONE body, better be nice to it! long story short, I splurge on fish oil now too 🙂

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