The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made? A Healthier Diet

Therin Alrik
Jul 30 · 5 min read
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Save on Groceries

When it comes to my diet, I can’t claim a certain label. I’m not vegetarian since I still eat fish (and, on occasion, chicken). And even if I gave up meat entirely, I couldn’t be vegan because I love cheese. But nevertheless, over the last two years, my wife and I have shifted away from red meats and processed foods in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, we not only feel better, but we also save over $1,000/year on groceries.

Spend Less on Health Care

Much like your grocery bill, health care spending also depends on a wide variety of factors (and is oftentimes outside of our control). But all else being equal, healthier eaters are likely to spend less on health care over the course of their lives.

Lower Your Insurance Costs

By incurring fewer health care costs, some insurance companies offer lower premiums, cash bonuses, or other perks for participating in certain health incentives (such as quitting smoking/drinking, losing weight, or walking a certain number of steps each day). Depending on the conditions offered by your provider, these rewards can add up to hundreds of dollars in savings each year.


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Therin Alrik

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I write about culture and personal finance. Current MFA student in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Recently featured on NBC!

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