Helps you achieve a healthy work-life balance

Many people choose eating healthier as one of their resolutions every single year. While most fall off the bandwagon, some go above and beyond achieving their fitness goals. Those who lose the willpower to eat healthier say they do so because they can’t find motivation.

So, what if I told you that eating healthier can help you make more money? If that’s not good motivation, I don’t know what is. Here’s why good health can equate to more wealth:

You’ll Have More Energy

When you start eating healthier, not only will you get a better night’s rest, but you’ll also be able to wake up with more energy before. Have you ever woken up in a groggy and grumpy mood? It could be related to your diet. If you eat fatty foods like fried chicken, it can be harder to fall asleep.

Now, eating healthier may not be a cure all for sleeping issues, but it can certainly help. If you are able to get a good night’s sleep and wake up well rested, you will most likely save time throughout your day. You won’t have to stop for as many coffee breaks (and then bathroom breaks) and you won’t spend that extra 20 minutes in bed “just to wake up”.

You’ll Be More Productive

So, now that you’ve had a peaceful and uninterrupted night’s sleep, you are up and ready to start your day. Having a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with a few snacks if you are still hungry) can help you carry your energy throughout the day. If you want to make more money, the typical ways to do that are work harder or work smarter. Eating healthier can allow you to do both.

Not only will eating healthier increase your energy, but it will also increase your productivity. Did you know that “eating unhealthily is linked with a 66 percent increased risk of loss of productivity,” according to new research? Think about how much you could get done every day after making a simple change in your eating habits.

You Could Prevent Expensive Health Issues

While eating healthier may not cure all ailments that you might get one day, it could decrease your chance of disorders and diseases including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, and even cancer.

If you don’t have to spend a lot of money on medication and doctor’s appointments in the future, you could put that money right into your pocket. Sure, it doesn’t mean you are making money, but it is saving you money, and that’s still a win for you. On average, people who suffer from diseases like type 2 diabetes spend about $13,700 in health care costs every year. Think about what you could do with an extra $13,000 in your pocket every year! If you invested that instead of spending it on medication and doctor’s visits, you could build a significant nest egg.

You Won’t Take As Many Sick Days

Another great benefit to eating healthier is that you will most likely avoid sick days. Taking your vitamins and eating your fruits and veggies boost your immune system, and they also provide you with the proper vitamins and minerals that you need. While many people may suffer from flu or other similar viruses throughout the year, you could be working and making more money.

Also, remember that when you aren’t sick, you don’t have to go to the doctor as often or buy over the counter medications to fight your cold. Less sick days is a win all around.

You Could Be Rewarded

Did you know that many health insurance agencies and employers reward people that eat healthy and exercise? Even if you are self-employed, you could still find a way to make more money just by eating healthier.

The best way to see if your health plan or employer offers rewards for eating healthier is to ask them or look at their website. Many employers will offer this benefit when you are hired or after a certain time frame, and your health insurance most likely included a pamphlet of some sort when you first signed on. I know that my health insurance last year offered a small refund if you went to the gym twice a week.

If you are self-employed, sign up for benefits like the Walgreens balance rewards program, or through a website like Achievemint to earn points that you can then redeem for gift cards. Easy money makers!

You’ll Save Money On Food

Saving money isn’t technically the same thing as making it, but eating healthier could still save you a small fortune on your food bill. If you normally eat out a lot or buy a ton of unhealthy food items, you may be spending more than if you were to buy filling fruits and veggies.

If you are able to cut your food costs by eating healthier, you could take the money you saved and invest it, or use it to start a side hustle or grow your business. Or, you could even throw the money into an emergency fund just in case you need it. Either way, the savings you get from eating healthier could be a huge benefit.

You’ll Be Happier

Healthy eating increases your energy, productivity, wellness, and can also boost your mood. Research shows that eating healthy items like fruits, veggies, and lean protein can keep you from developing disorders like depression and anxiety. In return, being happier can boost your productivity, stamina, and even help you gain more success.

Being healthy and happy in the workplace, and even in your personal life, will help you have more meaningful relationships, better sleep, and also improved health. See how it all plays together? And that’s just the beginning!

Studies suggest that happiness is the key to a successful career and that happy people tend to make more than unhappy people.

So, now that you know your diet is an integral part in your health and happiness, why wouldn’t you want to eat healthier? Hopefully these tips may be just the push you need to get started.

Catherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. Named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, her writing and expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications and in national media.

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