Yes, specially marketed "health food" can be expensive, but often "real food" is not as expensive as eating at a restaurant. As others have said, watch the sales. Spend some time in the grocery store finding some "go to" things that are a reasonable price and also give you the most nutrition for your money.
Originally Posted by womanofgod4893
What are good foods to eat?
A general rule is that the less processed something is, the better it is for you. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins (chicken, fish, turkey, lean meat occasionally), and healthy fats (nuts, nut butters, avocado, olive oil) are good building blocks to form your eating choices around. Make sure to get enough fiber. Buy fresh things in season and they're much cheaper; for fruits and vegetables, frozen is also a good (and often cheaper) option.
It does take a while to break bad eating habits, but if you can tough it out for a while, you will notice your body start to want healthy foods instead of the junk foods.
I've read that diet is about 80% of the battle, but it's important to get some exercise in, too. Calories matter most (IMO), but the balance of calories between protein, carbs, and fat matters also.
For motivation, check out the Motivational Thread in the Women's Corner. We check in regularly and keep each other motivated. It's kind of quiet there this weekend, but it will be rocking on Monday!