Why Canned Green Beans Are Okay

Being focused with healthy living, natural wellness, and continuing spiritual and mental health are wonderful things. They are the focus of my life’s work, and the focus of so many of you out there. In recent years, I came to identify myself with the following statements.

I’m anti-GMO’s.

I’m anti-processed foods.

I’m anti-chemicals.

I’m anti-pesticides.

I’m anti-herbicides.

I hear these phrases all the time, both online and in person. The same people that say these statements sit behind their computers throwing stones, making public outcries over today’s state of affairs, and go about their days with little to no action to show for what they are against.

I see it and recognize it because I used to be one of these people.

I recently wrote a piece on Clark Howard, showing everyone how they can get a Thanksgiving meal at Aldi for $45. At first I felt guilty writing the article and making the shopping video, because the items I was getting were not necessarily wholesome foods that I normally purchase and encourage others to purchase as well. Last year I had written a similar piece, showing people how they could get a wholesome dinner for Thanksgiving around $100, but the viewers revolted saying I needed to spend less.

Now that I have shown them they can do it for less, the opposite has occurred. The outcry over the canned green beans and boxed potatoes made me question yet again if I had done the right thing.

This is because I get it. I felt the same way when I was shopping for the items. But I also knew, that this article and video would help someone in the most dire of circumstances that still wished to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family despite financial struggle.

Be sure to also watch my video and shopping list for how I purchased a one-week organic meal plan for a family of four at Whole Foods Market for $100.

What are you for?

I’d heard this statement before, but it wasn’t until the last few months that I completely grasped the concept. I asked myself:

What do I believe?

What do I stand for?

And more importantly – why?

This simple shift of mindset has completely transformed my thought processes and how I see the world.

I firmly believe that everyone deserves to live well, eat well, and thrive! This view will never change. Does everyone have the financial means to do so? No.

But with a simple shift of my mind to focus on what I am for instead of what I am against, allows me to view everyone and everything with fresh eyes. This allows me to look at the needs of others, and say that it’s okay if you can’t afford to eat healthy all of the time.

It’s okay if you can only afford to spend $45 on a Thanksgiving meal, and it not be organic and natural foods.

It’s okay if you can’t afford that Costco membership.

It’s okay if you only have enough money to barely keep the electricity on this month.

It’s okay if the only thing you can feed your family is what they hand out at the local food pantry.

And, it’s okay to get canned green beans.

And while you are doing your absolute best to make it through this holiday season without having a lot for holiday gifts or big fancy organic meals – YOUR BEST IS ENOUGH.

So while I desperately am on a mission to change the way the world sees food and hope to one day be able to make it so that every single person on the planet has access to healthful meals, I am ok with taking your hand and helping you in whatever capacity that I can.

If that means, that you can only afford canned green beens, then that’s okay. I hope to eventually help you save and eat better as your journey through life progresses. But until then, you are enough. What you do is enough, and you are blessed.

Be well. Eat well. Thrive.

By |2014-11-18T09:52:20-04:00November 18th, 2014|Healthy Eating|2 Comments

About the Author:

I'm a former sweet-tooth turned health-nut. After a difficult loss of a first pregnancy and having a second child with a heart condition, I became obsessed with health and wellness. I revamped our entire family's lifestyle, dropped seven pant sizes, and created a website where I could share our story and help support people wanting to make small changes day by day in order to live well. I also support my family by the work that I do here through advertising content, affiliates, and partnership/consultant links within content. When you click and/or order, it puts food on our table. Thanks for all your support, and may you live well and thrive!


  1. Mylinda November 19, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Very good article. Your best is enough while you work on better.

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