Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 27th 2016 Contents A28
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with research by DAWN ANNAMUNTHODO
Dawn Annamunthodo is a nutritionist
and holistic health coach practitioner
from San Fernando who describes herself
as a "lifestyle transformation expert."
She helps people transform their lives
through a combination of several serv-
ices, including nutrition, fitness, well-
ness, positive psychology, stress man-
agement and weight loss.
With the rising cost of food, many folks
wonder if they ll have to cut back on their
food bill. Is it even possible to eat healthy
while on a strict budget? And if so, how?
The T&T Guardian asked Anna-
munthodo to give her thoughts as a nutri-
tionist and as a frugal, budget-conscious
Married and with two children, Anna-
munthodo studied Nutrition and Dietetics
at the State University of New York, and
says she has helped transform hundreds
of lives through better health choices.
Often, this involves getting to the root of
a person s health issues, habits and behav-
iour, she says, and helping them to
improve themselves through consistent
For her, prevention---not cure---is the
key to not only good health, but saving
money. This includes showing individuals
how to eat, exercise, manage stress, and
for parents, helping their children eat bet-
ter through preparing healthier meals.
Annamunthodo created a healthy, low-
budget meal plan for a family of four for
three sample days (two sample weekdays
and a Sunday), to give the public an idea
of what is possible. Based on that, she
estimates it would cost about $4,200 or
more a month to feed a family of four.
But it s also possible to do it for less---
it depends on how and where you shop,
what you are willing to give up, and smart
advance meal planning.
She based her estimated family food
budget on the cost of 60 items sourced
from south Trinidad, often from local
community markets, in December 2015
and January 2016.
Annamunthodo says it is entirely pos-
sible to eat a healthy, nutritious diet on
a monthly budget, but this requires plan-
ning and then sticking to the plan. She
says you have to be a good shopper, com-
paring grocery prices and sourcing food
from markets or even directly from farm-
"A small family can eat healthfully on
$1,000 a week, but they have to plan,"
"That s based on preparing all meals
and snacks at home for a couple with two
school-aged children. It doesn t include
deals at fast-food restaurants or splurges
at pricey restaurants."
Our bad, bad food habits
In a recent, informal short survey she
did last December in south Trinidad,
Annamunthodo found that the average
person there often spends about $100 a
day on two meals and a snack for them-
selves---and this would usually be for fried
or processed foods and a soft drink bought
on the run.
With the same money, she said these
people could be eating much healthier
food, far better for their bodies and minds.
"A healthier food choice can help con-
trol emotions of anger, and problems of
behaviour and attitudes," she said, "as
well as encourage better focus, problem-
solving and memory."
It s a case of re-educating ourselves
about the importance of good quality
food, and spending that $40 not on a box
of fried chicken but on your own local
fresh poultry, good vegetables, grains or
starches, to give you a better quality,
healthier meal at a better price, too.
And yes---healthy budget eating means
you have to think, do your food research,
plan, budget, make choices, buy wisely
and cook or prepare your own food. Effort
will be involved.
• Continues on Page A29
Nutritionist: You can eat healthy on a budget
Nutritionist Dawn Annamunthodo helps people
transform their lives through a combination of several
services, including nutrition, fitness, wellness, stress
management and weight loss.
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