Eating healthy on a tight budget is one of the most challenging things you can try to do. The good news (I guess) is that you're not alone.
This fantastic article from Dr. Mark Hyman explains in detail why it's so hard, and offers tips to help. He also highlights the importance of a healthy diet, not just for long-term consequences, but also for more immediate concerns. I have bolded the optimal sentences:
...(w)hen you eat unhealthy foods [fast food and/or processed, packaged food], the costs of medical visits, co-pays, prescription medications, and other health services skyrocket. There are other non-economic costs of eating poorly as well. You reduce your ability to enjoy life in the moment due to increased fatigue, low-grade health complaints, obesity, depression, and more.
|Just looking at this is depressing me|
Dr. Hyman goes on to say that:
The biggest advantage of eating well now is not just preventing disease and costs later, but simply enjoying each day to its fullest. You can make that happen. Eating well doesn’t have to cost more.I highly recommend following the link and reading the article in its entirety.