This morning my husband told me that eating healthy helped him decide we need to set up a budget. ??? He explained that he used to think diets were restrictive because he couldn't eat whatever he wanted, but now he realizes that he does not feel deprived and in reality has more freedom because of eating within healthy guidelines: he's lost weight, his blood pressure is down, his blood sugar under control, he has more energy and feel more alert. Somehow those things crossed over into realizing that in the past he always viewed a budget as restrictive--he couldn't spend on whatever he wanted. Now he sees that using a budget will actually give more freedom and peace of mind.
This is a milestone for us. I used to faithfully keep a budget and he used to faithfully fight against it. For the past 3 years we didn't keep a budget at all. Now he is excited about starting one, so we downloaded a program that will be easy for him to use, and easy for him to track spending.
Of all the benefits of eating healthy, I sure didn't expect this one!! :)