Bankrate: But isn't shopping organically more expensive?
I know it probably doesn't effect you so much,
but others suffering with MS might not be able
to afford these foods.
Clay Walker: For example,
organic spinach is very healthy and doesn't cost that much, plus it can be used
in so many ways -- in a salad, sautéed in a pan. Put a little garlic in
a pan, add your cleaned, fresh spinach and there you go. It costs the same amount
of money to eat well as it does to eat poorly. If you're spending $5 at McDonalds,
you can make a great meal for $5. It just takes the effort.
Bankrate: So what would you make for $5 besides sautéed spinach?
Walker: Maybe fish like cod or halibut that I cook in the microwave covered
for about 7 minutes on high heat with lemon pepper seasoning, a pinch of red pepper
and garlic powder. Red pepper speeds up your metabolism and with the fish you're
getting the omega-3 oils. There are meals that can be made inexpensively and are
Bankrate: It sounds
like you watch the Food Network.
Walker: No, but I'm a big fan of HGTV. I love watching "This Old House"
or shows like that. I love the decorating ideas. We live in our little cubes and
the term "thinking outside the box" has become so cliche. I like to
be hands-on in my projects. Sure, I hire various people to help, but I love giving
my ideas into projects. Life is about absorbing other things you can incorporate
into your own life and make it your own idea.
Bankrate: Sounds like with all your success and money, that you live a rather simple life.
Walker: Absolutely. I like spending time with my kids, kissing and hugging
them. I like to go fishing, too. If I catch something, we might have it for dinner.
I like riding my horses. And I love spending time in the studio writing and recording
great lyrics. It all sounds simple but it goes deep.
Bankrate: Do your lyrics for "Money Ain't Everything" represent a longing for
a more simple life?
Clay Walker: Well, I feel blessed everyday for what God has given me. I think I appreciate
every show more than I used to because I know it could be taken from me. But part
of the song -- "What good is first place when you're in a rat race ... money
ain't everything," means I have tried to remain true to myself and be completely
honest as a recording artist and a man. Everything that has happened to me over
the last several years gave me a newfound courage.
Bankrate: Sounds like you're answered your own thoughts on your 1994 song: "If I Could
Make a Living."
Clay Walker: (laughs) Well, I guess I proved to myself that I can.