Monday, March 12, 2012
With all the talk about how expensive it is to eat healthy, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips on how to eat healthy on a budget and share what I bought this weekend.
First, I will acknowledge the fact that produce is increasing in price and can be more than junk food but I it's important to consider the health benefits from the slightly higher priced produce. We know healthy food is beneficial to your health and well being unlike potato chips, ice cream and fast food which are all nutrient deficient food and leaves your body hungry for more [nutrients.]
Tips I Follow:
Shop Farmer's markets
-You may be able to get a deal directly from the farmer.
Shop in the middle of the week
-Many stores have double sale day or they introduce new sales in the Tuesday and Wednesdays
Visit the bulk section or buy in bulk
-Nuts/Seeds and other unique ingredients can get pricey. Shopping in the bulk section allows you to control how much you spend.
Purchase seasonal produce
-Purchasing what's in season increases the likelihood it will be on sale.
-Planning meals in advance gives you an idea of what ingredients you will need so you can eliminate or reduce mindless shopping.
Compare store ads
-Sometimes the store you least expect may have organic produce on sale
Don't be an so strict with buying only organic
-Of course organic (no pesticides) is the best way to go!
-But there are times when organic is just too expensive. Either choose a less expensive option or buy conventionally grown product.
-I prefer to buy all my leafy greens and apples organic but I purchase fruits that have peels conventionally when I need to.
Check out the chart below to help guide you on which foods have less pesticides on them.
Try a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
-This allows you to purchase shares in a local farm for a certain time period and receive weekly baskets of food.
-I have never tried this because there was no farm I could visit in my area, but I have heard overall good things. I'm also a little skeptical because you pay in advance and it's possible for your food to be substandard. Basically, you take a chance and hope for the best. I definitely will try this once I find a local farm I can visit.
Shop Online for unique ingredients and start sprouting!
-Sprouting is easy and an economical way of getting your greens.
-It only requires water and a container; no dirt or planting! On average sprouting can be done in as little as 2 days depending on what you sprout.
On to my grocery haul
This weekend I did not have to buy many leafy greens because I purchased so many last week. Last week, all varieties kale was on sale at Whole Foods 2 for $3.00. I purchased 5 bunch which was more than enough for me last week. I have 2 bunches of curly and red leaf kale left plus a bunch of chard. They store so well in the fridge. Anyway, my grocery bill this week was $28.51! I was shocked at how just how much organic product Sprouts had.
Bananas, Bok choy, celery 1/2 bunch of Dino Kale (I used some this morning,) grapes, 3lb oranges, 3lbs bosc organic pears, 5 cara/navel oranges, wheat grass, dates, parsley, limes, lemons, jalapeno, 3lbs red apples, zucchini, pineapple, spices (cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, chili powder, vanilla powder, Himalayan salt and 2 yellow mango (not pictured)
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Stats as of Nov. 1:
Pounds lost: 9.5
Inches lost: 19.25
Down 1 one size (YAY!)
Completed Mesocycle 2 of STS
Completed Month 1 of insanity
Reward: Just happy to get into a smaller size
I'm so very excited to see my results. Sometimes it hard for me to tell if I have lost weight and it's wonderful to see my progress in number and clothes. It's amazing- I've never been more motivated to stay on track before and I'm enjoying the journey.
When I look back at my past attempts to stay on track I realize that I just set myself up to fail. Before I would set goals like 'lose 5 lbs this week' or 'lose 1 size per month.' Now, I realize that my goals should focus more on living a healthier lifestyle verses just trying to get into a smaller size. It's been 3 months (August - October) and I'm ecstatic at what I have accomplished. My weight loss has been steady; I'm enjoying everything; I'm motivating others to live healthier; I'm learning to appreciate the little victories.
This time around I set smaller goals focusing on health such as: exercise each day for a month; drink 96oz or more of water daily, eat every 2-3 hours. Each month I build on top of the previous month. One of the best accomplishments so far is that I have helped a co-workout to lose 10lbs the healthy way verses her starving herself. Who would have thought I could help someone lose weight when I still have a ways to go to get to my goal?
What have you learned from your past dieting mistakes?
Monday, September 19, 2011
It's been a whole year since I've sparked! I'm happy to report I maintained my 50 lb weightloss but sad to report I haven't lost anything else.
It's funny because exercising is not my problem; It's the types of food I eat and when. So, instead of me trying to be extremely restrictive with eating 100% raw I am allowing myself to comsume some cooked food. I would say I'm probably 85% raw now. I still do not eat meat. The cooked foods I eat include lentils, eggs, oatmeal, yams, brown rice and other beans. I'm also trying to cut out cheese again!
I've gotten myself back on track as of 6 weeks ago. Instead of looking at the long road I have ahead of me I've been setting intermediate goals. For example, for the month of August I set a goal to workout each day last month and drink 96 oz of water daily. That included 1-2 days of yoga, 3 days of strength training, and 6 days of cardio. I was so excited when I managed those goals that I rewarded myself with new workout shoes!
This month my goal is to continue last month's goals while changing my eating habits. I will eat every 2.5-3 hours which means I'll be eating 6-7x daily. So far, I know I've lost weight because my clothes are fitting differently (better) and my energy has increased like crazy! I love it!
I'll be posting pics of my daily meals again! I found when I do that I'm more likely to stay on track.
Tata for now!
Monday, August 23, 2010
I woke up this morning feeling absolutely great! Actually, Iíve been waking up with a smile each day. Just a few weeks back, I was in a bad place. I just wasnít sure about much of anything- what I wanted, how I was going to get it and if I could succeed. At the drop of a dime I would cry for no reason. Maybe I was just depressed---I hate that word but thatís all I can come up with to describe the way I felt. It amazes me that I can counsel others with ease, but I canít/donít take me own advise. Well, this time I did. I made a commitment to pray, meditate, relax and let go.
Moreover, I decided to make a conscious effort to live my life with no apologies, no comparing, and no limits! My goal each day is to be my true self and be true to myself. My goodness! Little did I know it would feel this good. I still have bad moments, but theyíre just that- bad moments.
I also signed up to take the LSAT this October so, Iím studying like crazy! Wish me luck!
Update on Green Smoothie/Juice Challenge.
This morning, I blended some beets. celery, carrots, apples and ginger. Yum! I made enough to have a little with my dinner. (I added a little vodka this time.)
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