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Raw Food Challenge part 2 (Tips on healthy eating on a budget)

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.

Plan meals
-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)

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I'm glad you found my post helpful!

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Most of what I bought is organic with the exception of the 4-5 navel oranges and lemons.

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FEB_SHOWERS16 3/13/2012 10:59AM

    Thank you for these tips! I definitely have to shop on a budget and be very careful about how much I spend.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 3/13/2012 7:04AM

    I hope you buy organic produce! Yes it costs money. So does excellent health. It is a small percentage of the cost of medical care. Also. when you eat raw you eat much less.

To me low fat raw organic vegan eating is the highest and kindest and healthiest way to eat. It restores and saves our health, our planet, our nation. It support small organic local farmers, is kind to animals, and totally sustainable. Some call this high price??? I call it high payoff!

Monsanto and others have destroyed our health, poisoned our planet and our children, and who knows what else. Commercial farming is a death sentence! Organic farming is the wave of the future and is thriving right now.

I support organic! I support small farms! I support low fat raw organic vegan food - REAL food.

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End of November Results and More!

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?


Happy to be back on Sparkpeople!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hi All!

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!

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SHOOPETTE 9/20/2011 12:54AM

    welcome back!

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KIMBERLY3C 9/19/2011 3:54PM

    Welcome Back! I am happy to hear that you maintained your weight. You've been on vacation long enough! Let's get moving and shedding more weight!

Good Luck!


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Study, Diet, Workout!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

So today is my first official study day for the LSAT October. I have 6.5 weeks to get a thorough understanding of everything. One of my main issues is getting through the reading comp. and logic games within the allotted timeframe. Right now it takes me 10 minutes to get through 1 reading comp. passage and 12 or more to get through a logic game. I will be creating my study schedule and make sure I complete a full test each week to ensure I am able to complete the test on time and with ease. Wish me luck. I take a practice test Saturday.

Now, on to my diet update.
Iím continuing to eat mostly raw but with some cooked items like beans. Today is day 10 of my 3 0day Green Smoothie Challenge. I had a mix of grapefruit, raw honey, and spinach. Yum! Check out the other meals.

Banana Spice Protein Shake

The Sweetest Treat

Basic Salad

Spaghetti w/ homemade spinach/kale pesto

Because Iím not able to use weights for my workout awhile, for the past 3 weeks or so Iíve been doing bodyweight circuits.(Iím so sore from yesterdayís legs and abs workout) I can tell a huge difference in my strength! These workouts are the best. I never get bored because they're always different! I canít wait to weigh myself Saturday. Iím so sure I lost something. My clothes are a bit loose.

Hereís a todayís workout.
5 min Warm up and stretch
**6 Pike Push Up
30 Mountain Climbers
6 Sumo Push Up
30 Mountain Climbers
15 Back Extensions
30 Mountain Climbers**
Repeat Circuit 5x as quickly as possible
5 min cool down and stretch

Wishing you Sparkers a great night!

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MIARENEEC 8/25/2010 5:06AM

    emoticon Stopping by to tell you good faith on your LSAT. I have been there (although I wasn't as disciplined as you). I'm in my 3rd year of law school now, beginning my study for the bar exam on top of my classes.

I'm working to make sure I stay consistent with my workouts and eating because I know that will help give me the energy I need.
We can do it together! emoticon

Also keep your recipes coming, my aunt is a raw food vegan and I have been enjoying some of her fresh recipes, maybe we can swap some sometime...(may I have the recipe for the Kale pesto spaghetti?)

Once again good faith as you prepare for your LSAT!

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Feeling Wonderful!

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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MFRANCE007 8/23/2010 10:46PM

Just loooove the idea to be your "true self". I think if we respect ourself, everything would be so much easier.

Keep up the good york!


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ALISHAB3 8/23/2010 10:33PM

    Awesome!! I'm also preparing for the LSAT, I am planning on taking it next year. Its been a while since I studied for much of anything.

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