Thursday, July 21, 2011
So on Tuesday on my way home from my TOPS weight loss support group my husband calls me and letís me know the job he just started is switching him to part time status because they are slow. So my mind is like you have been there 4 weeks and already for real. So my head is spinning thinking of expenses and how we will deal. As soon as I got home I wrote it out and we will be okay as a matter of fact we can handle it we just have to adjust. I didnít turn to food Woohoo!!
I started thinking of things we do that are wasteful and how we can trim our food budget. I will still buy my items as they go on sale aka meatóinstead of packing ground meat in one pound packages Iím doing half # I think it will be less wasteful use what we need a lot of the times we donít need a full pound. Also, I love beans so that will be something I can do for proteins, my mom makes some really good chili and I love it because itís not sodium filled and I freeze and use it for campouts and bbq.
I am really looking at things that we can buy and I can make my own mini portions packages. I can get things in the bulk bins at my local grocery things like rice, cereal, flour, sugar, snack peanuts trail mix and beans etc. I know that will help in savings.
Then I will continue to get my fruit and veggies from local farm stands it gives me a chance to try new veggies too. Anyone who says you canít lose weight on budget is wrong. I have made a list of some great recipes that are reasonable and healthy. Portions, Portions, and Portions!! This past week I have eaten whatever I want and have not felt deprived. I have had buffalo burgers and chips and a salad. I made a huge salad with my own raspberry vinaigrette, added chicken and raspberries to it. Iíve made sandwiches with chicken, guac and cabbage on 9 grain. In the past Iíve made soups with simple base items like onion, garlic, chopped ham, chorizo (Mexican sausage), bologna, raviolis, pastas, rice, beans frozen hash browns and frozen veggies. These makes 6-8 servings of different types of soups each depends what combo I use but if you look at the ingredients they are reasonably priced and make great lunches with half a sandwich or just a roll and salad. When I batch cook and plan my meals it helps with my eating. I usually freeze the soups and just grab and go lunches.
So while I just pretty much told you what I wrote out it felt good because I didnít binge eat I actually found solutions to what I thought was a huge problem. I can take the $ budgeted for groceries and still make it work and maybe even find ways to save $. A major accomplishment!