Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It's been about a week now that I decided that i need to stop skimping on my groceries and buy quality food.
I have a budget of $50 a week for groceries. When I go on a shopping spree or spend more than I should on other things, I have been taking that out of my monthly "grocery" money. Needless to say, that hasn't been working well. Since I haven't been buying many groceries, I ended up eating fast food for lunch. I let myself skimp on groceries but eat fast food. I gained weight and eventually it got to the point where I could feel that I was nutritionally deprived.
I made the choice to stop eating all that fast food and to spend that money on healthier foods. My grocery money is for GROCERIES only. If I buy impulse items that money comes from elsewhere or I do not buy it. I went shopping for fruits, veggies, and healthy snacks. No processed foods. I ended up with cherries, cantaloupe, squash, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, carrots, hummus, yogurt, etc. I have tons of meat in my freezer, so I didn't need to worry about that. Surprisingly, I stayed within my $50 range with some to spare, which proves you can eat healthy on a budget. It's been a week now and I still have some leftovers. So, next time I shop for fruits and veggies, I don't need to buy nearly as much since I have rollover stock.
I have so much more energy and I am waking up earlier and in a better mood. I don't feel constantly deprived. I haven't had many cravings, minus last night, which I will explain later! I have a problem with a sweet tooth, more like sweet teeth! I am managing it by eating fruits that make me feel like I am eating dessert or yogurt flavored like dessert. Apples with peanut butter are one of my favorite "dessert" snacks. I find that if I eat fruit after dinner when I would normally eat something sweet, my sweet teeth are all satisfied and I don't feel guilty about it afterward.
Yesterday after work I caved in and I picked up Taco Bell. I had one beefy crunch burrito and a cheesy potato soft taco and a small soda. I planned on cooking homemade macaroni and cheese and chicken, but for some reason the cheese didn't melt properly for my macaroni and cheese. I've cooked it a few times before with no problems, but yesterday the cheese just formed one massive glob of rubber and wouldn't mix in with the milk sauce.
I get cranky when I don't eat my meals on time, so by the time my meal was ruined, I was ready to eat but didn't have any leftovers. All the sudden I craved a beefy crunch burrito because earlier that week my boyfriend came over eating them, but I never tried them. It looked good and I do like Taco Bell. If I had known how many calories were in those, I probably would have just gotten that one and not the second taco or the soda. They looked so small that I figured they would be about 250 calories each. Ah, well, I didn't go over my calorie range by much at least. Could be worse.