The summertime is when it is the easiest for me to eat clean and do it within a budget. I live in Upstate NY and once the snow hits, good fresh veggies at a reasonable cost are the things of dreams. However ... there are still things you can do. Shop local for vegetables whenever you can. Street stands, farmers markets ... if you can get involved in a vegetable co-op with a local farm, that can be a huge $$ saver. Check out www.localharvest.org for places in your area. I have found if you talk to the growers, ask them what pesticides they are using, alot of the local farms (NOT selling mass production to groceries, but the ones that put up roadside stands) ARE growing organically, but due to the red tape involved in getting the paperwork allowing them to call themselves an organic farm, choose to just sell their products label free. Talk to them it helps.
Ok ... off the veggie wagon, lol. I have found that my family is doing ok with my food changes. I try to limit my meat intake, and stick mostly to fish and veggies for protein. My DH & DS go out for *4-legged days* when they are wanting something different. I do occasionally serve poultry. I still buy Cocoa Puffs for my son, if that is what he wants, but I serve it with organic skim milk. It does cost more to buy good fish, but all in all, vegetables, eggs, etc cost less than meat ... so I just get creative with my recipes. There are some great ones here, but I also recommend picking up (or subscribing to!) Clean Eating Magazine. They have lots of great menu ideas for the whole family. And Tosca Reno's books are helpful, if you can pick one up at the bookstore or library (The Eat-Clean Diet & The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook).
Plus ... this group can help. :) I bet there are lots of great clean eating recipes floating around amongst us here that have been family-tested and approved. :)
"To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat."
~ Plato ~
| Pounds lost: 48.2