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1/12/11 8:55 A

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I liked the article. Many people don't know how to cook. I find it very helpful to plan out a menu for several weeks. I sometime swap out days but at least I have a plan.

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1/12/11 6:58 A

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emoticon The New FORUM is now open.
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1/11/11 11:55 P

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I am a farmer's Market fanatic and I eat for super cheap because of it. I typically spend $50 a week or less for groceries for my husband and myself. If you have a farmer's market near by, you have to stop by!

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1/11/11 4:24 P

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Linda, I love that idea!

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1/11/11 4:22 P

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I am positive that cooking at home is cheaper than eating out at any fast food.
The problem many of us have is time. I have been there.
I am doing much better now.
We have to realize that on the average, we cannot eat for free.

Being frugal about how we eat is not necessarily the cheapest way to eat either. But there are ways to eat healthy that are cheaper than other ways.

While we are talking about it -
I mentioned on the chat thread that the leaders now have an option for a new section or forum for the team.
Are those of you discussing this interested in that new forum being about food & nutrition?
It could be about simple healthy menus, since time is so important.
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1/11/11 1:42 P

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Great article! Nothing makes me madder when people say they can't "afford" to eat healthy. RUBBISH! The only valid excuse are for people who live in "food deserts" - I own several rental properties in a neighborhood where there are NO grocery stores, so yes, in that case, when there is no other alternative, I can see why people rely on fast food and convenience items. But as for everyone else, it's just an excuse.

For example, the BF just went to the grocery store and bought a bag of barley, a bag of yellow split peas and a bag of kidney beans. Those three items definitely cost less than $5 and we will get I don't know how many meals out of them. Yes, they will take time to cook, but it's worth it!

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1/11/11 1:28 P

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The prices on the healthy food are ridiculously cheap.
A gallon of milk for $2?
1 pound of chicken breast for 98?

I get where they are going with this, but prices here are twice that! Chicken breast on sale is $1.99 a pound!

I could never afford to eat fast food or go out all the time, but everyone else seems to all the time. Oh well, they can have their 99 heart attack! LOL


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1/11/11 1:11 P

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I agree. It is about upbringing. I know for me it is easier to cook than fast food. My Mom & grandmother both loved to cook so, I was always learning from them. The only time we eat fast food is when we are traveling a long distances. But, we always look for Healthy items on the menu or we stop at a restaurant.

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1/11/11 12:58 P

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I saw that blog and it was eye opening. I agree with Vivian that some of that may be due to our upbringing. I know it was pretty exciting for my parents to be able to go out and buy Kentucky Fried chicken back in the 1960's. And Pizza Hut! Wow, was that a great convenience! They had no idea that there were nutritional consequences. I've learned quite a bit over the years about good nutrition, but SP really helped me to get a grip not only on eating out, but those "convenience" foods that grocery stores offer on their shelves. Not for this kid! emoticon

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1/11/11 12:14 P

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Good article - however I find that a lot of the people that say they 'can't afford' to eat healthy are actually victims of their upbringing. They were never TAUGHT nor required to learn to prepare their own foods. Maybe HOMEMAKING should be a REQUIRED subject in our schools. emoticon



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Have you read this article? The pictures are real eye-openers for people who say they can't afford to eat healthy.

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