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2/4/08 1:50 P

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Another good post on eating well and frugally:

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2/3/08 3:54 P

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That's a HARD offer to resist, sometimes! :)



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2/1/08 11:04 P

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thanks to all the replies. i have a love/hate relationship with aldi's.
they are such a hit or miss store. i have been to better ones across the country, the ones here lack in quality produce for sure.
in retrospect, posting that post about cheap groceries made me check myself. my effort towards either making my way to the farmers market or finding a friend to take me are totally lacking. this says alot about me. i am a creature of entirely too much comfort. i often joke about being a "hedonist" and thats obviously my way of candy coating a seriously unhealthy issue.
im glad that i made the revelation, and i am thankful. i will be avoiding the market this weekend because we are wallowing in a snowdump, but also because it is the big mardi gras weekend here, and there is no parking, BUT i promised myself, next week fo' sho.
on a positive note, i am not at the bar sucking down 9 million calories in beer, and i was a big girl and declined an invite to be "carried" for an evening of drinking, debauchery, and no doubt, an early morning trip to the diner for bees and gees and greasy stuffed mushrooms. I AM HERE. typing. oh well, im still proud...


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1/31/08 9:03 P

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Welcome to the team MK, emoticon
You've been given some great links already and you may want to check out the "How do you save money on groceries" thread on the SP Cafe message board www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
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I got quite a few ideas from there as well.

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1/31/08 8:16 P

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Portion control as a way of life would suck, I agree. But I tried it for awhile so I could get a good sense of what a proper portion was. I was eating enough food for someone twice my height! No wonder I was putting on weight!!

Looks like elf food, eh? I guess that's only bad if you don't want to look like an elf. LOL!!

If you want something to read, check out my blog at cowpunkmom.blogspot.com


 
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1/31/08 1:05 P

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I don't know if you have one in your town or not, but I swear by Aldi. It won't have *everything* you need, but their frozen Fit & Active southwest veggie hot pocket-type things are so delicious. And I've never been dissatisfied with their produce, though their selection varies. Also great for bagged salads, frozen staples like chicken, fish, frozen fruit, etc. The one I go to is a little out of the way. I wish there was one closer, I'd make it a weekly trip!

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MAMAKITTTY's Photo MAMAKITTTY Posts: 4
1/31/08 12:55 P

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thanks yall.
were not on food stamps but would probably qualify. :/
i feel you on that issue though. i just found a discount organic grocer, i dont know how discount yet, but i plan to check it out this weekend. i normally go to our big farmers market, and the difference in our eating when i cannot make it is amazing. i havent made it in awhile cause its a hassle, especially when the weather sucks. excuses excuses, but they are fairly valid. :)
i have noticed that at our market, most of the vendors do accept food stamps, you see postings everywhere. this is only good if stamp recipients use them at places like this.
i definitely need to put forth more effort to get there, i can double our produce for the same amount id spend at the regular chain store easily.
unfortunately i wont be going this weekend as we are turning into the great tundra apparently, thanks for the links.
portion control hurts my soul. it reminds me of that commercial where the couple is dining at the upscale restaraunt and the guy says, "it looks like elf food."




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1/31/08 10:04 A

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Very good topic! One of the things I've read on the emails SP sends is to TELL PEOPLE about your goals. The more people you tell, the more to support your healthy habits and, in turn, hopefully they'll get the hint and try not to be a total glutton in front of you.

That said, it sounds like you are the primary caregiver in charge of meals for the whole family. I am pretty politically aware and it burns my hind-end to read right-wing pundits talk about how food stamps shouldn't increase b/c so many low-income people are obese. (Food stamp allowances have increased 10% over the last 8 years, while the cost of food, overall, has increased, over 30%.) There was a recent study that showed that giving lower-income folks vouchers for farmers markets, etcs, SHOCK, shows that they DO buy fruits and veggies when it's fresh and not expensive. Lots of supermarkets in low-income areas have nasty produce that is way overpriced. Anyway, not implying you're low-income b/c we're all having a hard time making ends meet these days, I know I am, anyway, just something I feel very passionate about. End rant!

Cowpunkmama gave you some good links.

Here's a few more:

www.tops.org/ReadArticle.asp?article
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www.miserlymoms.com/MOMMealsexcerpt.
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www.faqs.org/docs/consumer/recipes

www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/06/0
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(I HIGHLY recommend Get Rich Slowly's site, and he is also doing a site called Get Fit Slowly.)

Also, I'd check out Amazon.com and such to find any recipe books specifically for eating healthy on a budget and see if your local library has them, or can get them (often they will do inter-library loan or order books that are requested.) Otherwise, you can maybe find some used on there or alibris.com, powells.com, etc.

(I REALLY HATE HOW THIS SITE DOES LINKS, FYI!)

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1/31/08 9:39 A

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Oh, that is ruff!! And familiar, at least a little bit.

Portion control is going to go far for you. Enter the fatty food in the calorie counter here and find out how much one healthy portion is. It's probably pretty small! Put that on your plate, and when the family says "IS THAT ALL YOUR EATING?" calmly explain that there are enough calories on your plate for an entire meal. Anything more than that is over-eating. Then let them dish up!

My family didn't even care at first, but I have noticed over the months that my daughter is skipping seconds, is heading for an apple when she wants a snack...my healthy habits are rubbing off on her a bit!

Oh, yeah! Serve up veggies and salad with meals, you can eat a LOT of those!

Also, this web-site has some cheap recipes: healthy.hillbillyhousewife.com/index
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I don't agree with everything on this site, but there are some frugal recipes in there. Sift through and find what will work for you.

Good luck! If you stand by your guns, your family will start to notice!

If you want something to read, check out my blog at cowpunkmom.blogspot.com


 
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1/31/08 7:38 A

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so, my biggest problem of late is my family. we are on a pretty strict budget and in order to feed a family of 6, plus hangers ons, it is difficult to do it in a healthy manner.
im a great cook, but i find when im trying to make healthier foods, it becomes too expensive. i cannot make my own separate food for this reason, and although im the only fat one in the bunch, id like to get everyone on board. my husband, a perfectly fit 31 year old, has a love for southern cooking which im convinced is killing me. i have NO metabolism, and i swear sometimes just preparing and LOOKING at the food packs more pounds on me.
i dont want to be that chick spending hours on homemade meals only to sit there and eat a fricken apple!!!
anyhoo, id love any advice, especially on how to improve our eating without breaking the bank, (ive actually contemplated revisiting my old traveling days and dumpster diving at the wild oats or whole foods!!) but id also love stories on anyone who has successfully managed to pull their loved ones away from the dark side and got them on the healthy plan as well....
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