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2/28/14 5:30 P

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I check online at our grocery stores sites to see what they have on sale and try to gear my meals toward that. It is a lot harder in the winter months though. I'm lucky to have a freezer so that I can freeze foods when they are plentiful.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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2/28/14 4:44 P

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I agree it is worth it. WE are worth taking the time and care to choose healthy foods!
Having said that, winter is especially tough and I cannot buy local produce in Pennsylvania now!
I have spent appproximately $750 for food in the month of February for a family of three, two of whom are on SBD.

I can also rationalize I am not spending (virtually) any money on eating out or during Phase One. I pack all meals for work, etc, which is a considerable savings

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1/26/12 2:17 P

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Buy bulk and raise a garden.

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1/25/12 4:33 P

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Sounds like you have found the key to making it work.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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1/25/12 1:45 P

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Honestly, I don't feel like eating the SB way is that expensive compared to my grocery bill before. In fact, it was several $4 family size bags of chips, $8 packages of frozen chicken fingers and the sodas and processed junk foods that were costing me so much. Cutting those out has actually lowered my bill. Now I just buy meats, veggies and dairy. I try to find the cheapest lean meats I can find, and often buy them in larger sizes and then portion them out and freeze. My bill ends up not being bad at all!

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9/1/11 12:58 P

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I have a large garden, but still give more away even though I eat vegs daily. The salad I made last night was totally from the garden. Bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, radishes, red onion with orange oregano dressing. My carbs were carrots and orange juice. It works better for me to have a vegetable carb instead of a grain, but I'm going to have an ear of corn for dinner tonight salad again. It will probably be the same as last night with kohlrabi, tomatoes and cucumbers added, maybe a different dressing. I like ff sour cream with ranchy herbs in it. I grow thyme, oregano, sage, etc. Wish I could preserve all the vegs for winter, but it hasn't worked so far. We're on 30 amp, so no freezer. I could can them and leave out the salt. Mostly, too lazy.

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9/1/11 10:22 A

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I think we have shared some good ideas. We have different ways of handling the diet too. I lost 60 pounds 5 years ago looking at the diet like this:

Breakfast was usually eggs. Boiled, scrabbled, omelets, with cheese without cheese with vegetables without vegetables. You get the idea. Occasionally I would have other foods. Right now I like Greek yogurt. I sometimes have it with cinnamon and a bit of truvia.

Lunch was a big salad with different kinds of meat and cheese. Like I would put in a sandwich.

Dinner is with the family. I choose a meat and a salad. Then because I am feeding teenaged boys I make a carb that I am not interested in enough to eat more than an appropriate amount. I am diabetic so some days I don't eat the carb if my blood sugar is high. I also eat one or two nonstarchy vegetables besides the salad.

South Beach helped me to figure out what my plate should look like. I wandered off it. I gained 40 pounds. I have just recently lost them. I do really well when I eat according to South Beach. I try to follow the general principles but look at my food budget. Sometimes, I eat higher fat because it is cheaper. I try to keep the vegetables cheap. I look around and figure out what I am willing to pay for that fits my eating plan.

I should say that sometimes I do not plan on eating the starch I will serve a simple carb because I have not gotten my family completely switched over yet.

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9/1/11 8:39 A

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It is more expensive but it is soo worth it....my hubby and I make sure that is in our budget...and we try to make the cheapest choices available..
Eating healthy is much more expensive then eating "fatty"....that is why Americans look like they do..........unfortunately!!!


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8/31/11 9:51 P

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I spend a lot less on groceries now than I did before SB. Planning and batch cooking means nothing I buy is wasted and daily meals are quick to prepare. Meat, chicken and fish portions are three ounces, not the four ounces or more that I used to eat. That's one extra serving per pound. I make a lot of inexpensive vegetarian meals. When fresh produce isn't local, I buy frozen. It's frozen the day it's picked, which seems healthier to me than produce that takes days to reach my supermarket. Frozen veggies are often 10 for $10. In our supermaket there is a section of meat that will expire the next day that is very inexpensive. I cook and freeze it that day. Sometimes it's hard to learn to think differently--break from old habits. Ramen noodles are cheap, but so are dried beans. Once you start thinking healthy and inexpensive, you'll be surprised how great your meals taste.

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8/31/11 9:15 P

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I also have a huge garden with veggies, fruit, and herbs and raise fish in our pond.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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8/31/11 6:19 P

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Same as everyone else has said. Also buy the plain LARGE container of yogurt because its cheaper. Dry beans - make a huge pot and freeze in 2 cups sizes. Right now picking berries and apples for winter storage. Don't get hung up on the "lean" meat requirements. Seriously its not a huge difference in fat grams and yes its a bit more on the calories but not enough to "break" the scale. Ground meats can be rinsed. Skin and fat can be removed. Whole chickens rock AND you can make soup. I buy all spices/dry herbs/beans/grains/nuts/etc in bulk. Dressings are either sour cream/plain yogurt and seasonings(also my dip) or oil/vinegar. I make alot of soups which are cheap.

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8/31/11 6:16 P

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We buy lots of frozen veggies and rack up on soy products and meat when its on sale. We buy fresh veggies when they are on sale. We also eat a lot of eggs as fritattas or the such. Dry beans are very cheap all the time. We are also sure to rack up on fish when its on sale. Our cabinet and freezer stays packed. I've also noticed since moving to Florida that food is cheaper here than in Minnesota.

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8/31/11 5:56 P

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I buy seasonal fruits and veggies and I shop the farmer's markets and stores like Aldis and Sam's. I get the weekly grocery store ads online and look for sales and coupons. I buy meat in bulk when it's on sale and freeze it. I look at frozen veggies too which are often fresher than fresh that has traveled a 1000+ miles as are canned veggies as long as you drain the cans and rinse the veggies to remove excess salt.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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8/31/11 5:50 P

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There is a topic that I just bumped up to the top. It's '$20 Food Showdown'. There may be something there to help you.

I love SB, too, however I'm pretty boring and eat the same things over and over. Hope there is something there to help you.

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I use cheap greens and tomatoes for salad. I use chicken thighs if they are on sale even thought the fat is higher. It is better than how I was eating before. I fill my family up on some starch but they are skinny teenagers. I buy my canned vegetables from the local cannery in the dented section.

I sometimes eat meats that aren't the best choices because it is what I can afford.

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8/31/11 5:37 P

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I am struggling because I love the SB Lifestyle, however those darn fresh veggies and meats are so expensive. When your dinner choices start to become which flavor of Ramen noodles to have, it's time for an intervention!!! :) I was wondering what tips & tricks you all might have?

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