When I first started eating healthy I was dropping $500 in the first week grocery shopping. Not a good idea when you’re a stay at home mom and your husband only gets paid once a month. No sir, no it’s not. Looking back I can tell a few major things that got in my way:
Now it’s crazy to me since we have started downsizing our debt and living on a budget how much we are able to spend when it comes to grocery shopping for our family of 5. It took me years to get to this point and I don’t want that for you. So let me tell you about how my family of 5 eats healthy for $100 a week.
As we get closer to the new year, I know more and more of you are thinking about your new years resolution. In fact, over a quarter of the resolutions set involve better health, fitness, or both. Trust me, I have watched many a people in my life set these goals and fail in large part due to finances. Since I don’t want you substituting one bad habit for another (over-spending) I have laid out 7 easy ways to set your health and fitness goals without breaking the bank. Because funny enough, the 3rd most common resolution is to be better with finances. Things that make you go, “Hmmm..?”
Meal prepping is one of those things that I think people believe is only for those 5am workout people or the people who spend their free time doing extreme couponing. Let me just say, both of these people are to be admired; #goals. Truth is, meal prepping shouldn’t be only for those who are extremely motivated or high achievers. Meal prep was truly designed for the rest of us; the slackers of the world, the people who need time and sanity back. It’s made for busy business runners, parents, or anyone with more than one thing going on in their life. Those weeks when I meal prep are the easiest weeks of my life. To top it off, I make my meals from scratch using the best ingredients I can find. You won’t find many frozen meals, cans or plastic wrappers when it comes to cooking in my kitchen. (Except that organic beans come in cans and frozen organic veggies come in wrappers…ya got me there.) All it takes is a few hours and a little strategy to save yourself time and cut back on dishes for the week. This is my whole food meal prep strategy to get the meals for our family of 5 ready for the week.
I avoid red meats, so my family only purchases turkey bacon. It’s absolutely delicious but one big downfall was the less-crunchy-ness of it all. You know what I mean. If you are with the majority of bacon eaters, you prefer yours with a little crunch; or crispy. Should you not be one of the crispy bacon seekers, this post isn’t for you. Here are some other options: Morning Mindfulness. How to Reduce Stress Before Getting Out of Bed. The Kindness Experiment. Just a few light hearted pieces so we can move past this whole bacon debacle. For you crispy bacon lovers, read on to find out how to cook turkey bacon in the oven.
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What a seriously depressing topic, right? I was inspired after reading a post by Alex at Fitnancials.com called The Harsh Reality of Owning a Fitness Blog. It was all about people’s harsh words toward her when they didn’t think her fitness was fit enough. The fact that she lost weight while taking care of herself and bettering her health never crossed their minds apparently. While there are so, so, so many benefits to eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, the truth is, there are some serious downfalls as well. I have read posts that have similar titles to “10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle” but their reasons are always a little shifty. 1. It’s so hard getting new clothes once you lose weight and get your 6 pack abs! –Uhh, no, no, that all sounds great and you’re just tricking people into reading this. Not cool, ma’am, not cool. So I’m going to break it down and get real, 10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle.
The day I gave up processed foods was incredibly stressful. The amount of information was incredibly overwhelming. At the same time, that day was also one that totally transformed my entire way of eating. Working on a diet with no processed food can be challenging at first, but after you get the system down, it becomes second nature. The heart of my kitchen, and the key to my success with whole foods is of course the pantry. Now, I’m going to level with you, I do have a few processed foods in my pantry. Please don’t hold it against me. So besides the few odds and ends, let’s talk about what you need to get started on a no processed food pantry.