Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Fourth Of July Weekend

For the next few days, I'll be off gallivanting with the family, picnic-ing and seeing the fireworks tomorrow night. Promise me that you'll have a ball too and I'll see y'all Monday morning. Happy holiday weekend! Be safe friends..........

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Outdoor Life

We spend tons of time outdoors in summer. I can't seem to soak up enough sunshine. I head out early to the porch for coffee and then stay out for my morning run. I look up to the heavens and the sun shines down on my face, oh, it feels so good. 

The afternoon finds us on the back porch for more sunshine and swimming. Whenever I'm inside, I'm thinking of going outside, I'm living with a one track mind. Summer is so distracting.

In the evenings, I enjoy a little chicken watching, they are seriously funny y'all, and are a big mood booster. We have quite a few baby chicks right now and I never tire of watching them. Add in the dogs, cats and kiddos, it's a real funny farm.

Are you enjoying the warmer weather and slower pace of summer too? I can already tell that summer is zipping by way faster than I'd like. Oh summer, linger a little longer won't you?

Monday, June 29, 2015

How We Buy Organic On A Shoestring Budget

I fell prey to the belief that we couldn't possibly eat organic and whole foods because the prices are so much higher than the unhealthy alternatives. I believed this for years and it became my excuse for not changing to a whole foods and organic lifestyle. Just go to the market and it's not hard to see the price difference in every single item, the organic is often double or even more, ughhhhh, how can we possibly afford that, we live on one income. Well I'm here to tell you that we do it and you can too!

First start with an open mind. Clear out all preconceived notions you have about the price difference at the store. I want you to head to the market not with prices in mind, and I hear the protests, but I always shop with prices in mind,  yes, me too, but for now, forget about them. How you shop and what you shop for is going to drastically change and this is going to make all the difference at the checkout, so for now, forget the prices. 

By eating a whole foods diet, and buying organic, you are going to eliminate lots of items that you are accustomed to purchasing at the market. Items like chips, prepackaged snacks, some dairy items, some cereals, canned foods, and the like. The majority of your shopping will be around the outer edges of your market, not on the aisles. Since you'll be eliminating lots of items that you would normally purchase, you'll be subtracting this amount from your grocery ticket right off the top. And let me just say, it's a big number. 

That money will now go to offsetting the cost of buying whole and organic foods. See, simple as that. But are you saying, what do you think we're gonna eat now?  I don't have the time to be in the kitchen whipping everything up from scratch.  You won't have to, but you will have to learn a new way of eating. Now when you want a snack you could choose to munch on an apple, carrot or celery stick, along with some yummy nuts or seeds, and here's the coolest part, when you're done eating, your body will be more satisfied and stay fuller longer. You will learn to cook easy, simple meals with veggies as their stars. We also love quinoa and add it to many meals during the week. When we eat those processed convenience foods that are not designed to give us a full, satisfied feeling, we actually eat more because we get hungry faster, eating whole, keeps you fuller longer which equals each member of your family eating less and less often. This in turn saves you money at the market. See, more money subtracted from the market bill that can now go to offsetting the higher cost of organic and whole food purchases. 

We also buy organic or grass fed meats. How in the world can we afford that? The secret is looking at meat as a side dish rather than the star of the plate. We often have vegetable only meals and when a meat is present, it's simply a smaller portion. No one has even noticed this little trick in our house. So because we eat less meats than we used to, I can spend the same amount at the market, but now we eat clean meats. And eggs, we have backyard chickens that give us the healthiest free range eggs which are quite pricey at the store. More money saved.

Where there's a will there's a way. The world wants us to believe that we can't provide healthy foods for our family if we live within a budget. It's totally not true, you just have to be a bit creative with your shopping. Saving money always means that I have to labor a little more than someone that isn't frugal, but that's okay. We are able to eat whole and organic foods and still stay within our grocery budget.

So let's review: 

  1. Eliminate prepackaged convenience foods 
  2. By eating whole foods you stay fuller longer and more satisfied which equals eating less  x  every family member = spending less at the market
  3. Make meat a side dish, not a star of your plate

We all deserve to eat good, healthy God-given foods. This is how our family makes that happen. Please feel free to share your tips and tricks with me, I love learning new ways to shop clean for less! 

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