Monthly Archives: June 2012

Clothes are like Wheat

Clothes are like Wheat

I am drowning in clothes. I go through my clothes, donate them and feel happy with creating more room in my closet. However, that extra space soon starts screaming “I am lonely, fill me up again!” At which time I begin to acquire more clothes until all that extra space I created is gone. However, what I find is that life is easier when I have (gasp!) less clothes. I can find clothes easier, I do more laundry more often but it is easier to put away. I can clearly see all of my clothes so I can put outfits together more easily. However, these benefits still don’t stop my clothes buying and hoarding.

Clothes are a lot like wheat. It is very easy to fill your kitchen with gluten containing foods but very hard to part with these items. Also, people may think that by eating foods that contain wheat, you have more choices which is true. However, wheat products cloud the senses and are only satisfying for a short time.  Eating a lot of wheat products is like buying cheap shoes, you very quickly are going back for more because what you just got was only satisfying for a short while. 

Also, with all of the gluten-filled choices that are in most kitchens, it is easy to pass up the healthier fruits, veggies and protein that you have (“I should probably wear a dress today but the sweatpants are soooo much easier.”). However, much like throwing out those ugly, ill-fitting clothes, once you clear out the gluten products from your kitchen, you will not have a choice but to pick the healthy options each and every time you are hungery.  Very quickly, you will realize that you feel so much better without the wheat and you will not miss it (much).

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I am a Snob

I am a snob. That’s right, I said it. Snob. Well, more specifically a food snob (and to be honest, a shoe snob too).  My husband claims fault for this but I have been a food snob since birth.  I apparently turned up my nose to anything and all things dairy as an infant and my snobishness blossomed.  Recently, I have become so picky that other’s are commenting on my food choices.

I have been told that my food snobishness is “a problem” and thought I was on the road to a food intervention. However, I realized that my food choices were somewhat restrictive but ultimately allowed me to do more with my life. I feel better, am less fatigued, have less issues with seasonal allergies and have lost weight. Not really signs of needing an intervention.

What I have realized is that whatever is working for you, within healthy, medically accepted means, is what you should continue doing regardless of what other people do or say. Stay committed if it is working for you.

Day 2:

Steak, peppers and avocado salad
– free range grass fed round steak,
– 1/4 red bell pepper, sliced
– 1/2 avocado, cut in strips
-1/4 medium onion, sliced
– romaine hearts, chopped
– balsamic vinagrette

Light grill, cook steak about 2-3 minutes per side for medium. Set aside and let rest.

Put salad ingredients together. Cut steak into strips and put on salad. Top with dressing. Super fast, easy and filling!

* I used round steak as that is what I had on hand. It is a nice lean cut so it will cook faster than other cuts. Additionally, free range meat is typically leaner so cooking times will be less then with conventional meat.

Menu:
– egg nest *see day 1
– handful of unsalted almonds
– turkey avocado lettuce wrap
– carrots and peanut butter
– steak salad with avocado

Cost: $5.38

Egg Nests

Egg Nests

I hate spending money on anything other than shoes. I pay my rent and think, “Wow, I could have had so many pairs of shoes.” I get a raise and convert the raise into how many more new pairs of shoes I can afford.  I don’t speed when I drive with the fear that a ticket will eliminate my shoe budget for the quarter. I love shoes and hate wasting my money on other things other than paying for places to go to wear these shoes. [Stop judging me, I mean it. Stop.] So, my plan is to try to save some money on groceries to increase my budget for shoes. [I know you are still judging . . . start paying attention].

Right now, without including the cost of eating in a restaurant about once per week, I spend about $60 per week on groceries for ONE person.  Ugh. My food expenditures went up drastically when I quit eating gluten/soy/corn [thanks agri-business, you are hampering my shoe budget].  So, after getting used to these lifestyle changes over the course of the past 4 months, I finally feel ready to challenge myself again.

So, here it goes.  I want to spend $30 per week for four weeks on groceries [$120 in four weeks].  That will decrease my food budget by 50%.  For the shopper in me, that is like a big sale!  I will spend only 50% of what I was spending on groceries for the same amount of groceries and the same amount of days.  We will see if I can do this.

I figure I can only spend about $4.30 per day to reach my goal each week.  Eating 5 smaller meals a day, that is $0.85 per meal! Eek!

Along the way, I would also like to develop an archive of budget friendly clean-eating recipes that I can refer back to time and time again.

Day 1:

Breakfast: Avocado, Pepper and Egg Nest

Serves 2

Approx. 10 minutes total

  • ½ Avocado, diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, cut into ½ inch slices, four slices/nests
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin, cold pressed, olive oil
  • 2 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled

Heat a medium size pan with olive oil on the stove over medium-high heat.  Add red bell pepper slices, let cook about 1 minute per side.

Crack eggs and add one egg per red pepper “nest.”  Let cook about 2 to 3 minutes, cooking the whites through but the yolks remain runny.

Flip the “nests” over and cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Top with salt and pepper, diced avocado and crumbled bacon.

Price: $5.57 (approx.)/$2.78 per serving

So, this one meal cost more than half my food budget for the day. . . we will try again tomorrow!

Day 1 Meals:

  • Avocado, Pepper and Egg Nests $2.78
  • Handful of Carrots and Peanut Butter
    $0.30
  • Lentil Soup $1.10
  • Half chicken breast, Half Potato and Broccoli $1.76
  • Celery and Hummus $0.40

Total: $6.34

Left: $23.66 (6 days)

Health IS Wealth

After making my friends’ and family member’s ears bleed with my excessive talk about my diet and health, I was given an ultimatum: start going to a therapist or start blogging.  I obviously chose the latter with the hope that some nice, naïve person is willing to read it every now and again and so I will no longer fear that my family and friends will come after me with lawn tools [OK, so none of my family or friends are actually violent but I would not blame them if they thought about it once or twice. I mean, come on, I HAVE been super annoying].  Also, I figure that if I start throwing in the word “blog” into my conversation, those in my life may not even know that I am still talking about my diet and exercise [However, along with not being violent, my family and friends are not stupid, so this is very wishful thinking].

For the trillionth time, this has been what I have been doing to create a wealth of health:

  • Gluten hates me and wants me to be unhappy.  We broke up 4 months ago. It was a long, gruesome breakup but I will never go back . . .
  • I hate genetically modified foods and pesticides so no more corn and soy for me! [Well, there is the occasional cheat of organic corn tortilla chips but that is for a whole other therapy session, er, blog post.]
  • Dairy has decided to be my kryptonite since birth . . . it will always be this way and I have accepted it.
  • Beans, beans, beans . . . I like beans and I want them in my life, for now.  There may come a day when I decide to break up with beans, but for now they are in my life meaning that I do not follow the Paleo diet.
  •  I dislike the cost associated with clean eating and have wanted to challenge myself to eat cheap AND healthy.
  • Water is my best friend even though I would like to think alcohol and coffee are but just when you think they are there to support you, you find out they have been stabbing you in the back all along [even in moderation] . . .

So, that is it.  Not hard right? Right.

These highlights were the foundation for a 40+ lb weight loss for me in less than 4 months. I would tell you all of the reasons why this is truly amazing but I am not ready for complete strangers to start running after me with lawn tools.