Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I quit. I didn't go through the end of the month. Not because I wasn't willing to eat cheaply, but because I wasn't willing to eat properly and all of my Food Stamp Challenge food was good, healthy food. I've been eating way off plan since late Saturday. I want to say that it's because I'm sick, but that's bogus. I started the September challenge sick and it worked out just fine. Nope, I just don't want to eat on my healthy, low carb plan.
And I got to thinking about how this probably isn't very different than people who quit eating on a food stamp budget because they don't want to any more. Because they want instant gratification instead of budgeting and allocating funds and planning and so forth. I've been wanting (and getting) instant gratification instead of budgeting and allocating and planning and so forth, too. It's giving me a whole different perspective on choices that people who have a very limited food budget by necessity (instead of by choice, like me) make. And I guess that's the point of the food stamp challenge, anyway, isn't it?
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Went to Aldi Friday for fresh veggies, which were on sale. Would have gotten some tomatoes, but they were out. The cabbage was a big head. I don't know if you've shopped there, but everything is priced by the "package." A head of cabbage, for example, is $1.49. Sometimes it's a great big head of cabbage and sometimes it's a scrawny little head. Same price either way. Of course, some things are priced that way at other stores, too. Cauliflower, for example, or iceberg lettuce or packs of romaine. For some reason, it surprises me with cabbage, though.
3 8-ounce packages of mushrooms - $2.97
3 lb bag of onions - 99 cents
big head of cabbage - $1.49
Total spent today = $5.45
Total spent to date = $83.80
Remaining = $36.20
Got my flu shot Friday at CVS. They've got a pretty good marketing ploy. They give you the shot and a coupon good for 20% off stuff in the store. Then they tell you to stay in the store for at least 5 minutes to make sure you don't have some strange reaction, but that you don't need to wait there in the pharmacy. You're welcome to get up and shop. I lucked out. They had iron tablets on sale, buy one get one half off, so I got two bottles of them. Figured the coupon wouldn't work with them, since it says very clearly that it doesn't apply to stuff on sale. It did, though. So I got 50% off the second bottle (or 25% off both of them) plus another 20% off the TOTAL price with the coupon, for a total of 45% off! Almost buy one get one free. I have some kind of anemia that doesn't show up in the normal blood work (hemogoblin levels are fine) but only when they check for ferratin, which you have to ask them to do. Low ferratin levels can be associated with Restless Leg Syndrome, though I haven't noticed much difference when I do take the supplements.
Thursday I had a scramble of eggs, green bell pepper (from friends' garden), onion, and green tomato (from friends' garden), all cooked in coconut oil, plus some lettuce to bring up the veggies. I'm trying for about a pound of veggies a day. Supper was a tuna salad (tuna, lettuce, celery, carrots, flax and mayo). And I had tea with sweetener and cream as a snack to bring up the calories. Still a bit low, but within an acceptable range. Just definitely at the low end of the range.
Friday I had my usual usual cauliflower and egg salad for lunch.
Supper was chicken liver pate salad. Or something like that. I cooked a bunch of onions in coconut oil (would have used butter if I'd had it, but the coconut oil turned out ok), took them out and then cooked the chicken livers in the remaining oil. Pulsed it a few times in the food processor and divided it into five servings. Mixed up one serving with two hard-boiled eggs and a bunch of mayo, added it to lettuce and mixed it all up. Surprisingly good. I've had the chicken liver pate stuff on lettuce leaves before, so figured it should be ok mixed in with the lettuce. And I was right. I froze two servings and have two servings left in the fridge, though I may freeze one of those. While liver is good for you, too much liver isn't. Let's see. 14 days left in the month and the challenge, and four servings of chicken liver pate, so I could have it every three days for the rest of the month. Sounds good to me.
The only problem with the chicken liver pate is that I used a bunch of coconut oil and I need to ration it for the rest of the month.
Woubbie, does it sound better to say that there are 14 days left in the month than that the month is half over?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Same ol' same ol'. Cauliflower and egg salad for lunch. Squash leaf and egg soup for supper. Didn't get anything out in time to thaw for supper, which is reason for eggs twice. Got out a package of chicken livers, though, and they're in the fridge to thaw. Should be ready to eat tomorrow. Oh, I should record how much I "paid" for them. 1.8 pounds at $1.59 a pound (I'll have to check that price the next time I'm at Walmart) is $2.86, bringing my total to $78.35. Leaving $41.65 for the second half of the challenge. It's half over!
I probably have enough veggies to make it through the rest of the month, but Aldi has some good specials this week so I'll probably get some more. Mushrooms for 99 cents for 8 ounces. Roma tomatoes for 99 cents for 20 ounces. Three green peppers for $1.49. Three pounds of onions for 99 cents. I'll probably get some mushrooms and tomatoes to have this month, and a bag of onions to chop up and freeze. Mushrooms and tomatoes are good in my egg drop soup, which has been squash leaf soup lately. Usually there's not as much veggie in it. I should pick a bunch of squash leaves the next time I'm at the food pantry and see about maybe freezing them.
Just did a recap of purchases and what I have left a few days ago. I'll wait until the 20th or 21st to do another.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Back on track today. Hurray!
Lunch was a salad of tuna, lettuce, carrot, mayo, and flaxmeal. Supper was a scramble of eggs, zucchini, onion, and broccoli cooked in coconut oil, plus a cup of tea with cream and splenda.
Don't remember who it was (Veg?) who said that if you add just a pinch of baking soda when you make a pot of tea a single teabag is enough for a quart of tea. Whoever it was was right! It really works. I make a pot (about 4 mugs) at a time with a single tea bag and it's strong enough for me. Not that I like it really strong, but I certainly couldn't get four cups from one tea bag in the past. Thanks.!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Not good days food-wise. Ate pastries and breads at church, bought rice crispy treats at a church bake sale, and at garlic bread and chocolate cheesecake while volunteering at a homeless shelter. Not a good couple of days!
From a budget standpoint, I'm counting the $5 I donated for the church brunch and the $2 for the rice crispy treats as part of this month's budget. I didn't pay anything for the garlic bread or the cheesecake because they were provided. I also "bought" a pound of hot dogs from my fridge and ate them yesterday. That brings the total spent to date to $75.49.
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