Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Monday I had two breakfast, because I had to be gone from 5:30 am to 8:00 am, and wanted something inside of me before I left. I took the skin off of a a 10 pound bag of chicken leg quarters ($5.90) and put all but 2 of the quarters in the crockpot. The other 2 didn't fit, so I cooked them in some water in a pan. I had the two that I cooked separately for lunch. I didn't need both of them, but just kept eating until they were gone. When the ones in the crockpot were done, I took the meat off of the bones and put it in the fridge. I nibbled at the meat as I was doing so, and probably ate about a cup's worth, or so. Then I put the bones back in the crockpot with the broth that was in there, added a bit of vinegar to leach out the calcium and other minerals (and you can tell it works because the bones get very soft) and the broth from the ones I cooked on the stove, and let it cook for about 24 hours. I had a mug of broth with gelatin Monday evening, used 2 cups in the soup I made Tuesday evening, and put 9 pints into jars to put in the freezer. I figure that the broth is "free" because I allocate all of the cost of the chicken to the meat. There is a very small cost of the broth - mostly electricity - but I ignore that.
Monday's food -
B1 - 2 eggs, 1.5 T mayo
B2 - 3 eggs, 2.5 oz bacon
L - 2 skinless chicken leg quarters
S - about a cup of stewed chicken as I took the meat off the bones, 2 tomatoes, 2 T ranch dressing
T - broth with gelatin
Estimated cost of the food eaten on Monday - $3.34
Monday, November 05, 2012
Average daily calories - 1651
Average daily grams of fat - 122 (67 %)
Average daily grams of protein - 110
Average daily grams of carbohydrates - 35
Average daily grams of fiber - 12
Average daily net carbs - 23
Average daily estimated cost of food eaten - $3.55
Pounds lost - 1.5
It was a strange week. My weight stayed within a .6 pound range, which is unusually consistent. It usually bounces around within 3 pounds or so. It wasn't at all intentional, but my daily calories ranged from 1207 to 2137, which is an unusually wide range. And my schedule was off, too.
I stayed on budget, both with the estimated cost of what I ate each day and with what I spent. I need to go back and make sure I've added everything I've purchased. I'm pretty sure I'm still under $130, but it's getting close. I'm running out of meat, which is unusual. I have lots of veggies left, though. I'll probably end up with a bunch of veggies leftover for next month, too, though I'll probably get another head of cauliflower this month.
Knowing that I have to keep track of the estimated cost of what I eat each day has kept me from overeating and has also kept me eating only what I have "bought" this month. It's been a good exercise for me from that standpoint, if no other.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Both Saturday and Sunday were strange days, food-wise and just plain life-wise. But I stuck with low carb eating both days, and budget eating, too. In fact, knowing that I had to come and report my food and keep it under budget helped me to stay on plan.
Saturday's food -
B - eggs scrambled in drippings, tea with gelatin and coconut milk
L - salad of chicken, tomato, celery, mayo, sunflower seeds
D - bacon and eggs
Estimated cost of food eaten - $3.20
Sunday's food -
B - eggs scrambed in butter
L - yogurt with sunflower seeds, flaxmeal and cinnamon
S - Pork with Turnips and Cabbage
T - tea with splenda
Estimated cost of food eaten - $3.12
Sunday, November 04, 2012
I'm bored. I'm tired of this, of the restrictions and not being able to eat whatever I want and however much I want. I want to quit and go back to my normal low carb lifestyle.
But then, I suppose that everyone feels this way sometimes, whether they are on a food stamps budget or on a budget but don't get food stamps or even if they have all the money in the world to spend on food. While I don't exactly fit into any of those categories (having all the money in the world to spend would be nice, wouldn't it?) this is far from the first time I've been tired of having to come up with something to eat, or tired of what I do come up with. So I'll stick with it. But I am definitely bored!
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