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Monday (Day 14)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I've been trying to think how my eating is different on this Food Stamp Challenge, other than lots of Farmers Market veggies in the summer. I don't think it's really all that different, other than being a lot more concious of what I'm eating and how much it costs and how it fits in with the budget. I know that it has kept me from overeating on occasion, or from grazing or snacking. That's not to say that I usually spend only $130 per month on food, but that's mostly because I buy so much of my food at the Farmers Market, including almost all of my meat. I think I paid about $3 per pound of processed meat when I bought a whole pig this summer, but I'm pricing the pork steaks, for example, at the 98 cents per pound sale price at the store. The guy at the FM where I bought a whole bunch of hamburger sells beef for $2.70 per pound if you buy half an animal. I'm not sure if that's live weight or hanging weight or processed weight. If that's processed weight, that's a great price for mostly organic (not certified) grass-fed and grass-finished beef! Unfortunately, I don't have the freezer room for it at the moment. Do you remember the I Love Lucy episode where she bought a freezer and a side of beef?

I'm half way through this challenge, and doing ok. I think I have about $20 left in this month's budget, but could get throug the rest of the month from the fridge and freezer. What I don't have is much room for bulk buying of specials. I'd like to get some more hamburger. I'll be eating pork most of the next two weeks, because that's what I have because that's what was on sale. I'd also like to have some extra cash to carry over to next month, because I'd like to see how I could at Thanksgiving. Maybe. Or I may skip that.

Monday's food -
B1 - egg, mayo
B2 - eggs scrambled in butter and drippings
L - Pumpkin Hominy Chili with sour cream
S - salad of chicken, celery, mayo, tomato, sunflower seeds
T - tea with gelatin and coconut milk

Estimated cost of the day's food - $3.52

I had two breakfasts, because I was on a work detail at the church from 6 am - 8 am and wanted to eat a little something before I left. Then had my real breakfast when I got back.

  
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BUDGETMAW 10/31/2012 11:53AM

  So do I, CanBDone. So do I. Especially with the Farmers Market. I buy way too much produce there than I can possibly eat.

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CANBDONE 10/31/2012 10:35AM

    Your frugalness impresses me. I'm cooking for one, also, and need to stop wasting food. I overplan with produce then end up throwing it away or cook a big batch and let it go bad.

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Sunday (Day 13)

Monday, October 29, 2012

I went to the Farmers Market on Saturday, expecting to get eggs and maybe another spaghetti squash or two. I figured that the summer veggies would be long gone. I was wrong. There were still lots of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and green beans, and I even saw a little bit of okra. The fall crops were in, too - cabbage, napa cabbage, kohlrabi, winter squash of every variety you've ever heard of and a bunch you haven't heard of, too. Plus the usual meats and cheese and honey and maple syrup (did you know that Indiana used to produce more maple syrup than any other state?) and such.

I caved. I couldn't see not eating all that lovely summer produce when it won't be produced locally again until next summer. (Though one farmer told me that he would continue to have it until the end of November. He puts a hoop house up over the plants when it gets cold, and that's why he still has summer veggies.) So I bought some green beans and tomatoes, big red bell peppers, and kohlrabi and daikon. I was planning to quit the FS Challenge until after the veggies are gone from the Farmers Market, but then decided to stick with it. I will do a bit of cheating, though. I'll price the green beans and tomatoes as though they were canned instead of fresh (so 59 cents a pound for each of them). The peppers I'll go ahead and price at the 50 cents each that I actually paid. And I think I'll price the kohlrabi like carrots, since that's sort of how I'll use them, to add some crunch. So it's not exactly accurate, but close. I'll probably end up eating more veggies, too, than I normally would on the Challenge, so my costs and my expenditures will be a bit higher. So I guess that will make it more of a challenge, won't it. I am so fortunate that I can cheat when I want to!

Sunday's food -
B - yogurt with flaxmeal, sunflower seeds and cinnamon
L - soup of homemade broth, kale, frozen spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs, and coconut milk
S - pork steak and broccoli and carrots with butter
T - tea, gelatin, coconut milk

Estimated cost of Sunday's food - $4.10, which is the highest day yet. But still less than the $4.19 per day of the average food stamps for one person.

  


Summary - October 21 - 27

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Average daily
Calories - 1928
Fat - 150 grams (70% of calories)
Protein - 114 grams
Total carbs - 41 grams
Fiber - 15 grams
Net carbs - 26 grams

Estimated daily cost of food eaten - $3.64

Pounds lost - 1.6

Thoughts about week -

I had been losing weight until I started the Challenge last week, when I stopped. My losses started again when I started eating more calories. The five days on the Challenge last week I averaged 1519 calories per day, and lost .2 pound. This week (seven days), I averaged 1928 calories and lost 1.6 pounds. This has been the general trend for the past few months - the higher the calories the more I lose. It may be the calories, or it may be the fat, as I have intentionally added more fat to bring up the calories. Or it could be coincidence, though that would seem more likely if I were just looking at these two weeks and not a trend over several weeks.

  
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KALIOPPE 10/29/2012 11:45AM

    Or it could be that you are shaking your body up so it doesn't get used to the lower numbers? Who knows with weight loss. Either way, congrats and keep up the excellent work! :)

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SHEYLANGEL22 10/28/2012 4:40PM

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LIVERIGHTNOW 10/28/2012 3:30PM

    MAW: You are so diligent about gathering your important information. You are definitely entitled to draw conclusions

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Friday and Saturday (Days 11 and 12)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I bought a medium/large head of cauliflower the other day. It weighed two and a half pounds as purchased, 2 pounds without the big leaves or the core that sticks out the bottom of the head. I paid $1.69 for it, or 85 cents per pound. A pound of frozen cauliflower, if I can find it, is at least $1.29. So it's cheaper to buy fresh (at least this size at this price). Frozen is more convenient for some things, and it keeps longer, though fresh keeps quite a while, too. But fresh is better for a lot of things. You can use fresh for anything you can use frozen for, though the opposite isn't true. I've wondered how fresh and frozen compared but have never bothered to find out before.

You probably know that you can use the core/stems of the cauliflower in cauli-rice, fauxtatoes, fauxtato soup, etc.

Friday's food -
B - yogurt with flaxmeal, sunflower seeds and cinnamon
L - soup of broth, eggs, chives, kale and tomato
Sn - tea with coconut milk4
S - pork roast, creamed spinach
Sn - pork roast
T - tea with coconut milk and gelatin

Estimated cost of Friday's food - $3.25

Saturday's food -
B - eggs scrambled with Veggie Veggie Stuff in the drippings from last night's roast
L - salad of cauliflower, celery, mayo, mustard, and leftover pork
S - bacon and eggs scrambled with tomatoes and onion in bacon grease
T - tea with coconut milk and gelatin

Estimated cost of Saturday's food - $3.65

Average estimated daily cost of food for the week - $3.64

  


Thursday (Day 10)

Friday, October 26, 2012

They had pork shoulder roasts for 98 cents a pound last week. Half a pound, which makes about a cup, costs 49 cents, which is a lot less than 58 cents for 4 ounces of canned tuna. It makes a great salad, with some cauliflower, celery, mayo and mustard.

Yesterday’s food –
B – eggs and Veggie Veggie Stuff scrambled in butter
L – taco salad, of Taco Veggie Stuffing, shredded cabbage, and sour cream
S – tuna salad, of tuna, egg, celery, mayo, sunflower seeds
T – tea with gelatin and coconut milk

Estimated cost of the day’s food - $3.71

  


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