Low Cost Bounty

  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale
  • 2 leeks
  • 8 turnips
  • 2 beets (my new obsession – for some reason i thought i didn’t like them. They’re so tasty!)
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 pounds of apples (for juicing)
  • 5 pounds of satsumas (these are like candy!)
  • 2 pounds brussel sprouts (roasted with lemon and evoo -yum)
  • 1/4 pound dried peaches (a delicious snack)
  • 2 pounds broccoli
  • 1 cluster of ginger

That’s a lot of food, right? For $25, Matt and I strolled out of the Farmer’s Market with stuffed bags and hungry bellies. Did I mention it’s all organic? One of my favorite community activities is going to the farmer’s market. I think it’s an amazing way to support local businesses and operations, and you really score awesome savings on produce. (And we saw Gwyneth Paltrow and her mom there this week!)

This food would have easily cost me double what it had if I had gotten it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Tonight I was in Trader Joes and their trimmed leeks were $2.89 for two of them. I paid $1.50 at the farmer’s market. TJ’s beets were $2.50 for two. I paid $2 for two. Their ginger was $1.89 for a tiny little cluster – we paid $1.

When I first started eating healthy, I used to complain that it cost way more money to eat healthy. Today I realize I’m wrong. It only costs more money in that when you buy healthy things, like fruit and vegetables, you eat more of it because it goes bad faster. In that regards, yes, healthy food can add up because you’re buying more of it. But when I think about how much better I feel after eating a clementine compared to a candy bar? So worth the tiny bump in price.

To save on things like lettuce that last a little bit longer, I buy the jumbo pack of romaine hearts from Costco. It’s $2.89 for six romaine hearts. I chop them up and spin and dry them and then I have tons of salad ready to go for the week. I buy some perishables at the 99c store, because often times, they’ve got overstocked organic mushrooms or bell peppers waiting for someone to take them home. Sure, they might be lopsided or have a little ding in them, but who cares? It all ends up in my belly anyways.

How do you save money when you’re eating healthy? Do you think it’s more expensive to eat healthy? Why or why not?

 

2012 Goals

I’ve always been fairly ambitious, so my new year lists are always kind of huge. Even though I love new year’s resolutions, I’m a firm believer that you can change or improve something ANY TIME… so we shouldn’t wait until a new year to start livin’ the dream. These aren’t all “Resolutions”, but rather, goals and challenges for bettering myself. Happy New Year – and thanks for being a reader of the Double Chin Diary! 🙂

1)  Lose the rest of my unwanted weight (currently around 37 pounds) to get to my first “on my way to healthy body” goal.

Healthy eats and water and exercise will help me shed that weight!

 

2)  Drink more water.

3)  Practice the art of mindfulness, especially when I’m stressed out. This means taking time to relax, taking time to calm down, and taking time to prioritize.

Relaxing at Lake Sonoma this summer with a hidden hard cider.



4)  Finish or get damn near finishing my master’s degree.

5)  Take more time to paint, play instruments or garden. I need a creative outlet other than writing and cooking – because when you write full-time, it can sometimes seem like a chore (even though I love it), and when you cook all the time and have a fairly unhealthy love and obsession with food, that can be risky too.

Our 2010 Garden

6)  Book a trip to either Africa or Thailand.

7)  Build AlyssaCurran.com .

8)  Continue blogging at doublechindiary.com .

9)  Get my bumblebee and hydrangea tattoo!

Our wedding cake - decorated with hydrangea 🙂



10)                  Learn how to make Thom Ka Ga… Chicken Coconut Soup. I can never get it just right, and this year, I’m gonna rock it in all of its coconutty, limey glory.

11)                  Continue speaking up and standing up for myself. I learned a lot in 2010 about being comfortable with the person I am, and learning how to be confident in my ideas and ambitions in two professional environments – work and grad school.

12)  Keep smiling, keep working hard, keep laughing, keep loving, keep learning. A sense of humor and a healthy dose of inspiration will get me through ANYTHING.

Learning a lot with a queen of content, Sonia Simone of Copyblogger, at BlogWorld 2011.

13)  Stay grateful. Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for the roof over my head, my awesome family, my handsome hubby, my kick-ass friends and my job. It’s so easy to let stress get to you, but the reality is, I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.

Thankful to be living life.


14)   Go to Malibu beach at least once in the summer. (I didn’t do it this year! The horrors!)

15)  Keep paying off my credit card debt! I’ve slashed it over half and am looking forward to putting that debt to bed.


What are your goals or resolutions?

Weekly Weigh In #5

Yesterday I weighed in for the fifth time since beginning Weight Watchers Online. Here’s a few very important things to note about this previous week: I hadn’t tracked a thing since the following week. There’s no excuse for WHY I didn’t do it, but work was crazy busy, I was not in that tracking mindset and I just didn’t do it. However, on the plus side, I worked out like a beast this week – taking three hardcore cardio classes (boxing, impact kickboxing and bootcamp) in addition to getting lots of other activity doing household things like weeding, washing the car, etc.


That’s why this week I’m surprised – and not surprised at the same time – that I lost .6 of a pound. It’s not a massive loss, but it’s a loss. It’s a shift in the right direction, and this week provided some key learnings for me. All week I was MINDFUL of what I was eating. Did I indulge? You bet. In homemade banana muffins, a chicken gyro at King’s, and beef Teriyaki when out with my friends for lunch. I indulged, but I was sensible about it, and instead of stuffing my face, I stopped when I was full, and balanced everything with cardio and activity. I also SERIOUSLY upped my water intake this week, after having a chat with my nutritionist friend.

Glamazon Woman on her Bitty Beach Cruiser

I’m at 3.2 pounds lost in five weeks. That’s not a ton, but it’s something. It’s better than staying the same. I had a very inspiring experience this weekend by meeting two new friends who can help me on this long, tiring road to a healthy weight. (Watch for that post on Tuesday!) This is a big goal for next week, but I’d love to lose at least 1.5 pounds at my next weigh in. I’m going to do it by drinking tons of water, continuing the aggressive cardio, and watching what I eat. And YES, I will be tracking. In fact, I’m going to track now (piece of toast, 1 piece of bacon, 2 egg whites. Breakfast!).

Have a wonderful Monday – and remember – it’s the start of a new week, and it’s never too late to make positive changes. 🙂