So as I was cleaning up my kitchen and putting things away my pantry, I started thinking about my clean eating journey and how the items in my kitchen have changed. When I first started my journey I thought I would be taking on a huge expense with fresh fruits and vegetables, and swapping out my old snacks for newer, healthier alternatives. I also thought my prep time for prepping and cooking meals and snacks would increase since I was switching from eating three times a day to eating smaller meals about 5 to 6 times a day. What I have found is that this is not the case at all. Did I mention we had a stock pile and couponed as much as possible?
First, I want to address the cost of eating more healthy. Let me preface that I am a huge fan of Costco. They are extremely clean eating friendly have a lot of good products. Recently, they expanded their organics line. I have found that our grocery bills are about the same as before I started clean eating. I am getting healthier options at bulk prices and I am actually eating less than before. Now I am spacing my meals 2-3 hours apart and using appropriate sized portions. Before I began my journey eating five smaller meals a day and planning them specifically at different times, I was eating three large meals a day. In addition to the meals, I was grazing or snacking throughout the day. I did not realize how often I did this until I was concentrating on my weight loss. Not only does it add up in calories that you consume but those extra calories are actually costing you more. So overall, the changing my eating habits has not affected my grocery budget. If anything it might actually be less. Additional ways I save on my grocery bills are that I grow a variety of vegetables. While we live in a neighborhood where our acreage is 0.22, we try to get the most out of the land that we do have. In the future I will be posting about starting your own vegetable garden and how to save money by growing your own produce. As far as fruits are concerned, when specific fruits are in season, I buy in bulk and freeze fruits to use at a later date. Now on to meat. The meat selection at Costco is high quality and relatively reasonable. Their ground turkey is the cheapest of anywhere that I've ever seen. Their chicken is a little bit more expensive than the typical grocery store but it is a much better quality than the frozen chicken that you get at grocery stores. We have not bought beef in a while but when we did buy beef, we bought it off of a friend who raises grass fed cattle. So we knew where our product was coming from and the quality of the beef was higher. This year is the first year I am eating venison. When you hunt your food and process it yourself, there is a huge amount of savings there. In general our rule of thumb is if it goes on sale and it has an extended shelf life, then stock up. Costco has items that go on sale every couple of weeks and we stock up on the items we enjoy. Some of the items below are items that go on sale occasionally.
Peanut & Almond Butter - Only ingredient is the nut
EVOO, Almond MIlk, Feta Cheese,Organic Oatmeal Variety Pack, Pre-Washed mixed greens, Whole Grain Wraps, and Bag of Quinoa.
Apple Chips - Crispy, Delicious, and only Apples
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips - Great alternative to traditional tortilla Chips.
Brown Rice & Quinoa - Only 90 seconds in the microwave and done!
Organic Oatmeal Variety Pack
The second part of this post is about prep time. I have found that planning out my meals for the week actually helps me save time. Knowing what I am making during the week, allows me to cook two meals on some night simultaneously, saving me time and making for a quick and easy meal on another night. I have also found that clean eating recipes seem to be relatively simple in preparation, because the whole idea is to eat as close to nature as possible. Once you become accustomed to eating this way, you quickly figure out the staples in your kitchen.
In closing to this post, I just want to say I am not perfect and that I do not eat 100% clean all the time. I have a sweet tooth, and while Shakeology was absolutely key to me kicking aside my chocolate addiction, sometimes I just need more and give in. To the right you will see a product that Costco just started carrying. While it may not be the most ideal item to eat, I don't feel as guilty snacking on this chocolate alternative, when compared to Reeses cups. The key to success is finding that balance. Learn what you can live without, or only on special occassions and learn what items you can find great alternatives too. If you go too strict on your eating for a long period of time, you will find yourself back where you started. So no matter where you are in your journey to weight loss or better eating habits remember find what makes you feel most comfortable while achieving your goals. As a Beachbody coach I am here to help you do that. This way of eating is NOT A DIET, THIS IS A LIFESTYLE! If you are ready to take on this new lifestyle, click on the picture below to get yourself a FREE Beachbody account!
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I am Christina Thomas. I have decided to take time off from teaching and be a stay at home wife and mother to my two boys. Seasonally, I run a local basketball program.
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