You all know how I (we) have been rocking it out with the work outs, and trying generally to live a healthier life. We’ve successful incorporated hand weights into our work out routines and do our best to be active 4-6 days a week. We have cut down our food portions and have stopped filling the between parts with entire bags of sour twizzlers. We’re moving in the right direction.
The thing that remains entirely too difficult? Grocery shopping. We struggle with grocery shopping and what to make for lunch and what to make for dinner way too often. Part of this is because I get sick of food very quickly. So, something I’ve eaten every week for 3 months will suddenly be impossible for me to swallow. This just about kills Kamel, who could eat the same thing every day for the rest of his life. Every day the discussion on what to pack Lauren for lunch takes over our morning and suddenly Kamel is pulling is hair out in frustration as I have refused to eat anything we have currently in the house.
The other issue, besides my obnoxious food needs, is budget. We can easily go to the grocery store every week and spend $100.00 on food we may never eat. We can also easily go to the store every week, spend $100.00 and magically not buy anything. I’m not sure how this happens, but after we fill the fridge and the cupboard we suddenly have nothing to eat for dinner. Kamel has taken to quizzing me, in the store, on what I will have for meals, basically proving to both of us that there is actual food in our shopping cart. We’ve been doing the every other week grocery run to save money and to force us to eat the food we buy (barf), but lately that’s becoming a huge burden, and often means I’m eating a diet rich in bread, shredded cheese, jam, and potatoes. Even though my portions are fine, the cheese is skim, and the bread is whole wheat, this is not a way to live. When the only fruit (or vegetable) I’m consuming is blueberry jam for nearly an entire week, something’s gotta give.
So now, instead of doing 1 grocery run every two weeks, we’re doing 2 small trips. These trips will primarily focus on perishable items only (fruits, vegetables, dairy… and healthy snacks since I am an avid snacker and a much less avid meal eater), and the bread and meat department will be supplemental only. In the last few weeks I’ve looked in my fridge and seen 5 different types of bread. FIVE. We have the regular loaf, the pitas, the tortillas, regular bagel thins, and cinnamon raisin bagel thins. And after I gobbled up all of the nectarines, there were NO fruits and veggies. How did this happen?
So now we’re counting our servings, and we’ve been rocking the V8. Kamel actually likes the regular vegetable V8 and I can’t gag that down, so we go back and forth between the fruit/veggie V8 (1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of veggies in each can), and the regular kind. We’ve stocked up on green beans, apples, and squash this week. And we’ve also been rocking the marinara. We’re too busy to prepare and cook a lot of veggies (I love roasting, but it just takes too long right now). And as much as I love salad, I have a hard time getting to it before it turns brown in the fridge, so I order a salad 9 times out of 10 when we go out to eat instead of anything else (mmm beets!).
We’re always going to be the people who like mac and cheese 1000x better than cheese and broccoli. That’s the truth. So we have to make a conscious effort to keep better foods moving in the direction of our mouths, and part of that means making those better foods work for our lifestyle.
Do you guys have tricks and tips for keeping your fridge stocked and things appetizing? We would love some new ways to prepare things, etc etc. Help a sister out. 🙂