I was messing around on Facebook and noticed the last place I checked in was 3 weeks ago on a date night with the hubby.
We had went to a hockey game because he won tickets from work. After the game, we went to this 5 star steak house for appetizers because they were running a promo for $4 appetizers after the game. It was fun and was at a place we typically would have to reserve going to for an anniversary & saving up because it was FANCY! (We were way under dressed in our jeans and sweatshirts from the game.)
The memory got me thinking of how we could afford to have more adventures like that to places we couldn’t typically afford or places we might think to go or haven’t even heard of.
I decided that every time we get a $5 bill, we will stick it in a jar for Date Nights and then when it’s time to pick a date, we will go on Living Social or Groupon and pick something fun to do that might take us out of our comfort zone. They have so many fun things on those sights: comedy clubs, whale watching, restaurants. I think it could be a really fun! Adding $5 to the jar shouldn’t be too noticeable either and should add up pretty easy.
I really wish I had thought of this idea yesterday before I spent $5 on Lotto scratchers and LOST that $5! Lesson learned.
So I am following this 28 Day Detox but the cost of Organic is killing my food budget. I will be doing some serious price comparison on Weds when the Ads come to see where I can stretch my pennies the most. They sent a bunch of meal ideas that you could stick with or create your own. Since I spent so much last week, I hit my pantry and freezer to make similar healthy meals but from what I already have. I routinely look through my freezer and pantry to stretch our food budget when I menu plan but If I can stretch that last weeks $89 to cover this week also, I think I will be less discouraged about eating better. It wasn’t all spend on food per say. We spent $11 on a jug of Olive Oil. We spent $6 on Almond Butter. IE- things that we will use to cover more than one meal but that $89 still really hurt my grocery paying brain. I was going to go to the local farmers market today too to see their prices on organic food but it’s rainy so I stayed in. So anyways here is this weeks Healthy Eating Plan!
This week’s menu reflects going Gluten Free and Organic for the month of January. Total and full disclosure: I am participating in an Arbonne 28 Day Toxic Cleanse. My friend sales Arbonne and asked me if I would participate. The menu they give is Gluten Free and Organic. The shakes are pretty tasty too which is good since I will be drinking them twice a day along with tea and other supplements. I need the accountability of a weight loss challenge to stick with it. I also text my bff my weight and inches so when I call her frantic for something tasty, she will remind me it’s only x numbers for days left. I am hoping to loose 20#. I am 40# up from when I graduated high school 15 years ago. I can’t blame it on being a newlywed, new mom or the freshman 15. Really, I got in a relationship and got comfortable. I also have limited mobility with my left leg so exercising is few and far between.
I want to loose weight. That is my main goal. If I also improve my MS symptoms- fantastic!
There are lots of theories that changing your food habits can help your MS symptoms. I’ve never gone into MS Remission so I figure what do I have to loose to go Gluten Free for a month and see if I notice any changes. I am on day 2 and still want to continue, so that’s good. (I had to fight the urge to finish that sentence with a smiley face.)
Question for those of you that already eat this way, how can you save money going Organic? It doesn’t seem like they carrying much that I’ve ever seen a coupon for. We spent 2 and -1/2 times our weekly food budget for the first week of food. To be fair we bought some stuff not on the list for the kids and we bought stuff that will carry over week to week like a big jar of Olive Oil.
I get that it is a lifestyle change to go Organic. I’m just not sure I can afford it.
Here’s this week’s menu: We have so much chili left, I will probably freeze half of it. It was really good.