This thread is a good reminder for me for why I need to stop buying stuff to spoil myself with. Lately I have been overdosing on pistachios, which do not come cheap, even in bulk. I think my grocery bill is about $700/month for 1.5 people (boyfriend comes over half the week and we cook together, but only using ingredients that I approve of XD)
I hate the argument of "good food is expensive, but cancer is even more expensive". If I don't have the money to spend, I just don't. We rarely eat out, never go to Starbucks, rarely buy new clothes, conserve gas, make just enough to get by. But I'd like my family to be as healthy as possible. It's really hard when the $425/m we have budgeted (4 adults, 2 preschool children) doesn't work, but there's nowhere to cut (esp since we can't sell our house). So the response of telling people to find room in their budget is unhelpful and can be downright insulting. And I'm not sure on the whole eating less thing either, I've been doing this for 5 months and don't find myself eating substantially less at all.
Completely understand on the money front; maybe those who think it's easy can hit your paypal account with some dosh. On the eating less thing, I didn't say everyone would, I just said my husband and I do.
5' 9" 44 YO F
PB start June 2, 2012
Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
Hmmmm...Trader Joe's. I need to go there.
I am with everybody else, I thought it was going to be more expensive, but even after switching to an all grass fed butcher shop, we are averaging about the same. We are eating so much LESS food this way and ZERO fast food. We might be spending $150 a week TOTAL, that means pet food, toilet paper...everything.
Just read the whole thread. I am interested in the people who don't find themselves eating less. I am with Georgiapeach, the meat fills me up so much I eat a lot less. I have also started intermittent fasting and have been skipping breakfast. I eat a decent lunch (today was a grilled boneless pork chop and a baked sweet potato), a light meal (4 oz grass fed hamburger or free range chicken) around 4 and dinner (tonight is going to be brats and sauteed onions and peppers) and that's about it. I throw in the occasional apple, fistful of blueberries, nuts, etc., but I MIGHT snack once a day. I just don't feel the need. I am full all the time, I feel great and that is A LOT less than I used to eat. I used to feel like I needed to be eating all the time. My whole family is eating this way (other than the intermittent fasting) and, like I said, even eating butcher shop grass fed and all natural, we are not spending any more money than we did when we ate 3 meals and grazed all day.
We're observing the way things work and communicating it, not setting the rules ourselves. I'd love to spend less money on food, or work less, or any number of things. But wanting it(by itself) isn't going to make it happen.
"It's easy to sit there and say you'd like to have more money. And I guess that's what I like about it. It's easy. Just sitting there, rocking back and forth, wanting that money".
- Jack Handey
One way to eat less is to eat more meat. Yeah, it's the most expensive item on your meat/vegetables/fruit/miscellaneous list but you know what? You can't overeat it. Believe me. I'm really good at overeating anything but I get to a point with the meat where it's like I'd rather not eat anything at all for a while because I feel like I'll die if I eat anymore meat. (By meat I mean beef and salmon, organ meat, chicken and pork, fresh meat, CAFO meat, grassfed meat, canned meat, don't matter.)
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting bench press: 30lbs. Current bench press: 77.5lbs.