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Can I accomplish this?

June 23rd, 2009 at 08:50 am

So as I sit here eating my frozen food for breakfast, and kicking myself in the rear because I know it is too carby, yet it is what I have and what is quick and easy to eat at work, I wonder....how can I eat more healthy on a super pared down budget?

Right now I am dreaming of buying yerba mate tea (as they say caffeine may affect a person's adrenals), some yummy healthy fruit bars that are made of just dates and nuts and are gluten free, and wondering about what to cook for dinner.

I really want to fill my refrigerator with fruits and veggies and bean dishes, and see how long I can go without meat (eggs and dairy are ok). I invision myself sleeping at home and slowly detoxing all of the junk food and refined carbs out of my system, and taking it easy while my body adjusts to more raw fruits and veggies, as well as cooked veggies and whatnot. I really hope I can do this....perhaps I will make some fruit salads and try to find filling veggie dishes online. My main issue is feeling constantly hungry and that is why for me, volume per serving and price per serving is a bit issue. Hmmm....I think I will go back to having cut up apples for breakfast.

It will be hot today and I am thinking of what to make for dinner for my bf. He will be home late, and since I don't have a working microwave, it will be hard for him to reheat the dinner I may make. I am leaning towards splurging, and spending 10 bucks on some nice latin food, as I am not sure he wants to eat cold chicken and rice. He also worries about waking me up if he tries to make himself something to eat when he gets home. I am also not keen on the idea of buying sandwich stuff for him, because, well, he has been eating a lot of sandwiches (with the white bread! no fiber!), and I don't think that is healthy....I know, I know....I tend to worry more about others than my own self as I just pigged out on a flour laden tortilla breakfast.

Hmmmm......I am not feeling so stressed, and am just trying to think how I am going to make things work out okay. I want to be able to visit my family who live about an hour or more away, but if I am watching every cent, I may not be able to due to gas costs and the cost of eating out with them.

Hmmmm.....what are your thoughts?

2 Responses to “Can I accomplish this?”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Do you have a health-food store with a bulk section? You can have a different healthy whole grain or bean with each meal, and that will help you not feel hungry. And it's cheap! Plus, for breakfast you can make a multigrain porridge with oat groats, brown and wild rice, millet, etc.--throw some milk and fruit and maybe sweetener (agave or honey) on there and you've got a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast. Let me know if you want the recipe I used, or any other bean-grain recipes; I did a healthy high-fiber diet a few weeks ago and it was great.

  2. whitestripe Says:

    try grated apple on muesli or porridge for breakfast. sandwhiches with multigrain bread or try a salad with cannelini beans for lunch - that is what my DF has for lunch most days (that or leftovers). He's a tradesman who does physical labour ALL day, so if he can survive on a salad for lunch i think it's do-able. he also takes a banana and a carmans muesli bar (they are gluten free, sugar free, preservative free) and some vege chips.
    dinners, cheap meals are a mexican bean dish which is quite cheap. i usually have it with rice and cheese. you can use that dish for lots of other meals later on in the week - enchiladas or burritos are a couple more.
    stirfries are cheap and healthy - i have them with rice noodles or rice, and i use grated fresh ginger, chilli seeds and soy sauce for flavours. have you ever tried miso soup? i have it atleast once a week with noodles or rice and steamed vegetables. (or you can cook the vegetables in the miso soup for extra flavour as well). omelletes are a cheap meal option for any time of the day - use whatever veges you can/feel like eg onion, zucchini, olives, capsicum, spinach, tomato etc. i just saute them and then cook a paper thin omellete and wrap the veges in the omelette - you can add cheese if you want too. fried rice doesn't have to be unhealthy - i saute a bunch of vegetables, cook an egg and then slice it up, and add leftover rice from a previous meal to the pan and stir it. if you use a non-stick pan you don't have to use oil. i use a lot of ginger, honey, soy, garlic and spices for flavour - i do not use any premade sauces. you could also try a whole baked sweet potato with a salad and steamed greens. it's a delicious and filling meal that's very healthy also.

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