I had a more productive week at home than I normally do and I've felt better than I have in a long time. I’m usually very tired after work and don’t feel like cooking, but I made myself cook every night because we are eating strictly vegan and organic. It’s hard to grab convenience foods that fall into those categories anyways. We also have to stick to budget though. The first week we shopped for groceries for the Daniel plan we spent double our food budget! It’s so crazy because it’s only two of us! I realize it’s because I did not have a plan or a menu prepared before shopping. We just simply bought a variety of foods and thought we would be so hungry we would need it all, but it turns out that we did not.
This week we stayed on budget and haven't been wanting for food. It is possible to stay within budget while eating organic, you just have to be smart about it and plan ahead. Knowing what things cost helps a lot too, so I jot down the date and the prices of everything we buy and keep a running list to help me plan. Sometimes you will spend more because you have to buy staples or bulk items but it will balance out in the long run.
I learned from last week that I can't just buy anything. Without a plan, not only is my grocery bill is over budget, we waste a lot of food that goes bad before we can cook it. And I hate wasting food. I found that cheaper items like beans and quinoa are things we love, help fill us up, and really help out sticking to budget. It stretches the other foods further.
We may only be a family of two, but even larger families can eat healthy and organic. It just takes planning. You may have to prioritize your budget too. I have come to terms with setting a larger food budget so that we can buy organic and fresh foods. It beats paying higher healthcare costs later from the consequences of eating unhealthy foods.
We have already faced those consequences because we did not have a healthy view of food. It turns out that if you eat for fuel and you eat nutrient rich foods, you aren’t hungry all the time. All those fried foods, sweets, and processed junk have most, if not all of their nutrients removed with processing and have horrible additives, bad fats, and pure sugar that is not good for you in such quantities. When you don’t eat nutrient rich foods, you will eat more because your body needs those nutrients and tells you to eat. When you eat the good stuff, your body gets what it needs and you feel satisfied, cravings diminish, and your overall energy level is higher.