Alnona's Journal, 28 March 2013

Hi Folks: I am having an odd problem as my days progress I am finding it hard to afford the healthy gluten free or almost free lifestyle. Fresh veggies ad organic meats are priced through the roof bt still I amble on.

Diet Calendar Entries for 28 March 2013:
511 kcal Fat: 18.30g | Prot: 39.77g | Carb: 48.59g.   Breakfast: Reduced Fat Smoked Turkey, Pork and Beef Sausage, Oat Bran Waffle, Sweeteners (Splenda Packets, Sucralose), Evian Spring Water, Green Tea, Coffee with Milk. Lunch: Green Tea, Weis Quality Deli Thin Sliced Black Forest Ham, Denny's Sliced Tomatoes (3 Slices), Evian Spring Water, Strawberries, Iceberg Lettuce (Includes Crisphead Types). Dinner: Mushrooms, Yellow Sweet Peppers, Egg White, Egg, Evian Spring Water, Green Tea. Snacks/Other: Oatmeal with Fruit. more...
4302 kcal Activities & Exercise: Shopping - 4 hours, Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 2 hours, Housework - 2 hours, Driving - 5 hours, Calisthenics (light, e.g. home exercise) - 1 hour, Resting - 4 hours, Sleeping - 6 hours. more...
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Frozen vegetables contain pretty much the same nutrients as fresh, so don't be afraid to use them. They are also pretty cheap. Look for sales. Spring is coming and many fruits and veggies will be in season so they will be much cheaper. Organic is not always better. Certain fruits and veggies are better organic but many are just the same as organic. Just remember to wash all fruits and veggies.  
29 Mar 13 by member: Suzi161
We're having similar issues trying to fit eating low gluten and more organic into the budget. I read an article that said if you could only afford one organic thing to make it dairy, so we started with organic milk and the brand we like really does taste better to me. Because of the hormones and antibiotics they say organic meat is worth it but so far we've just made it to the intermediate level (hormone free chicken and better eggs.) Alternating with "beans and brown rice" meals can help offset the expense. They've done a ton of studies on which fruits and vegetables pick up the most pesticides "the dirty dozen" so if you can't find or afford all organic you might look for it more in these: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, nectarines/peaches, carrots, pears, strawberries/blueberries, kale/spinach, lettuce, imported grapes. If you look for locally produced in season fruits and vegetables they are usually less expensive. Washing is vital, and you can make your own veggie spray with vinegar and water, peeling can help though some watery produce absorbs more pesticide than others. We've also been trying to watch the packaging trying to find BPA free options, especially for acidic foods like tomatoes and using little brown lunch bags for microwave popcorn. Good luck, and if you find any wonderful strategies or recipes please share them.  
29 Mar 13 by member: irusan
I greatly appreciate the feed back. Advise from real people cannot be replaced. Thank you!!!  
30 Mar 13 by member: Alnona

     
 

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