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I spent the weekend planning how I was going to make this switch to real food work. I’ve done it before, though maybe not as extreme, but it was with a more generous grocery allowance…or rather, I had little kids who didn’t eat so much and more flexibility in the budget. I am determined to make this work as best I can on our Social Security budget.

In order to make this *hopefully* work is to ask the boys to help. I hate that the boys are going to be asked to contribute but after careful planning, they will only be asked to contribute the amount that just covers their costs. I’ve shown them exactly where the money is going and just how bare-bones it is. In the long run, I do believe it will teach some good lessons for the boys. I reminded one kid who balked a little at being asked to help that it is only covering his costs but that he still gets someone who cooks it all for him. 😉

As of this weekend, we are completely out of sugar and non-organic flour. I have switched us to honey for sweetening and picked up a small bag of organic flour at Target. I made up a couple of muffin recipes for breakfast today and lunches a couple of days this week. I want to tweak them a bit before I post the recipes.


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It seems nearly every day that some news report tells us another food is bad for us/will kill us/is good for us/etc. It’s hard to know what is the best. Years ago, I adopted a vegetarian diet which then morphed into a vegan diet–all because that was supposedly the “right” way to eat. I ended up gaining 30 pounds and it set me on a track to further weight gain it seems.

Then, I did whole grains. “Because it’s healthy.” I developed a severe allergy to wheat (itchy throat, wheezing, coughing) after making my own bread with freshly ground wheat. I am now able–more than 5 years later–to eat white flour products but whole grains still provoke a reaction on a smaller scale than in the past. I know I should go gluten-free again but the budget keeps getting in the way.

For a long time, I just said “screw it” and didn’t worry too much about what we ate. That obviously wasn’t the best path to take but I just couldn’t figure out what really was healthy. I still don’t know but I can’t seem to escape studies that implicate what we eat in too many of the diseases/disorders that my family is dealing with.

I already know that I can’t afford Paleo even though it is likely the best diet for my family. Yesterday I spent a good chunk of my day searching the internet for a good diet. I can’t even remember what exactly it was that I was searching for but I do know that I ended up clicking from one blog to another and ended up on 100 Days of Real Food and spent a good portion of my day there.

A lot of what I read was stuff I already knew. Like so much of my life, I’m great at the research but suck at the implementation. What really spoke to me was her 100 Days on a Budget. Her budget was $125 a week for her family of 4  for good, whole foods and it was very interesting to me to read her posts from that time. I wonder if we can be as successful and I’d really like to try. I downloaded one of her menu plans and tried to make up a grocery budget. I do not think I’m going to be as successful–even doubling her $125 a week for our family of 7 is not going to cut it–looking at pics she’s posted, she is feeding 2 adults and 2 little ones and I’m feeding 7 adults.

I’m going to take the rest of the month to use up the non-whole foods items and refine my plan. I’m not sure I have everything planned out enough. On the 1st of November, I am going to try this 100 Days of Real Food. In the last year, Quinten’s disability has been reduced by $600+ a month, with $300 of that coming in the last couple of months. As a result, the boys (21, 20, 18…all of whom are working at least part-time) have been pitching in to help with the groceries. One of my goals is to avoid asking them to contribute more. I really hope I will be able to pull this off.

Something’s gotta work eventually, right?

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