We've been eating like crap lately. Or, I should say, eating even more like crap than usual lately. Working 7 days a week (regular work + full days on the weekends on our bathroom project) has made us extra lazy, and we've been eating fast food way too often.
Usually I go grocery shopping for an entire month at a time (because I hate it and am lazy), buying enough food to throw together one big casserole each week that we can eat for 3-4 nights, and then we eat frozen dinners the other nights. Usually we eat out at a sit down restaurant on Friday nights too, since we need an excuse to get out of the house, and usually there will be a fast food meal in there every other week or so.
But lately our junk eating has been out of control. So. Many. Fast food. Carbs! It's been a good month since I've really cooked anything, other than shoving a frozen dinner in the oven. So I want to try to do a couple weeks of healthier eating. I feel like I need a carb detox, so I'm going to try out some Primal and Paleo recipes, and commit to not eating out, at least until Labor Day weekend. I can't give up dairy (I need my coffee creamer and cheese!), but I will definitely be cutting down on my carb intake, with no bread, rice or pasta over the next few weeks.
But dang, carbs are so much cheaper than veggies and meat! No wonder our country is overweight. $420.98 for 19 days of food, rather than the about $350 I usually spend on about 27 days of food. And that $350 usually includes other random things from the grocery store, like toiletries, cleaning supplies, beer and wine. What I bought last night was only food and two bottles of wine, no other extras.
Although I should note that when I'm normally grocery shopping, I don't go out of my way to buy organic food. I know, I know, sacrilege! It's not "cool" to not buy organic, yeah, yeah, whatever. Except where I live now, there is a much smaller selection of organic food, so I know I'm not the only one not buying it. Here, it's sometimes hard to even find light mayo (true story, we could not find it at the cheap grocery store next to Lowes a few weeks ago. Luckily my normal grocery store at least carries it!). However, for this grocery trip last night, I did try to buy everything organic that I could, which probably contributed to the higher prices. I can't even imagine how high our grocery bill would be if we shopped at Trader Joe's (too far away) or Whole Foods (hate that place with the passion of a thousand burning suns).
So anyway, we'll see how this all works out. I am looking forward to trying some new recipes, and feeling a little better about what I'm eating, for at least a few weeks, but I'm not sure I can commit to cooking fancy meals 7 nights a week forever. Or spending twice as much as normal on groceries each month.
Here's what we're planning for dinners for the next few weeks (day 1 was last night):
For lunches I'm mostly planning on just eating chicken salads, like I normally do already, but without any croutons to cut down on the carbs. My husband will still eat his usual sandwiches and chips for lunch, because he's lucky and carbs aren't evil to him, like they are to me. And snacks will consist of things like almonds, cucumbers, celery sticks, jerky, string cheese and cherry tomatoes.
Have you ever gone on a healthy eating kick, after eating poorly for a while? Anyone else practice Primal Living or eating Paleo? I think the hardest part is just going to be keeping up with all of the cooking each night, rather than the giving up of carbs!