You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”
In our most recent post about our journey to eating healthier, there were a few commenters wondering about the details of our diet, what we purchase at the grocery store, how much it costs, and what kind of meals we have been making lately. Today we’ll review all of those items. Just remember that it’s taken us 18 months to get from our first grocery post to this current one. It still makes me sick to look back. It took us quite awhile to get where we are, and if you are thinking about giving healthier eating a try, it just takes a bit of curiosity and willingness to try and learn about it. One step at a time!
Our Most Recent Grocery Trip
I remember when we first started to try and eat healthier that one phrase didn’t quite make sense to me, nor did I believe that we would ever really do it: “Shop the perimeter of the grocery store,” which means produce, meat, eggs and no processed food. Well, we pretty much do that today. The only aisles we go down are in the health market section, where most of the organic, healthier options live. (Isn’t it kind of strange that grocery stores even need a health section?)
Here is a breakdown of what I picked up last Sunday evening at Hy-Vee. Sorry, this was a solo trip to the store, so no Rooney in carts photos.
There a heck of a lot of ways to save money. One of my least favorite ways to save money is to simply not spend it. Right? If you really want to save money, the easiest way is to withdraw your “need” or “want” for that item and walk away as the money burns a hole in your pocket. But, what’s the fun in that?
I think a lot of people think that since we have a budget that we live a frugal lifestyle. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We spend a lot of money; therefore, we need a budget to provide guidelines, or we would spend all of our money on clothes, eating out or vacation, and Rooney would be crawling around without any diapers (which aside from the mess would be pretty darn cute most of the time).
You’ve probably noticed that we often weigh Rooney for her monthly blog update using Wii Fit. Because who wants to wait for well-child visits to know how much their baby weighs? Not us. And, go figure, we don’t have a scale in our house.
So, we figured out how to weigh her using Wii Fit Plus. Wii Fit Plus is a game for the Nintendo Wii that attempts to bring exercise to video games. As you probably have noticed, we’re losing our youth to electronics, and as the old adage goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”