Saturday, March 2, 2013

February Food Challenge Accountability!

Today was March 1st, which means our February Food Challenge has come to an end! We made it with spending less than $100 on groceries for the entire month, and cleaned out some of the pre packages processed type foods out of the pantry and freezer, most of which we will never buy again. The breakdown on where the money went is below:
**Disclaimer, prices do not reflect the 15% student discount we get at Sprouts Farmer's Market on Thursdays.

Veggies/Fruits/ Fresh Herbs- $10.53
Organic Celery, Organic Carrots, Fresh Parsely, Red Potatoes, Organic Cauliflower, Organic Roma Tomatoes

Meat & Eggs- $27.07
Fresh free-range chicken (never frozen), Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef, organic eggs

Dairy- $44.49
Organic Raw Cheese, Organic Cottage Cheese, Organic Cream Cheese, European Style Organic Butter,  Raw [pasture-fed] Organic Milk, Yogurt

Other- $16.01
Egg Noodles, All Natural Salad Dressing, Buffalo Sauce, Pizza Sauce, Almond Butter, Smart Bagels (all natural version of Bagel thins)

Some observations: the total costs make it LOOK like we didn't get much fruits/ veggies, but really they are just not as pricey. We ate fresh foods every day. We are not believers in pasteurized dairy, and believe that dairy is one area that quality can not be compromised on. Based on personal experience, going from really really limited dairy and not really thinking that people should eat/drink dairy AT ALL... going to a diet pretty heavy in raw dairy products, including several glasses of raw milk a day, not only do I LOOK better, but I FEEL better. I won't ever drink pasteurized, homogenized milk again. Ever. Quality meats are worth paying for. We eat so little meat  that it's really not a big deal to spend more for quality, but I don't think I could go back to lesser quality meats for any reason.

Raw Milk Info

There's room for improvement for sure. We could knock out more of the processed stuff in favor for more fruits and veggies. We could cut back on breads and sugars. We could be better about eating the food rainbow. But really, considering we were completely trapped in a horrible fast food habit several months ago, it feels so good to be eating real foods.

Stay Tuned for March's Food Challenge!

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