So, on my quest to be the woman I want to be I find a dilemma. I love to menu plan. I enjoy cooking, I enjoy the grocery list and the coupons, (I know I 'm a freak). I love the thrill of getting a boat load of groceries for under $20. I find myself almost giddy to bring home a freebie even if I don't need it. If there is a sample I sign up for it. IF there is a coupon I print it, clip it, or load it. I do a pretty good job of sticking to my $50/week goal. I feel confident in my budget. I love stockpiling and yada yada yada.
However, I find myself asking if I am eating the best I can on my budget. I used to have some hard fast rules that were never broken that I find myself bending when I can get it for free. No high fructose corn syrup, unless, of course, it is free. Then I'll take ten. Only whole wheat bread, unless the other stuff is on sale and I can bring it home for 1/10 the cost of the whole wheat. So, what is a girl to do? Sacrifice health for budget or vice versa...
I realize that at this stage I'm not sure we can afford to go completely organic cutting out all antibiotic, hormones, and steroids. But is there a middle ground some where between whole food and junk food? Balance has never been my strong point. I get really wound up and I am kind of all or nothing. And unfortunately, if I fall off my bandwagon I fall hard and fast. I go from diet to eating the whole pint of ice cream in one sitting.
So, I am starting on a quest to see if I can eat well within my budget. I'm going to start by going back to some basics. Whole grains (we still do this most of the time anyway.), no high fructose corn syrup (unless it is already in my house.), eat as fresh as possible and organic when affordable. I know this doesn't sound very drastic, and honestly it isn't. I just want to be more aware of the food I am feeding myself and my family. I want to do a better job of just being aware of what I am eating and how it could affect our health. Ok, I'm getting off my soap box. Time to make dinner. :")