Monday, January 24, 2011

SNAP Hunger Challenge-Final Thoughts

Did I get enough calories each day? I should say! I generally try to stay around 1500 calories but as you can see, this week I went over quite a few times. I found myself saying "I have 50 cents left for this meal, I could add an apple!" I usually watch what I eat so I also found myself eating more carbs then I normally do simply because it was cheap and filling.
Weekly Progress:

Calories:1,8041,7471,973 2,4731,3882,1422,601
Fat:(goal:60)594456 40226059
What I am looking forward to the most: Dessert! I am a sweets-a-holic but dessert wasn't in the budget most days. I love to bake so much, I Was happy that I got to make desserts twice this week but would have done much more! I also love a few Dove chocolates after dinner but those certainly weren't in the budget at almost 50 cents for a few little chocolates.

We always get pizza delivered on Friday night and we generally eat out at least one other meal each week. I didn't miss the food but I did miss the experience of choosing the pizza place, toppings, etc. and having a fun night with my husband. BUT the challenge helped my focus on just how lucky we are to afford that extravagance. We don't blink at spending $20-$30 on pizza. That's ONE MEAL for 2 people, which costs over 3 times a whole day's food budget for two people!

My thoughts on frugal eating:
Cut out meat and you're about 10 steps in front of everyone else when it comes to frugal eating! You always hear how expensive produce is but meat is the real dollar-hog. I got quite a few fresh fruits and veggies into my diet: apples, bananas, oranges, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, onions, cabbage, celery, lettuce (not including my free peaches and blackberries). But you also have to know where to get your protein when you cut out meat. You can see above that on several days I didn't make it up to the 60 grams of protein. Note to self-eat an egg at breakfast!

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