This is new for me. As a working wife, I cook, but it needs to be convenient as well as delicious. Time is a huge factor. I cook four meals per week (two with leftovers) and eat out once a week. Bottom line: we love food, so it has to 1) taste good; 2) not take longer than an hour to prepare; and 3) be nutritious, or "clean," with little sugar and few additives.
We are lucky to have two decent farmer's markets within walking distance. My *only* trouble with them is that they operate during very specific (and short) time windows, so when I miss them (as I did this weekend) I feel forced back to the grocery store. I know that isn't true, and that I could just as easily opt to drive out to the burbs for organic grocery store produce. (Another sticking point: at what point does the cost of fuel outweigh the earth- friendly benefit of organic food?)
I am trying to shift my thoughts from "that would be nice" to "this is my choice." It's hard not to feel a little entitled: I work all day then come home and cook so why shouldn't I be able to stop at the grocery store two blocks from here? Huh, huh? Whyyyyyyyyyyyy?
I'll let my spoils speak for themselves. And no, I didn't buy all of this. Though I wanted to. I mean, who can resist sausage from a cooler?
|mmm, sausage. Minimally processed with no bad stuff.|
The result was a grocery bill only a few bucks more than usual, but one that cut out one meat serving a week, another recommendation by the experts. I guess the goal of all of this is for my actions to match my beliefs, and for my dollars to align as well. I vote with my debit card...cha- ching!
So I'm curious...what steps are you taking to eat more "green?" Have you made the shift from the big chain grocery stores?
weight loss, week 12: -.6 (sigh. repeat after me: any downward trend, any downward trend...)
total weight loss: 11.6