As a Category 5 hurricane was barreling toward our city, I realized that I didn’t have nearly enough non-perishable foods to sustain my family for more than a day or two. Everyone else must have had the same thought at the same time, because store shelves were empty. We survived the storm just fine, but this was an important life lesson. Don’t wait for an emergency to strike, by that time it’s too late. We need a stockpile now.
If you don’t understand what’s so special about bread, chances are you’ve been buying your loaves from the store. Homemade breads taste sweeter, have fewer ingredients, and are less expensive than store-bought bread. But like everything else, people are afraid that making it yourself will take too long. Today we share simple recipes for white bread and banana bread that will make you never want store-bought again.
Food is a necessity. It’s also our largest variable cost each month. My family of 5 has been able to survive on one middle-class income by reducing how much we spend on food and other costs. We spend less than $100 per person per month on food, which is substantially lower than the national average. How do we do it? Here we provide numbers for average US households’ spending on food and break down my family’s grocery costs and meal plans.
More people are choosing experiences over things. This shift from “consumers” of stuff to livers of life is a welcome one. Experiences are arguably better for our wellbeing and for our planet. But often those experiences center around going out to eat. Replacing shopping with eating as entertainment comes with its own costs, both financial and to our health.
The farmers market used to be a place where communities could come to support local growers while getting a fair price for fresh produce. These days, farmers markets are everywhere. In my city, there is one every weekend. Some are in hipster neighborhoods. Others are set up at malls. There’s even one twice a month at my work!
My husband and I were talking about taking a road trip. He commented to me “What are you going to eat? You’ll be sick of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before we leave the state.” Because we rarely go out to eat, he’s excited about stopping at fast food restaurants along our journey. Now that I’m eating a vegetarian diet, my options are limited. But there are some good vegetarian fast food meals.
The $60 billion dollar weight loss industry has taken a hit as more people pass on diet products and instead choose to eat healthier foods. Forget pills, gym memberships, or diet foods. I lost 20 pounds (and gained flat abs and firm thighs) through simple yet powerful lifestyle changes. And it didn’t cost me a cent. In fact, I saved money. So how did I lose 20 pounds in 15 weeks?
Over the past week I have felt irritable and hungry. Even worse, I’ve felt so overwhelmed that I have been thinking about quitting, well, everything. Taking a step back to evaluate what’s not working in my life, I realized that I’ve not taken a lunch break all week. That’s probably why I’ve been so hangry.
Have you found yourself doing well living a healthy lifestyle, only to get thrown off your game by temptations during get-togethers? You are not alone. Here are 12 healthier choices to avoid gaining weight during parties.
I’m all about the Salt Life, but not when it comes to my food. Sure, if you’re running on the beach or kite surfing and working up a sweat you might need more sodium. But for those of us wearing flip-flops, we’re taking in way more salt than our bodies need. Forget the processed foods, I’m saving my daily sodium allowance for the margaritas!