These three little words can be summed up in just one word: Consequences!
I wanted to title this post "Cut Your Bill" ~ Fantastic Four Grocery Shortcuts to Eating Healthy. This title woulda played much better on Pinterest and Instagram. But then I thought about my audience repeating the "Three Little Words" all day and I think "Pay The Price" or Consequences speak to what we're doing here at Grandmas Getting Healthy.
I'm going to give you my Fantastic Four Favorite money and time saver tips, some negative and positive bullet points, and then my personal experience with the Fantastic Four Favorites.
1. Shop at Aldi
2. Cut out processed meat. Watch the documentary "Fork Over Knife"
3. Start a healthy meal replacement program. You know the drill here. Call me.
4. Think about a food delivery service.
These four money and time savers WILL change your life.
- meal planning
- wasting food
- "what's for dinner" questions
- skipping breakfast and/or lunch
- binge shopping when you're hungry
- meal planning, shopping, and decisions
- time for yourself and your loved ones
- mental clarity
- vitamins and minerals
- weight loss
- balanced meals
- dinner at your fingertips
- scaled down pantry
These 4 time and money savers are extremely personal... and I still can't get Grandpa to eat an off brand of Raisin Bran... but I'm working on it.
1. Shop at Aldi. Seriously ... I can have a cart full of groceries and check out for $60. plus you get your quarter back when you return the cart. Now don't get me wrong... I love an afternoon spent at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, but I can't get outta either one without a $100. receipt.
2. Cut out processed meat. Once again, this is my personal experience, but since watching the above mentioned documentary (i'm squeamish and I made it thru) I have scaled way back on meat. What I still do buy is grass fed beef, cage free chicken and eggs, and I haven't found a way to have happy hour without my Havarti. I haven't missed meat and I most definitely don't miss my cankles! Is meat making us sick?
3. Start a healthy meal replacement program. Like I've said before, I'm not going go scientific on this blog. BUT ... I'm positive we can't get the vitamins and minerals we need for healthy aging from the food we eat. In 1955 we could eat ONE orange for our daily dose of "C". Today we need to eat NINE oranges to get our quota. Read "Why Diets are Failing Us" by Dr. Dennis Harper and Peter Greenlaw. Start a nutritional meal replacement program not a diet.
4. Think about a meal delivery service. I've tried "Blue Apron", "Home Fresh", "Sun Basket" and loved them all. 3 meals per week for 2 people is about $60, and I turn my 3 meals into 4 or 5 meals with the left overs. Everything comes in one box, packed in recyclable containers and can be kept on your doorstep all day. There are step by step instructions and in 20-30 minutes from emptying the box ... dinner is served.
This is our total grocery bill including all the above mentioned and Grandpa's Post Raisin Bran and his lunches (he's not sold on shakes ... yet)
$60 x 4 weeks = $240 (6-10 meals per week)
$3. x 14 shakes x 4 weeks = $168
$100 per month in miscellaneous Grandpa groceries
Grandma & Grandpa monthly Grocery budget $500.
Every credit card swipe represents 'time' you spent to earn that money.
Pay the price.
Every morsel of food you eat is deposited somewhere in your body.
Pay the price.