Cut down that food shop bill!!
I thought we weren’t doing too bad on the rubbish ( sugary/salty goods) coming into the house but..
radically enough ….
we have turned a major corner in the last 6 months, and an even bigger leap during my eating challenge of the last 30 days!
This is what we have been doing daily over the last couple of months and aim to continue for longer period of time ….
We no longer buy ANY
Cordials, kids fruit drinks ie…fruit shoots and the likes ( because of asparteme used now as a sugar replacement)
Yogurt pots ( just find them a lazy option not really the best nutritional value) sometimes we get one larger pot of greek yogurt to use sparingly. Margarine / veg oils for cooking ( on educating ourselves on transfats ) now its only butter.. coconut oil.. olive and others for dressings etc
Frozen chips ( homemade are more delicious and nutritious)
Sugar cereals. we graually substituted them for porridge oats, fruit ….. with french toast/ pancake option for weekends.
Any time a cereal finds its way home from shopping trip we use it for snacks.
Biscuits …. we use oat cakes with honey a lot more and encourage a bit of baking when we fancy a sweet treat.
We now buy a bacon cut and use it in carbonara. We always have leftover from main meal as well as left over chicken from free range birds so we make use of these leftover slices for sandwiches instead of processed sliced meats.
We use it more sparingly for dishes it suits ( like fish and chips) as opposed to a daily condiment!
Good quality used sparingly … or in cooking. No orange cheddar!!
We now get dark above 50% cocoa choc at least ….
we soak nuts like almonds cashews etc to eat with it and use cocoa powder that we sweeten with maple syrup or honey.
Dairy … We growing used to less milk, and have upgraded to organic. We drink more water. We use milk for breakfast porridge, and to have to mix into tea and coffee. We don’t rely on it for calcium as kids enjoy calcium in green veg.
Cut back considerably
We now buy 2 free range chickens…1ham/bacon joint… 1/2 pound organic minced beef….fish pieces/ fillets…..
that leaves for 1 or two veggie/ egg dishes. ( weekly for 2 adults 3 children ages 11 down to 4)
A bottle of wine occasionally and a six pack beer weekly usually does us 🙂
Now finally the misconceptions of making these changes
Shopping bills have NOT increased!!!!!!..even though we are getting better quality food we save on those expensive processed good such as yogurts..fruit juice cartons..processed meats ( sliced ham)
We put money saved on the grocery bill towards our nutritional top up fruit and veg capsules (kids get them free with our orders)
Make small changes …
they can make a difference in the long run … as we become increasingly aware of the need for micronutrients as contained in raw fruit and veg…we find it harder to steer away from this.
Look us up at family wholefood health for links to inform you on bridging the gap using fruit and veg capsules ( how we truly started to bridge our nutritional gap)
We are on a journey …. the kids still like shop bought treats and ice cream …. I still love a coffee.
With small incremental changes I believe we re making our health a priority and cutting down significant risks associated with over eating processed goods.
Thanks for reading :))))