The Cost of Staying In Control

By Cookie29er Latest Reply 2009-03-27 11:22:20 -0500
Started 2009-03-23 18:06:08 -0500

Yes, it is expensive to eat healthy for your disease. I agree. I'm a widow living on disability and I find that the more I cook from 'scratch' the cheaper it is. It's expensive to get all those proteins, for sure, and I make a little go a long way. I buy frozen or fresh veggies and re-package everything so I can portion it out. If you have any money-saving ideas please share them.

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jsd2005 2009-03-27 11:22:20 -0500 Report

Planting a garden is wonderful as you have fresh fruits and vegetables, Salads are also good. I search canned good for low carbs. Pickles, beets, green beans, peas, crout and spinach are good sources of minerals. I try to avoid fresh fruit as it brings the sugar up fast and lowers it just as fast.
I try to avoid corn, bread and pasta, unless it is a fresh pasta salad. Squash is another good item.

I make homemade applesauce with sweetener and it is great. I use a lot of different salad greens, olives for salads and cottage cheese and yogurt too.
Good luck

JessEli 2009-03-27 10:48:07 -0500 Report

Like Avera posted above, I have found that salvage stores often carry a lot of low-carb and diabetic friendly foods. I try to visit the one in our area at least once a week. It can be hit-and-miss but I usually can find great items at a great discount!

I'm learning new ways to prepare fresh fruits and veggies and am finding that I actually enjoy the experiementing. Healthy doesn't necessarily mean plain and boring!


jsd2005 2009-03-26 02:13:34 -0500 Report

Wonderful idea for a post. It will be interesting to see what you come up with. Also, reminds me of the message for john on another post. preventative or a proactive stance oftentimes, is much cheaper that a reactive stance.

lipsie 2009-03-24 01:55:14 -0500 Report

I do agree with everyone here don't get me wrong though I have one huge problem I find. I am disabled for a few reasons, one being my legs (mobility). Anyhow, Ty also is disabled and has bone spurs,and all that junk in his back, we both have walking issues but we do basics. Okay, we get around by bus, at least try to. Only on occasion take a cab…like home from store once a month cuz of the price. Simply, when I had my vehicles I could get around and check out all this stuff, or even sales on umm a blender that we don't even own. So, we continue to struggle w/out the extra's. Does that make sense? I just dunno how else to do everything, I really don't! Sorry to bother ya all with my pouting..thankx..Sheila

zobel 2009-03-24 13:27:04 -0500 Report

sheila, the other day i was talking to a freind (disabled) about my work load and that i needed to take some time to research prices to replace a customers eqiupment. she offered to do it for me, it freed up time for her and i to spend some time out. together shopping. we both enjoid our time together. maybe ofering to help another persom with canning or freezing may make it possible to take advantage of good healthy buys. carl

lipsie 2009-03-24 18:47:41 -0500 Report

Hiya Carl, thanks for the story, I just need to get my head out the door really and maybe I will make out like that eh? Okay, I have a fear of public, thats why my fiance takes me EVERYWHERE, but I am getting better, very very slowly, lol. But I would LOVE to do something like that. I use to work, I did customer service and the whole shabang…I just have to build myself back up there. Thank you for thinking of me Carl. Sheila

Avera 2009-03-23 22:44:03 -0500 Report

Hello Everyone!

I also cook mainly from scratch, but I try and buy as much as I can the cheapest way I can.

I searched and found a salvage grocery store nearby. Here I can get food items for next to nothing. Salvage stores usually buy out stores that are closing and sell most items for 25 or 50 cents. Rarely, do things cost more than a dollar and almost all of the items are brands I can't afford in the regular grocery. Now salvage stores even have surplus bread and frozen foods.

I go every two weeks to "Big Lots." There I also get brand name items for much less. According to what I buy, I can plan meals around my purchases.

I also take advantage of the store called the "Dollar Tree." They now have bread, frozen foods, and dairy products. I save tons of money there.

There are many low carb items which I purchase that are always going to cost me more than other things. I have found the web sites for every health food store located in my town. Almost every week these stores have coupons that are only offered online. I wait until one is offered for an item that I need such as almond flour, then I use it at the store to save.

I also sign up to receive free samples. I joinned a site and receive a newsletter in email everyday. Each day I send off for as many of the food freebies as I can. I don't miss a day so each day in regular mail I get at least 3 of something. Today I received a free box of cereal, 100 calorie snack rice cakes, a slimfast bar, and a coupon for $5.00 off of Glercerna cereal.

The fact that I go to so many places to shop keeps me getting exercise. I walk through the whole store and at the salvage store I often have to bend to go through boxes. I live alone so I have to carry in all the stuff I buy and put it up.

In other words,,,I buy cheap and eat fancy and healthy at the same time.

OOPS! I forgot one thing. I also joined the web site "FreeCycle" for my town. On this site, one lists things you want to get rid of and are willing to give away for free. Many people clean out their cabinets and want you to come by and pick up the food they no longer want. You don't get to pick and choose, BUT, I pick out the things I can use and then drive the rest to a charity or free kitchen.


rbergman 2009-03-23 22:16:14 -0500 Report

We grow a garden every year, and plan for the potatoes to come late so we have them for winter, as for the other veggies we do a LOT of canning and blanching and freezing of them to get us through, we have been successful with this for 3 years now and still have veggies now that we grew last season. We moved in December to a different state so it will be a trial and error thing to see what grows well here but we are going to make a go of it.
We also go to farmer's markets for what we don't grow or for fruits. Some things that we use that are on sale I stock up on and freeze, such as bread. We grow our own beef, and pork and are trying our hand at laying hens as well. We have goats that we are going to milk when the time comes, don't know if we will use it or sell it, depends on if we like the taste well enough.
There is also farming, wheat, oats, milo, corn, etc, I'm anxious to try my hand at grounding my own wheat flour and oat flour when its time too.
We do bake our own bread but I haven't found a good enough recipe that isn't so high in carbs just yet but still looking.

Avera 2009-03-23 22:51:29 -0500 Report

**Here is a recipe for low carb bread for you to try.**


3/4 cup whey protein Isolate — vanilla
1 cup egg whites — powder
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp Splenda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
1/8 cup water
3 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F-200°C . Oil a Pyrex loaf pan and set aside.
Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Mix all liquid ingredients in large bowl; then add dry ingredients and mix with hand mixer for one minute.
Pour into loaf pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.
This bread slices like regular bread.

Servings 4

222 Calories; 19g Fat (30.8% calories from fat); 92g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 161mg Cholesterol; 579mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

**If you don't like this one, go to our recipe section. I posted one there a few days ago for low carb sandwich bread.**


jsd2005 2009-03-26 02:15:50 -0500 Report

excellent comment. A garden is a great way to get what you want and need and relatively inexpensive, except for your time. We plant one every year.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-23 19:13:35 -0500 Report

Cookie like you we eat mostly from scratch. We have a freezer and I buy my meat when it is on sale and freeze it.

One of the local groceries thends to have a lot of buy one get one free sales - every once in a while buy 1 get 2 free!

Sarguillo 2009-03-23 18:23:35 -0500 Report

I stopped eating out as much as I can. Good planning ahead will make it easier to shop. Those items that are shelf stable, buy in bulk. I buy fake crystal light at Wal Mart instead of the real stuff. Not going to tell you what it does to stool. LOL. No soda. This is cheaper than buying cases of soda. Hamberger is your friend. With sauce and alittle whole wheat patsa, makes a good meal. no hamburger helper. Less sodium. Less bread. I now use tortillias if I need a bread item. Dont buy Salad in a bag. The mark up on a bag of salad is too high. A head or two of lettuce for that price of that bag. A good cheap snack, Baby carrots with Ranch dressing. Or an apple with peanut butter. Salad dressing, the larger the ounces, the lower per ounce price. Most of the stores near me have a per ounce price on the price tag. Allows me to ge the most for my money. Hope these ideas help.