Meals & snacks

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-08-06 09:44:21 -0500
Started 2010-08-05 15:09:46 -0500

I have a hard time with what is good to eat on a budget. I am allergic to seafood, so that knocks that category out completely. I eat chicken, hamburger and steak and that is about all. Any ideas?
I also need to lose weight and I am an emotional eater which makes it twice as hard for me, no support.

3 replies

GabbyPA 2010-08-06 09:44:21 -0500 Report

I will get in trouble for this one I am sure, but rabbit is a good option for a lean meat. So is some pork, so don't count those out. If you can't eat seafood, can you eat fresh water fish like bass or catfish?

I am right there with you on the couch with the emotional eating. It is my vice. What I do to help curb that is keep myself busy. That keeps my mind off the food and off the emotion as well. It doesn't always work, so a good session with myself in the mirror can do the trick.

If you keep your snacks handy and healthy, that will help a lot. What I often do is buy a bag of nuts and then divide them up into a proper serving and put them in baggies. That way, if I eat one and can move on, I'm all good. It also helps me count my food, because while it won't stop me from eating a second baggie, at least I know how much to write down on my journal. Sometimes being more honest with ourselves on paper is a big wake up call.

RAYT721 2010-08-05 18:11:47 -0500 Report

There are times when I can't budge my budget so I know what you mean. So many "good" foods are expensive but a few tips to help you… the healthier foods are those around the perimeter of the store (produce, meat, dairy, etc). Try to shop for the leanest meats, the low fat versions of dairy, the freshest in-season produce. Consider learning to can foods. Shop with coupons but don't be afraid of store brands. Use portion control. Eat less food more often. Drink water (it's free… check your tap for free refills). Reaching higher and lower on your store shelves is not only good exercise but usually where the bargain are. Think about things like eggs and oatmeal and chicken/turkey for decent inexpensive sources of food. Remember when reading a recipe that the fewer the ingredients, the less expensive the entree. If you'd like to drop me a line I can try helping you get some decent affordable recipes and shopping lists but just remember that alot of the answers have to come from you in what you like, don't like, can't eat, etc. But, hey, I love to talk about food and as the writer of "Money Matters" (check the discussion search box) really enjoy helping people save money. I'm approachable … drop a friend invite anytime!!!

monkeymama 2010-08-05 17:55:44 -0500 Report

Hello there! I too am on a budget with 5 people in our house to feed. Along with the fact, I am a stress and emotional eater myself. I am getting help for the emotional eating. Have you ever given a option of turkey, Bocca, and Garden Burger Products. I also purchase lean pork chops/pork products, and some ham. I buy Luna Bars, Special k Protein Bars/Shakes, Special K Protein Plus Cereal. I can actually make a $500.00 budget last a whole month for a family of 5 people. This is with buying fresh/frozen veggies, healthy meats, snacks, and other things. I watch my sales ads closely, shopping weekly, and I use coupons (buy what is on sale with the coupons. With as busy of a schedule and routine I have, I make a way to get to the gym 3 times a week and walking, biking, and working out at home on the weekends for an hour. Along with family swims at the YMCA. I made the whole change to the whole house. There are still times I may have to buy something a little different for me but it has made a difference in all of our diets.

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