Jinkse21

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    Jinkse21 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Mine was about 20 days late during my W30 and it was always right on schedule. I still had some cramping but my period only lasted about 4 days....it used to go on for 6-8 days! If my body follows the 30 day schedule, I should be starting today or tomorrow so we will see how not being on a strict W30 affects me now...
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Physibeth in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    We as moderators see a lot of confusion around here on what constitutes a serving of eggs when eggs are your primary protein source. We tell you as many as you can hold in your hand without dropping but I still don't think people actually try this. So I thought I'd post a visual for you folks. It would be fun if other people added their own pictures too. Try the experiment.
     
    Context - I'm 5'4" female and these are large eggs.
     
     

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    Jinkse21 reacted to MrsStick in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Is frozen produce any cheaper? If so, you should be able to find plenty of compliant stuff (NO SAUCE/SEASONING - check your labels). 
     
    In my stores in all the places I've lived, I've been able to find compliant of the following:
     
    Peppers/onions (usually labelled as fajita veggies or stir fry - check to be sure there's no baby corn)
    Carrot/cauliflower/broccoli mix (usually labelled as spring mixed veggies - make sure no corn)
    Green beans
    Carrots
    Cauli
    Broccoli
    Spinach
     
    You can also look into canned veggies, but look at the ingredients carefully. Green beans, mushrooms, carrots, and spinach can all usually be found in compliant cans. Steer clear of any crazy ingredients without making sure they're safe first, though.
     
    Basically, if you're going to cook the veggies anyways, you can probably get them frozen or canned. The texture shouldn't be too much of a problem (they can sometimes have a not-so-great texture but cooking them usually covers it up) and, if fresh is as expensive as you say, you can maybe save money. Where I'm at, it's cheaper to get fresh, so I keep a bag of frozen veggies as a last resort sort of thing. 
     
    Also, look for cheaper cuts of meat. I finally accepted (and convinced hubby) that in order to save money, boneless/skinless chicken breasts aren't for us. I can get (again, this is where I live) B/S chicken for $4-ish a pound, or I can get drumsticks/thighs or leg quarters for less than $1 per pound (whole chickens can be even cheaper - just 60-80 cents a pound). Look at your price per pound more than the overall price of the package. If you get more for the same amount of money or slightly more...do it! Plus if you have chicken bones you can make chicken stock (carrot peelings, celery ends/leaves, sacrifice an onion, and whatever else you have just lying around) that you can use for making soup - all out of things you would've thrown away (and now you don't have to buy more ingredients to make soup! Saving money!). Same with beef bones, but I haven't tried making beef stock yet. I know that it is a little different than making chicken stock.
     
    Long story short - see what's cheapest (and compliant) in your area. Eat that. Buy that. When it goes on sale, stock up like a doomsday prepper. My parents aren't Whole30, but they have a store in their area that will occasionally run a "10 for $10" sale. My parents bought $150 worth of stuff this last time. It was mostly pasta, pasta sauce, etc., but there were a bunch of canned veggies too. Even if they're just 10 cents off, picking up a few cans extra will save you money in the long run.
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Jahx in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Honestly, in my experience and as always your mileage may vary, the key to keeping the grocery bill down is simply this.
     
    Stop obsessing over the word "Organic".  By and large, if you are embarking on a Whole 30, your eating habits previously were fairly awful.  You have already been been exposing yourself to the worst foods/chemicals you could.  Frozen vegetables are fine.  Beef that isn't labeled "Grass Fed", or "Pastured" also won't cause your heart to spontaneously stop.  
     
    Embrace that simple concept, and the Whole 30 is actually *significantly* less expensive than the current diets of those for whom it does the most good.  
     
    Is grass fed, pastured, "certified" meat and produce healthier than the standard found at your local supermarket?  Sure.  I won't argue that point.  Is it something you should stress over with your Whole 30?  No.  The Whole 30 is a large enough change in ones habits that adding an additional stress is unnecessary.  I had a friend whom I introduced to the Whole 30 actually give up half way through because she couldn't find the meat and produce locally, and was having to drive an hour and a half to do her grocery shopping.  I tried to explain/convince her that it wasn't necessary, and she kept referring me back to these boards, and how she *needed* these things to make the whole 30 work.  We are talking about a single mom, who works two jobs.  Adding 3 hours of drive time to her week... it was just too much.  Maybe she wasn't committed enough.  Maybe if she saw more people advocating plain old supermarket beef/chicken/eggs and frozen vegetables, she would have just stopped by Wal-Mart where she normally shops, and she could have completed the Whole 30, and made those healthy changes.  
     
    I love the Whole 30, it changed my life (Sadly it wasn't permanent, I fell back into old habits and am starting another whole 30 sept 1st), and these boards are an absolute wealth of information, and the people here are just wonderfully supportive.  That being said, I think sometimes we focus a little too narrowly on the minutiae, and forget about the overall benefits and goals the Whole 30 is helping us to achieve.
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    Jinkse21 got a reaction from Stinawants in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I am on Day 28 and decided to see how much I have spent compared to the previous month of eating out and my normal grocery shopping. Turns out that it was about $100 more this month but that can be explained with buying staples such as coconut oil more EVOO than normal, Coconut Amino, Coconut Flour...and other stuff to have around since I am cooking all the time. A lot of the stuff won't need to be bought again for awhile. My husband and I don't have any kids and make decent money so we don't have to worry about keeping a tight budget, or at least I don't! Eating this way has definitely made some differences in how I feel and for the better so it's worth spending a little more than normal.
    I am looking forward to more veggie and fruit options at the farmer's market that are typically cheaper than at the stores. I do find myself trying to stretch meals out over a few days so I don't waste anything. There's no telling how much food I threw away because it didn't get eaten due to going out to eat so I know I wasted a ton of money there! After I finish the 30 days, I will continue with a few re-introductions but I will also work on finding ways to save money too. After all, I'll have to buy new clothes to go with my new body, right??
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    Jinkse21 got a reaction from Stinawants in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I am on Day 28 and decided to see how much I have spent compared to the previous month of eating out and my normal grocery shopping. Turns out that it was about $100 more this month but that can be explained with buying staples such as coconut oil more EVOO than normal, Coconut Amino, Coconut Flour...and other stuff to have around since I am cooking all the time. A lot of the stuff won't need to be bought again for awhile. My husband and I don't have any kids and make decent money so we don't have to worry about keeping a tight budget, or at least I don't! Eating this way has definitely made some differences in how I feel and for the better so it's worth spending a little more than normal.
    I am looking forward to more veggie and fruit options at the farmer's market that are typically cheaper than at the stores. I do find myself trying to stretch meals out over a few days so I don't waste anything. There's no telling how much food I threw away because it didn't get eaten due to going out to eat so I know I wasted a ton of money there! After I finish the 30 days, I will continue with a few re-introductions but I will also work on finding ways to save money too. After all, I'll have to buy new clothes to go with my new body, right??
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    Jinkse21 got a reaction from Stinawants in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I am on Day 28 and decided to see how much I have spent compared to the previous month of eating out and my normal grocery shopping. Turns out that it was about $100 more this month but that can be explained with buying staples such as coconut oil more EVOO than normal, Coconut Amino, Coconut Flour...and other stuff to have around since I am cooking all the time. A lot of the stuff won't need to be bought again for awhile. My husband and I don't have any kids and make decent money so we don't have to worry about keeping a tight budget, or at least I don't! Eating this way has definitely made some differences in how I feel and for the better so it's worth spending a little more than normal.
    I am looking forward to more veggie and fruit options at the farmer's market that are typically cheaper than at the stores. I do find myself trying to stretch meals out over a few days so I don't waste anything. There's no telling how much food I threw away because it didn't get eaten due to going out to eat so I know I wasted a ton of money there! After I finish the 30 days, I will continue with a few re-introductions but I will also work on finding ways to save money too. After all, I'll have to buy new clothes to go with my new body, right??
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    Jinkse21 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Mine was about 20 days late during my W30 and it was always right on schedule. I still had some cramping but my period only lasted about 4 days....it used to go on for 6-8 days! If my body follows the 30 day schedule, I should be starting today or tomorrow so we will see how not being on a strict W30 affects me now...
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    Jinkse21 reacted to befabdaily in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    It takes a while to settle into paleo. I track my budget on mint.com, and before I started paleo I would always go over my set food budget (which includes restaurants and such). And then when I first did the Whole30, I went WAY over. And then over the course of the last 12 months, while I've been pretty much eating paleo at home and not eating out as much, it's gradually come down to where I'm staying in budget, and I'm going to challenge myself to see if I can get even a little more frugal. I seem to just need to eat less, which helps. I've gotten more and more conscious of food waste (I am embarrassed to think about how much food I'd throw out before -- especially veggies because I'd buy them with good intentions and then not eat them, now I power through tons of them every week) and also more and more conscious of how much food I actually need to have around, so I don't overbuy as much. I am less concerned with having a wide range of choices available in my house at all times -- I used to buy like five kinds of cheese and then it would get moldy because it turns out I like the idea of cheese but I don't actually eat that much of it. I've stopped building Great Depression style stockpiles of stuff I maybe might need. I don't have to stock the accoutrements of baking under the illusion that I'm a person who bakes when really I only did so a couple of times a year. I also buy less wine, which adds up. Keep an eye on some of these issues -- your relationship with food isn't only how much and what you eat, but how much you buy and why. That may also begin to change.
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Kirsteen in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I have a very small fridge freezer provided by the landlord so I can't change it. I bought a table top freezer which, don't laugh, lives in my bedroom. In it, I keep meats that I've cooked and frozen in individual portions. The trouble is, its so crammed full that my new menu planning is open the freezer and whatever falls out first is the meal
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    Jinkse21 got a reaction from Kirsteen in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I keep telling myself I need to make a list of what I have so can plan meals better...and. Keep telling myself....
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    Jinkse21 got a reaction from moggle in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I find myself buying meats/chicken/fish on sale when my freezer is already full too! Since my husband and I eat separate meals, I keep my stuff in the kitchen freezer while he has allof the stuff I can no longer eat plus his foods in a big freezer in the basement. Beef Broth Bones found their way into his freezer because I didn't have room in mine!
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Xandra in Chipotle?   
    When I order the carnitas salad, I ask them to put lettuce first, then guac, and then everything else on top, so the guac doesn't stick to the lid.
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    Jinkse21 reacted to moggle in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    My concern over my spending on meat is turning in to a concerning sale meat 'stashing' problem. I couldn't help grabbing 1kg marked down gravy beef (still good till tomorrow) even though my section of the freezer is already full of frozen meat & meals.
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Moluv in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Me to my husband: "I want to save some money this month so instead of grassfed meat and organic produce I'm just gonna get regular meat and veggies"
    Him: "I don't think that's a good idea"
    Me: "why not?"
    Him: "we don't have health insurance"
    Good answer.
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I rarely can afford grass fed and organic. I have a family of 5 I feed on $100-200 a week. I live in California too. I get some veggies at the farmers market and stick to what is in season as that will always be cheaper. I go online every week to see what is on sale for meats, and usually only buy meats that are on sale for less than $3/lb. I have found that Raleys in our area has best quality meats so I wait for them to go on sale and buy a bunch and throw it in the freezer. Even though I can't afford grass-fed right now I am still eating healthier than before with all that pasta and rice and beans.
    On the Whole30 you can't eat most sausages, chocolate, processed foods and wine so it lowers the cost of your weekly shopping. I find myself doing a weekly cookup (Well Fed - best investment so far). I avoid ice tea at coffee houses, since sometimes bagged tea contains soy. I splurged for organic tea and made my own iced tea every day.
    Because I can't afford to go out to eat on our budget right now, and fast food is out, I find myself rarely letting veggies and meats go to waste, so am saving more money than before. Planning your meals for the week will definitely help your budget and time. Good luck!
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    Jinkse21 reacted to LoisH99 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I figured the savings from not buying wine made up for the higher food costs during my whole 30!
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Bethann67 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I am also spending a lot of money on groceries!
    I buy "tupperware" every time I go to the store,( it is teetering on hoarding) I upgraded some kitchen utensils and cookware and i needed spices and pils etc (i have spent $18 on coconut oil alone and need more ASAP! ) so i spent close to $1000 this month. (I'm on day 28)
    But ...whole9 has a list of vegetables and fruits that has saved me some money... it lists fruits and veggies that are clean or dirty... And I only buy the dirty items organic ( for me that is green leafies and celery) and shop the sales /seasonally otherwise. ( ie asparagus was cheap... So I ate a lot... Now it's $3 per pound...and it is off my menu.) and I made some mistakes... Spaghetti squash costs $7 and I don't love it it ( but I can make a huge pile of zucchini noodles for a couple bucks (pasta may never need reintro)
    When I buy eggs at $5/ dozen it helps me to think about how much 2 egg mcmuffins cost...
    ( financially and to my health) and I realize $1.25 per meal for protein is CHEAP!
    (Buying Grass fed beef however still makes me a lil shocky)
    Eating this way is not cheap... But if I audited my food and drink spending pre whole 30 i'd find that I spent at least as much... At culvers, Babbo, , McDonald's, Starbucks, quicktrip, crispy cream, and buying food in pretty boxes and beer etc. and this month I only spent $15 ( a pound of Sumatran coffee)
    So ...I think I'm spending my money wisely for a change! �
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    Jinkse21 reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    I would go to Costa Rica (we've been trying to plan a trip there for ages). We'd rent a house on the beach, close enough to town that we could hit the market for fresh produce and fish. Our house would have an awesome kitchen, where we'd cook all of our own food... but we'd also have daily cleaning service, so we never had to clean up after ourselves.
    Fresh fish and seafood, mango salsa (we'd go during mango season, of course), fruit smoothies (because when you're on vacation, it's okay to go a little crazy), and tons and tons of fresh salads, because when I'm south of the border, I'm always craving greens.
    There would also be this little place in town that served pulled pork, chicken, and beef, and they could make us lettuce tacos with fresh salsa and mole sauce any time we asked. Yum.
    I'd focus a ton of fun and play, and surf, paddleboard, and do yoga. There would also be awesome mountain biking trails nearby in the hills (hey, it's MY vacation), and we'd take our bikes up there a few times, too.
    And we'd find an awesome, giant boat to take us fishing and snorkeling, and we'd eat fish we caught right off the boat, sushi-style. I forgot about that part.
    Heaven.
    Someday.