This mama has been BUSY this past year. The past two years, really. We adopted our Eldest a year ago, and returned to Ukraine to add two more to our family this past spring. I've been home less than a month and am loving the adventure that being a mom of six affords me.
We've also been on a rather interesting 'adventure' as a family when it comes to the kitchen over the last two years. We became uber frugal because adoption is expensive. I had fed our family of six quite well for $75 a week. We've also learned that we can have better attitudes, attentiveness, and health when we eat certain ways. We subscribed to the Nourishing Traditions way of eating for that time, and it has been a huge blessing for our household.
I've been healthier than ever before in my life, but there is still so much more of me than I'd prefer. I thought I had to trade health for a waistline because I wasn't willing to try one more fad diet (sorry, Dr. Atkins, I won't be back!). And then my friend Mandy started chatting about Trim Healthy Mama. I was skeptical, but then realized she was eating pretty much the same foods that I was. And getting skinny doing it!
So I splurged and bought the book. It is pretty amazing. Life-changing. Certainly figure-changing. Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, is worth every dime. It is chock-full of fantastic info and AMAZING RECIPES. AMAZING. In case you're wondering, I am really enjoying this food. I'm also enjoying eating dinner with my family and not feeling guilty. I like the way I feel, I'm sleeping better, and I can see this being a new lifestyle for all of us.
But here's the challenge. THE BUDGET. I was seeing dozens of mamas in the facebook group spending triple what I can a week on food, and some of them were in my area (so don't go saying it's all geographic!). I know we can't stay at $75/week with growing kiddos, but I do want to stay right around $400 a month. Some weeks that will involve more, others less. This week I'm spending $150 on my groceries. I'll share with you my menu plans and costs each week (and my progress!) in case you want to join with me in becoming trim and healthy (and frugal!). Each week I'll share what I did the week prior and the progress I made.
So this week I ate like a queen and lost 9 lbs. Yup, nine pounds. Now, that kind of weight falling off regularly isn't likely, nor would it be healthy, and I get that. But it was encouraging! I started with a total of 130 pounds to lose and I only have 121 of those pounds left. I'll take it!Ultimately, numbers are numbers, and the one on the scale isn't my major concern. It's the one inside the label of my pants that I'm going to be focusing on! And wait till you SEE what I've been eating while I've been losing. Prepare to be jealous.
The two favorite meals of the week were cheeseburger pie, which was served over a bed of shredded lettuce and topped with diced tomatoes and peanut crusted chicken which the hubby and kids had with basmati rice (I had it with a spinach salad). Both will be made again, and soon!
- 3 days of eggs scrambled in coconut oil with various veggies and cheeses added in
- 4 days of the Fat Stripping Frappa for me and oatmeal and fruit for the kiddos
- I stuck mostly to salads every day (I LOVE a good salad!), but did have leftovers twice
- Kids: Sandwiches, leftovers, hummus and veggies, pasta
- S: Cheeseburger Pie (Oh. YUMMY. I mean, you saw the pic above. You know you're drooling.)
- E: Fried eggs with cheese and ham on sourdough rolls (the rolls were THM approved, E style, so I left out the cheese for myself and I only had the egg whites)
- S: Peanut Crusted Chicken (Again, can you not taste the yumminess from the picture alone?)
- S: Pasta (Dreamfields) with salad
- E: Rice and taco beans (we are, after all, still on a budget!) -- I had greens in lieu of rice for an E salad
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