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I don't have the money to loose the weight that I want

So my husband and I are going through tough financial times right now. We aren't poor but we don't have a lot of extra money to go out to eat or do things for entertainment. One of the things that I'm noticiing is that I'm just not loosing the kind weight that I want to. And I think this can be attributed to my diet.

We shop every two weeks. So for the first week I can stock up on fruits,veggies, etc. But we just don't have the money to eat like that every week. The simple fact is that its cheaper to make a lasagna feed the two of us for one week. I know that I should be eating healthier but I can' afford it. has anyone else dealt with this problem ? Do you have any tips for stretching the veggies/ fruits for two weeks ?

Our food budget is $300 a month. We normally only eat one meal out a week (i.e. we both pack lunch every day).

Thu. Jan 31, 10:46am

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Frozen fruits/veggies can be very cheap, and last for as long as they're in the freezer, and are just as healthy as the fresh ones. So stock up on those!

Meats that are in a more natural state are cheaper - i.e. a whole chicken, rather than boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can easily roast a whole chicken and make a bunch of frozen veggies on the side, and that's dinner for a few nights. Take the skin off of yours before you eat it.

Crock pots are awesome as well. I make a great beef stew that is one package of stew veggies, some barley, and a pack of stew meat (which is the cheap meat, or just buy whatever's cheapest - it cooks for long enough for even the toughest stuff to get tender.) Throw it in the crockpot with some beef bouillion and water and cook it all day while you're gone. That's food for a few nights. And also very easy to put in a tupperware and take to work. You can add bulk by adding an extra package of veggies too.

Really, though, what you need to do is calculate the calories in the dishes that you are making. It'll take a little work, but you know how much of each item you're using, and you can calculate the number of calories in the whole lasagna casserole. Then divide it by the number of servings. If you're eating too many calories that way, then eat a smaller portion. If you're still hungry, snack on something like veggies or broth-based soup.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:57 AM

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You might want to get a book to teach you about portion size. That would be a good first step. You can eat most anything as long as you eat it in moderation.

And, frozen or canned fruits and veggies last a long time and are better than nothing!

You can do this, just find a way!!! Good luck!

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:59 AM

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Whole chickens are a great idea. For 2 people you can make that stretch into 3 maybe even 4 meals. Even the premade cooked chickens at the store are good. You can pick them up for around $5, even cheaper sometimes then buying them and making them yourself. Frozen veggies are great but you do lose the good stuff from them. Buy fruits that are only on sale, most apples you can get for great deals. If you have access to costco or a sam's club you can buy your veggies and fruit in bulk, save some money and have enough to last for quite a while. Just make sure you use them quickly. Fruits and veggies don't keep for long.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 11:07 AM

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It's really hard to shop well on a budget, and those fresh foods are expensive right now, but it can be done. I found I spend a lot more money if I don't really sit down and plan things out. I end up buying ingredients for one recipe and then they go bad in my fridge. Now I have to be a little more strategic and look for mulitiple recipes using similar ingredients, especially if they're fresh.

I recently bought a whole chicken and some vegetables to make a soup. I cooked the chicken for one meal - had that with a side of fresh vegetables. I then chopped up the vegetables and the chicken and made a soup that lasted for many meals and I could freeze. Then I chopped up more of the vegetables, added water to the chicken bones and now I've got chicken stock for future recipes. So, that's the kind of planning I do now, to make it stretch. It takes time at first, but then, like anything, it gets easier.

And, hey, lasagne is okay! Make your lasagne with lean meat, reduced fat cheeses, extra tomatoes and other vegetables that you like, etc., and have a frozen vegetable side. Slice up and freeze individual portions and that should last you 6 meals between the two of you.

Like anything worth doing, it may take a little more effort and thought, but it's worth it in the end. Good luck, OP.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 11:08 AM

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Op here- thanks! great ideas. Maybe I just need to be more creative in my cooking.... any other ideas would be appreciated.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 11:11 AM

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