But I’ve given myself a challenge for November. A challenge that you could join in. Try it for a day, a week, a month. Whatever you want.
What is this challenge you say? This challenge has everything to do with the transformation that I am trying to make but also has everything to do with BUDGET. You hear me. Holy hell, since I got back to Australia I realised that inflation is a b*tch. It’s been three years since I lived here but OH MY GOD Australia is expensive. Petrol, food, milk, bread… its all ver, very pricey. In fact, Australia is now one of the most expensive countries in the world. Lucky us, right?
Well this realisation is why I started making my own yoghurt. Which is still going awesomely and every week it gets cheaper and easier to make. And even more delicious if-I-do-say-so-myself. Which is awesome. This make-it-yourself is the theme for November. Save money, eat well and take care of our bodies.
I’ve always been a relatively good eater. I like fruit and vegies and will more often than not choose a healthy option over junk. My sisters often joke about the fact that I request that we have salad with every meal. One of my (many) quirks I suppose. But what I am not is a healthfood nut or expert. Not by any means. I make lots of bad food choices. I love Hungry Jacks (Burger King) and I have a seriously sweet tooth and candy, well candy and I have a very dear friendship – but not only are these foods terrible for my body, they are HORRENDOUS to my wallet. But not this month. This month I’m trying something new. I’m going cold turkey.
There is a lot of different diets out there. But that’s not what I’m looking for. I’m a bit too thin at the moment. I’m not at all looking to lose weight. I’m looking to save money and have a healthy mind and body and to transform our lifestyle into something more sustainable.
When I became a parent, I started thinking about food like I have never thought about it before. I started to think about what was IN everything I ate. What was in the foods I wanted to feed my child. The culture of the food I eat and why I eat it. I don’t know an awful lot about nutrition. Just the basics. But I am keen to learn more. So for this month I am cutting out ALL processed foods (including highly processed grains and sugars). Anything that contains a number in its ingredients list is out. I’ve never fed Bo any of these things before. And I started to think. If I wont feed it to my child, why would I put it into my own body? Isn’t there more awesome things that we could spend our money on? I could work one hour less, take an hour of stress out of my single-parent life just by not buying that crappy food. There are lots of things that happen to us and around us in our lives that I have little control over. This, is something I CAN control.
So we are trying it.
Bo and I went to the Bunbury Farmers Market to stock up on lots of fresh foods, foods direct from farms. Vegies that we had to remove the lady bugs from to re-home them in the backyard. Fruit that smells like fruit. Nuts and legumes that pack a nutritional punch and taste super yummy. And a kilo of berries, for the sweet tooth.
What is your food attitude? Has it changed since having kids/getting older/having to BUY your OWN food? How do you budget for your families food habits?