November challenge… changing the way we look at food.

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My transformation hasn’t really taken off just yet. What with the lack of sleep, I’ve been lucky to have the energy to get dressed for the day let alone transform myself.

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.

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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?

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Lunch: spiced lentils with vegies and salad with a home-made yoghurt dressing on a grainy flat bread.

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  • November 2, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    Lilybett - In most big(-ish) cities there’s usually a fruit & veg co-op of some kind. The unis I’ve worked for have always had one (not sure if you specifically have to be a student) – where the co-op people go to the early morning F&V markets, buy in bulk and then divy everything out accordingly. You end up with a box of whatever’s in season. Sometimes its a complete surprise (and the winter boxes can leave you scratching your head wondering what you’ll do with THAT) but it’s usually the cheapest option. My current uni also has a food co-op for less perishable stuff like dried pulses/legumes as well as things like honey – they buy in bulk and you bring your own containers to pick it up. Sometimes being a part of the co-op means you have to volunteer for a few hours as well once a year, etc. But I don’t mind that if it means I get fresh from the market food really cheaply.ReplyCancel

    • November 2, 2012 - 8:38 pm

      Sash - Ohh Lilybett I have never heard of such a magical thing!! Smart! But Melbournites have always been smart about these things (I wish I’d known about this when I was studying in Melbourne). Like shared co-op city gardens and excellent farmers markets and the like. WA still has a ways to go to catch up… but I’ll definitely do some research. I’m inspired! Thank you!ReplyCancel

      • November 3, 2012 - 5:26 am

        Lilybett - They had them in Newcastle as well, not just Melbs. I think wherever there are unis, there are poor students wanting more food for their skinty dollars 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Marika - Ever since I stopped eating wheat (I’m not gluten intolerant, it’s a choice I made after reading “Wheat Belly”) my relation with food really changed. Now, I really enjoy eating and discovering new flavors and trying new things.

    When I go to the grocerie store, I usually only buy fresh fruits/vegies and milk/yogourt. I don’t buy cereals, cookies and other processed food because they contain gluten. I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper to buy fresh food and make my meals with those then buy things I just put in the oven..

    Also, every week, I make a meal plan for the following week so I go to the grocerie store only once per week. I save a lot of money that way..ReplyCancel

    • November 2, 2012 - 8:38 pm

      Sash - You’re right Marika. Some how I think we have all been taught the wrong food habits… I wonder where it has come from… and how long it will take for us all to come back to our roots and have what you have… a positive relationship with food. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2012 - 3:10 am

    Darlene L - Yay good for you! Two weeks ago we decided to do paleo for a month, so nothing processed, very little dairy, no grains, breads pasta etc. It’s been HARD! But I can already tell I have a LOT more energy. And while we weren’t doing it for weightloss specifically we have lost about 12 pounds between my husband and I in less than 2 weeks. And feel great!ReplyCancel

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  • November 11, 2012 - 11:53 pm

    Megan - I have been really inspired after reading this post to get back on track with our diets, and eliminate all of those icky processed items from our cabinets. I am planning to do a little November Challenge of my own, and wanted to share. Good luck! 🙂
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