Things have been pretty tight around here financially for the last few weeks. I have really had to put a huge limit on our family budget in order to make ends meet. And one of the areas in which we had to cut back in order to pay our most basic bills was that of the grocery bill.
I don't know if you know this or not, but we are a family of seven. That is a lot of mouths to feed. And the difference between a monthly grocery shopping trip in which you buy for quantity instead of quality can mean saving a couple hundred dollars, at least. Isn't that sad?
It disgusted me so much, that I have not logged my calories or even weighed myself during these last few weeks. I just didn't have the heart. I can tell that I've gained some weight by the fit of my clothing. I can tell that eating less healthy foods has put me back in other ways as well. Such as in water retention and increase of pain.
I could have bought less food and put the family on a diet, but that would not be fair to them. They require much more calories than I do and putting severe limits on what my children are allowed to eat and how much just wasn't in the cards. So, I took the hit. It is very hard to stay within a 1200 calorie range with a lack of healthy, fresh foods to choose from.
BUT, the food did last longer and nobody went hungry. I did notice something else, as well. My tastes for these foods have changed and I am sorely missing fresh fruits and vegetables. My body does not like all this processed, salted food. I feel horrible.
Anyway, for those who have noticed my absence.... That is where I have been. That's where I am now. For the moment. I'm trying to work up the nerve to actually weigh in without getting discouraged. It saddens me that in order to eat healthier, fresher foods you must have it within your budget to do so.
View my complete Food Diary HERE.