What Does $30 Of Meat Look Like From Misfits Market?

Welcome back to another food budget topic. I have chosen to go even lower carbs on my health journey. I will write more about that in a future post. I had good success losing weight last year following 100 grams of carbs per day. I lost about 20 pounds and was able to maintain that pretty easily. But, then the holidays came, and business of life, and I slacked off. I only gained about 5 pounds back, so I am still ok with that. However, as you know I have CKD and I want to lose more weight to improve my metabolic markers even more than they already have. This is not Keto, at least not yet. I assume I may have to go Keto to get to my ultimate goal weight, but I could be wrong. For now, I am eating about 75 grams of carbs or less per day, but not less than 50 as that would put me in Ketosis. I have been doing this for about ten days and have already shed one inch off my chest and waist. I have not weighed myself, yet. I have to say this way of eating, and this time I am including my husband, and sort of my daughter as she is now an adult. She does not need to lose weight, but she likes a lot of the garbage food I am no longer buying. I will here and there let her get some, but not like she used to. I simply don’t need it in the house. The only thing I really crave is potato chips. I actually feel really good. I stay within the protein limits I have calculated for myself and my CKD. I try to stick with healthier fat options than high saturated fats. I honestly feel good. I have noticed my dry eyes and mouth have improved immensely. It does not seem to be having any negative effects on my kidneys, and the hip joint pains I was experiencing following plant-based have gone away. Those are all good things. The only thing I need to see is if it will affect my Lipid Panel in a negative way.

So, back to the title. Since we had started our extreme grocery budget challenge, which we have kind of steering away from it the past couple of weeks, but I will start again this week, I was not buying at Misfits Market. While their prices are good, I am noticing fewer and less organic options, and more items labeled natural instead. Natural can mean a lot of things. Plus, it is expensive. So, last week I made an order for 30 dollars of just meat. That is the required amount you have to purchase cold items to cash out. I picked what I wanted, but I don’t think I picked two sausages. I thought I picked one chicken, but I got two sausages. These seem to be good quality. I have had Diestel products before, and the True Story chicken sausages are awesome. The other ones I have not tried yet. So for 30 dollars, I got 5 meat items. This seems OK to me, but not great considering they are not organic, except for one. I may continue to buy from here if I find organic options, if not I probably am not going to try to incorporate Misfits into my budget.

I prefer organic meats if I can afford them on our extreme budget. I only eat beef on average one time a week, but I do like pork and chicken. I like turkey too but my husband really only likes it on Thanksgiving, lol.

Another fun challenge, along with the grocery budget, is $5 dollar dinners. I will be starting to share some $5 dollar dinner ideas for low carb. I really think it probably will be hard to get 5-dollar dinners low carb with quality meats. We will see. I have one already to share tomorrow.

The one thing I really am liking about this new way of eating is its simplicity of it. My grocery list is easy, and my meals are easy, it is just easy. I know a lot of influencers spend a ton of money on snacks and keto drinks. I don’t see myself doing that as most of the drinks I dislike, and some of the snacks are plain gross. They swear they are delicious but they most certainly are not. They are super expensive and not really that good for you. Anyway, I might share some of them too. There are a few that I have tried that I like, but there are way more that I don’t. The consistency is strange, as is the texture, and taste.

That is it for today. Come back tomorrow to see my first low-carb 5-dollar dinner option.

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The Hardest Part Of Losing Weight~

Hello, and welcome to my last post on the topic of Obesity. Obesity was my Health topic for the month of October. While I did not get to cover all of the topics I wanted to, I provided a great deal of information for anyone interested in learning more about Obesity. For the month of November, my Health topic will be Dementia. I usually do posts on Gratitude in November, but I think I will just refer to last year’s posts.

For the month of October, my husband and I challenged ourselves to lose 10 pounds by the 31st. With 3 days left I still have 3.5 pounds to go. While I would obviously like to smash the goal, I am realistic that 10 pounds in one month, is not easy, and equals 2.5 pounds per week. I don’t know, yet, how my husband did. I will report on Monday. For November, and which is the topic of this post, we will make a goal to keep off whatever weight we lost in October. This is a huge challenge for any who loses weight. Learning how to keep off the weight is the harder part of weight loss in my opinion. If you did not learn how to change your relationship with food, make better food choices, learn proper portion sizes, and move more then you probably will not be successful at keeping the weight off. With the holidays coming all of the aforementioned things are super important. I am in no way suggesting you starve, deprive yourself, exercise to death, or eat no carbs. Those things are not sustainable, nor do they lead to success. People will try to sabotage you, trust me. Why they do it, I don’t know for sure, but they will. You have to have more willpower than they do. Now, I could have done the Keto Diet and probably easily lost the 10 pounds, and more. However, of all the people I watch who do the Keto Diet, as soon as they stop they gain weight. Why? Because, not eating carbs is not sustainable for the rest of your life, and unless you learn how to eat carbs in a healthy way, sustainable weight loss will most likely not be a success for you.

The human body needs carbs, fat, and sodium. There are Keto doctors, at least they say they are doctors, who say we don’t even need carbs to survive. That may be true, and I have found no clinical trials that say that, but carbs are affordable, and many people rely on them. I am not Diabetic, but if you are you still probably have been told to eat a certain amount of carbs to keep your blood glucose from dropping.

Here are two sources that can help you learn about keeping weight off. Plus, there is a video below, in case you don’t want to read it all, but it is worth the read, that explains the study. The second source offers a presentation on learning to keep weight off. I did not watch it, yet, but I intend to.

Last Fall I made a goal to lose weight. I managed to lose 20 pounds in about 6 months. I was able to maintain that right up until the Summer of this year. I gained back 4 pounds, which is not awful, but definitely was not part of my Health goals. So, what have I learned in the last year about weight loss, and keeping it off?

  1. I have to be consistent. I can’t lose weight and then expect to stop eating the way I have been to lose it, and go back to the bad habits and not expect to gain. I have to track my macros whether others like it or not. It is a very important tool for me to be successful. I have to track my step count, whether others like it or not. It is a very important tool for me to be successful.
  2. I really hate intense exercise. I do lift weights, but only light weights, no I don’t care what you think about that. I walk, a lot, that is my main form of exercise. I do make fitness goals, and then I try to meet them. But, I do not necessarily enjoy it. Those goals are more a must, than an enjoyment.
  3. I allow myself to indulge now and then, or to not follow my weight loss eating plan. I do not allow myself to feel guilty.
  4. I do weigh myself every day, and no I don’t care what others think about that. I have CKD and I tend to retain water. A couple pounds of weight gain, when my other food tracking seems to be on track, can be a warning sign.
  5. I measure my chest, waist, and hips weekly. This is a far better tool than the scale to monitor success as losing body fat is really the goal, not necessarily weight loss.
  6. I can not worrry about what others think, or say. People are going to stick their noses in whether you ask them to or not. My actual weight for my height, which is 5 feet even, is 128 pounds. People will think I have lost too much weight when I reach that goal simply because they are not used to seeing me that size. It will not make me unhealthy, and I can not let their issues effect my goals. People will also judge what, and how I eat. Learn to tell people to mind their own business. Unless I am seriously over weight, or under weight, and they are a loving family member, doctor, or friend, then just let it slide off your shoulders. I don’t need it, but they seem to need to tell you how to eat.
  7. Learn to say no. This one is very hard when you have a family, and or active social life. Learning to say no I am not going to drink alcohol excessively, no I am not going to out out every day, yes, I am going to learn to cook for healthier food options.
  8. I can not eat fast food, convenience food, processed foods, and snacks plus lose weight. It simply is not possible. These foods are very calorie dense, devoid of fiber, high in fat, and high in salt. This has to be a treat, not a habit.
  9. I can not drink my calories.
  10. I have to be patient. It takes time to break old habits, and to obtain the willpower to counteract everyone around me. Get off social media if it effects me in a negative way. Infleuncers are not inflencers for anything good, or at least not most of them. They are making money just like the nasty food companies. They are pushing products, and looking for views, plain and simple. Don’t read comments either, they are never good. When people are just looking to make a buck they are not worried about someone else’s health.

If you would like help to lose weight via my Health Coaching, use the contact form below to message me. I am not young, and I am not thin. I have my own weight loss goals. But, I know how to support, teach, and motivate.

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14 days of gratitude: day 13 and Low carb thanksgiving options

Happy almost Turkey Day! The weather is still amazing here in Florida with warm days and cool nights. Today, I am grateful for awesome friends who enjoy nature as much as me. This morning I drove almost an hour to visit Payne’s Prairie, which is a Florida state park just outside of Gainesville. I had never been to this one before, and was so happy I went. See the images below. I only shared pics of me as I did not get approval for children or other adults with us. At the observation tower you could see the Bison and Wild Horses, but we didn’t get close enough on the trail we chose to get good pics of them. I will definitely visit this park again, maybe over Christmas break and one of the trails with more wildlife viewing. It was still a 4 mile walk total, and a great way to start a Wednesday.

I am not going to get my food prep done for Thanksgiving to share the results in this post, so I will share either tomorrow evening, or Friday. My husband has agreed to try some low carb options to lose weight, so I am very happy for that. But, not until after Thanksgiving. He doesn’t really eat a lot of pasta, or rice, but he does love bread. Remember, low carb is not keto. I won’t do keto. So, here are the low carb side options I will be making for myself or anyone who wants to get them a whirl. All of these recipes were found on Pinterest, or Google search. 1- mashed cauliflower, and 2- macaroni and cheese. I probably will have a small amount of sweet potatoes, as they are very easy to count how many carbs I will get. I don’t eat stuffing, so that is not a problem for me. There are lots of low carb stuffing recipes out there, though. The mashed cauliflower will replace mashed potatoes for me, and for the macaroni and cheese I will just set aside a serving of macaroni for me and prepare it the same as the larger batch, but in a much smaller serving. This also allows me to control how much cheese, and evaporated milk I am consuming. I will have a piece of my homemade apple pie, as it is my first time making it homemade. I will also have ice cream with it. Turkey is already low carb, lol. The green bean casserole will have homemade cream of mushroom condensed soup and I am excited to see how that comes out. We will not be having all of the appetizers we would normally have just because of Covid and too many hands touching it. I am fine with that too, lol.

We are having a very small gathering with just us 3 and my son and his wife. We have masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, gloves for serving, and most importantly we can social distance and will have good ventilation with the windows open and fans in the windows. It might rain, but other than that it will be cool and comfortable for windows to be open. We will all decorate the Christmas tree after dinner. Decorating the tree, after dinner, is the only tradition I have honestly ever stuck to, We were invited to dessert at my son’s in-laws, but honestly it didn’t feel safe with too many people in one building. So, we chose to decline for this year.

My weekly food menu ends Friday with leftovers. So, I will be working on a new one for next week. I have 33 dollars in the budget and honestly the only thing I think I need is vegetables, and maybe coffee creamer. OMG, I almost forgot. A while ago I posted about coffee creamer and the amount of carbs I was getting in my creamer, especially in my iced coffees. The week that I went meatless for the whole week, Publix had Orgain plant-based protein powder buy one get one free. So, I picked up the Vanilla Bean flavor, and I love it. This morning I put it in my coffee, and did not need any creamer at all. I did add just a smidge of coconut milk to give it the creamy color. A serving size is 2 scoops. However, I only use 1/4 of one scoop, which is equal to about 2 grams of protein. If I have 2 cups of coffee I am consuming 4 grams of protein, and not all the carbs of the creamer. I can do that! I was afraid it would be gritty, but it was not. I have not tried it in ice coffee yet, but I hope it blends up just as nice. I track my protein intake, carbs intake, and fat intake on my Fitbit app. I have limits I have set for each. The fat limit, on low carb is the hardest to get exactly where I want it. I will share the link to the Orgain website. Buying it there is way cheaper than what I payed at Publix, and I can have it delivered on subscription.

Below, also see my low carb dinner last night. That is a 3 oz burger with ranch sour cream on top, in place of catsup. Then I had a large romaine lettuce salad, with cheese, pepperoni, green onions, and a tomato. That is a basic salad for me, minus the pepperoni, that was just a treat. I use only 8 slices, cut up small. The little thing with roots on my plate is the bulb of the green onion. Honestly, you guys, I plant these and I get free green onions. Every time you cut some off the plant, it just regrows. So easy! Now, I did have popcorn for a snack, and a banana for breakfast. So, as I stated I am low carb, not keto.

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