Friday, February 18, 2011

The Cost of Food

It's been a while, all our plans to dutifully regale you with our food escapades seems to have fallen by the wayside. But fear not, we are making some changes to try to make writing posts a quick and painless process.

Just because we have not been posting does not mean we have not been trying some new recipes. Recently we I have been trying to work on my resolution to eat better (meaning less sugar, salt, processed foods, and dairy). It is slow going to say the least. Not buying as many processed foods hasn't actually been as hard as I would have thought, it's just that we get in a rut about what to make and end up eating something high in dairy or pasta and lacking in good proteins.

All of this is going hand in hand with our dutiful project to save as much as possible on our food. I recently came across a book at the library called "On A Dollar A Day" which looks at one couple's journey through a month of eating on a dollar each a day (what many people in the world live on) and a second challenge to live on the average food stamp allotment. This book is really opening my eyes to the challenges of eating healthy in this country on a minimum budget. Food producers make it very difficult to get the nutrients we need because the packaged, processed food swimming in salt and sugar and corn syrup is cheaper than healthy grains and veggies. Not to say that a lot of us don't like the convenience an easy meal-in-a-box provides us. We do this too. Grabbing a box of mac and cheese when we're tired and don't want to take the time to prepare from scratch is lovely when you've been at work for 10 hours.

So from this little soapbox post I am hoping that in the coming weeks we will be able to post more about the price of food (ie. not just the price you pay at the store), making foods from scratch/buying less processed, and sticking to our savings goals.