3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Support Groups > 100 lb. Club

How do you eat healthy cheaply?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-17-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
Hooping my Life Away
 
Daimere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,050

S/C/G: 298/218.1/170

Height: 5'8"

Question How do you eat healthy cheaply?

I just started college, which means my budget is tighter than ever. I used to spend $400-$500 a month on healthy food for 1 and half people (I say half because my boyfriend only got 2-3 meals out of all that healthy food a week). Is there any way to make healthy food for cheap? I don't want to have to wait till I finish college to finish this journey I started years ago. >.< I've basically have gotten sick of fiber pop tarts and fiber anything bars. I'm approaching that with applesauce. lol Would exercising at this point be pointless even if I'm eating crap?

Also, how do you cook frozen veggies? Or spice it up? I used to nuke it and I really got sick of that. I have a ton stocked up but I haven't been using it cause I can't cook it to an edible state. It's either soggy or flavorful.

I know that losing weight is worth it and that's why I don't want to give up on it completely. I may have to change the way I'm doing it and that's cool with me.
__________________
Still trying again. Never completely quiting this journey.
Pounds to lose till lowest weight:


Obsessed with the spin of sparkly hoops
My personal hooping blog
Hit my highest weight again due to pregnancy. Nursing on WW.
Daimere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2009, 09:20 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
HaleyisLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southern Maryland
Posts: 1,158

S/C/G: 290/Ticker/135

Height: 5'6"

Default

I ate healthy in college and definitely didnt spend that kind of money. I think you have to stock up on things when they are on sale and find things that are better for your buck... also coupons can be a big help. I always cooked frozen broccoli with a ton of garlic... I think garlic makes anything taste good. I sometimes feel like I saved money because I was eating less. Yes fresh fruit and veggies are more than a box of little debbies but in the end it is worth it. Also even if you arent eating super healthy dont eat extra junk food like cookies and brownies. Working out will help you to not gain extra weight even when you arent eating perfect.
HaleyisLove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2009, 09:28 PM   #3
Former Quitter
 
GirlyGirlSebas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 5,500

S/C/G: 310/310/180

Height: 5'7

Default

Hi Daimere. First off, exercise is never pointless. Even while eating crap, exercise can still provide benefits for your heart, your bones, your stress, etc, etc.

As far as eating on a budget, my family eats a lot of beans and lentils, whole wheat pasta, frozen veggies and frozen fruit. You can use beans in chili, tacos, burritos, stew, etc. I like my veggies boiled with a tbs of EVOO and a tsp or so of Mrs. Dash. You can still season them this way when cooked in the microwave. Frozen fruit is good in a smoothie with skim milk or yogurt, and a banana.

Hang in there. Anything is possible is you want it badly enough.
__________________
- Rhonda

"Live the life you've always imagined." Henry David Thoreau


GirlyGirlSebas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2009, 09:37 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
bcort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mid-west
Posts: 197

S/C/G: 300/ticker/190

Height: 5'9"

Default

Steam those veggies!

Cook a whole chicken & freeze the meat into ziplocks after you pick it off the bones - that would make several meals for 1 person - my family of 5 eats 1 chicken spread out through 2-4 meals.
__________________
bcort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
Just Me
 
nelie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 15,319

S/C/G: 364/202/182

Height: 5'6"

Default

I buy lots of healthy food for cheap.

1) Buy veggies/fruits at farmer's markets if you have any good ones near you or seek out asian grocery stores.
2) Buy beans/lentils in bulk. Whole Foods has a bulk section but often co-ops and other health food stores do as well.
3) Buy oatmeal or other breakfast grains in bulk. You can add things like cinnamon and shredded apples to oatmeal.
4) Pack your lunches and snacks so that you don't have to buy them.

Here is a blog on eating cheaply. This woman feeds her family on $3.33/day
http://melomeals.blogspot.com/
__________________
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.

Last edited by nelie : 09-17-2009 at 09:42 PM.
nelie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #6
One day at a time!
 
time2lose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: The deep south
Posts: 4,349

S/C/G: 301/see ticker/160

Height: 5' 2"

Default

Have you tried using steamer bags with those frozen vegetables? I use those in the microwave often and they turn out great. You can even make omelets with the steamer bags.
__________________
Cheryl



Persistence is more important than Perfection

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. - Winston Churchill
time2lose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2009, 09:55 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
TaraLee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 337

S/C/G: 288/seeticker/140

Height: 5'4"

Default

Here's a book you might find very...very useful; Healthy College Cookbook: Quick, Cheap & Easy.
I'm buying it as one of my rewards and I'm not even in college. The reviews are all awesome on it.
One other I'm getting Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving. This is one that you kind of have to combine with smart shopping (buying on sell or getting generic) but still well worth it if it works.
__________________
Tara
1st 5%:


Long Term:[url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wIluyhi/]
TaraLee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2009, 10:41 PM   #8
Metric Member
 
Couch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 328

S/C/G: 127/89.2/66kg(279/196.2/145lb)

Height: 163cm (5' 4")

Default

It is absolutely worth it to exercise, even if you aren't eating brilliantly well. It's one of the best forms of preventative medicine out there, and there are lots of studies that show that fit but overweight is better than thin but unfit.

As for eating cheaply, planning is often the key. A lot of money is wasted on food that goes off. And frozen veg tastes much better in an ommlette, or in a stirfry, both of which are healthy.
__________________


Oh, here's the bandwagon, right where I left it
Couch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2009, 12:31 AM   #9
Starting over
 
Alana in Canada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Canada
Posts: 922

S/C/G: 257.8/242.4/135

Height: 5' 5"

Default

What sort of cooking facilities do you have access to? You mention a microwave--is that because you don't have a stove?

By the way, if you can, I highly, highly recomend getting yourself a camping stove. It runs on small bottles of propane and you're just basically cooking on a three burner stove.

If you can buy your food everyday--then you don't have to worry about storage. But wait, you said you microwave frozen veggies--so that sounds like you have a freezer--and thus a kitchen?

In which case, easy, peasy. Eat from home--do not eat anything that does not first come into your home and don't eat anything with more than three ingredients--and honestly? You will lose weight.

And yes, excercise is never,ever not "pointless." It IS better to be fit and fat than thin and squishy.
__________________
**************
my weight loss blog: http://mypsychemysoma.blogspot.com/



"Your best weight is whatever weight you reach, when you're living the healthiest life you actually enjoy." Yoni Freedhoff
Alana in Canada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2009, 12:34 AM   #10
Starting over
 
Alana in Canada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Canada
Posts: 922

S/C/G: 257.8/242.4/135

Height: 5' 5"

Default

Hillbilly housewife may be able to help with the budget:

http://healthy.hillbillyhousewife.com/index.htm
__________________
**************
my weight loss blog: http://mypsychemysoma.blogspot.com/



"Your best weight is whatever weight you reach, when you're living the healthiest life you actually enjoy." Yoni Freedhoff
Alana in Canada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2009, 03:48 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Bonnie+J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 226

S/C/G: 251/245/145

Height: 5ft 7

Default

i'm also on a really tight budget, and i have found that buying things in bulk is the way to go. beans are for half nothing when you buy them dried in bags. you can do loads of different things with one bag of beans and it would never taste the same.
pasta, rice, millet, bulgar wheat and quinoa are all really cheap when you buy them in bulk.
i dont go near branded items unless i have a coupon that gets it to the same price as the generic.

also as the other ladies said, plan plan plan. if you like to do your shop weekly (i do) then plan your meals according to how things go off. like i make salads and fresh veggie dishes early in the week when the veg needs to be fresh, then as the week goes on i make chilis, casseroles and stews as the veg isnt at its best but is being cooked for an hour or so so it doesnt matter. if you do it every day, then work out what you need for each meal and snack and make a list. stick to that list and do not stray.

hope this helps, it is tough to work on a budget but it can be done! best of luck with college!
__________________
Just starting, just learning, hoping to lose 100lbs in a year
Bonnie+J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2009, 06:38 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Beverlyjoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Midwest
Posts: 7,349

S/C/G: 271/219/healthy

Height: 5'4 1/2"

Default

Do you have an Aldi's store near you? I find that they have some of the best prices on produce (if there's no farmer's market nearby) and many other things.

Aldi's is owned my the same folks as Trader Joe's.
__________________

Move ticker, move!
Next Mini Goal - 214

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." - Margaret Thatcher

I can't lose 100 pounds....but, just maybe I can lose five pounds twenty times.

Last edited by Beverlyjoy : 09-18-2009 at 06:40 AM.
Beverlyjoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
kaplods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Wausau, WI
Posts: 13,361

S/C/G: SW:394/310/180

Height: 5'6"

Default

If you search on Aldi, you'll find a lot of threads discussing ways to cut food costs while eating for health and weight loss. It's a topic that comes up a lot because it's so important to so many of us. Every time it's discussed I learn something new. I also search on it a lot, to review the tips - and I always seem to find something I forgot or missed the first time.

I also love the hillbilly housewife website, and have printed out much of the exchange information on the site and put it in my weight-loss information and tracking binder.

I editied this post, because I originally suggested a search on budget weight loss, but I wasn't happy with the search results when I tested it. I tried searching Aldi instead, and found more pertinent threads (because the discount chain is usually mentioned when the topic comes up).
__________________
My Etsy shop (currently closed for the summer)

http://www.dreamstormdesigns.etsy.com
etsy link by permission from 3fc! Want to add yours? Ask them!

Last edited by kaplods : 09-18-2009 at 10:43 AM.
kaplods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2009, 05:58 PM   #14
Hooping my Life Away
 
Daimere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,050

S/C/G: 298/218.1/170

Height: 5'8"

Default

Quote:
Have you tried using steamer bags with those frozen vegetables? I use those in the microwave often and they turn out great. You can even make omelets with the steamer bags.
Yes, that's what I predominately used to use but I want MORE veggies in the bag than it allows and there is always water sitting in the bottom. Then there is trying to figure out the difference in microwave temperatures cause I haven't tried them since moving here. They either get overdone or not done enough.

Quote:
What sort of cooking facilities do you have access to? You mention a microwave--is that because you don't have a stove?

If you can buy your food everyday--then you don't have to worry about storage. But wait, you said you microwave frozen veggies--so that sounds like you have a freezer--and thus a kitchen?
I already eat at home. Yes, I have a full kitchen. When I first tried to lose the weight, I predominately used the microwave. I only used the stove for spaghetti. Now a days I can use the stove and crock pot more.


Quote:
i'm also on a really tight budget, and i have found that buying things in bulk is the way to go. beans are for half nothing when you buy them dried in bags. you can do loads of different things with one bag of beans and it would never taste the same.
pasta, rice, millet, bulgar wheat and quinoa are all really cheap when you buy them in bulk.
i dont go near branded items unless i have a coupon that gets it to the same price as the generic.

also as the other ladies said, plan plan plan. if you like to do your shop weekly (i do) then plan your meals according to how things go off. like i make salads and fresh veggie dishes early in the week when the veg needs to be fresh, then as the week goes on i make chilis, casseroles and stews as the veg isnt at its best but is being cooked for an hour or so so it doesnt matter. if you do it every day, then work out what you need for each meal and snack and make a list. stick to that list and do not stray.
The only places around here that I can find that sell in bulk are Sam's and I don't have a membership. I did plan and that's why most weeks I'd hit $100-$120 a week. I'd make 2-3 fresh meals a week and use the rest for dinners/lunches for the week mainly for me.

Quote:
Do you have an Aldi's store near you?
The Aldi is about 45 minutes away. I really don't like driving that far away with cold stuffs. My boyfriend gets mad at me for just going across town for 10 minutes to get cold food.
__________________
Still trying again. Never completely quiting this journey.
Pounds to lose till lowest weight:


Obsessed with the spin of sparkly hoops
My personal hooping blog
Hit my highest weight again due to pregnancy. Nursing on WW.
Daimere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2009, 06:43 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
FreeSpirit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: WA
Posts: 917

S/C/G: 234/154.4/120

Height: 5'6

Default

Brown rice... easy to buy in bulk, especially since you have a crock pot. Make a pot of beans and rice, they'll last forever. Even if you don't buy them in "bulk" you can still buy dried bags at any old grocery store and it's cheap. Make extra servings and freeze it.

Oatmeal for breakfast. Healthy and cheap. Throw in half of a banana (if you cut it in half with the peel on it'll seal itself) and some peanut butter and you have a nutritious breakfast. You could even pick up a bag of ground flax and throw a tablespoon in there. It's kind of expensive when you first buy it but it'll last quite a while.

Buy meat that's on sale. If you can't then only eat half a serving of meat and bulk the meal up with other things like beans.

Leftovers for lunch!

Eat soup with your dinners. You can make a big pot of chili or soup that's loaded with vegetables. Freeze it and it'll last for a lonnnng time.

Canned tuna is cheap and good for lunch either on a salad or in a sandwich, just use mustard instead of mayo.

Buy in season. We're getting into fall now, you can look online and see what's in season and what'll be cheaper to buy. Apples are in season and a great snack along with some peanut butter. Squash is in season now and you can make some squash soup.

Good luck!
FreeSpirit is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:37 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2