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Old 05-23-2006, 01:10 PM   #31  
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Probalby one of the most mistunderstood diseases out there. It comes and goes and to most people it looks like you're malingering. People bring food to celebrate and don't truly understand/accept that you cannot enjoy it with them. There is nothing simple when dealing with the disease and something that bothers you may not bother the next person. You take adventures with food until you refuse to, just because the reprocussions aren't worth dealing with. . .

I don't have a "severe" case. I have a friend who does, he got intestinal worms to help manage his disease. Yes, that is an option. I just cannot wrap my head around that one. Way too icky. . .
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:15 PM   #32  
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my friend that I was referring too was an old boss I had...very difficult to deal with. eating and traveling was always a nightmare for her. It is a very misunderstood disease. I believe there is more people with it, it just gets misdiagnosised "sp"...
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:30 AM   #33  
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My husband and I make a date every Saturday for the Farmer's Market. Keep in mind that I live in Southern California (year-round springtime) so just about everything is in season all the time. We save a bundle of money though. We usually spend $20 - 30 on all our friuits and veggies (that includes my "splurge veggies" like blueberries, raspberries, and entire flat of strawberries). I usually get about 5 pounds of fresh string beans, a few crowns of broccoli and cauliflour, 3-4 different types of squashes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a handful of exotic veggies (perfect for indian food), 5 pounds of carrots, and the basic staple fruits for lunchbags apples, oranges, and bananas. I have a family of 4 - Myself, My heathy hubby and 2 veggie loving daughters. I'd go broke trying to buy all that stuff in the supermarket
We buy most everything (veggie wise) at the farmer's market which runs from May until December in these parts. We also grow our own and I do can some stuff (salsa etc).

We shop locally and organically, which is a luxury. I will admit.

I have never tracked our grocery bill, we do waste food, which kills me, so maybe I'll try it for a month or two.

We don't eat out very often unless we're pooped or we're going somewhere nice. We both travel alot, so there is nothing like a home cooked meal even if its pasta and veggies and fresh fruit for dessert.

I have also gotten some pretty cool tips from this thread, thank you.

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Old 05-26-2006, 10:32 AM   #34  
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It's often difficult to shop when you only have one or two stores to choose from and have a limited selection.

My hubby and I buy a lot of our veggies and fruit from the local farmer's market which I find is a lot cheaper than the grocery store. I will buy a lot of things like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, green beens, berries, etc near the end of the season and blanch and freeze them for the winter. We eat more cantaloupe, watermelon, berries, pineapple, kiwi and mangoes at this time as they are cheaper in the summer.

We also shop seasonally - which means the items are less expensive when in season. Strawberries are available here in December but at $4.00 a pint - ridiculous! So in winter we live off whatever I have frozen at the end of the summer and root vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips or whatever is on sale (and the occasional can of corn or sweet peas). We also buy things like apples, pears, plums during the winter and take those in lunches or I sometimes make pies out of them.

A good trick for making things like garlic and basil is to chop them up and put the in ice cube trays with a bit of water. Freeze the cubes then transfer to freezer bags. They last for several months and can be used in soups or pasta sauces. Freezing unpeeled fresh ginger in a freezer bag also makes it last for a couple of months. You just cut off what you need for your recipe and pop the rest back in the freezer. If you have a garden, balcony pots or a windowsill in your house you can grow fresh herbs during the summer so you don't have to buy them and fresh basil smells divine! I've also been able to grow cherry tomatoes on an apartment balcony

We shop at health food stores or a store called "The Bulk Barn" where things like pasta, rice, oatmeal, lentils, dried peas, soup mixes and spices are way cheaper. Baking ingredients are also cheaper at these types of stores as you only buy what you need and don't pay for the packaging. I cost me a whole 10 cents for 3 tablespoons of nutmeg whereas at the grocery store it was $2.79 for a small bottle that would have lost it's flavour by the time I got around to using it all.

In the winter I make homemade soup, stews, spaghetti sauce and freeze them to make quick meals during the week or to take to work for lunches.

I've also got a bread maker and use that quite often too for making wholewheat bread. I've also started baking more as I prefer knowing what I am eating. Packaged cakes, cookies and desserts have more sugar, hydrogenated oils and artificial ingredients/chemicals and tend to cost more.

I buy the large blocks of cheese at the store as one half the size is 4.99 and the large one is $6.99 for two dollars more I get twice as much I then cut the block in 1/2 at home and stick one half in the freezer. I do the same with butter as we use so little of it and freezing it doesn't affect the quality or texture of the butter.

A toaster oven is also a good investment as it uses less electricity than an oven and doesn't heat up the whole kitchen in the summer. Same with a grill like the George Forman grill - it cooks quickly too.

I also stretch out my budget by cutting the amount of meat we eat and using smaller amounts of meat in stir fries, stews, pasta dishes and casseroles or make vegetarian versions of them like lasagna.

We both eat breakfast at home everyday and brown bag our work lunches and this saves a lot of money. That whole "latte factor" can surprise you once you starting adding up muffins, dougnuts and coffee! Plus you eat a lot healthier at home.

One of the most important and effective things I do is sit down once a week with my cookbooks and meal planner and set up a week's worth of menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks per day for myself and my hubby. I then make a corresponding grocery list. Basically if there isn't a plan for the item we are buying then we don't get it. This reduces impulse shopping and then we only buy what we need for the week - fruit and veggies are no longer left to rot at the bottom of the fridge

By doing this I save money and time at the grocery store and I know exactly what I am making each day so I am not freaking out wondering what to make for dinner when we get home from work. We also rarely eat out now because we prefer home cooked meals and that is another way we save money.

It takes some time, work and practice to get into the habit of meal planning and cooking but to me it is well worth it for both my hubby and I. We have both lost weight, feel better, have more energy, and neither of us have any health problems like cholesterol etc. I look at what we are doing now as preventative medicine for future health.

And no, I'm not Martha Stewart but I do love to cook!
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Mauvais great post.
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The latte factor is unbelievable. I drink coffee, but mostly stuff I brew at home. I usually get a latte out once a week unless I'm travelling and then its more.

What prisses me off about the whole coffee culture and yes, I live in Seattle, is that rarely is it about sitting and discussing life or politics and enjoying coffee as it should be. Lattes are to be slurped in the car on the way to work or while walking around shopping.

Its not like we're actually enjoying it. At least in Italy, when you order a cappucino at a bar, you stand, slurp and leave. It is fast, but you are not creating this disposable quick society that can't savor even the smallest thing in life.

Then again, I recently walked to a local coffee roaster to sit and have a cup of coffee with a friend and couldn't find a table because every table was taken by some college twink who was studying for their basketweaving exam while surfing the net, listening to their ipod, chatting on the phone and IMing at the same time.

Sigh.

okay, off the soapbox.

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lalala - You are so right. My husband and I never go through the drive through at Tim Hortons as the line up is huge so it is actually quicker to go into the shop. That and we are not wasting gas and clogging up the atmosphere with the fumes .

We treat ourselves on Saturday mornings to a cappucino or latte from a cafe up the street run by an Italian family. They are cheaper than Starbucks and their coffee tastes so much better (real Italian espresso!). Everytime you go in there is a bunch of older Italian men hanging out watching soccer on tv and just shooting the breeze. It seems so quaint.

DH and I decided that we needed to get our errands done so we could actually enjoy our weekends. Now we have time to make good meals, enjoy some drinks on the patio with friends, have a bbq, garden, or just sit and read. I feel less stressed out and actually feel rested come Monday morning.
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im venting...my bill this week was 217!!!
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im venting...my bill this week was 217!!!
For how many peeps? I just spent 56 bucks at TJ's and hopefully that will be it for the rest of the week (yeah right). I'll have to find a month when we're actually home enough to track.

I just spent 43 bucks on chew toys for Ernest our puppy and the thing he loves the most is the plastic commuter mug my DP picked up from LL bean this week.

Sigh.


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lala, off the subject but is tha a basset hound?
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i love basset hounds!)

it was for 3 ppl....a lil bit was junk(not 4 me) but most of it was core foods. you get by on 40 bucks a week? lucky you!
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lala, off the subject but is tha a basset hound?
yup. Ernest puppy running for president in '08.

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i love basset hounds!)

it was for 3 ppl....a lil bit was junk(not 4 me) but most of it was core foods. you get by on 40 bucks a week? lucky you!
Hah, that was two people for about 20 seconds. I would estimate on the order of 150 a week including coffee.
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My pics of my whole crew are on this site including my basset.
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I actually broke down and made a spreadsheet to keep track of everything I buy for a month. I am not trying to cut back this month, just see where it goes.
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I am lucky cuz my Microsoft Money tracks it all for me. LOL!

LIke I said DH and I spend about $150 every 2 weeks and that is everything including pet supplies and beauty supplies as well as cleaning supplies.
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