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Day Thirty

You know, I obviously can't add very well. Today is Day 30. I thought I was doing this for 32 days, but that would mean Tuesday was the end. Wednesday is the end.

However, today is 30 days, which is a month. I've lived a month on a food stamp budget.

I spent $199.87 this month. Let's look at what I still have left:

-1 large italian sausage from Angel Food
-8 oz of ham from Angel Food
-1 cup of beef stock
-1 lb ground beef
-16 oz lima beans from Angel Food
-8 oz frozen peppers
-some potato
-20 corn tortillas
-4 oz of cheddar cheese
-3 eggs from Angel Food
-celery greens
-half a can of pineapple
-3 carrots
-2 servings of quiche
-2 servings of pork and rice made with Angel Food
-2 servings of risotto
-most of the box of milk from Angel Food
-beef strips in wheat gluten from Angel Food
-Chicken lo mein frozen meal that came with the Angel Food
-Spaghetti and sauce that came with the Angel Food (seeing the pattern?)
-1 stick butter

Calculating that up: almost $20 of food I didn't consume in 30 days, some of it because of the hidden or not so hidden wheat; some of it I just didn't need to eat; some of it was unpalatable.

Also, a lot of the stuff I ended up not eating was from Angel Food Ministries. As they say, it doesn't save you money if you buy it cheap but don't need or use it. I have lots of praise for the Angel Food Ministries program, and how it makes food affordable for people from any walk of life or amount of income, but it's obvious it wasn't the best choice for me. The experience of ordering and picking it up, though, was pretty valuable to the spirit of this challenge.

$180 for 30 days. It hasn't always been pretty, but I managed to eat a nutrient-dense, animal protein-based, wheat-free diet for $180 in 30 days.

I've lost 8 pounds. I was a bit under the weather last week, but seem to have staved off what I feared was a flu. I've reached some people I didn't expect to reach, made some new friends, and reconnected with old ones thanks to this blog.

All in all, a journey worth taking.

Tonight, I had company for my meal preparation, which I will share more about later in the week.

Food today:

Breakfast: Eggs, pineapple
Lunch: I ate breakfast late, and was busy this afternoon, so I didn't eat lunch! :/
Dinner: Fritatta with sausage, potato, peppers, onions and cheese, and some chicken, vegetable and rice soup.
Snack: I still have a couple GF brownies in the freezer. Maybe they taste good reheated?

Chicken stock, onion, rice, vegetables

Frittata with eggs, milk, veggies and sausage

The fridge is getting a little sad.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 23rd, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Congrats on doing a whole month, the whole thing is really amazing. And the food pics look yum! <3
Nov. 23rd, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
Hi Caryn,
It's Dawn again, and I had some time tonight to catch up on your blog. I am so impressed with your committment to this challenge! Your blog has been educational and enlightening for me. Because of you, I am re-thinking what I am eating and, more importantly, what I am feeding my kids. Thank you!

When this is done, what's next on your agenda?

Have a great Thanksgiving!
Nov. 24th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Re: Bravo!
Thanks, Dawn! Next on my agenda, although I need to figure out the timing, is doing another month using what I have learned to do it better. I was thinking I would start again right after Thanksgiving, but with Christmas coming, I am not sure this is the best month. I have some out of town guests coming, as well. So I am a bit torn. But I have a few ideas for other challenges brewing. :)
Nov. 23rd, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
is it a month?


i've surely learned a lot. am thinking i might do this come january, when i've been back at work for a while. be interesting to have a focus for a month.
Nov. 24th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
I have no doubt you would be FANTASTIC at it.
Nov. 24th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your success *hugs*

I admit I was walking around the supermarket on Monday morning, looking at the shelves and thinking of you. I bought several things that were three for two, or on special offer and saved nearly 5% of my total bill because of it!

So thanks for the inspiration :)
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