Sunday, April 10, 2011
I am not a zealot. I feel sorry for zealots. They must be tired all the time from putting so much energy into following the rules of their various causes.
I try to be a good person.
I try to spend smartly, most of the time.
I try to be “green” here and there.
But, I am not a zealot. I try my best to do some things right, and I am good with that. I have no need to GO ALL THE WAY with green living, nutrition, etc.
I figure sometimes ease and convenience is really worth it (e.g., disposable diapers).
I figure some indulgence is necessary for happiness and ease of living (e.g., Cheetos and frozen lunch meals).
I mean, really, even sanity is good in moderation.
So, I am doing something this week that is uncharacteristic of me.
I have taken a personal grocery-store-challenge for a few different reasons:
1. I am about out of money before the next paycheck, and I am tired of putting more on a credit card that never seems to get paid off. In the past, I would not want to stress out about this and so I would use the credit card to get what we need, figuring I could pay it down the next month. But paying it down has not been happening. I am tired of this.
This means I need to drastically cut-down my grocery spending. I also need to really get creative and use what I already have in my fridge, freezer, and pantry, rather than letting it go to waste.
2. I have had interest in the buy-whole-foods movement, rather than pre-packaged, processed, frozen stuff. This sounds and feels so much healthier and can be cheaper.
This means I need to plan well and take a little more time with preparation of food.
3. I am still trying to lose weight (only 5.5 pounds to go!), and need a diet that is naturally low in calories (vegetables), but high in satisfaction (beans, lean meat).
This means I will need to buy a lot of fresh, healthy ingredients that I will prepare myself and be responsible for the portion sizes.
So, here I embark on a challenge to: use what we have, decrease spending at the grocery store, and buy whole, healthy foods and ingredients.
But, I am not a zealot. I’ll try it for the week and let you know how it goes!