Here is our plan for 2015: A More Intentional Year, One Month at a Time.
I listed my goals for eating healthy and shared why a glass of water made me happy in this post.
Each week I plan to give an update on how I am doing with each of my goals. I will list my goal and then post my update under that goal.
The focus for January is eating healthy. I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish this month.
1. READ ONE BOOK.
I have seen the book Nourishing Traditions mentioned so many times and really want to read it. Healthy food bloggers have said it changed their lives.
I’m plugging away but don’t know if I will accomplish this by the end of the month!
I am convinced that making my own broth is VERY beneficial to my health. I’m proud that I actually made chicken broth this month (see pics below). Now, I need to make fish head broth!!
Fish head broth makes me think of Chopped (one of my favorite shows) and how they often use the heads to make broth! I never realized the health benefits of boiling fish eyeballs!
I did learn about sprouting grains and seeds. I want to try it but…geesh, one more thing. There is so much out there to try and to learn. I can’t do it all.
Even if I don’t finish the book by the end of the month I did read another book so I’m not too disappointed.
2. PLAN MY MENU.
I am good at a very loose version of this occasionally. Before I go to the grocery store I usually think of 4 – 6 meals that we’ll need ingredients for. I want to be more consistent.
New programs motivate me. They are exciting and full of promise and adventure. When I heard Tiffany from Don’t Waste the Crumbs was launching her Frugal Real Food Meal Plans I knew this would help me AND motivate me with this goal.
I am continuing to follow Tiffany’s meal plan.
The month is almost over so I am scanning through the rest of the recipes and picking out the ones that I think my family will be most excited about (and that I have ingredients for) and have my week planned out.
3. KEEP TRACK OF MY GROCERY SPENDING.
I have no idea what I spend on groceries. I hate using coupons. I love to try new recipes that require me to buy all kinds of food, some expensive. I’d like to start tracking this and develop a food budget.
This week we spent:
Date night to Outback – $46. I was CRAVING some steak! Yum!!
Milk, flour and a few other things from Sam’s Club – $98
Winter Jam – $10 on snack food.
Chipotle – $16 for school fundraiser
Combine that with previous spending this month for a total of $945.34.
That is $157 per person per month.
That doesn’t seem good at all! I can’t wait until next month to compare.
Can we do better? This month we didn’t even buy things like laundry detergent or shampoo or toilet paper. We only went out to eat twice and ordered pizza once.
I’m thankful that I tracked my food spending this month. Thanks for keeping me accountable, blog readers! 🙂
Previously this month we have spent:
Fast Food for kids and husband (I had just eaten so was still full but did eat a few french fries and a bite of a burger): $40 (approximately)
Small Group pizza party – $20
Sam’s Club for milk, eggs, veggies, chickens and chicken breasts, yogurt, cereal and frozen pizza – $166.67.
Aldi for the rest of the groceries – mostly veggies and fruit – $43. 87
Aldi – $149.82 (everything Aldi carries on the Real Food Meal Plan shopping list)
Sunfresh – $62.95 (sale items)
Price Chopper – 103.57 (things I couldn’t find at Aldi)
Sam’s Club – $135.12
Sunfresh – $52.34
4. KEEP A FOOD DIARY.
My goal with my food journal is to be more aware of my food choices. I want to make healthier choices. So often I’ll eat mindlessly. I’m using the desk calendar at my desk as my food journal and then my smart phone notes for back up if I am away from home.
Doing this food diary is revealing to me how easy it is to eat junk! Most of the time I don’t even think about it. Then, I stop and think I will have to write this down! Why am I eating it?!
I challenge you to try it for a month!
Tuesday: yogurt/granola with fresh strawberries parfait, fresh piece of buttered sour dough and an orange, small bowl of kale soup and 1/2 a piece of sour dough bread, orange chicken and rice with salad.
Wednesday: yogurt and granola, Chelle’s vegetable soup with a few carrots, ranch dip and 1/2 a little round cow cheese she wanted me to try, leftovers for dinner (can’t remember what), skinny vanilla latte
Thursday: yogurt, strawberry and granola, bread with honey, pumpkin muffin, Chipotle – 1/2 of chips and 1/2 of the beef bowl (shared with my daughter) for our school’s fundraiser
Friday: cereal with fresh blueberries, Larabar and extra decaf coffee, spaghetti with steamed brocolli
Saturday: 3 pancakes, 3 asian tacos, 1 fire ball and 1 Smartie at the movie (American Sniper), Outback: Ribeye steak, baked potato, salad and water
Sunday: 2 pancakes leftover from Saturday, veggie and barley sliders with big salad, 1/2 LaraBar, my girls and I went to WINTER JAM with friends and I ate some popcorn, sierra mist and a few bites of daughter’s cotton candy.
Monday: cereal and blueberries, handful of mixed, raw nuts, big salad, Chili (new recipe with carrots and 4 kinds of beans and some rice. Super delicious!
Tuesday: big vegetable saute with 2 eggs, salad with two leftover veggie/barley sliders, a handful of peanuts, 3 mint chews (off brand of Mentos), tonight we are having pulled BBQ Chicken sandwiches, roasted sweet potatoes and a big salad.
5. TRY NEW THINGS:
Make homemade corn tortillas Make homemade pita bread Make beans (in a pot on the stove) Activate a sourdough starter Make bread with my new sourdough starter
- Make homemade yogurt
Boil chicken bones to make broth/stock
I am letting my goal of homemade yogurt go. It is not a priority at this moment but I would still like to try it.
This week I did get my chickens roasted and made 16 cups of chicken stock.
Ready to roast:
I added celery and a few other bones and filled my crock pot to the rim with water. I had read somewhere to put the crock pot in the garage while cooking for 24 hours so that your house wouldn’t stink. I did that and it’s a good thing. The water was too full and seeped over the edge and dripped off of my husband’s workbench plus it stunk up the whole garage.
Bagged broth ready to put in the freezer.
6. DRINK WATER (64 OZ PER DAY)
I am terrible at drinking water. Occasionally I’ll make this and usually drink 32 oz in a day but otherwise I probably only drink about 16 oz of water a day. My plan, which I learned from my 9Round Nutrition emails, is to drink one glass (mine is 16 oz) of water upon waking and before each meal.
This is slowly becoming a habit but don’t think it is fully there yet. I don’t notice any difference from drinking more water although not sure what to be looking for. I am glad that I am drinking more and I do notice when I’m thirsty now.
What goals did you set for this month? How’s it going?
If you have any advice or experience on this month’s topics (why my sourdough bread was so hard, water drinking tips, grocery spending, etc) feel free to share. I love free advice. 🙂
Have a great week.