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Yesterday I had my Saturday morning weigh-in following a week of eating all whole foods. The scale showed a 4.4 lb improvement. Seriously. This is what I’m talking about, folks. I did not track calories AT ALL this week and I did not make any other kind of changes to my routine. Isn’t that kind of amazing? I was super excited and it gave me just the encouragement I needed to make a bigger commitment to the whole foods/clean eating plan.

I tried out a couple of recipes this week from Skinnytaste.com. Her healthy chicken nuggets were a huge hit with my husband, both of my daughters and myself. We loved them. I never want to buy them the frozen, bagged nuggets again. These were healthier, less expensive and delicious. Also, as was suggested in the recipe, I used the leftover breadcrumb mixture on some zucchini I got at the farmers market and had awesome zucchini sticks.

We also tried Gina, skinnytastes author’s, buttermilk blueberry cake. I made a few substitutions to make it a little more “whole food friendly” such as by using whole wheat pastry flour instead of white cake flour. It didn’t come out quite as light and pretty as her picture, but it was really good anyway and slightly healthier. I still need more blueberry recipes as I have a TON of blueberries in my kitchen and even more awaiting me to pick outside.

How am I making it work eating whole foods on such a very small budget? Well, for one, I am eating in season. This is something I have read before and also that my sister-in-law, a nutritionist, has mentioned. It makes a big difference when you eat fruits and vegetables that are in season, prices are so much lower. It is a great idea to stock up on these things and freeze them to have during other seasons when the prices will shoot up. In particular, I do this with zucchini, one of my favorite veggies. I am also staying within my tiny budget by keeping my shopping list small. I know that sounds obvious, but I am totally guilty of, in my weight watchers days, trying to keep so many different fruits and vegetables in the house that inevitably something goes bad and I have to throw it away. I can honestly tell you that I have not thrown away ANY produce in the last two weeks and that makes me super happy. And finally, I’m staying within my budget by not shopping all in one location. I’ve been mixing it up between Aldi, Food Lion, Target and the local Farmers Market. I keep an eye on which stores carry which items for less and shop accordingly.

One last helpful tip for eating whole foods is to know where to buy your bread. It is hard finding bread that has 5 ingredients or less. Heck, it’s hard finding bread that has a list of ingredients that can even be understood. My saving grace here is Great Harvest Bread Co. Whole wheat flour, water, yeast, salt, honey. That is what you will find in their Honey Whole Wheat bread and it is delicious. At a little over $5 a loaf it is kind of pricey but the slices are big and I usually only use one at a time. Plus, I use my Attractions coupon book and it has a coupon for BOGO loaves. I’ve been asking my friends to trade coupons with me for this one and so far I’ve gotten two. I’ve heard they can also make buns with this dough but I haven’t looked into that yet.

My goal for this week is to continue eating whole foods/ eating clean. Also, my kids won’t be around as much this week so I would like to take advantage of that alone time to do some exercising that I don’t normally do, such as biking and maybe some yoga. Right now I’m feeling great and I hope that you are too. Here’s to a healthy me and you!

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So far this week is going pretty well. Sunday I tracked calories all day via MyFitnessPal and stayed well within range. My husband and I had the day without our kids and we wanted to go out. It’s tricky trying to eat healthy, primarily whole foods at most restaurants and especially when on a budget. We decided on Panera which was an excellent choice. They have all calorie counts listed on their menu, most of which are very reasonable and I’ve never had anything there that I didn’t like. My husband and I both went already knowing what we would be getting: The Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad. Absolutely delicious and very satisfying. A very important aspect of eating healthfully is making sure you eat a variety of color and this salad definitely has it. Fresh blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, greens, some mandarin oranges, nuts and antibiotic-free all-natural chicken. It’s awesome. So awesome, in fact, I decided to take a picture…but not until after I mixed it all up and made it look a bit less pretty – oops! Eating here was also a good choice because there was a very large, nice shopping center nearby where we went for a long walk.

Yesterday was not entirely as successful on the calorie front but still not bad. I spent the day with some family members installing a new ceiling in my living room. I ate breakfast before we started and lunch when we took a break but dinner was more difficult. We were very determined to finish the project and before I knew it we were hungry, it was super late and the house was a bit of a mess. So…we ordered pizza. Normally I would consider that a disaster, but after eating a healthy breakfast and lunch, drinking lots of water throughout the day and getting plenty of physical activity I decided to not give myself a hard time. In the future I would like to be better prepared though.

During a break from the ceiling project I wandered out into my backyard to take a peak at my blueberry bushes. At first glance it didn’t look like there were many berries so I started picking them and holding them in my hands. Those sneaky little berries were everywhere! I ended up with two bowls full and will have plenty more in a few days. Aside from eating them plain or in smoothies I wanted to find a good use for them. Also, my youngest daughter is a blueberry lover and I wanted to find recipes that she would enjoy as well. I immediately went to skinnytaste.com and searched for blueberry recipes. I found two that I am definitely going to try over the next couple of days: easy blueberry buttermilk cake and insanely good blueberry oatmeal muffins. I chose these because they look and sound amazing but also because I am on a tight budget and these recipes utilized almost all ingredients that I already have at home. Will definitely be posting pictures of these soon!

So far today has been very successful calorie-wise. I’m also getting ready to step outside and do some mowing. Mowing the yard is an awesome form of exercise. Lots of parents, such as myself, tend to feel guilty spending time on themselves and that includes work-out times. Mowing the grass, however, is something that I do for my entire family. It makes the yard enjoyable for the kids to play on and it makes our home look better in general. At the same time that I am helping my family I am working up a huge sweat and burning major calories. Of course I should mention that this is by using a push mower, not a riding mower, problably not too many calories being burned there. 😉 So, this will definitely free up some extra calories for this evening if I should so choose.

A big THANKS to all of those that visited my page, liked my previous post and/or started following my blog. Support from others is invaluable anytime you are working toward a goal. Until next time, here’s to a healthier me and you!