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$24.69 for one week of food

August 3rd, 2008 at 09:58 am

... or approximately $1.18 per meal.

Actually, the final tally includes $6.12 spent for dog kibble, so the food bill for ME is a little bit lower. I actually ran out of his favorite treats Saturday morning, but my mom stopped by to have lunch with me and brought the dog a whole new stash of treats and bones. He should be fine for a couple of weeks now!

Anywho, back to the grocery store. Each and every week I browse the meat department, my stomach turns just a bit more. I've decided to slowly but surely transition into a vegetarian lifestyle. The more I learn about the American food industry, the more uncomfortable I become. I'm not going to quit meat cold turkey, but by slowly eliminating it from my diet I hope to be entirely meat-free by the holiday season. (Tofurkey and faux-ham!)

This decision comes from both an ethical viewpoint and for health reasons. I've had problems maintaining proper hormonal balance since high school, and the more I understand about what JUNK is pumped into our meat supply, the more sense it makes that taking meat out of my diet could really make a difference.

In other news ... well, not much else is new. I've been trying to fit running in, but the smog is so bad in Atlanta. I would hate to be an athlete in Beijing right now! The air quality there is worse than we could probably imagine. (If you haven't noticed, there's a ticker set up in my 'About Me' section, counting down until next year's Peachtree Road Race ... one of my goals, people.)

I still have that "extra" $200 in a safe place ... I think I might actually make it without using it just yet. It is going to be a tight month ... I have car insurance, a doctor's visit and a vet visit for the dog to look forward to. But if I can get through until mid-September without using it, I will be extremely happy. Then, I'll put half in saving, half to CC payments.

Happy Sunday, everyone! Have a great week.

3 Responses to “$24.69 for one week of food”

  1. spendinginsocal Says:

    Haha- I came to the same revelation about meat this week when I tried to save money by buying a $3 chicken breast and after cleaning it, cutting it, and poaching it, ran into all these veins... eeew. That's not even mentioning the growth hormones and antibiotics. So: vegetarian.

    Plus tofu's even cheaper.Smile

  2. sillyoleme Says:

    I understand your concern over the healthfulness of your food... but these days, I'd say vegetables & fruits are higher risk than meats.

    Maybe it's because I grew up on a farm, and majored in Ag Econ in college... but the amount of evil "growth hormones" that are "pumped" into beef cattle are less than 0.0001% of what is naturally in their systems to begin with. If people survived slaughtering/eating their own animals for centuries... I think our food processing system seems like a blessing.

    But that's just my two cents. I like to go vegetarian every now and then, but not because I'm against meat. Smile

  3. greengirl Says:

    i've recently gone back to my vegetarian roots (having grown up a vegetarian and then being made to eat it when i was about 5 or 6 - long story) however my decision was based on the fact that I don't actually like eating meat, and that I could feel my digestive system working so much better meat-free. And unfortunately I can't eat tofu - i like it, but it makes me violently ill - so I have to be a little creative with my meals.
    Also, have you ever read the 'diet book' Skinny Bitch? it's basically a pro-vegan book, but has some very interesting facts about the meat and dairy industry. I wouldn't read it if you have a sensitive stomach!
    There are many other reasons to not eat meat, ethically and environmentally, these days you probably won't get as much resistance from people about your choice. (my father has been a vegetarian since he was 16, and has had many varied reactions - a lot not very good, but he says people are way more accepting now than they once were),

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