Very rarely do I get personal on my blog but I’ve made a few changes recently that have felt really good and I wanted to share and inspire others.
A few weeks ago I bought a brand new car. I had a used BMW and although it was a fun ride, I was realizing that it was turning into a money pit so I traded it in for a Honda CRV and I can’t even tell you how happy I am. First off, gas alone is is saving me about $100 a month but that being said, I am financing it so I have a monthly bill that I have to be responsible for. This month in particular, I decided to really become in control of my finances so I can be ready for my payments and also pay off my credit cards. This mean cutting back a whole lot. I could do it in phases and not be so tight on my budget but as some of you in my life may know, I am probably the most impatient person.
The main thing I focused on was my personal spending. I am as social as a social butterfly can get! I love going out to dinners and drinks and catching up with friends but ladies and gentlemen… surprise! It adds up! So my main goal was seeing if I could cook as many meals as possible at home. It’s a commitment on time and energy but I can’t even begin to express how much better my body and my pocket feels. I am limiting the amount I go out so this means that if my friends want to meet up for dinner and drinks then I eat my dinner at home and meet them for drinks later. I do all my grocery shopping on Sundays and get prepped for the week. Here’s my shopping guide:
1. Quinoa- I usually cook a giant amount on Sunday and have that as my grain/carb for most of my meals.
2. Protein comes in the form of eggs, chicken sausage, shrimp skewers, and canned tuna
3. My go to fruits and veggies are: spinach, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, butter lettuce, baby carrots, mushrooms and berries. (All organic of course but like I always say- this is a personal choice).
4. My yummy extras: Part skim shredded mozzarella cheese, avocados, 70% dark chocolate, blue corn tortilla chips and salsa, greek nonfat yogurt, steel cut oats, hummus and trader joes chai mix.
One of my addictions is the chai latte at my local coffee shop but I once found out that their secret was buying their mix at Trader Joes. Boom! Winning!
So my meals vary but stay pretty consistent. Here are a few examples of some meals I have cooked up:
1. Butter lettuce salad with canned tuna and vegonaise (tuna salad) with toasted pine nuts dressed in grapeseed oil and ground lemon pepper.
2. Quinoa with 2 poached eggs, spinach, sliced mushrooms and shredded cheese. Topped of with some avocado slices. Sometimes I’ll add some Siracha if I need to spiciness in my life.
3. Quinoa with sautéed zucchini and onion and diced chicken sausage.
4. Berries with greek yogurt topped with flax and chia seeds and agave nectar.
5. Stuffed bellpeppers with quinoa, chicken sausage, spinach, onions and shredded cheese.
6. Steel cut oats with skim milk, berries and agave nectar.
7. Thai Lime shrimp skewers with a veggies medley and quinoa.
Those are a few of my fave dishes. Of course some chips and salsa when I need to nosh and a bite of dark chocolate holds me over for my sweet craving.
The only outside purchasing I have been doing is my random coffee stops for $2.25.
Not only do I feel amazing because my spending has gone down significantly but I can’t even tell you how amazing my body and energy feels. I’ve been enjoying cooking for myself for the last year or so but never to this level and consistency. Knowing every ingredient that goes into my body and filling it up with energizing and fresh foods has given me a level of health I haven’t felt in a long time. I have also significantly cut back on drinking (not that I was ever a heavy drinker) and this has also reduced my sudden cravings. Also, because I am so prepared with my foods, I never go so long without eating that I get ravaged by the end of the day. This has happened all too much for me in the past.
So without blabbing on and on about how amazing I am feeling, I will leave you with this. It takes motivation and a whole lot of commitment to prepare every meal but give yourself maybe one week to try it out to feel the significant changes in your life. I can’t say this is a change I will 100% stay committed to because life happens and family happens and friends happen and they are a huge joy but now I know what I need to do to get to this place and it’s awesome.
So try it out! One week of cooking your own meals. Find meals that work for you and get in a rhythm and then share your recipes with me!
Love you all to pieces!