I hear all the time how expensive it is to eat healthy foods. My biggest expense is probably food, but quality food and my health are my priorities. (Ya either pay now or pay later!) Well for the month of May, I will be putting myself on a food budget and see how closely I can stick to it.
My main challenge is, my boyfriend (Jaiz) and I workout A LOT! Therefore we eat A LOT! We get at least 6-7 good workout sessions in per week, not to mention that I am an active personal trainer. So we probably eat more (volume wise) than the average healthy eater. (You should see me on my leg workout day, I can put some food away! And Jaiz has a seemingly bottomless belly!)
So how I decided on my groceries spending limit:
We know someone who is gets Link (foodstamps). This single person gets around $200. I figure if that person can survive on $200, Jaiz and I should be able to survive on $400. But then I had to remember the sheer volume of food we eat, so I added a $100 cushion considering we are so active. ($50 for both of us.)
If you have kept up with any of my posts, you should know that I am vegan. My guy is too. So clearly everything I buy and all my meals will be vegan. My theory is, since we are vegan and not buying the more expensive meats and dairy products, I should be able to pull this off. I also plan to have more basic meals and NOT buy the convenience foods, (which are expensive, vegan or not.) Many times I buy veggies that are pre-cut and washed, but they are more expensive. For this challenge I will have to wash and chop alla my veggies, buy beans and grains in bulk, and really plan out (and stick to) my meal plan.