IE Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality [How I Did It & How You Can Too!]

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The first principle of intuitive eating is to reject the diet mentality. Before you can fully tune into your body’s internal cues regarding what, when, and how to eat, you must stop following all of the instruction and rules from diet culture. This first step is the most difficult, but each time you turn away from the diet talk and plans that are (unfortunately) abundant in our culture, you grow stronger and are one step closer to becoming an intuitive eater. Today I wanted to share my experience in rejecting the diet mentality and give you some tips so that you don’t feel like you have to be a slave to diet culture any longer.

Before I found and embraced intuitive eating, I was a sponge to diet trends and talk. Instagram and social media were huge sources of comparison for me. I would follow someone who had a “fit” body and posted/talked about what they ate, and I would immediately think that I needed to eat like they ate to look like them. When my body didn’t resemble their body, or I got tired of the diet, I would jump to follow the next person’s diet I overly idolized. This went on for a couple of years, and no matter how many different ways of eating I copied from others, my body never changed like I wanted it to.

I began to realize that eating wasn’t a one-size-fits-all thing, and that my body would never look exactly like someone else’s body. If I wanted to be okay with who I was in my own body, as my own person, I had to stop the comparison and reject any dieting messages that tried to sneak their way in. It took work and constant action, but today I am a much stronger person, and don’t get swept away by dieting.

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Here are some actionable steps that I used to break free. Maybe these will be of help to you or someone you know who struggles with the diet mentality.

  1. Stop following social media accounts that trigger your “diet brain.” Whatever we expose ourselves to on a daily basis becomes all we see/the “truth”/what we expect should be. In order to change your mentality, you must change what you allow into your brain. For me, this meant unfollowing all IG fitness, nutrition, and health accounts that talked about dieting, tracking macros, or gave me the urge to restrict my food in some manner (whether that be calories, macros, types of food, etc.). I also unfollowed accounts with people who posted a lot of photos of their bodies, especially if I found myself overly idolizing their body and feeling less than when I looked at their posts.
  2. Walk away from diet talk. Let’s face it, diet talk is all around us. Every day I hear someone talking about losing weight, starting a diet, or over-explaining their food choices. You don’t have to physically walk away from conversations that include diet talk, but you do have the right to choose not to engage. This could mean listening kindly, and changing the subject or respectively telling the person that you are trying to disengage from talking about dieting for your mental health, so you wish not to discuss their diet. It might throw someone off guard, but YOUR mental and emotional health is more important. And, if you are being respectful and kind, you’ve done your part. Their reaction/feeling toward your remark is not in your control, nor is it your business. Sometimes, it does mean walking away from a very triggering conversation. Only you know what is best for you. As you get stronger in rejecting the diet mentality, diet talk gets easier to ignore. Today, I am really good at what I call, “silently calling bullshit” on diet talk. If I hear something that I don’t agree with or that is steeped in restriction/dieting, I have the thought of “whatever”/an eye roll/a scoff in my brain. This is a way that I can respectfully acknowledge where someone else is in their journey, but not let it interfere with my journey. I am not “whatever-ing”, eye rolling, or scoffing at the person in my head, but instead, at diet culture. We aren’t to blame for falling prey to something that is becoming so normalized in our society.
  3. Surround yourself with people and resources that build you up. Similar to unfollowing social media accounts that make you feel less than, start following ones that promote intuitive eating and diverse bodies. Start reading books like Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Resch and Elyse Tribole and Body Respect by Linda Bacon. Listen to podcasts like Food Psych, Nutrition Matters, and RD Real Talk. Read blogs from fellow IE bloggers like ImmaEatThat, The Real Life RD, Alissa Rumsey Nutrition, and Simi Botic. If you know someone who doesn’t diet or overthink their food choices, observe their eating behaviors and use them as a role model. It can be helpful and easier to embrace intuitive eating when you know you are not alone. Lastly, a therapist who teaches intuitive eating might be helpful for you. Therapy made a big difference for me because my therapist was quick to call me out when I started back down the diet rabbit hole. She was a great source of accountability, a role model and unbiased support as I worked to let go of the diet mentality.
  4. Speak your truth. Letting your loved ones or friends know that you are working to reject the diet mentality can be super helpful. If people know what you are working to do, you might be surprised by how supportive they can be. You may even inspire someone else to work on rejecting the diet mentality. Also, the more you speak out about rejecting dieting, the more you are standing in your truth. I found that my mental fortitude became stronger the more I spoke out about how dieting was bad for me. I also found it helpful to speak my truth to myself, especially when those diet demons would rear their ugly heads. If I felt tempted to get back on the diet bandwagon, I reminded myself (sometimes aloud) that dieting never gave me anything more than insecurity and self-loathing. I reminded myself that ditching dieting was the only way I was going to get closer to loving myself and living a truly fulfilling life.
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What is Intuitive Eating?

In my last post, I spoke about breaking up with dieting and why dieting doesn’t work. So, what do you do after you stop dieting? How are you supposed to eat after you’ve been following a set of rules for so long? It sounds kind of scary, doesn’t it? I think a lot of people hang onto dieting habits because it is all they know and that makes them feel safe, comfortable. But, embracing the unknown and your intuition is how you can get further away from feelings of restriction, guilt, shame and unworthiness and get closer to what you truly need and want.

This is where Intuitive Eating comes in. It’s the antithesis to dieting. Instead of following a set of rules or guidelines, you are honoring your body’s physical and emotional needs to feed yourself. After getting back in tune with your body’s food needs, it’s amazing what other changes can happen in your life – you start becoming more aware of other needs (work, relationships, friendships, your relationship with your self, etc.).

“Riiiiight,” you’re probably saying. I know, I know. It sounds easier said than done, almost impossible. I get that. I used to think that too. We’ve been brain-washed by our society’s diet culture. (i.e.: when one research article comes out about carbohydrate intake correlating to insulin resistance, the media feeds off of it and soon everyone and their mother are afraid to eat carrots.) There’s so much nutritional garbage out there that we’ve lost the natural ability to tune into our bodies.

BUT, I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way forever. It IS possible to tune back into your body’s natural hunger cues. It takes some work and it won’t happen overnight. But, it is OH SO WORTH IT.

There is actually a really well researched and practiced set of principles that can help you become an intuitive eater. These 10 principles of Intuitive Eating were developed by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, both registered dietitians who work with clients that have troubled relationships with food and disordered eating behaviors. I read their book when I was recovering from my eating disorder, and I refer this book to anyone who struggles with obsessive thoughts surrounding food or their body. I think it is a great resource if you’re ready to get off the dieting train, but don’t know where to start.

(I also recommend seeing a trained and licensed therapist or an RD who specializes in intuitive eating/disordered eating  because doing the work entirely on your own can be very daunting, especially if you are in the throes of a serious and dangerous eating disorder.)

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Today, I wanted to introduce the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating to you because I plan on breaking each one of these principles down into separate blog posts so that you can see how to apply them in your life. Evelyn and Elyse recommend following the principles in order, starting with rejecting the diet mentality, because it is hard to truly embrace the intuitive eating process if you are still hanging onto the false promises of dieting. Gentle nutrition and exercise are last, because without learning the concept of intuitive eating and putting the first 8 principles into practice, it can be hard to become mindful of nutrition and your movement without obsessing or becoming militant about them.

1. Reject the Diet Mentality

Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.

2. Honor Your Hunger

Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.

3. Make Peace with Food

Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.

4. Challenge the Food Police

Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created . The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

5. Respect Your Fullness

Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what is your current fullness level?

6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor

The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence–the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough”.

7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food

Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.

8. Respect Your Body

Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.

9. Exercise–Feel the Difference

Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If when you wake up, your only goal is to lose weight, it’s usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.

10. Honor Your Health–Gentle Nutrition

Make food choices that honor your health and tastebuds while making you feel well. Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.

 (Source: Tribole, E., & Resch, E. (2012). Intuitive eating. New York: St. Martins Griffin.)

I will be back soon to elaborate on the first principle of Intuitive Eating, Rejecting the Diet Mentality, and show you how I let go after years of being a former diet junkie.

Until next time,

Kate

Why I Broke Up with Dieting (& Why You Should Too)

For years, I was fixated on altering my body by dieting. No matter how many pounds or inches I lost with each successive diet, I never reached that ever-elusive state of happiness and satisfaction that diets promised. Not to mention, these diets never lasted because they weren’t sustainable. I wasn’t giving my body what it wanted and needed. Instead, I was treating it like something separate from my soul. I thought I could feed it X and it would do/I would look like Y.

Today, I look back and can’t recall the last time I logged into a MyFitnessPal app or scribbled down the calorie counts of my meal. Ditching the endless diets and meal plans that I followed for almost eight years has been such a freeing experience. Here’s why I broke up with dieting and why you should too…

Diets don’t work. No matter how “flexible” the plan is, it is ultimately creating restriction, whether that be from calories, certain macronutrients or foods. And restriction leads to feelings of deprivation and obsessive thoughts surrounding food, which leads to you going off the diet, leaving you feeling guilty or feeling like a “failure.” When in reality, the diet actually failed you. It failed you and took your self-worth right along with it.

Dieting doesn’t address the heartstuff. We tend to diet or try to “fix” our outer appearance because we haven’t done the deep, internal work – the messy, not so easy stuff like discovering your inner-self and valuing your self-worth. This might sound like hippie BS, but the truth is that so many people avoid their struggles and try to numb it out with diets and crazy exercise routines.

Dieting doesn’t strengthen our willpower or make us a better person. We tend to moralize food into “good” or “bad” categories or say we were “good” or “bad” for adhering or not adhering to the diet. When we do this, we are moralizing food and the eating experience, which just makes it all way more complicated than it should be, and frankly doesn’t make sense at all. Additionally, we say that dieting gives us willpower. When in reality, dieting takes away our power because we are allowing food rules to dictate what, when, and how we eat.

A bougie poptart I ate after eating a full lunch – something I would have NEVER done in my dieting days.

There is no place for dieting in a healthy relationship with yourself. If you want to feel better, try taking inventory of what is going on inside yourself. Forget your belly rolls, the cellulite on your legs, or the tone in your muscles. How do you feel about your head and your heart? What’s holding you back from living your most fulfilling and joyous life? I can tell you that the answer won’t be found in the mirror. The work is not easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But, I can say, with experience, that letting go of the reigns that keep you attached to restriction will allow to you finally start embracing you were truly meant to be.

If you need help ditching the diet mentality, or want to and don’t know where to start, email me at kate.emmenegger@gmail and stay tuned for my next post on what to do after breaking up with your diet.

What the CrossFit Open Taught Me About Recovery

I used to be an obsessive exerciser. I wanted the toughest, most calorie-bang-for-your-buck workouts that would leave me sore for days. I felt that if I wasn’t sore or sweating, I wasn’t getting a workout that was “good enough.” I also felt the incessant need to exercise intensely at least six times per week. With my education in physiology and exercise, I knew that rest days were important and vital for recovery, but I couldn’t bear slowing down. I only took rest days when I “had” to – basically when my body was so exhausted that all I wanted to do was sleep or I was injured due to overuse and zero recovery. And those “rest” days were extremely hard for me to endure because I felt so much guilt for not exercising. I had a misconstrued notion that my worth was tied to how many workouts I did in a given week, and if I didn’t do what I expected of myself, I feared losing strength, gaining weight, or letting go of exercise entirely. When, ironically, pushing myself to extremes and not giving my body a break was more likely to dissuade me from exercising. This perpetual cycle continued from late high school through college.

Back in 2012, while at Purdue, I found CrossFit. I was instantly hooked. The workouts were intense and challenged my body in ways I had never experienced. I liked the shorter duration of the workouts and thought that was better for my body than pushing hard for an hour or more, like I had done in the past. However, CrossFit ended up becoming much like any other workout I did before, in that I took it to extremes. I wanted to Rx the workouts, so whenever I physically could, I did. I also went multiple times a week, denying my body of rest days. I told myself (and others) that I went so often to get the most out of my unlimited membership, but in reality, I was afraid of taking a day off. Even though the workouts were shorter in duration, they were typically higher intensity. So, that coupled with the fact that I didn’t listen to my body to slow down or give it a break, didn’t improve my unhealthy relationship with exercise.

I realize that CrossFit gets a bad rap (from both the fitness and nutrition fields). Yes, I think CrossFit can be dangerous, especially if you are not experienced in certain movements or you don’t have a good coach or program that breaks down the movements or provides regressions/substitutions. But, I also think any form of exercise can be dangerous, if taken to extremes or not executed properly. Yes, CrossFit is a high intensity form of exercise, and probably not a good fit for everyone. Ultimately, a person has to find an exercise modality that is right for their body, mental health, and fitness level. At that point in my life and with the headspace I was in, I shouldn’t have been participating in CrossFit.

Fast-forward to six years later, and I decided to participate in the CrossFit 2018 Open. This time, however, I knew I was in a safe place mentally. I went to therapy and did a lot of work in those six years to recover from an eating disorder and exercise addiction. I no longer beat myself up for exercising less than x amount of times per week and I was listening to my body better than ever before. I was taking more rest days than ever before and my fitness routine was not strict. I I was also craving a fun challenge and my own workouts were getting stale, so I decided to participate in the Open, but on my own terms:

I didn’t register for the Open. I knew myself well enough that signing up for the Open and putting my name on a scoreboard was only going to bring back unhealthy obsession. I learned in my recovery that competition only breeds extremes, obsession, disappointment and feelings of not-enoughness for me.

I did the workouts on my own. Completing the open workouts was sort of a test of my recovery, and I knew that if I did them with other people, I might be tempted to push too hard. At times I did them in a gym with other people working out around me, and I am happy to report that I didn’t have an urge to push to extremes. In fact, I was fine with moving purposefully and slowly through the workouts. I actually felt GOOD after a workout, and it didn’t make me exhausted the rest of the day like it had in the past.

I made substitutions or altered workouts to fit my needs and abilities. Of the five workouts, I modified five. Yep, I did them all modified and it didn’t hurt my ego one bit. This was HUGE. Old me would not have been okay with modifying a workout.

I stopped when the clock ran out. Most the workouts had a time cap. In the past, if I was doing a workout on my own and I didn’t complete the round and the time ran out, I would keep going to finish that round. This time, when the clock timed out, I stopped, even if I only had a few reps left.

The way I approached the Open this year made me realize just how far I have come in recovery. I used to think I would never be able to do CrossFit again because of the havoc I wrecked on my body doing it in years past. However, letting go of an expectation and listening to my body has allowed me to continue to participate in an activity that I think can be a wonderful source of community, fitness and fun. It’s all about knowing your own limits. I don’t think it’s fair to say that a certain type of movement is wrong or bad. I think it is the participant’s role to decide what they want and need to get out of the workout. However, this takes knowing yourself well – and being HONEST with yourself.

For years, I covered up my addiction with the facade that exercising so much and at such a high intensity was a part of my job and that I loved it that much. However, I wasn’t being honest because deep down I was hurting and struggling with my self-worth. What I had to believe was that no matter what type of movement I did, I was a worthy human being. That the exercise I did or the body that I had did not define who I was as a person. To finally hold the freedom to move my body in a manner that serves me well, without sticking to a strict self-imposed expectation or routine, feels so damn good.

I Don’t Have to Be This or That.

Something that’s been on my mind a lot lately, and that has also been holding me back from writing in this space, is the notion that “I can’t be this and say/do/be that.” What the fujek do I mean? Here comes the brain vomit…

I am a personal trainer who doesn’t set weight loss goals for my clients, nor do I encourage my clients to focus on their aesthetic. Instead, I want them to focus on how they feel in our sessions and how exercise can work with their bodies and their lifestyle, not against them. I also discourage dieting, but help my clients find a way of eating that, again, works for them. This means eating foods that they enjoy, while also keeping gentle nutrition in mind so that they don’t feel like crap. (I will get into gentle nutrition in a later post.)

As a future registered dietitian (RD), I am going to do the same: help my nutrition clients find freedom in what they eat and form a healthier relationship with food. No diet overhauls, food restrictions, or weight loss goals.

For a while now, I have formed this false dichotomy in my head that I can’t do both. I can’t be a non-diet RD and a personal trainer because personal trainers are stereotyped as body manipulators and weight loss coaches. And I can’t be both because non-diet RDs encourage intuitive movement and setting up scheduled personal training sessions isn’t technically intuitive in nature. Obviously, this is all some bullsh*t that I’ve made up in my head, based on fear of what people will think of a non-diet/intuitive eating RD who is also a personal trainer who writes training programs for her clients, and who participates in CrossFit workouts – GASP! (<– this will be another post very soon).

This is when I have to stop and remind myself: I am in charge of who I want to be. If I want to, I can be both as one. I can be the non-diet RD/personal trainer who helps ALL of her clients to find a better relationship with food and their body.

Breaking through this black and white thinking is essential to creating, or rather, uncovering, my authentic self. Being a hyphenated health professional breaking stereotypes is showing up fully and putting my values into action. For the longest time, I’ve held back and half-assed my passion and enthusiasm for what I do because I was afraid people wouldn’t approve of my approach. As as I type this all out, it sounds so silly. Like LOL silly. Who are these “people” I am so scared of?

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So, here’s to putting my FULL, authentic self out there and not giving a f*ck. We were not meant to fit into perfect little stereotype boxes. The beauty of our lives is that we get to choose how we create them.

 

see you soon,

Kate

 

Blog Revamp

Hi there! (crickets? echoooo?) Since life has changed quite a bit since my last post, this little space of mine is getting a revamp, and hopefully a new domain name soon. Kit Kat Kate just doesn’t encapsulate what I want people to takeaway from my blog.

Anyway, life has changed, yet again. As it always does! Long story short, I ditched the nursing idea, and decided to finish my degree in dietetics that I started when I was at Purdue. Fast forward, and here I am in my LAST semester of University of Alabama’s Food and Nutrition distance program. I can’t believe how fast this second degree has gone! It helped that I had a lot of my prerequisites completed from my first degree. Now, I am just waiting to hear if I will be accepted into a 1200-hour internship, which will allow me to sit for the Registered Dietitian licensing exam. I am incredibly happy that I decided to pursue this career path. I think I had to wait until I was ready…the past couple of years I have had a lot of personal growth, a lot of which was going to therapy to fully recover from the psychological wounds that my eating disorder left. I still had a light hold on disordered eating. No matter how much I thought I was “fully” recovered, I will still tracking macros occasionally, not truly listening to my cravings (i.e.: intuitively eating), and moralizing my food choices.  I’ve heard people use the term “pseudo-recovered” to describe this and I believe that’s where I was at.  I also had very low self-worth, which is still a work in progress (isn’t it for almost everyone in our society these days??), but I am really proud to say that I am finally at a much healthier and happier place.

Getting to this more stable place has given me the creative spark to start writing on my blog again. I have a note on my phone where I’ve been collecting blog topics over the past couple of months. The hardest part has been sitting down to write out all of my thoughts. I still hold onto a bit of fear and doubt that what I write won’t be what others want to hear or even be of interest to them. I’ve realized that in order to get past these fears I have to:

1) let go of any expectation of this blog/what I write

2) let go of what people will think

3) JUST DO THE DAMN THING and write!

I guess you could say this is a step in the direction of letting go of self-doubt, fear, and perfectionism, which like to work in a little tandem, two- (three?) step dance in my brain on a regular basis. As much as I admit to being a recovering perfectionist, I haven’t done enough of the tough work to recover. Deep, internal self-love is hard, really hard. I can read all of the self-help books and listen to the podcasts I want. But, if I am not matching my thoughts and actions with my values (i.e.: to love myself as I am, without expectations or attachment to outcome), then change won’t occur.

With that being said, I don’t have an expectation of this blog space. I will write when I want to write. Some posts might be educational, some might just be my thoughts. Some might be about nutrition or exercise, while others will likely be about my life happenings. I want this space to be authentic and reflect who I am and what I value, while providing an avenue to connect with like-minded people.

Yay! It feels GOOD to be back.

Kate

HEB: We Got a Costco Membership

We’re back with another edition of Healthy Eating on a Budget! This week I am showing you our Aldi, Costco, and Target hauls. We caved and got a Costco membership since we are creatures of habit and eat a lot of the same stuff each week. They also have great deals on things like toilet paper, protein powder/bars, laundry detergent/dryer sheets, etc.

I mentioned in my last HEB post that we are shooting for $75/week. Since we got the Costco membership and plan on going every 2-3 weeks, our weekly trips will be more than $75 sometimes. So, I decided to set a monthly budget of $300. This includes all groceries purchased, including Costco groceries, but not items like toilet paper, shampoo, paper towels, etc.

Here’s what we got:

Aldi Total: $43.14

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2 lbs brussels sprouts, 1 lb broccoli, 3 lbs sweet potatoes, 1 lb carrots, bananas, avocado

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3 lbs chicken breast (on sale – $3 off each package!), 2 dozen eggs (.69 each!), cream cheese, 2 half gallons milk, brown sugar, raisins, lean ground beef

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canned pumpkin, pancake mix, seltzer water, decaf coffee (for cold brew), whole wheat bread, 3 lbs apples (only 2.99!)

Costco Total: about $42

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almond milk, 3 lbs cottage cheese, 2 lbs coffee beans, kale slaw salad mix, a crap ton of turkey bacon

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Reese’s Puffs (haven’t had this in a LONG time), the best chocolate milk ever, and more bread because the loaf we bought at Aldi was disappointing. I like my bread hearty!

So, all in all, we spent $92.81. The goods we bought at Costco lasted us over two weeks, so I think less than $100 on two people for an Aldi haul, Costco trip, and impulse Target run (you know you do it too…) is pretty dang good! It also feels good to know that we are spending our money wisely on good, healthy food and we aren’t being wasteful. At the end of the week, the fridge starts to become barren and we are eating out WAY less (sometimes not even once a week), which saves us so much money. It’s really crazy how much money you can save by just being a bit more mindful of where you are shopping and doing some meal planning/prep. Maybe I will do a meal prep post soon to show you how we eat all of these goods!

Happy eating,

Kate