aside from the meat/dairy/eggs, i am retardedly jealous of your diet. does your mom eat with you or do you just make everything for yourself? i live alone and so it's pretty hard to actually make it through a lot of produce or, really, even rationalize buying it all. how do you deal with leftover produce? and do you think that smoothies are worth it? i always go back and forth about actually spending money on a good blender, but it seems like smoothies would be an easy way to get some fruit/veggies in your diet. and holy crap that chai almond milk recipe looks so good. for the record, the last time i made almond milk, i used a (borrowed) vitamix and still had the same end result - sludgy, really thick goo instead of too much liquid. i think it had to do with the almond:water ratio. i always end up adding more water to the end result anyway. do you leave yours really thick or water it down?
good luck with everything!
oh wow the first post here that isn't by me!! this is so exciting! hahhah. Thanks for reading through this, I know its kind of boring lol.
Are you saying you don't eat meat, dairy, and eggs? I wish I could kick the dairy thing, but when I've cut it out I've never seen improvement. I do stick mostly to organic dairy though, and that helps me eat less of it because I can't afford to buy too much (and my mom doesn't give a shit about organics).
The eating situation is complicated. I DO live with my mom, and sometimes she eats what I do, but most the time she doesn't. She also goes to a regular store and buys produce there, and then I go to the health food store and buy organic produce. I keep my organic fruit in a separate bowl from hers, and I usually don't have more than 6 or 7 pieces of fruit in there, and I can always get through it. I eat plenty of 'normal' veggies - like salads and spinach, so when I buy these I know I'm not the only one whos eating them. When I start buying things like beets and kale, I know I'm gonna be on my own eating, so I try to just buy 1 or 2 weird things at a time. My little sister is home from college right now, so that also helps. If I know something has been in the fridge for a few days and needs to be eaten up, I just go 'hey don't eat I'm cooking for us' and use it up. Also, my boyfriend will eat anything I do, and he knows if he cooks for me there better be a lot of veggies.
Here are my suggestions for not wasting produce:
Go to the store often - every 2 or 3 days, and just pick up a few things at a time.
Always have a good supply of frozen. Especially berries, other fruits you'd like in smoothies, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, etc.
Remember things like sweet potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash, onions, garlic, and carrots stay good for a while (over a week).
For the rest of the fresh stuff, buy only what you will eat in 2 or 3 days. I like to get 1 or 2 of a bunch of different things. Like when picking out fruit, I'll buy 1 kiwi, 1 avocado, 1 pear, 2 plums, 2 apricots, 1 apple, 1 half of watermelon, 1 carton of berries. That way I got a lot of variety, but not a whole lot of mass. Same thing with veggies. If I buy more than one box of lettuce and one leafy green at a time, something will wilt and go bad.
Smoothies are SO worth it. You don't need a very fancy blender. I have a 'magic bullet' that came from JC penney (I've seen it on sale for like $40), and I got my dad one from Kohls (around $60 at the time). Amazon.com usually has good deals on kitchen appliances. Smoothies are my favorite way to eat berries now. Its also so easy to add a little bit of kale and not even notice. They're also a good way to use up bananas or any fruit that needs to be eaten up.
my chai almond milk was thick as f**k! Its more like a milkshake- a very tasty, non-dairy milkshake haha. I don't add any more water to it. I kind of like the thickness now, it was just a surprise the first time.
Hope you're doing good and write back!
edit: oops I forgot to mention that my diet isn't as perfect as it seems. Sometimes when I don't update for a while, I don't eat as well. I occasionally go out to eat, or eat something I wouldn't normally eat at a friends house, or find some chips that my mom bought :/ When I start updating regularly, then I am motivated to eat better because I'd be ashamed of myself if I had to write 'enchiladas, refried beans' on my diet log hah. Sometimes I think keeping a log is a bit obsessive, but on days that I make myself write down what I eat, I eat better. On days that I dont, well, lets just say that I did really used to love taco bell. and every now and then.....
Edited by tree23, 13 August 2010 - 06:48 AM.