Friday, September 18, 2009

An Out-of-Control Soul

I watched Joyce Meyer this morning. She taught on "An Out-of-Control Soul." Very practical and inspiring. I urge you to watch the podcast. The entire series on boundaries would be worth your time. I know I intend to watch this again. I also downloaded the study notes. Here's that link:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget

In my last post, I asked if it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. Carrie shared some tips that I wanted to highlight. She says, "Yes! It is possible." Here are her great tips:
  • Prepare ground meat, baked or grilled chicken, etc. in bulk.
  • Freeze the meats in meal-sized portions so all you have to do is grab from the freezer.  
  • Same goes for fresh veggies, fruits, etc.  
  • Spend your time on the front end and mass prepare when possible.  
  • On the back end, grab what you need, add seasonings, veggies, etc. and your meal is about 30 - 45 min. away from serving.  
  • Bulk rice stores in freezer, as does flour, if you find bargains on larger quantities than you need.  
  • If freezer space is at a premium, store rice, flour (grains) tightly sealed as possible in plastic or glass with a bay leaf. Bay leaves are wonderful deterrents against bugs!
Thanks for those timely suggestions, Carrie!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Is It Any Cheaper to Eat Healthy?

I'm teaching a class during the Sunday School hour using Bill Hybels' small group study book, Getting a Grip. So far we've discussed getting a grip on life, our schedules, and our bodies. During yesterday's session, we got into a spirited discussion on whether you can eat healthy on a budget.

One couple contends that it's very difficult to buy healthy food when money's tight. My argument was that even when money is tight, it's more cost efficient to buy foods good for you because you are satiated by it. Why buy a bag of potato chips when you can buy a 10-lb. bag of potatoes for about the same cost?

I did make one concession in the argument. It takes more time to prepare the fresh foods. And of course, more effort. We can dive into a bag of chips in no time flat, but it takes more work to prepare the fresh potatoes.

How do you eat healthy on a budget? Is it possible?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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