Keto on a Budget?

Alright y’all! It’s time to get down to healthy business around here! The Hubs and I have been wanting so badly to be healthier and more fit. I have PCOS and so carbs wreak havoc with my system and his family has diabetes in it, so low sugar and carbs is the best approach for us.

Enter Ketogenic eating! It is very low carb, moderate protein, and high fat. What is Keto? I think Wicked Stuffed Keto has a great definition and helped a lot when I started researching. I am also limiting my dairy intake as most of the internet agrees that it creates an insulin response that leads to more insulin resistance. I added links for extra information! Who doesn’t love extra information?! 🙂

So! We have really cut down on our grocery budget over the last few months, however, there is always more work to be done. Some of my favorite cheap keto staples are hard boiled eggs, coconut oil, spinach, kale, and romaine salads with meat salads, and walnuts, all of the walnuts! Okay, so maybe Walnuts are not really cheap, but they are a great fat and great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and manganese, which again are great for women with PCOS.

Also, my favorite sauce is the Newman’s Own Alfredo… It is so good and low carb that I put it in my Chicken Pot Pie casserole! It is only $1.55 at Walmart and I can use it twice! Total winner in my book. I will put up the recipe in the next few days.

This week, my grocery spending was down to $61.04. Whewt Whewt!! Meal planning is my jam right now because I use every morsel of food. I am able to use a whole chicken cooked in the crockpot for 3 meals! It is only $5 at Aldi’s! If you have not checked out your local Aldi’s, do it! Get in your car right now and go check it out. Aldi has many organic options and for cheap, too! Like Avocados, $5 for 6 organic Avocados?! Oh yes, I am all about that. Make sure to bring a quarter to use a cart since you have to unlock with the quarter, but don’t worry you get it back! Bring your own bags or you will be sad while hauling your groceries in by each item. I am all about the one trip and use reusable grocery bags.

 

So, $61.04 was spent to make a 9×13 pan of chicken pot pie (2 meals), taco salad(2 meals), chicken salad to munch on for lunches, salads for lunches with salami and other deli meats, cauliflower chicken fried rice, keto pancakes(I love breakfast for supper), nuts, sweet peppers stuffed with goat cheese and salami(so so good and quick), and some spearmint tea for the night.

I think every Sunday I will do a check in for weight and debt.

Check-in 1!

  • Weight – 241.6 pounds
  • Debt – $11,353.22

Let’s do some work this week on those numbers!

First post, eh?

There is a bit of pressure for the first post, huh! Well, let’s just get it over with then. 😉  I wish I would have started this blog two years ago! It could have documented a lot of the struggles and great events that have happened, too. I suppose there are a lot of shoulda coulda wouldas, but no need to dwell in those anymore. I have a plan, it’s get out of debt, lose some weight, and enjoy the little things and new adventures that Arkansas brings. Below is a picture of my very first adventure in Arkansas, Petit Jean. I felt like I was going to die, the heat and humidity was way worse than I had ever encountered. Not to mention, I directed us on the wrong path, so instead of an easy walk up it, we had a moderate to expert route. Yeah, I will never live that down.

It was beautiful when we arrived at the top, though. That’s my handsome husband with the magnificent beard I mentioned in my ‘About’ page. (I mean, c’mon it is amazing)

Back to the plans!

  1. Get out of debt, pay off the mortgage early and cash flow the rest of my education.
  2. Get healthy!
  3. Make new friends. (I still don’t have very many I talk to on a regular basis down here)

Next post I will be talking all about my debt plan! Gotta spend my dolla dolla bills in a much smarter way!