When I was a child, you could count on me to eat five things without fail: Spaghetti and meat sauce, fried chicken, corn on the cob, home fries, and pancakes. Anything else, I’d have to be forced to eat, or I didn’t eat. I remained a picky eater until my ’20s, when I started being more socially active and trying new things.
Spaghetti and meat sauce are still a monthly staple, as is fried chicken, home fries, and pancakes. Corn on the cob has been elevated to elotes, but the point I’m making is I never stressed about what to eat as I do now. This is truly one of those instances where having too many choices stresses me out. It’s bad for my skin and my wallet. And we’re not even gonna talk about my waistline.
I am a household of one, and I swear my grocery bill looks like I’m buying for a family of four! I admit that I make poor food choices in that my shopping cart is always filled with pre-packaged foods and junk, but I also include lots of miscellaneous “one-off” ingredients with the intention of making a recipe that I saw online.
Fast forward to two weeks later and the vegetable has molded, that spice has been pushed to the back of my cupboard, and that special utensil is collecting dust in the utensil carousel…
Now that I’m mindful (snort) of where my money goes, I started tracking my trips to the grocery store, and I average 3-4 trips a month. That’s once a week! For a household of one+cat! My grocery bill averages anywhere from $65-$75 per visit, and I have nothing but a bulging belly to show for it! Why aren’t my cabinets overflowing? Why is there an echo in my freezer and crisper? Uh, maybe because your fridge and counter tops are filled with quickie meals and processed junk.
I am shell-shocked because I’ve always looked at grocery shopping as one of those necessities, no matter how much I spend. A girl’s gotta eat, right?
Well, that all changes, starting today. I am a creature of habit, and my food choices are going to once again reflect that. It won’t be spaghetti, chicken and pancakes every other day, but there will be more hand-prepared meals that I actually love to eat that are both healthy in nature and will carry me two-three days (Any more than that, and it’s getting tossed anyway…), meal-prepping (I actually did this for a while but got sick of eating the same lunch every day), and less eating out. It’s hard, though, when Chic-Fil-A, Panera, Fridays, Five Guys, and Qdoba are literally within fifty paces of my job