What Do You Eat?! Vol. 6

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Moving Sucks

wineI never realize how much junk I’ve accumulated until I have to pack it up into boxes. Three pairs of dollar store scissors. A kitchen appliance for EVERY function. Juicer, dehydrator, food processor, magic bullet, immersion blender, crock pot, coffee maker, coffee grinder, tea pot, george foreman. Yup. Got ‘em all. Books on books on books on books. WHO LET ME BUY THIS CRAP?!

Did I mention I’m moving? So…yeah…my next couple weeks are going to be kinda crazy. Figuring out internet and what not. I decided to make meal prep easy since I need to spend most of my time packing. I’ve gotten pretty far! I managed to take two pictures off my wall. That’s good, right?

Thankfully, my 21 day sugar detox is complete so I have this wine to accompany me during my packing. I missed wine. And, in case you were wondering…the detox was good…but I think it would be more beneficial to someone who eats more sugar than I do.

I’m Hungry

Do I need to even say this? I made my typical breakfast and lunch EXCEPT I made two changes! Thanks to a commenter a couple weeks back, (*cough*my mom*cough*) I decided to not add the lemon and vinegar onto my salad ahead of time, and sure enough, the lettuce doesn’t wilt at all. Resulting in me eating half the amount of lettuce I normally do. Which is great, cause lettuce is expensive…and I hate cutting it up.

The second change I made is, normally I bring a bag of carrots, red/orange peppers, celery, and cucumbers to work to eat, but this week I omitted the carrots and peppers and used green peppers and extra cucumbers. Why? Well, I’m yellow. Like, my skin. It’s yellow. And I feel like a weirdy.

I went to the doctor and she was baffled. To quote her after getting my blood test results back,

“There’s nothing wrong with you…but there’s something wrong with you”

(sidebar: ALL of my blood tests came back perfect after eating as much fat [saturated and unsaturated] as I want for the past year. Seriously, I eat bacon for breakfast every day….and eggs…the WHOLE egg. So take that everyone who thinks that stuff clogs your arteries.)

So, since my doctor can’t figure out what’s wrong with me (even though I’m pretty sure I know what it is) she told me to stop eating things with beta carotene. I decided to humor her for a week or two. I’ll survive without the meager amount of carrots I eat for a bit. Hopefully I’ll either stop being yellow or she’ll listen to me when I tell her what’s wrong with me because I’m still yellow after following her advice. Doctors are frustrating.

What Was This Blog About Again?

Oh, right. Dinner I wanted to make something quick so I went with meatloaf. Meatloaf normally has like…breadcrumbs…or some sort of wheat in it but the recipe I used substituted almond meal for that junk. almondmeal

You can buy almond meal from the store but I have tons of almond pulp leftover from making almond milk so I just used that. This meat loaf used hot sauce which is awesome because I love hot sauce and put it on everything i can possibly think of.

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Yummy. Yum. Yum.

Meatloaf is great because all you gotta do, aside from saute some veggies real quick…is throw it all in a bowl:

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Mix it up, put it in a pan:

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And throw it in the oven for about a half an hour!

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Yum. So, yep. That’s what I’ll be eating this week.

Kombucha Update!

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IT’S ALIVEEEE It started as a blob in the bottom and then rose to the top. I feel like I’m growing an alien. According to the instructions, this thing should be ready in a week…although it hasn’t grown much in the past couple days. I hope I didn’t kill it. Maybe I should talk to it. You know how they say if you talk to your plants they’ll grow more? I wonder if the same’s true for a SCOBY. Nah, I’m weird enough…I’m not gonna talk to a jar (at least, I’m not going to admit to doing that).

I’m not sure if I’ll have anything for you guys next week because I’ll be moving that weekend so I might just skip meal prep since my kitchen stuff and food will probably be all over the place. But, who knows. You should probably check for it, anyway. In fact, you should probably just be visiting my blog every day because, let’s be honest….it’s that good. And you should like me on Facebook because well, you like me.

What about you? What are you eating this week? Let me know in the comments!!

10 Comments

  1. Ashley Berens   •  

    I was hoping I’d see you at the conference in Fort Wayne to ask you more and more and more questions – just wondering how much you spend (money) per week on your groceries? And I noticed that you got some of your food from Trader Joe’s and/or Whole Foods…being in Kalamazoo, what kinds of other options do you think I could have? I think the closest Whole Foods (or Trader Joe’s – can’t remember right off hand) is either in Ann Arbor (2.5 hrs) or Mishawaka (like an hour +).
    Congrats on your move! We just moved too (but I didn’t have to pack) :)

    • EquallyYolked   •  

      I didn’t even know there was a conference! I guess we only go to stuff that’s nearby…if that. Per week I usually spend about $60 on groceries. I could spend less if I needed to, I try to get organic veggies whenever possible but if I’m running low on money I can get that down to $40 per week by not buying organic and only getting veggies that are on sale.

      I used to get all of my food from Trader Joe’s but then I started making less money so now I do most of my shopping either at Meijer or the farmer’s market. I get most of my meat/eggs from farmer’s markets and everything else from Meijer. I have this card from my health insurance that gives me 10% off any fruit/veggie purchase from Meijer. It saves me at least $5 a week.

      I think one of the best options you have would be the Farmer’s Market…and I know Kalamazoo has one of those! I’ve been to it. A lot of times veggies and stuff are cheaper there and you can usually haggle with them on the price. Plus, it’s local! Other than that, I’d say Meijer is a great place to shop…since that’s where I shop.

      Thanks! Lucky you, where did you move?

    • EquallyYolked   •  

      Oh, and definitely check out the People’s food co op! Apparently they moved into a bigger facility since I lived there, which is great. That’s the first place I’d look if the Farmer’s Market or Meijer doesn’t have what you’re looking for.

      • Ashley Berens   •  

        Okay, wow, I just saw this – that you replied :)
        I LOVE the farmers market! However, I just really go there to get food for my dragons – I got them this amazing mixture of greens. I found this guy who already had it bagged for cheap…and he started talking about how they are great to saute…and I said, “well, I’m not really using it for that…” then he said, “OH! Juice!”…well no. “They are for my bearded dragons.” I think he was very surprised. BUT THEY LOVE THEM! :) Pretty bad when my dragons eat better than me…

        I do love People’s Food Co-op – Laura and I went there recently and we got tons of good stuff.

        I do my regular grocery shopping at Meijer as well. Just have to find better/healthier choices. (Not the pretzels with nacho cheese) :)

        • Alysia   •     Author

          Yeah, this whole comment system is kind of lacking in that it doesn’t usually alert you when I respond, unless you want to sign up to get an alert EVERY time there’s a comment whether or not it’s related to your comment.

          Anyway, Sounds like you’re on the right track! Haha, maybe your lizard can teach you a thing or two about greens. Humans can eat veggies, too! You should definitely try sauteing some greens, it isn’t awful! Maybe that farmer has a good recipe. I usually saute in some butter with garlic and salt. So good.

  2. Debbie Hunt   •  

    Your food always looks so yummy! And yes, carrots can turn your skin yellow just like too much garlic can you smell bad without you even knowing it. Moderation in that arena for sure. And the reason you don’t have clogged arteries is because you’re what, 20? 22? Just wait, it all catches up to you when you hit 40!!! LOL!

    • EquallyYolked   •  

      Thanks! Oh yeah, I don’t doubt that carrots can turn your skin yellow…I just doubt the fact that the amount of carrots I eat can turn my skin yellow. The most I’ve ever eaten in a week is half a bag of baby carrots.

      Haha, I’m 25. But I don’t think it’ll ever catch up to me. Recent studies are showing that fat and cholesterol have less of a role in heart disease than previously thought. Check this article for more info: http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-cholesterol-and-saturated-fat-are-not-the-enemy

      • Danielle   •  

        Very interesting article on cholesterol and fat.. When someone says this about not being as big a role in heart disease it’s hard to believe. It’s like a no brainer because that’s all we’ve heard for years. But lately I’m reading more and more about this and it sure makes a lot of sense!

  3. john bingham   •  

    i would like a slice of that meatloaf. that looks de-lish!

    • EquallyYolked   •  

      And it was so easy too! I can’t wait for dinner.

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