Then It Finally Happens…

11 May

It’s Hump Day and before I know it, weekend is around the corner. This morning I did one of older workout since Zuzana didn’t post any new one yesterday. It was ok, but I wish I should push myself harder to prevent plateauing. You might wonder why I am so eager to get up at 4:30-5:00 am in the morning everyday just to squeeze in the workout? Well, for me working out actually clears up my mind and makes me feel I accomplish something for the day. After working at the same place for a while, it could become daunting and flat. I’m not saying I don’t like what I’m doing now.

Anyway, enough rant. Let’s move on to the food.

I’m getting lazier to eat post workout snack and pack another food for breakfast to bring to work, so I just combined them together instead.
Half sweet potato and Applegate Organic Roast Beef Slices

That didn’t really sustain me until lunch time so I snacked on some coconut flakes.

Lunch was another deja vu from dinner.

Plus Lotus Root Soup.

Not sure why the lotus root soup turned out to be darker than the last time I made it. I made it exactly the same way. Probably because I boiled more roots in the soup?

Lunch filled me up pretty good, but in the back of my mind, I kept thinking of these babies:

So late afternoon, I ate them and was happy.

When I got home, I made Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers, Bo Bo Cha Cha and Easy Oven Fried Taro Fries.

Today’s Bo Bo Cha Cha combo was taro and purple yam 😀

While waiting for everything to be done, I was snacking on these. Do you know what are these?

Those are “loquat” or according to wikipedia it could also be referred as “Japanese plum” and “Chinese plum” (Wiki source). These fruits are used to make Chinese cough syrup known as “Pei Pa Koa“. You might have noticed I mentioned I took that syrup whenever my throat feels scratchy or dry.

Ingredients: Honey Loquat - just mix with hot water

This was my first time eating fresh loquat. The best part is they are ORGANIC because they came from my sister in law’s parent’s backyard. 😀 Currently they are not completely ripe yet so the they aren’t that sweet. When the skin turns into deep orange color, according to Hubby K, it’ll taste really sweet. Geez, I wonder if I could wait that long.

Anyway, finally dinner was ready and I devoured it.
And I had some taro fries afterward.

Ok now about the post might wonder what is it about? Well let’s say that from now on I’ll be the only one who’ll bring in the money to the house. This means I might have to adjust our spending. If you notice, recently I started to shop at Organic store or Farmer’s market to get organic produce or grassfed beef etc. That might have to be limited. We actually do not eat out that often but we do spend quite some for grocery (plus mortgage, utilities etc). We don’t even shop clothing that much either, let alone furniture (it’s about more than a year we got this place and we are still using our apartment-style furniture instead of real ones).

Anyway, here’s my plan:
I will only buy strawberries for organic fruits. Other than that I’ll just either skip them or buy conventionally. For meat, I’ll stick to conventional lean cuts (boneless skinless chicken breast, lean cut beef and some lamb). For once in a while splurge, I might buy grass fed ground beef.

Alright, this gal needs to get ready to shower and get some zzzz so she’ll have enough rest and sleep to get up early tomorrow to bring home the food after her usual morning ritual.

Nite all!

Tell me about your food budget strategy. Ironically, Kath also posted something similar as well.


Posted by on May 11, 2011 in food, life


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9 responses to “Then It Finally Happens…

  1. Fit Daffy

    May 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I totally agree with Pupcake. Maybe you can split up the cost of 1/4 or 1/2 a pastured animal with your CrossFitting coworkers! Also, I find Costco, Trader Joe’s and Amazon (especially the Subscribe & Save… on things like oil) to be AWESOME! Besides, there’s also Sprouts. 😀

    Hang in there, Jos!!! 😀

    • Jos

      May 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Sadly one of them is not into paleo at all and both are not into cooking.

      Thanks for the tips btw 🙂 Sent from my iPod

  2. LeQuan

    May 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’ve never had that fruit fresh before and never knew it was used to make pei pa koa. The interesting things you learn through blogging. I drink that sometimes when I have a sore throat too. And holy moly, you wake up early.

  3. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    May 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Wow, you’re really an early bird! 😯 I agree that it makes me feel better when I start the day with doing something for myself, but most of the times I just get myself out of the bed too early.

    I’ve stopped buying organic because I can’t afford it. Buying lean cuts of regular meat is a good alternative, though.

  4. Pupcake

    May 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Oh boy, a low-cost paleo-friendly diet? I wish I knew the secret! I always get so angry that the stuff that makes you feel icky is the cheapest. I cut costs in some odd ways, like dumpster diving behind Trader Joe’s (it’s usually perfectly good! They just don’t like “overcrowding” of their products on the shelf) or eating a LOT of whatever veggie is on sale. 😀 Have you thought about buying half an animal at your local farmer’s market or a farm somewhere within 60 miles? Around here people save $$ by going in on entire animals together and then just stocking up their freezer for a few months. It’s local and always tastes so good, even though it’s been frozen.

    • Jos

      May 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Dumpster diving behind TJ??? I gotta check that 😛 The thing about buying a cow share is I don’t have anyone to share with and I don’t have much space in my freezer as well. Thanks for the tips btw 😀


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