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Old 02-04-2013, 04:06 PM
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As far as convenience goes, try onceamonthmom.com. There are a variety of healthy menu options, such as whole foods, etc. The idea is to cook once a month and freeze the meals. I have found this to be a wonderful source.
What a blessing you still have your husband with you, and the two of you can enjoy this new food journey together.
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There are a few things I've learned when it comes to organic and whole food couponing:

1. It can be done!
2. I'm terrible at it.

While I may not be the best at couponing for a super healthy stockpile, I have learned to focus on what I am good at: everyday item couponing.

It's a little different way of looking at it, but I stock the heck out of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste (shocking, I know), soap etc...

Outside of the box time: I trade a lot of these items for neighbor's produce and make my diet requirements pretty well known.

The neighbors respond so well to it, I don't have to be the best gardener and it's all right here. Best part is always helping someone else.

Another suggestion: a vegan diet is often thought of as rabbit food and tasteless, but as you can tell by my profile pic, not all vegans are stringy hippies.

Good luck and hearts and prayers to you both.


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Re: Making your own bread.

Its a good idea as its quite therapeutic, gives your arms a good workout and makes the home smell gorgeous.
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I can be more difficult to find savings on whole foods, but it definitely can be done (and once you get the hang of it, you can save quite a bit of money). We try to eat as many natural whole foods as possible, and switching to that has dramatically reduced our grocery bill even without using as many coupons.

I'm trying to think of some more suggestions, but here are a few I have on the top of my head:
1. Commercial breads are one of the leading sources of salt in our diets. However, baking your own bread is easier than it sounds and can be very rewarding. Also, I find baking my own bread to be significantly cheaper.

2. Beans are one of the best lean proteins available, and they are exceptionally cheap compared to meat. Canned beans tend to be packed with a lot of extra sodium, but dry beans (which are even cheaper) are not. They take a little more time to prep, but they are a healthy money-saver. In our house, we started integrating more beans into our diet by simply replacing the meat in one meal a week with beans, and now we eat them 2 or 3 times a week and we don't even miss the meat.

3. Another enormous source of salt in our diets is canned soups and broths. The easiest (and cheapest) solution is to make your own. If you roast a whole chicken one day (a great way to get cheap meat), then you can boil the carcass the next day to make your own stock, and that way you can control how much sodium it contains.

4. And my last suggestion for now, and I know this is the wrong time of year and will take awhile, but do you have room for a vegetable garden? Even if you only grow a few simple things like tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash, it can provide you with plenty of exceptionally cheap produce for the summer months to supplement your shopping trips.

I hope this helps. Good luck. Even if you end up spending a little more money, the health benefits are definitely worth it.
I totally agree with this post as well. As I have had to cut sodium too out of my diet due to hypertension. I went on a gluten free vegan lifestyle and so far it has helped me tremendously. My blood pressure now only goes up when I eat something that I am not suppose to. I know it is hard to do, but I agree with plant based foods totally. You should try low cholesterol meats like fish and chicken too, and bake and broil, boil, or grill your foods. Don't fry anything except every once in a while, and you need make most things from scratch that way you can control what goes into it. You can control the salt and sugars, etc. Just remember though, some foods already have salt and sugars too even in vegetables in their natural states, and we do need some sodium in our diets but not that much.

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