The Big Food Switch

Who knew healthy food was so damn expensive? Not me, that’s for sure! In the past week I’ve spent twice my regular food budget, this whole ‘eating better’  kick is breaking the bank but I’m determined to stick with it. I may not be seeing huge results weight-wise but I feel so much better already so something is working and even if it’s just on the inside it’s worth it.  I’ll warn you now this is going to be a picture heavy post but I thought I’d share with you some of my meals from the past week. This is as much as a reminder for me as it is for any of you looking for inspiration but if you’d like any more info on the recipes etc,  let me know!

This week I bought my first pot of fat free yoghurt and have to say.. not loving it! I added fruit and it just made the fruit taste worse.. I think I’ll stick to plain strawberries in future. I am excited to try the Tone It Up pancake recipe but need to order some protein powder.. that’s another expense I’m putting off for now. I will admit I am the WORST for not trying foods but it’s now or never, if I can’t find fruits and vegetables that I like this diet will get old quick. There’s only so many green beans I can eat (haha). I’m branching out slowly though and bought rocket rather than iceberg lettuce (risky) and blackberries which I have a vague memory of enjoying in my youth and it turns out I like both so that’s a win. I don’t like Watermelon or Belvita breakfast biscuits though so y’know.. rough with the smooth and all that. I was sorely tempted to buy the Tone It Up diet plan a few days ago but seriously I am so picky with my food it would be total waste of money and for $150 I would want something tailored to me and my lifestyle/tastes so I know I’d regret the big spend. The food is expensive enough as it is so I’m still searching for a diet plan that suits me. I’m enjoying the exercise and am so much more motivated to get out walking again which I know wont make a HUGE difference but it just get’s me going whereas before I was so lethargic. Between the healthy eating and the getting off my arse I am feeling so much better. Tomorrow I will share my first weigh in and my measurements, I forgot them the last time I tried to do this and everyone said it was more important than the lbs so we shall just see.

How many of you are on a health kick right now?

Miss BB



  1. 3 July, 2012 / 10:38 am

    Some of these dishes that you’ve made look absolutely scrummy! I’ve been on a vegetarian health kick since April, and I’ve found that stuffed peppers with rice and tinned beans is a really lovely – and filling – meal, that’s also relatively cheap x

  2. 3 July, 2012 / 12:12 pm

    Agree with Jenny, those dishes look gorgeous, especially the prawn noodles – making me hungry for my dinner haha!

    I do think you raise a valid and quite serious point though, the government and media encourage “healthy eating”, but in a recession the price of eating healthier is double what a normal weekly shop is. This isn’t just a case of people being “bothered” to eat healthily its also about people being able to AFFORD to eat healthily. When I’ve gone on “health kicks” I’ve been exactly the same and spent a small fortune on veg and noodles and cous cous, but long term it would absolutely break the bank and if I had the willpower to actually keep up the healthy eating, I think I’d have to get a second job to finance it… And thats just for me. No idea how people go on with a family when they have children to feed aswell with government saying “feed your kids healthier food” etc… well, maybe it would be easier if supermarkets made healthy food as cheap as unhealthy food?

    Sorry for the rant! Hahaha – keep up the great work 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:50 am

      yeah I lasted a week on that diet because food for me alone cost £70!! that’s double what I usually spend on the whole family!!

  3. Claire Melvin
    3 July, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    Hi, I want to start by saying that personally, I don’t think you need to lose weight. You look great, especially after having a baby not too long ago. I’m so jealous! Have you looked at the slimming world plan? I haven’t done it for a while but I lost almost 2 stone after I had my first child. There were green and red days. You said you love pasta so I think you would love the green days when it’s a free food. There is no weighing except from your syns and healthy extras and no counting points. I can’t believe I managed to lose weight while eating so much but it certainly worked for me.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:50 am

      I haven’t looked at any specific plan but I may do.. I think my contraceptive isn’t helping so I’m going to change that and see what happens first.. don’t want to be fighting a losing battle because of something in my system!

  4. Allbeauty20
    3 July, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    Oh those prawns look to die for!!.

    I must say about fat free yoghurts alot of the time they are higher in sugar, I was shopping the other day and some fat free ‘healthy’ yoghurts had 27% GDA of sugar!! in ONE pot! and we all know that sugar will turn to fat so whats the point in them?.

    Im also on a healthy eating kick at the moment, ive lost 11lbs in 7 weeks and ive also put muscle on.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:43 am

      yes Id imagine that’s about right.. I actually hated the greek yoghurt lol.. Don’t know why I bought it, I suppose it’s for people that need cream or yoghurt on fruit and such but I can just eat it plain

  5. AngieMai
    3 July, 2012 / 10:39 pm

    Well done on the healthy eating. Hope you manage to stick with it. I always get stuck in a food rut and go for convenient foods rather than healthy. Those dishes look delish though! Xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:40 am

      thank you! last week when I was super pissed off about my computer not coming I was eating any old junk ’cause I just couldn’t be bothered but this week I’m already back on track. i can’t keep up that kind of diet though.. it’s too expensive because the rest of the family still eat rubbish (they wont be swayed lol)

  6. Stephanie
    4 July, 2012 / 11:32 am

    I highly recommend trying out your yogurt with a little bit of honey! It sweetens it up without being tooo bad for you 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:36 am

      thats my problem I hate anything like that lol… I’d rather have plain fruit than start putting honey on it lol

  7. Sian
    4 July, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    Instead of focusing on calories why not change your lifestyle? All my friends that have tried ‘diets’ have put the weight back on – and some more. It just seems to me that if you tell yourself it’s a diet and the food’s bad, generally you give up. You might like Asparagus if you like Green Beans – great in Pumpkin Soup(any seasonal Squash works too – they aren’t in season right now), and you can save the tips for a salad. Another tip: try not to go down the ‘fat free’ or ‘diet’ food route – the purest and most unrefined foods are better for you since they don’t have chemicals and sweeteners etc. Good luck X

    • missbudgetbeauty
      4 July, 2012 / 10:05 pm

      that’s the point.. I’m more aware of the calorie content now and am making better choices.. I could never stick to a ‘diet’ but if you’re just restricting calories then in theory you can have what you like in moderation! I still eat chocolate, I still had a drink at the weekend I am just generally being careful and I very rarely eat ‘diet’ food… I’d much rather have a low cal dinner and a real treat lol. Already I’ve had so many different kinds of meals that I NEVER eat normally but I’ve enjoyed just as much as a big bowl of cheesey pasta… oooh mind you… I could go for a big bowl of stodgy pasta right now haha!

  8. Niamh
    5 July, 2012 / 9:18 am

    I don’t know if you have any of these shops close to you, but places like Lidl and Aldi are really great for fresh fruit and vegetables! It’s so much cheaper than supermarkets and the produce is really fresh. Plus they always have some cheaper branded products – Lidl has a perfume out (I know but bear with me!) at the minute called “Suddenly Madame Glamour” and smells just like Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. Amazing! x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      5 July, 2012 / 1:51 pm

      I went to Asda yesterday and it was TONS cheaper than co-op/tesco! I dont have a car available during the day so i have those 3 options within walking distance.. HATE to shop evenings/weekends lol.. thats family time!

  9. Megan
    5 July, 2012 / 9:37 am

    I’ve been on a ” Diet ” for i’d say 6 weeks i’ve lost a stone but still got a hell of a way to go, i was slacking and you have put me back on track so thankyou. I have started using My fitness pal which is a great way to be good and stay strict ish haha. All your food looks yummy, maybe make some cooking vids on youtube? xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      5 July, 2012 / 1:49 pm

      I may do! and I’m glad you’ve found new motivation.. I’m having a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit right now lol.. just SO tired!! but had a ‘pizza’ for lunch made on a wholemeal wrap and it was delicious! I used passata, a little cheese, prawns and basil on top and I would entirely recommend it!

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