Eating out too often adds up and ads unnecessary calories and temptations. We don’t have the luxury of adding that sweet desert to the bill if we want our thyroid health to keep getting better.
Foods from scratch that can be kept long term (canned or frozen) include:
- Fruit Roll-Ups
- Vegetable Broth
- Chicken and beef broth (Ask your local butcher for unwanted meat scraps and bones.)
- Gluten free creations (use gluten free flours, like nut flours)
2. Make a weekly meal plan, or for even longer than a week at a time
You’ll save money by not overspending and not wasting foods that aren’t pre-packaged (but not processed to death), in a can or can’t be frozen. How much produce have you thrown away so far this year because you just didn’t get around to making it part of your meals?
3. Use a shopping list that works with your budget and matches your meal plan
Planning ahead will always save money. With a list it’s less likely that you’ll grab items off the shelf as a knee-jerk reaction because you’re hungry at that moment and it looks good. Plus, eat before you shop! If you’re full, it’s much less likely you’ll grab anything that is not good for you because your blood sugar is low, or is not on your list and overspend.
4. Eat food that is in season and local
Fresh is best! Organic fresh is THEE best! Organic fresh and local is HEAVEN!
Shopping and buying in season and local means going to farmer’s markets and sometimes to great neighbors if you don’t grow your own. Find the vegetables and fruits that you love that match your meal plan. Buy meats this way too.
5. Plant a garden
If and where you can, plant your own garden with your own choices. It may be that you have just a patio or balcony garden with a few sweet potatoes, a tomato plant and a zucchini plant. That might be plenty. If you don’t have a yard or space for a garden, check and see if your area has community gardens where you can have a plot of your own.
6. Join a local food share or co-op, or split shares with friends on meat (beef/pork/chickens) or raw milks
Many areas have these programs, especially in the summer and fall harvest months due to the overabundance of produce. Buy your meat locally and split it with friends and freeze it. This can include chicken eggs as well.
Find on in your area simply by searching online. Search “food co-op (and your city/state)”. I did this for Longmont, CO where I live and got this http://www.organicaginfo.org/colorado/co-ops-longmont.
If you still can’t find one, ask at your local health food store, farmer’s market, or Chamber of Commerce if you don’t have a Government Extension Office (who might know everyone and know the answer.)
7. Buy fish in cans or frozen
Fish and fish oil is a very important part of a healthy thyroid diet; fish, though, can be expensive (especially the freshest wild sustainable kinds). Find the best frozen fish, or you can find canned fish anywhere, including:
- sardines (boneless, skinless)
- smoked mackerel
8. Check the distressed shelves at local grocery stores.
I find lots of foods I’d never try otherwise (and didn’t know existed) on Clearance shelves at my local health food store. I save money and find new foods that I may love, or even if I don’t love it, I’ve tried something new.
I also always check the $1-$2.oo box of bruised organic fruit at Natural Grocer’s where I shop. I can get a bag of 6-8 bananas and a few apples (for example) for just $2.00. If I’m not going to eat the bananas right away, or use in smoothies, I cut into chunks and put in a zipper plastic baggy in the frig to use in the future.
9. Make fruit dessert or a treat
Good fruit is great, and great for us, but can be expensive when buying organic, in or out of season. But you don’t need to eat it all day. Use it as a treat, something special, and forgo all old sugary deserts. Really enjoy it and the price is worth it.
10. Buy in bulk
When and wherever you can buy really quality food in bulk, do it. We’re still in the turn-around stage in having quality organics in bulk, but it’s coming.
Make sure to follow your Thyroid Reset Diet while creating your shopping list to get your health and life back faster too of course. If you don’t have the diet, it is available in my Get Your Life Back! Thyroid Health Reset Manual. You can find it here.