Week 1 & 2 of the Natural Food Challenge Shopping

So far, so good.  Everything is organic or at least has ingredients we can find in nature.  It was so hard to find Sour Cream that didn't have a list of 5+ ingredients!  We finally found one that was milk and cream.  🙂

From Meijer we got the following for $65.35:

cream ($1.85), 2 cans of organic pasta sauce ($2.16 each), organic celery ($2.69), Hebrew National Franks ($3.98), organic apples ($3.99), organic potatoes ($3.99), organic salted butter ($4.99), 2 pounds of natural boneless skinless chicken breast ($5.00), 5lb bag of organic whole wheat flour ($5.99), 10 pound (if I remember correctly) natural ham on the bone ($13.47), organic canned tomatoes ($1.79), organic coconut milk ($2.49), Parmesan cheese ($2.99 – we couldn't find an organic or natural brand but we got the one with ingredients that we can pronounce and know are in nature), 2 bags of sweet sorghum flour ($2.04).

Next I went to our local ethnic store for a few items to total $16.67:

Peanuts ($1.11-use for peanut butter), dried kidney beans ($3.98), dried pinto beans ($1.98), masa for tortillas ($3.99), dried black beans ($1.34), 2 onions ($0.88), 6.72 pounds of bananas ($1.63).

Last we got our order from Greenbean delivery which was $99.05 with the following:

4 pounds grass-fed ground beef ($21.40), 1/2 gallon organic chocolate milk ($4.95), 2 gallons of grass-fed whole milk ($17.00), 2 dozen pasture-raised eggs ($7.70), 2 6oz. bags of organic mild cheddar cheese ($8.50), 2 6oz. bags of organic mozzarella cheese ($8.50), 4 packages of organic taco seasoning ($6.00), organic produce basket that included 3lbs. russet potatoes, green beans, apples, tangelos, zucchini, strawberries, tomatoes, and lettuce.

That makes the total $181.07.  I didn't factor in what seasonings I already own and a whole chicken that was in our freezer I'll be cooking which would have been around $6.00.  So, I still have enough to get more eggs and milk if needed later next week even if you count those.  I'm also going to be keeping $5 aside to buy paper items.  I'm thinking this is very doable!  Tomorrow I'll post all of the meals I plan to make with these items.  Right now it's bed time.  Good night all and may God bless you abundantly!

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Our $100 a Week Natural Food Challenge!

We're taking on a new challenge!  After talking with a few friends that thought eating mostly organic, natural, real, nourishing foods would be really expensive Scott and I came up with an idea.  We're going to eat a nourishing natural food diet on $100.00 a week for 10 weeks.  The rules are as follows:

*No processed foods.  If the ingredient list has anything that doesn't come natural we won't eat it.

*We'll get the "dirty dozen" in organic produce for sure and we'll try to buy in season/local when possible.  No genetically modified stuff!

*Grass-fed meats and local when possible.

*Only eating out only once every 2 weeks and no fast food.

*I'll get $200 for groceries every 2 weeks.  That's all I can spend!

There will be an exception when we visit our family in Missouri.  The reason is we usually don't have the control of the food there and I don't want to put another restriction on them.  My parents are already so accommodating to gluten free!

What's going to be the hardest part?  For Scott it will be soda I'm sure.  We won't be buying it.  He can get it at work so I think he's decided to cut way back.  If he drinks 2 or 3 a day that's way back for him!  I drink soda fairly often as well so we'll see how hard it is for me.

We're going to prove this can be done!

How Can I Get Peace?

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. – Isaiah 32: 17

As a mother and wife my goal is to make our home a place of peace and rest for our family and any guests as well.  Sometimes I forget that it's not going to be achieved by me alone no matter how much cleaning, cooking or organizing I do.  2 Corinthians 5: 21 says, "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."  Did you catch that?  We can become the righteousness of God through Jesus!  Isn't that amazing?  Jesus came and died to give us life.  Because of him we have peace.  If we make our life in Jesus we will have peace no matter what storms life brings us.  Am I saying you'll never be sick or hurt?  Absolutely not but you can have peace in trusting God.  He is sovereign and good.  Everything will work out to for his glory.  We have to cling onto that will all our heart even when we're scared.  When we don't understand the things that are happening we have to put our trust forever in the Lord. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Cling to that promise.

Giving your life to God isn't all roses.  There will be hard times but you are not alone.  The Holy Spirit is right there leading, guiding, and comforting you.  Once you let God in you'll never be the same.  You will be different and that shows most during the trying times.  You usually learn the most about yourself and what needs to change in those trying times.  Just remember in Christ we can be the righteousness of God and the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.  All you have to do is give your life to God.  Let it be sincere.  You're never too jacked up for Jesus to come in.  Now, go get plugged into a good gospel centered church.  If you are in the St. Louis area try Red Tree, Mineral Area try The Bridge, and if you're in the Indianapolis area come visit us at Redemption Hill.  If you live in another area please feel free to send me an email and I'll help get you connected.

Have a wonderful weekend and let's remember that this weekend is to celebrate the gift that was given to us through Christ, not bunnies and baskets.