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November Challenge: Food

Food: Apple-picking at Stribling Orchard

Apple-picking at Stribling Orchard

Food is a constant challenge in our lives. I find that our family throws away a lot of good food, eats too many unhealthy meals, is constantly strapped when it comes to the grocery budget, and can’t seem to find amazing things to eat that don’t stress us out during the work week. There’s a lot of room for improvement and with Thanksgiving coming up this is a good time to become food minimalists.

I don’t mean to say that we’ll be eating the bare minimum or cheapest foods. I just want us to eat the right foods – something delicious and healthy – for the right price.

I have four main goals for the month of November:

  1. Figure out the best ways to grocery shop and stay under budget.
  2. Explore how to eat healthier foods.
  3. Determine whether we can continue to eat out, which has been one of our favorite family activities.
  4. Purge and categorize recipes so that we can more easily cook a variety of foods that don’t take a long time to make.

Along the way, I’ll post my favorite minimalist recipes (i.e. easy and healthy) and will explore how our diets affect our overall quality of life.

Just like the October Challenge, this should be a fun and eye-opening ride. Join me!

Quick Tip: Pay Yourself First — In Time

Butterfly - Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

We all know the “pay yourself first” rule when it comes to budgeting and that’s a spectacular practice to follow. Now, extend it to your time. One of the best productivity tricks in the world is to spend the first hour of your day doing your most important task.

Before you check email, pick the most important task you have today and do it.

This rule was highlighted in the book, Eat That Frog!: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. Block the first hour or two on your calendar every day and train yourself to knock out your highest priority item. If you’re not sure what that is, pick the thing that will best drive you toward your long-term goals. Failing that, pick the task that would make you stay at work late until you finish it.

You’ll gain momentum for the rest of your day and you’ll feel amazing once your most important task is behind you.

Try it.

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