The Week in Review

June 1, 2007 at 3:20 pm 6 comments

First, a correction – when starting the week and shopping, I didn’t know that those receiving assistance do not pay tax on food purchases. So my going over budget wasn’t actually $4.93 as I originally thought, but was $1.99 – that I’m now sure was due mostly to my purchase of spices and condiments it’s been argued elsewhere most would have some of on hand, since it’s rare someone is starting with absolutely nothing in the pantry.

So, then, the next question is, after a week, do we have anything left to start off next week and not start again from scratch? Let’s take a look:

  • 1/2 jar sweet relish
  • 3 cans Van Camp Pork & Beans
  • Baby spinach (enough for one small dinner salad)
  • 1 can chunk light tuna
  • Mustard (almost full)
  • Mayonnaise (about half full)
  • Ketchup (almost full)
  • Spices (all ginger, some garlic, pepper, sesame seeds)
  • Salt (box almost full)
  • 5 carrots (from 2-pound bag)
  • 2 celery stalks (from one bunch)
  • 1/2 bag sunflower seed kernels (from 1-pound bag)
  • Mixed together, a handful of walnuts and almonds
  • 1 can black olives
  • Tea bags (about half the box remains)
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1-pound ground beef
  • 12-oz package frozen sole
  • 1/2 bag frozen cut green beans
  • V-8 juice – about 1-cup remains in bottle
  • Salad, about enough for two small side salads
  • Unopened 1-lb package chicken/pork franks

Bigger question – did the food eaten during the week meet nutrient requirements?

You can see from the FitDay tracking, that with the exception of Vitamin D, I met all nutrient requirement RDA’s. This time of the year, for most Americans getting out into the sunshine sans sunscreen, vitamin D isn’t an issue – we make it in our skin from exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

I did lose three pounds during the week, yet wasn’t hungry!

In reviewing my macronutrient intake I found my calories were lower than usual – I ate an average of 2,330-calories each day, when I need about 2,600 a day to maintain my weight.

The calorie deficit of 270-calories each day explains about a half-pound of the weight loss (1890-calories over seven days) and I’d speculate the remaining 2.5-pounds was the dual effect of water loss and a higher than usual intake of protein, with the protein boosting the thermic effect of food consumed. Whatever the reason, three pounds? I’ll take it!

Carbohydrate intake each day averaged 97g carbohydrate, with 24g fiber, so 73g net carbohydrate; and my protein was higher than usual, averaging 142g protein each day. I usually eat about 100-125g of protein each day, so the higher protein intake is also likely to be a contributor to my satiety with less calories.

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  • 1. BamaGal  |  June 2, 2007 at 4:11 am

    This has been very interesting. But in the real world of the EBT program there would be less per day than just for 1 person. I personally know of a family of 3 that get little over $200 dollars a month for food, a mother and 2 children. The government is still of the mind that 2 can live as cheaply as 1. The most I have seen someone receive is $400 and she has 5 kids.
    But your ideas for the menu items are great for those of us on a very tight budget—–it can be done. It all comes down to planning as you stated. Plus being realistic. Chicken is good. You can’t load up on steaks and seafood and stay within budget. Although you were able to splurge on some great seafood buys by shopping around.

  • 2. Sherrie  |  June 2, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Hey Regina, may I ask what program you are using there?

    Cheers 🙂

  • 3. Regina Wilshire  |  June 2, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Hey Regina, may I ask what program you are using there?

    http://www.fitday.com

    It’s free online – once you enter food, on the left sidebar is “Reports”, click it and then you can choose from the report tracking available and see how you do by day, week, month and year!

  • 4. Regina Wilshire  |  June 2, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    But in the real world of the EBT program there would be less per day than just for 1 person. I personally know of a family of 3 that get little over $200 dollars a month for food, a mother and 2 children. The government is still of the mind that 2 can live as cheaply as 1. The most I have seen someone receive is $400 and she has 5 kids.

    I think, from what I’ve read, food stamps are supposed to be supplemental to other income and resources you have?; not the entire budget each month?

  • 5. Bernard  |  June 2, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Regina

    God bless you for trying this out and raising awareness of families on this terrible program.

    Can I also remind readers that a lot of folks on assistance rely on local food pantries? In our area we have Loaves and Fishes, which does an awesome job on a shoestring.

    I don’t think I could take the challenge, but I do know I could support my local pantry and help out my neighbors in surrounding towns. Thanks for reminding me.

  • 6. Sherrie  |  June 13, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks Regina, I didn’t even recognise it!

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