Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Weekly Shopping Trip + Lupus

Just to catch you up: I've not been posting really at all lately, save for some shopping trip reports and a giveaway. I have been cooking. Yesterday I made a delicious meal that I couldn't get a picture of but am going to repeat next week just so I can share it with you.

But mostly, I've been in bed.

I'm in the process of being diagnosed with lupus. I guess it's early to say that, as it can take years to diagnose. But all my symptoms seem to point to lupus. I'm exhausted all the time, and that's the worst part. I see the rhumatologist at the end of March. Hopefully, he will have some treatment for me.

Until then, please be patient with me. I'll do everything I can.

Now then...

My weekly shopping trip. $20 just doesn't go very far these days when you want to buy only natural foods, does it? Sure, I could coupon myself to death and get huge deals on dry cereals, cake mixes, cookies, and stuff like that. But try to stay on the outside of the aisles and stay in budget. Tricky stuff! It takes planning and sale hunting! Here's what I got for just under $20 this morning:

I could have used some lunch meat but I couldn't afford the natural stuff so I went without instead. Here's my list with prices:

  • cheddar sliced cheese, 8 oz $1.69 plus 50 cent coupon on the shelf
  • whole wheat tortillas (8 pack) $1.29
  • Rudi's organic whole wheat bread $1.99 plus a 50 cent coupon on the shelf
  • pure maple syrup $4.09
  • pummelo (giant sweet grapefruit from what I gather, first time trying) $2.00
  • cantaloupe $1.68
  • Empire apples on sale for 50 cents a pound - 2.95 lbs $1.48
  • cucumber 69 cents
  • gallon 1% milk $2.79
  • family size orange juice concentrate $1.89
total with surcharge $19.57

I am really trying to stay away from processed foods as much as possible. I can't stop buying them completely (I mean, I could, but my quality of life would decrease) but I am careful about which ones I spend my money on. I don't do diet foods at all. Doing Weight Watchers without diet foods is not only more satisfying, but it's also showing me superb results on the scale!


Mandy said...

I'm so sorry to hear you are sick. I wish you the best. Blessings to you and your family!

Samara Link said...


What a thing you're going through. (And here you are worried that your readers will grow impatient with your slower stream of posts.) I am so sorry to hear you're dealing with this. It must be gratifying, in some sense, to be getting some answers that explain why you've been feeling so off, but Lupus is a big and scary answer to digest. (My mom has it. So, I'm pretty familiar, but I know it effects everyone so differently.) I hope you're taking lots of time to be kind to yourself -- something that would be easy not to do since you have a busy life and a family that you love to love. I'm sending some mental hugs your way with this note. Please keep us posted, if you feel inclined. Take care, friend.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry that you're sick!! Fingers crossed that they can get you diagnosed soon and on the road to recovery :) Nice job on the $20 budget, you got some good stuff!

sam said...

I am so sorry too that you are sick! I pray that they find the answers you are looking for soon.......As for stretching that 20 bucks here in Canada what you bought today would have cost almost double the amount! Isn't that sad?!!

Jenn said...

Oh, Michelle, I'm sorry to hear you are going through this. You just worry about taking care of yourself..your readers will be here when you post! Hang in there girl.. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything (not like I can do much from AZ, but still) please don't hesitate to ask! ((((((HUGS))))))

April said...

I'm sorry to hear of your diagnoses. I to was recently diagnosed with the same disease, along with several others, and it has been a struggle adjusting to my limitations and having to change my diet. Hang in there and do some research on Lupus and diet. I found some very interesting ideas that I am incorporating into my diet to see if it will help with my symptoms. Unfortunately, I haven't seen a specialist yet, I live in a small community, and there is a long waiting list. I go on the 19th of this month, (after a 3 month wait!) I'm really hoping he will be able to bring me some relief. Hang in there and good luck!

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