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February 5, 2008

A turn of fortune

Eating healthy has not gone as horribly as I thought it would. I’ve begun to realize that it’s not about what you’re eating and more about what you like to eat. Of course, what you like to eat had better fit into Pollan’s rules for eating. So far, this has not been as hard as it might seem. I’m not a junk food person, though I will eat if I see it. Luckily, my penny-pincher ways have saved me from buying any such items. Instead, I went for foods that I’ve enjoyed eating, but am not eating a lot of (for whatever reason).

I’ve recently realized my affinity for yogurt. Crazy as it might sound, I really like plain yogurt. Even crazier, I spent 30 minutes in the dairy section trying to find “real yogurt?. If this had been me last year, I would have picked up the cheapest yogurt and that would be that. But the new me, with my Pollan rules for living, had to find the yogurt with less than five ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, and still be as cheap as possible. This took the shape of a 32 Fl. Oz. tub of Dannon vanilla yogurt (it was still over $3).

As expected, I got sick of eating turkey, cheese, and lettuce sandwiches pretty quickly. After a while, I would find excuses to throw chunks of it away so that I wouldn’t have to eat anymore of it. That’s when I decided I had to find something better, yet still portable. That got me thinking about Vietnamese sandwiches. (On a sidenote, Quangs on Eat Street is the best Vietnamese restaurant in town) These delicious sandwiches are loaded with carrots, cilantro, pickled daikons, and pork all squished into a loaf of French bread. With some creative thinking, I bought 3 bags of carrots and cilantro, substituted Asian salad dressing for pickled daikons, used ham deli meat for sliced pork, and hot dog buns (made in the Cub Food bakery) to fit everything in. All in all, I spent just over $7 for everything, and best yet, I bought enough to last me at least 2 weeks!

So in a total reversal from last week, I’m starting to think that healthy eating isn’t so hard (or expensive) after all.