Question by Margaret: Does once a month cooking for a family of 5 really save enough money to make it worth it?
Hello. I am a mother of three beautiful children,ages 10,6 and 3 and am expecting a new little one in June. I work three 12-hour days per week. What we do right now is I make up two dinners the night before I am scheduled to work and my husband heats the second one up at the kids’ normal dinner time at 5, since I don’t get home until 7:30 or so. I was thinking about it and it might be easier and cheaper if I took one weekend out of the month to make all of our dinners for that month. I could come up with a two week plan for meals depending on sales, double the recipes, buy in bulk at Costco and then freeze them. It would be nice to just be able to throw something into the oven then go help with homework or whatever instead of having to take time away from my children to cook a healthy meal each day. So the convenience factor is definitely there. However, I was wondering if it would actually be cheaper by more than just a marginal amount to do it once a month. Have any of you done this? Has it saved you much money on your grocery bill? Any other drawbacks to once a month cooking?
We had tried that and it didn’t work out too well. I love my husband but he has trouble multitasking between cooking and watching the three of them. When he is home with only my older two, then he can cook just fine. It is my youngest son, who is three and extremely clingy, that creates the issue.
Answer by T68 I recommend you work with your husband and let him know it is OK if he cooks 2-3 days/week. It is not that big of a deal. If he can make himself a sandwich, he can make a meal for the family.
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Question by Miss Casey: How to beat a 2 month weight loss plateau?
I lost 30 pounds from January to May. Since then, I haven’t lost any more weight and been the same weight since May. I am still drinking tons of water, work out an hour about 6-7 days a week, and I have good healthy eating habits. What is going on? Why am I stuck on a weight loss plateau? Does anyone have any suggestions?
Answer by ClickMaster There is no natural phenomena known as a plateau and no reason why everyone can’t burn fat continuously from start to goal. There is one principle in fat loss which has absolutely no exceptions.
**** If you take in fewer calories than you burn, you have to burn from your body. *****
That’s a simple law of thermodynamics and has no exceptions. Now, here are some reasons why people hit plateaus.
1. Hidden calories (alcohol, condiments, sauces, breath mints, creamers, etc.)
2. Failure to estimate portion size correctly
3. Waste and water retention
4. Miscalculating BMR (Using the fat weight instead of goal weight in BMR calc’s)
5. Improper weighing (poor scale repeatability, paralax error, etc)
6. Miscalculating energy output (BMR + activity + thermic cost of digestion + heat loss)
7. Impatience (assuming no loss in one or two days is a plateau)
Your plateau is probably because of one or more of the above reasons.
As long as you’re energy output exceeds your energy input, you must burn fat or lean tissue or both. There are no exceptions to that fact. Don’t listen to anyone who talks about the “starvation mode” myth or suggests you’re metabolism is the reason. Those are clues they don’t know what they’re talking about.
Question by rouschracefan6: HELP! I’m broke and need to buy groceries for the rest of the month?
I have 126 dollars to last me the rest of the month for groceries (I am layed off from work and my wife doesn’t make a whole lot). We have 4 kids plus the 2 of us. Does anybody know where I can get some online coupons or budget cooking recipes?? I’ve done a yahoo search and came up basically empty handed, so any help at all would be appriciated.
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