I’m all about black women being healthy on all levels but I realized I focus more on mental health than I do physical when all of it makes a difference in the lives of women but especially black women. Statically we are more susceptible to dieases than our counterparts but we are medically mistreated or misdiagnosed at a higher rate than those same counterparts. The communites that I align myself with aren’t necessarily the ones with the most resources so we tend to eat what’s affordable and depending on our lives we also buy what’s fast to cook which likely means our diets are poor and our health suffers.
Recently,I went to my PCP and my blood pressure was kind of high as it was at my last visit. My doctor was concerned but not enough to put me on meds and because I’m healthy,overall,we decided to just monitor my blood pressure. So I bought a blood pressure cuff per his request but because of my family history,I decided to change my eating habits and diet as well.
I’ve done Keto before and lost a lot of weight so I decided to get back on that diet and then I realized just mush I was tired of eating meat so as of this past Monday,I’m a Keto-Pescatarian so I eat little to no carbs,the only meat I eat is seafood,and I fast at least every other day for 12 years. I know,I know but I drink a lot of water,which fills you up,so it’s not as bad as it seems. We discipline ourselves to do and accept so many negative things but we don’t put that much effort into things that will positively benefit us. I’m trying to change that mindset with this new life style of mine.
Before I continue on what I do,I want to make this disclaimer:YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT CHANGES TO YOUR DIET.
Now that I got out that out the way,let me tell you how I incorporate my new life into my budget. First,let me tell you that I shop for a family of 9 and I’m the only one who is a Keto-Pescatarian(I don’t believe in making others do something just because I do)so I have to shop a little differently for myself while making sure the other members in my family still get what they want/need. Okay,so here we go……I haven’t done these 2 things yet but I plan do so next week,get fresh veggies from the farmers market,a lot of them take EBT, or see if you can find a local community garden where they allow you to pick a certain amount of veges for little to no charge. If you decide to get veges from the grocery store (no judgement from me)try to get zucchini,squash, broccoli,and other low carb veges (frozen is still fine because if you’re like me,you have a full schedule). I just discovered a frozen blend mix of squash, peppers,and zucchini that I absolutely love. In fact I cooked that and added some shrimp and it was delicious. I also get frozen zucchini noodles that are really good as well. I’m not a fan of avacados but I usually try to buy them and find a way to incorporate them into my food. I’ll mash it up and add it to my vegetables. Avacados is a good source of healthy fat that helps when being on keto.
For those that love rice,pasta,and bread you still have a lot of options. You can use cauliflower to mash like potatoes and you can buy frozen cauliflower rice as a substitute for rice. I love zucchini or squash noodles as a sub for pasta and you can buy these in a pack or frozen or you can buy Noyosa noodles as a substitute as well. I’m not much of a bread fan but I recently saw that Sprouts sells love carb,keto friendly bread that you could try. I also buy my fish in a pack that’s already individually wrapped so that way I can take them out the pack and use them whenever I’m ready. Walmart usually has good deals on shrimp and individually wrapped packs of fish.
I know you’re probably thinking you’re going to have a really high weekly/monthly grocery bill but keep in mind that you are cutting out your usual foods. For me,I don’t have to buy as much pasta, meats,bread,or the like because I’m using that money or EBT for other food. Also,I’m cutting out the amount of times I eat a day which gives me more food for the next and I’m drinking more water so I’m becoming more full without the need to eat. Also,making use of coupons and paying attention to sales are also a good way to save money.
Next week,I’ll talk about what I’ve eaten and my exercise regimen for,”Tales of a “GHETTO” Keto Pescatarian.
Remember if you can budget for that dress,you can budget for your health.