Food, Health, and $$ - How We Balance The Trifecta


I’m giving your disordered eating thoughts a big hug to let them know it’s OK to be scared of food, but food still needs to be eaten so they are heard but need to let you bring bigger portions. Or a second lunch, if a second lunch is less scary than a bigger lunch.

@Elle that SUCKS that you have nowhere warm at either workplace to eat your lunch! I would eat at the cafe with their food in that instance and call it partially an expense of working at those locations on those days.

I’ve decided buying the little $3 yoghurt tubs is cheaper than DH buying a $7 or $10 breakfast (coffee+snack) on days when we need to Just Get Out The Door. Combining this with getting better at packing both of our lunches (he can learn to pack his own some other time, after we get the "WHAT are we packing for lunch? question sorted), I should actually start to see a decrease in our spending! Assess habits first, work within those habits to reduce spending second. Better than going hungry because ideal frugality isn’t practical.


Thank you, @LadyDuck - it’s a thing that recently popped back up, to my total shock, after years and years of being more or less OK with food. It’s good to remind myself that food is a need and eating is not weakness! Bigger lunch instead of second lunch would work for me. Though for a while it’s likely going to be second lunch because I have a freezer full of pre-(small)-portioned batch cooking in my freezer and I don’t really want to thaw everything out and combine containers.

Yeah, sometimes buying a slightly more expensive convenience food is actually the better choice if it means not getting takeout. Trader Joe’s prepackaged stuff is great for that and seems to in general have less chemicals and crap in their food.