Does anyone have any suggestions for a picky eater? My husband and I are wanting to start a family soon and I want us to start eating better but he refuses to eat any veggies and very few fruits. The veggies he will eat are: broccoli, lettuce, fried squash, and corn on the cob (if it's not on the cob forget it!).
We're also on a strict budget, allowing $25 to $50 a week on groceries and that includes any cleaning supplies, toiletries, dog food, etc. Please help with recipes, tips, anything to get us to be able to start eating healthier!
Jeggie from Elberton, GA
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I would be the last person in this world to offer this advice. And suggest anyone should part with their pet. But you stated you included Dog food in your list. Irrespective of the Breed you have not allowed for annual Veterinary treatment plus unforseen accidents. To relieve your financial problem place your Dog in it's "forever home" where money is not an issue. Good luck.
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Does anyone have any suggestions for a picky eater? My husband and I are wanting to start a family soon and I want us to start eating better but he refuses to eat any veggies and very few fruits. The veggies he will eat are: broccoli, lettuce, fried squash, and corn on the cob (if it's not on the cob forget it!). We're also on a strict budget, allowing $25 to $50 a week on groceries and that includes any cleaning supplies, toiletries, dog food, etc. Please help with recipes, tips, anything to get us to be able to start eating healthier!
Jeggie from Elberton, GA
By Dr Beth
If you are planning to get pregnant, focus your money on the quality foods: yogurt (no artificial colors), frozen veggies (last longer and even healthier than fresh) ESPECIALLY CARROTS and BROCCOLI; whole-grain breads ; oatmeal (no more cold cereal) The foods your husband likes are great, you can get them frozen, then you don't have to keep buying...but be sure you get Romaine (more antioxidants) it keeps longer in the fridge. My husband has to watch what he eats, and we get problems with lettuce, so we buy bagged salads and TRY to use them by the date, but we gave up. This website, and lots of others have great homemade recipes, but a lot is trial and error. Go generic WHEREVER you can....but if you have to go brand, be a coupon clipper and stick to one item that way. Coffee is our life source! If you hubby loves lettuce and corn, he's probably picky about TP, Extra Soft Scotts is best for your money (my DH used to use Cottonelle, but got to be too much, I had to wean him and he didn't know for the first month) With babies/pregnancy, you may qualify for WIC and they have good info, but don't get caught up with formula, please try to breast feed, you'll save so much on money, health EVERYTHING. And when the baby is ready for solid food Puree), invest in a good blender and a lot of ice cube trays. Babies after 4 months (or when ready) can eat vegetables and fruit like we do, just prepare cooked and blended. Jarred baby food is only that, so it is cheaper to make your own. My oldest wouldn't touch it when I tried to give it to him! Changing your food now will help you get ready for that baby, and give you lots of energy for it!
For cleaning supplies: bleach (unless your allergic), baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax is great in laundry; all these things are multi-purpose and vinegar/lemon juice have anti-bacterial properties. For dog food, go with the healthiest and cheapest. I found Diamond brand at my local Feed shop, only two dollars more than the Attaboy, but what a difference. When you are pregnant, or have the baby, you may not have money for vet visits (we even prioritize on gas v. other things) so having good food is essential for health. Keep a first aid kit too, and learn how to do the small stuff. Sorry I am taking up so much. I make it my life's goal to do as much as I can with very little! (03/08/2006)
Take prenatal vitamins NOW!
You'll get plenty of tips for the other stuff. Those 2 things will be the best start for a little one. We adopted a son with fetal alcohol exposure -- there is NO safe amount! Spina bifida and other related problems may often be prevented by adequate B vit. intake. Baby will need them B4 you know you are expecting. Blessings...aardvark (03/08/2006)
Also use in tomato sauce based dishes. This is a great way to use leftover veggies and or those still good but slightly past their prime! (03/08/2006)
(Sorry that was more than a couple.) Thanks again for the help so far. (03/09/2006)
By Brenda (canada)
Anyway, borax is about 3-4 dollars for a 3 # box. With all the uses, it's more than worth it. Whether you buy or make your own detergent, clothes will keep some of the residue, unless you double rinse. SO with store brand use 1/2 recommended and add a 1/2 cup borax for large load, 1/4 for small med. Borax is safe for all fabrics. I have used it to soak silk that had coffee stains. If you use cloth diapers, line your diaper pail with Borax, it absorbs odors. (03/09/2006)
About your husband being a picky eater, sneak foods, cut up in small pieces, into foods that he's unsuspecting of. Like in meatloaf, or make meatballs smothered in gravy, served with noodles or rice (he'd never see the small pieces of veggies made into the meatballs!). Just a couple of ideas.
Best of luck on your venture for starting a family!! (03/14/2006)
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