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Old 10-31-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Need to give this another try! Suggestions for super cheap DD meals?

I need to give JUDDD another try! I've PACKED on the pounds the last couple of months, which is ironic because I've had my food budget slashed to practically nothing. I have $30-$40/week to feed 3 people, so we've been eating a lot of beans & rice and potatoes. I feel like crap and most of my pans don't fit. Not only do I need to reverse this gain, I figure having half the days being down will help financially as well.

What things do you like for DD that are super cheap? Salads are pretty much out because produce prices have gone absolutely insane lately.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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1 whole can of most progress light soups are 120 calories.
These are on sale all the time.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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Can't get cheaper than fasting. Other than that, a whole cucumber makes a good, inexpensive meal with either just salt, or a little vinegar. Canned tuna, or really anything you're already eating or have in the house, but just smaller quantities.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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Oh, and Michelina's Lean Gourmet frozen dinners. I often find them on sale for 10 for $10.00. Some of them are under 200 calories.
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Welcome back Summer! I am not familiar with food costs in Florida but JUDDD should work with whatever you find that is affordable for you as long as you track the calories. I know I would spend way less on groceries doing JUDDD if I didn't have 3 teenage boys eating everything in sight. That being said cabbage and squash are very inexpensive here compared to other produce, maybe these might be good DD ideas? Wishing you great success with your return to JUDDD!
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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I was pretty successful before, but I gave up because when we'd hit my husbands 2 days off in a row, he'd get fussy if he wanted to go out to eat or have drinks at home and it was down day for me. Now we don't have the budget to dine out or imbibe, so I should have less resistance from him.

Is completely fasting really an option? I thought there was a reason we need to eat our down day calories. I could be remembering wrong - or it could be a case of it doesn't work for everyone.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:29 PM   #7
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I think there is no problem with complete fasting but Dr. J found that people resisted it and that eating just a little bit gave the same results as complete fasting without the deprivation feeling.

my friend made a nice mushroom soup just by cooking the mushrooms in chicken broth, then using the stick blender to puree it.

For frugal cooking, you could buy or bake a roast chicken on an up day, then strip the meat off and boil the bones to make broth for your down day.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:42 PM   #8
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I recommend HB eggs. 75 calories each and they are filling. Could have several on a DD and Dr. J said complet fasting would be best but he didn't think many people would actaully do that. I have quite a few times or just had a cup of broth.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:50 PM   #9
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I am living on two servings of organic hemp protein on down days broken up into three drinks which is about $1.30 a day

fasting is free

as stated eggs are reasonable
low fat cottage cheese, yogurt, and light cream cheese are fairly affordable per serving
as are many lowcal veg choices like celery and cucumber
bulk choices in lean meats cooked, packaged in 2-3oz servings and frozen give you fairly cheap alternatives
A bag of frozen cauli, salad greens or shredded cabbage goes a long way for under a buck per big serving
homemade split peas, lentils, beans are all extremely cheap and good for you and easy to stretch with veg
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:54 PM   #10
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A complete fast is ideal if you can do it.
I second the cucumber. Here in NY a gaint one is 99 cents and that can fill me for the day if need be. I use SF rice vinegar and sea salt.
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I used to fuss with fancy l/c meals and stuff, but now I just drink tea for breakfast, and have 1 HB egg for lunch and 1 HB egg for dinner. Sometimes I poach an egg in chicken broth instead of eating HB.. Eggs are pretty cheap, lol - and I save a FORTUNE on food bills by eating this way. Not only am I only eating every other day, basically, which cuts my food consumption in half off-the-top, but my stomach is so shrunken that I can only eat half of the normal food I'd eat on UD!
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #12
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All of the above I am sure. I don't know about the States, but cabbage is pretty cheap here and it provides soooo much bulk.

Hoping things improve for you and the family soon Summer.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:20 PM   #13
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I used to fuss with fancy l/c meals and stuff, but now I just drink tea for breakfast, and have 1 HB egg for lunch and 1 HB egg for dinner. Sometimes I poach an egg in chicken broth instead of eating HB.. Eggs are pretty cheap, lol - and I save a FORTUNE on food bills by eating this way. Not only am I only eating every other day, basically, which cuts my food consumption in half off-the-top, but my stomach is so shrunken that I can only eat half of the normal food I'd eat on UD!
Quoted for truth! Seriously- I get full so fast it's amazing!
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:27 PM   #14
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I definitely think I'll shoot for complete fasting this time then, it seems like most of the time eating a little on a DD would just make my hunger go nuts.
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I definitely think I'll shoot for complete fasting this time then, it seems like most of the time eating a little on a DD would just make my hunger go nuts.
Give it a try. I usually fast till a bedtime snack around 9pm. I try to keep it under 150 calories, just enough for my pills and not to feel hungry.

Yogurt is on sale a lot too. If your not picky about the brand, one brand at least is on sale each week it seems. Often times it's less that 60 cents per yogurt. If I fast till dinner and have a yogurt before bed I ate for less than a dollar! Do that 3-4 x a week and you will notice the saving add up really fast. The $ saved has been a lovely side effect of JUDDD- not to mention the loss of 56+ pound!
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Big heads of green cabbage are really cheap. So are onions and carrots, although higher in calories. You can simmer tons of finely shredded cabbage with some chopped onion and carrot and seasonings in chicken broth until it is tender, tender, tender... and it makes the most delicious and filling soup for DDs! You can make a huge pot of it for not much $$$.
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If you don't feel like cooking, the cheapest DD eating out is Wendy's small chili, $1.60!
Can't believe Dawn didn't mention it.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:55 PM   #18
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If you don't feel like cooking, the cheapest DD eating out is Wendy's small chili, $1.60!
Can't believe Dawn didn't mention it.
It's such a staple, I don't think about how cheap it is! But you're absolutely right. And to make matters worse, all I ate today was 1 piece of SF gum, 2 cups of coffee, 2 Altoids smalls, and my beloved chili w/habanero sauce. Less than $2 for the day, and 221 calories total!
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:00 PM   #19
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Eggs. I boil them and just eat the white on down days, 17-25 calories depending on the size of the egg.
Been buying bones cut up, which are pretty cheap and make stock in my crock pot. When that's complete, I remove the bones, strain and thicken it - then add shredded cabbage.
It takes some practice to find your own path, just keep at it and you'll get there
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:32 PM   #20
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Cucumbers are cheap. So are spring onions, lettuce, most soups, a can of slim-fast (the Dr's site mentions this to keep cals down on DDs) as you can get them on sale a lot, toast? Honestly, it is probably that I came from LC, everything - especially on DDs seems *cheap* especially since you don't eat much those days LOL!
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:07 PM   #21
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eggs are pretty cheap DD meals for me. As is tuna (I split a can into 2 servings and it makes 2 DD meals for me) and a tbsp of mayo. some cabbage (I buy a head at a time, shred it up and it lasts me forever because I only use like 2 cups at a time and only on DD's) with tuna, a Laughing Cow wedge and some cheese sprinkles. I go as cheap as I can, lol
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:35 PM   #22
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My mom's shopping advice to me as a teen was to stick to the outer aisles. Buy the fresh veggies and proteins, always look for the sale items, avoid the processed and packaged foods in the center aisles. She raised 5 kids on a postman's salary and managed to own a home. We didn't eat luxe - one chicken divided for all of us with my dad getting the chicken breast and we getting the wings and drumsticks, but we ate.

If you are on your down day, no need for special foods or menus. As others have said, just eat a fraction of what the others are having or have only one meal. On a side note, when my mom would want to lose some weight, she'd set a salad plate for herself rather than a dinner plate. I've sort of adapted this for JUDDD, using little appetizer/dessert/salad plates for me and eating with dessert forks and small dessert spoons to make the meal last a bit longer with my mini-bites.

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Old 11-02-2012, 11:16 PM   #23
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On down days I eat yougurt and mozarella cheese stick
broth with sometimes an sgg beaten in for egg drop soup am going to give misso a try soon
I can make a meal on a whole package of frozen veggies. Are you planning yoour family eat what you do? They wont get filled on what you are eating I would think. There are stickys on budgeting meals that are interesting to read and may give you ideas. When my kids were little and living at home(I have an empty nest now) my favorite cheappie was buyin chicken leg quarters in big bags back than it was 10 pounds for $4.90. You could make yourself chicken soup while they eat fried chicken. Also I love to buy a big bag of frozen tilipia pretty cheaply
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:36 AM   #24
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I only do it once a month or so- maybe twice, but I fasted yesterday. I just had water from my brita. 0$
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