Back when I was going through all my woman's crud again, some additional preventative and a delayed procedure was scheduled for late January. It totally slipped my mind, but the week is here and tomorrow I get to have the fun of both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy to check for some ongoing swallowing/obstruction issues I have. I have made a concentrated effort to eat better, more fruits and vegetables, less restaurant, take out, and fast food, but even with the best intentions, I am in the same boat as every other human for developing potential colon health problems. While I have heard the worst case scenarios of people's experiences, I feel good about taking preventative charge of my health as opposed to remediation surgery.
Speaking of meals, here is my lovely lunch from Tuesday. The soup is part of my bean soup batch, estimated at costing $2.20 for the whole big pot of 8 large servings, just $ .27 per bowlful. The pretzels were a dollar store, Old Dutch holiday mix pretzels with a best by date of July 2017, 24 ounces bag, so less than 8 cents for a baggie full, enough for lunch and a nibble with my late afternoon tea. The hummus, originally bought for 2 for $5, became 3 for $5 because they sent me an extra bonus free coupon after the recall, so the tub was $1.67, so about 30 cents a serving. Not pictured, I also had some carrot sticks and raw broccoli, probably about 50 cents worth of veg, and an orange, on sale 2 for 1 bags of 10 ( hubs did well with that purchase), so 20 cents an orange.
Why am I boring you with these details? Because I am making a continued point to myself that eating healthy does not need to be expensive. My whole huge lunch, cost $1.35. throw in the cup of tea I had, Good Earth Spicy and Sweet, under 25 cents a tea bag, not on sale, and I spent $1.60. Even just running over to the Target deli, grabbing soup, veggie tray, sabra hummus and pretzel snack pack, and and orange, would have been 4 times more. Swing into the Starbucks, and add another $2.00 for my tea, and now my healthy lunch has just passed the $8.00 mark. The difference is huge and worth making note of for my fiscal health.
When talking with the volleyball girls about the procedure, we were joking how afterwards, I'll have a nice clean colon. My friend S said, after hers, she was motivated to eat clean as she didn't want to mess it up again-kind of like keeping your house clean after having worked so hard before company. Perhaps I'll have that motivation, but with an eye for thrift.