Grocery Geek Presents: I Can’t Eat Bread and Neither Can He

‘Member last week when I said I’d been going overboard? Well, I decided that “enough was as good as a feast” and I didn’t need to do any more grocery shopping until the next birthdays rolled around during the second week of June. It helped that the sales were zippo, so I didn’t feel like I needed to run out and stock up.

And I almost stuck to that. And here are the reasons why my feet crossed the threshold of a grocers this week:

1. I’ve made some changes in my eating habits. I’m trying a new “diet” that has worked really well for a friend. It isn’t a crash diet or anything freaky. But, it eliminates wheat-based carbs and processed sugar. It also requires actually controlling my portions instead of eating half the pan of enchiladas.

Needless to say, I didn’t have rice cakes or brown rice or sucanat, some of the foods that are allowed. So, I did what I say never to do: I ran out and bought those things when they weren’t on sale and I didn’t have a coupon. But, I’ve been hoarding them from the kids, so it’s not like I’m splurging on the whole family. (And yes, they would eat all my rice cakes if they could.)

So far, I’m feeling fine. That is to say, I’m feeling fine now that the initial days are past, those days when I had eaten all my calories by 7 pm and just wanted to go to bed so it could be morning sooner so that I could eat again! And, I didn’t even go over (too much) on my birthday because I made a flourless chocolate cake with sucanat. It was delicious! FishPapa disagreed, but that’s okay. More for me. It was from this cookbook, and I’m pleased to say it was a winner, especially at only 159 calories per slice.

2. FishBoy 11 got braces. Poor thing. It appears that our former orthodontist did some very bad things in our son’s mouth. FishBoy has a hard road ahead of him as our new ortho sets out to correct the damage done. My heart hurts for him. And so, I splurged on soft foods so that my kiddo could eat something tasty. There’s a big cost involved in braces, and it’s not just the check you write to the orthodontist. So, I’m happily paying the price to bring my boy a little comfort.

But, while we were at Ralphs, I saw two huge racks of clearance bread. At $1 a loaf with almost a week left to go on their sell dates, the price couldn’t be beat. While I can’t eat bread and neither can my big boy, the others can. And since I’m sort of cooking three different meals three times a day, having a stash of bread for toast and sandwiches really takes a load off.

It’s probably one of the few things we saved money on this week. But every little bit helps, doesn’t it?

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  1. Mom2fur says:

    Oh, I hope your son gets used to the braces very quickly and they don’t give him too much discomfort!

    BTW, you could make French Toast for your freezer with your bread.

  2. The Happy Housewife says:

    Great deal on the bread! I am sorry to hear about your son. There is a lady in our bible study who has braces and her orthodontist basically quit and said he couldn’t do anything else to help her and her teeth are not fixed! Ugh… hope the soft foods help!

  3. Ugh! Ds (10) has braces and soon Dd will be getting some ortho work done at the end of June. Yikes!

  4. Pamela Waterman says:

    Hope the braces get easier with time. All three of our teens had them; seemed like a long time, but the results have been great. You can find soft-food recipes at the website of the American Association of Orthodontists,, as well as a nifty “braces survival kit” and other helpful items for braces-wearers at

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