What’s in a name and the cost of healthy eating

Over the six months since Sean and I got married, I have been slowly but surely changing my stuff over to my new last name. Bank stuff was easy and I finally changed over my SIN card, which is essential for me to change my passport (at least I’ve had the current one for almost three of the five years of validity and have some stamps in it) and officially change my name at work. The thing about changing your ID is that they don’t make it easy for you. Nevermind all the store point cards and such – those places are at least open on the weekend and after work. Government offices? Not so much. And then there’s the lineups and well, I think there needs to be a support group for women changing their last names. :s The guys have it easy. They don’t necessarily do any wedding planning (my guy gave opinions when asked and planned the honeymoon, so he gets points for that 😉 ) and then they don’t have to do anything but get used to sharing a house (if not already doing so) and saying “my wife”, instead of “girlfriend” or “fiancee”.

Good thing I like my new last name.

With one day left in the cleanse, I find myself thinking about the the money we spend to have a healthy lifestyle: food, excersize, etc. I don’t even want to think about the money I have spent on work out videos, Pilates, yoga and dance classes and the gear and clothes to go with those. I try to be a savvy shopper at the grocery store, but the last two weeks more so than previous ones, I’ve noticed that they don’t make it easy when you want healthy items.

Last Friday, after my skytrain delay, I decided to make my last minute shop, a one stop deal. I hit Whole Foods and after Whirlwind Yasmine swept through, the damage was not pretty for two (TWO) paper carrier bags of groceries. Though heavily laden, these bags contained spelt flour, soy mozza, organic produce and a few other things for cleanse. This ended up being around 2-3 days worth of food. Not a lot all things considered.

If I hadn’t been in a rush, I would have stopped at Save-On for the produce and then WH for the fancy stuff. But really? We shouldn’t be having to do the the run around and not everyone can afford to eat as healthily as we are told we should be eating.

Fish tacos were on the menu last night. we added olive oil and lemon juice back into the cleanse diet, so the fish had a beautiful flavor after Sean fried it up. Topped with soy mozza and Sean’s burrito filling and spicy gravy and wrapped in homemade Kamut flour tortillas, it was delicious. (I also had grilled chicken in my salad for lunch. That and kamut bread toast drizzled with honey for breakfast and I was ecstatic. It’s sad, I know.)

Tonight, we grill basa fish to go with yam fries and spinach salad.

Yam Fries – Recipe from Cooks.com

  • 2 lg. unpeeled sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs.)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray – I don’t use this. See note below.
Scrub potatoes; cut each into thin (4 x 1/4 x 1/4 inch) strips. Combine oil and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stir well. (You can use whatever herbs and spices you want.) Add potatoes and toss well. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. (You don’t need to do this if you place a sheet of wax or parchment paper on the tray instead.) Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Yield 4 servings.
I have been using this yam fries recipe for years. They are super healthy and go with everything. When you’re not on cleanse, you can make a mayo dip, with 4 tbsp Light Miracle Whip, 1 tsp Heinz ketchup, chili powder, fresh ground pepper, oregano, rosemary and thyme (all added to taste).

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