You put WHAT in my food?!

Happy Friday! Smile

Today I have a couple of things to talk about … one involving food (what else is new?) and one involving another kick-butt workout!

In Sweetness and In Health

My blogger friend, Lindsay, is continuing to host “FLOW” every Friday, so I thought it would be a good day to share the workout I’ve been loving this week.

Remember how I shared the awesome workout I completed a couple of weeks ago?  Part of the workout had been Courtney’s idea, and I loved her “25 minute full body blast” so much, that I decided to follow a similar routine this week …  but switch up the moves a little!



Do Circuit #1 three times.  Rest for 1 minute.  Do Circuit #2 three times.  Celebrate that it’s over!! Winking smile

To make it a little easier:

  • Do each move for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds.
  • Do the push-ups on your knees.
  • Do regular squats and regular lunges.

To make it a little more challenging:

  • Do each move for 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
  • Do regular push-ups.
  • Do squat jumps and lunge jumps.

I think most people know what push-ups are, but in case you don’t know what the other moves are …

Burpees: (Source)

High Knees: (Source)


Squat Jumps:
Tricep Dips: (Source)

Lunge Jumps: (Source)




OK now that you have the moves, start using them!!  Thumbs up


Let’s switch gears …

This past weekend, Brandon and I had the bright idea of watching Food, Inc, a movie that was intended to “lift the veil” on our nation’s food industry.

Now, I gotta be honest.  I have always been an “ignorance is bliss” kind of person.  I knew that some crazy things were happening in the food industry, but I didn’t want to know details.  I just wanted to keep living my life and pretend that everything was sunshine and roses.

monkey not listening 

I even made Brandon promise before watching the movie that he wouldn’t suddenly want me to start changing how I grocery shop.  He agreed.

2 hours later, I was the one wanting to change how I grocery shop. Disappointed smile

I’m not going to go into details about the movie.  If you are curious, I would recommend watching it yourself.  But let’s just say that less than an hour after watching, I was googling where to find local farmers’ markets and organic meat and produce.

farmers market


But here’s the problem.  Organic is expensive.  It just is.  And trying to run to various markets and farms for a variety of foods takes time.

Money and time.  Don’t we all wish we had more of both? Winking smile

So I’m reaching out to all of you for your thoughts and advice.  I know that many of you eat much healthier than I do, and often organically.  Do you have any advice on how to eat this way, but remain within a reasonable budget?

For the time being, I’m not going to lie … I’m still buying what I was buying. Embarrassed smile  We’re trying to stay on a tight budget right now, as I don’t have a full-time job and we’re trying to buy a house.  But the movie did open my eyes and is really making me think of how I can make changes in the future to keep both myself and my family safe.

Question for ya …

Share the workout you’ve been loving recently!

Have you seen “Food Inc?”  Thoughts?

Any tips or advice on how to eat organically but maintain a budget?

On a lighter note … what are you up to this weekend?? Who’s going to see “The Hunger Games??”

(I fully plan on going, but probably not until Sunday or Monday, when some of the crowd has died down!)

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44 Responses to You put WHAT in my food?!

  1. Jessica

    Start with the farmers market! I find it’s actually cheaper to buy organic produce and eggs at the farmers market than to even buy conventional produce at the store. I typically spend less than $20 at the farmers market and get more than enough for the week. If you start there and then get the rest of what you need at the grocery store, it’s not too bad. Plus, you’re back in the land of Publix, so you can find some organic products (like dairy products) there without having to go to another store.

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Jessica!! And by the way, congratulations! I hope you’re doing well! :)

  2. Katie @ msfitrunner

    I have not watched that movie because I know it will only disturb me more than I already am about our food industry! For awhile I had cut out meat because organic is so expensive and that’s the only way I’ll eat it- it just grossed me out. Now, I only buy organic, grass fed, etc and I will only buy enough for one chicken, one beef and one seafood meal a week and I try not to make meat the main part of the meal. There’s also that dirty dozen for produce, I try to buy those organic- or buy frozen veggies which is a little cheaper. It definitely has forced me to get a little more creative with meals and cook things I wouldn’t normally! But with three kids, I’m even more watchful about what goes into their growing bodies! Very eye opening!
    Oh, I am putting your books in the mail today- sorry it took so long!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Oh no problem! But I’m looking forward to getting them!! :)

  3. Pamela

    Kristen, I have seen that movie, and definitely try to eat with more awareness. I definitely don’t do everything organic, and just so you know, not everything in a farmer’s market is organic! But it is usually much more fresh and local, which is what I try to do. Reading labels is something I defintely do, staying away from overly processed foods is a start. Stay away from anything that says partially hydrogenated soybean oil, high-fructose (or High Maltose now) corn-syrup, and just a bunch of additives that you don’t know or can’t pronounce. If you can stick to the outside aisles of the supermarket, and you can buy organic when you can, but if not at least let the majority of your food be produce and sometimes you can find organic on sale. Harvestland eggs are non-caged and are usually not too much more expensive, cheaper too at Costco and BJ’s. Same with milk. I love Organic Valley for milk. And when it’s hard to find stuff at the Publix or regular supermarkets you can do special trips to Fresh Market, Whole Foods, or other health food stores. They can be more expensive, so I just stick to buying the stuff there that I can’t find other places. And they do have sales there too on certain products (Annie’s Organic Bunnies..mmm- you’ll love those) :) and Almond Milk, etc. It can be a little nerve-wrecking at first, but just focus on the big stuff.. eating better, less processed, and you’ll see it will get easier! Excited for you!

    • notsodomesticated

      I just need to print out that entire paragraph and keep it in my purse haha. Thanks, my friend!

    • xiomara @ Parkesdale

      I definitely agree with your advise. That’s is exactly how I shop. Shopping on the perimeter at your local grocery is one way to stay on track.

  4. Christine

    Yay I love this post! If you read In Defense of Food, the author includes many recommendations for healthier eating, and its a fun book to read. Absolutely get your organic from the local farmers market, much more affordable. You and Brandon may want to consider a crop sharing program – look up Community Supported Agriculture in Atl. I participated in a half-share with a local organic farm a few years ago and you get fresh, local, whats-in-season every week or every other week for a good price. Its a lot of food though! And I love your curcuit work outs :) Miss you!

    • notsodomesticated

      Hey friend. :) Thanks so much! I should have known that you’d have plenty of useful info in this area!! Should I write about Freakanomics next? ;) Haha!

  5. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Awesome looking workout!!! Are you supposed to do the moves for 1 min and then move on without rest? Or the 45 sec-15 sec combo? And I’ve never seen that movie but it would probably freak me out a bit haha. I don’t have the money to buy organic right now, so frankly I just don’t (oops). I figure that when I have a job and the money to do so I will. It hasn’t hurt me thus far, so waiting to do it a little longer won’t be too bad!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Sorry, I thought I explained it under that box … you can either do each move for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest OR 30 seconds on/30 seconds off … that would be the easier option!

  6. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m planning on it! In order to save money I buy organic when it comes to fruits or veggies. I’d love to be able to afford all organic food but it’s just not possible!
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  7. Theresa

    i havent seen the movie yet but ive heard alot about it! i’m more of an ignorance is bliss person too…but i would like to check out the farmers markets around here.

    im hoping to see the hunger games tomorrow, we’ll see how it works out!
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  8. kaceyt

    I enjoyed watching that movie and, also, Forks Over Knives. Organic is expensive whether you get it from the grocery store or the farmers market, so one of my goals right now is to get my own garden planted w/ some of the fruits and veggies that we eat the most. But before that can happen, we have to find a house! I know that you and Brandon are looking for one right now too, so you may keep that in mind while you’re looking at backyards:)

  9. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls

    I just did a new Spinning workout that I loved! But I’m trying to get more into running as I am prepping for a 5k!

    As for the organic, I’ll stick to my favorite Trader Joe’s. Not everything is organic but they do have a lot of organic options that aren’t too expensive!

    Farmer’s markets are good but I feel like it depends on what you want to buy. Some things can be really expensive others can be really cheap.

    I hope you have a great weekend. I’d love to see the Hunger Games but it might have to wait until next weekend!
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    • Meg @ My Chocolate Covered Life

      I agree with Elizabeth that Trader Joe’s has a lot of great organic options that are competitively priced with non-organic food at other grocery stores. For instance, I buy organic dairy products there, and a huge carton of organic yogurt at TJ’s is something like $2.69 – very reasonable. I buy some produce organic and some regular, focusing on the “dirty dozen” list of guidelines (read about them here Between cleaning up my dairy and some of my produce, I feel good about what I am eating. When I have a limitless budget someday (wouldn’t that be nice!) I will overhaul more. Hope this helps!

      • notsodomesticated

        I feel like I need to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your advice. Thank you so much for your thoughts, Meg!

    • notsodomesticated

      I need to see if we have a Trader Joe’s around here. I know we have Fresh Market and Whole Foods, but not sure about Trader Joe’s … thanks for your tips!

  10. Yellow Haired Girl

    I really want to see that! But yes, I’m an “ignorance is bliss” kind of person too … and I don’t know how badly I want that reality check ;) I already try and eat as organically as possible – but it’s HARD when you make as little $$$ as I do!

    ps — Hunger Games tomorrow! Can’t wait!
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  11. Faith @ For the Health of It

    Produce markets will become your best friend. The prices are SO much lower than Whole Foods, it’s ridiculous. Especially here in the south where we have great growing conditions and lots of fresh farms!

  12. amy @ fearless homemaker

    i still haven’t seen Food Inc., because i’m the same way – i’ll want to buy all organic food afterwards, but our budget really doesn’t like that. =/ i’m even more tempted to see it now!
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  13. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    i’ve thought about this same thing before… i’ve never seen Food, Inc., but i’ve heard about it and i recognize how many preservatives and other crap goes into our foods these days. it’s SO sad! like you guys, my husband and i are on a pretty tight budget, so it’s hard dishing out money for organic food that is twice the amount that we’re used to buying. i know one thing that helps me is to only buy organic fruits & veggies if you eat the skin with it. for example, buying organic oranges or bananas is completely unnecessary in my mind because you don’t eat the outside of it. i’m curious what other readers say about this topic! :)
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  14. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    I haven’t seen Food Inc because I don’t want to be forced by disgust into healthy choices, and I hear it’s high on the fear factor scale. However, I strongly suggest Fork Over Knives which highlights the benefits of plant based eating rather than using fear.
    ::Steps off soap box::
    I think you’re doing the right thing with farmers markets. I find buying in season and locally is where I can get the biggest bang for my buck! And limiting meat and using beans :)
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  15. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I’ve never seen Food Inc, and honestly, I’m kind of afraid to watch it! I would love to shop at farmer’s markets if I had one near me. Living in a small, suburban town, it’s a little bit harder to shop locally, and the prices are intimidating!
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  16. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I try to buy organic, but you’re right, it is so expensive! However, I always say “I can pay a little more now or I can pay for high medical bills later” lol. If it’s something where I eat the skin (squash, zucchini, apples, peppers, etc), I try to go with organic. I also try to buy my organic items in bulk at Sams if possible (like with chicken) and freeze them in smaller portions.

    My favorite workout this week has been Tabata intervals! :)
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  17. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    Im working on the same thing!
    have you watched forks over knives yet? if not you need to! it is more informational rather than “corporate, etc” its really goood!!! i have been buying a lot better quality meat lately. I decided to spend money on that (grass fed beef, or local grass fed, free range chicken, etc) and there are only few veggies and fruits i buy organic. I have also switched to wild fish only, which makes it alot trickier to find but after researching, it helps.
    there are also a lot of articles i found out there that have info about items it really is worth spending $ on for organic and things you can pass on that arent a big difference!
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  18. jennifer

    We just started using a local food co-op which helps in two ways. (They buy food from farmers in this area and then sell it in bulk. Living in a hotel, that isn’t going to help you right now.) 1) We streamlined our breakfasts, oatmeal and raisins every morning from the co-op. So we avoid processed cereal and save $. 2) My husband eats rice and beans every day for lunch. He makes a big batch every two weeks and freezes it. It is good when it is fresh, I will say that. I don’t know if you want to eat the same thing every single day, but we buy organic rice and beans in bulk from the aforementioned food co-op.

    Also, we buy our milk @ a local dairy. They process it at a lower temperature and that kills less of the good stuff in it. Their cows go to pasture at least sometimes, unlike factory cows. We get ice cream and eggs there, too. It’s a little more expensive, but not as expensive as organic @ the grocery store.

    We started buying our meat at a local place, too. They get local cattle and process them there. The prices are as good or better as a grocery store and we know they’re not coming halfway across the country from a gigantic factory farm. We know they’re in the pasture at least some of their lives, so the meat is healthier. *They do not have lean beef, I drain and rinse it after browning the beef to remove the excess fat.*

    My husband makes yogurt from the milk we get at the dairy. We have a yogurt maker. It doesn’t have added sweetener or artificial junk.

    Costco has great organic options for things like ketchup, BBQ sauce, and other pantry staples that don’t contain HFCS. Treat it as a process, you don’t have to make huge changes overnight.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Whoa. You guys are hard-core!! Thanks for the advice … like you said, I need to treat it as a process!! :)

  19. Michelle (Better with Berries)

    Love that circuit workout! It looks tough but I love things that are challenging :-)

    I haven’t seen Food, Inc. but now I want to! I don’t have a lot of advice on deals on organic (I just try to buy it if it’s on sale, otherwise I can’t always afford it :-/).

    After I watched Forks Over Knives and read Eating Animals, I almost wanted to give up all meat or all meat that wasn’t raised by someone I know. That lasted about a week and then I had to go back to reality. What DID happen is small changes: I try and get more non animal-based protein in my diet and think about where my food came from. I think it’s helpful to make small changes from these type of movements even when it’s not realistic to go “all out”!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Great thoughts, Michelle! Baby steps!! :)

  20. DeBlasio

    Best advice start gardening :) I plan on that this yr now that we have a yard! My in laws have chickens so Brooklyn and Mya can fill there baskets up with eggs :) I love organic milk esp for the girls… no wonder why girls are going thru puberty as young as first and second grade- how scary! I should definitely watch the movie im sure I would go crazy.

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks for your thoughts, Amy!!

  21. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I’m SO happy you two had a chance to watch it! Although it’s a little hard to swallow, I think that the information in the movie is something EVERY American needs to hear!

    Being on a college student budget myself, I hear you about the whole organic being expensive thing. What works for me (for now) is prioritizing– I never buy non-organic meat or milk (animal products), and compromise with the produce. I know that I eat spinach the most out of any veggie, so it’s the one that I ALWAYS buy organic. Everything else isn’t as crucial because I realize that I would be broke if I enforced some kind of strict organic diet.

    Also, you should look into farmers markets and buying in bulk. Costco and other wholesale stores have some great organic options, and its only expanding because more Americans are becoming aware and demanding them. I buy organic produce at Costco all the time!

    Aaand sorry for the story-in-a-comment haha 8)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Brittany!! I love your thoughts, since you’re also on a budget!! :)

  22. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    Such a great post! I am ALWAYS watching movies and documentaries about food/food industry. They definitely open your eyes to what’s really going on! To save money I usually try to pick and choose what I reaaally want organic, and stick to organic buys for “the dirty dozen” foods. If I can’t buy organic then I always wash my produce with an all natural wash I found at Trader Joes! In the end I feel I’d rather spend money on good food now than a hospital bill later. I truly think it makes a difference! After reading your post I decided to write a post on why I became a vegetarian! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Ps — just saw the Hunger Games last night! Oh.. my. I thought it was fantastic, but super hard to watch at the same time! I felt like I was watching the holocaust! Frightening!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I just commented on your blog, and now I’m seeing your comment! ;) I really enjoyed reading your post. It was very well-written. Thank you for the idea about the natural wash … I would love to find something like that!

  23. Heather

    There’s a local company called Farm Fresh To You. They take local organic produce and deliver it to your door. You can request certain items and tell them what you don’t want/can’t have (allergies), but you never really know what you’re going to get… they go by what’s grown locally, so it all depends on seasons and what the farmers have harvested. It’s really great! And because you never really know what you’re going to get, it’s cheaper than actually going to the store! Look up to see if you’ve got anything like that where you are! Other than that, farmer’s markets are great! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Wow, that’s a really cool idea! Thanks for telling me, Heather. I’ll “google” it! ;)

  24. Charissa

    Looks like a terrific workout. I love/hate burpees.
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  26. julie

    There are many farmers markets nearby, and some are very cheap, some are crazy expensive, I go to an awesome cheap one, though it means I have to go at 7 am and drive over the bridge to the next town, deal with parking hell and crowds and strangers elbowing me in the boobs. OK, exaggerating a bit, but not the happy sunshiney places most people think these markets are. I eat so little meat that I can afford to pay for the good stuff, I eat a lot of beans, a fair amount of fish (which can be very pricy, so often mixed with lots of veggies. Fruiits are often expensive, veggies usually expensive, but if you get in season when the farmers got a bumper crop, it’s all pretty cheap. I go for local more than organic, some organic pesticides/fertilizers are just as nasty as the synthetic ones.

    I buy ingredients, process them myself, that way I get better quality stuff, exactly how I like it, and I know what I’m eating.

    If you can’t find a decent farmers market, and don’t want to deal with Whole Paycheck (I really hate them), think Trader Joe’s sells processed low-quality crap (as do I), find a decent Asian or Latino grocery.
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    • notsodomesticated

      We actually have a great Asian market nearby … I think I need to check it out. Thanks for all of your thoughts and advice! :)

  27. julie

    Oops, meant that veggies usually very cheap, when in season.
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