Since moving out of the hostel, I’ve slowly begun to adopt a healthier, cheaper mentality around eating. In general, I am trying to eat more at the apartment, and less at restaurants. I think I am saving money, but it doesn’t always feel like it when I buy groceries at Carrefour each weekend. Carrefour stocks a much bigger inventory of items than the closer and smaller Consumo, often offering an imported option for each Colombian-made food product. Yes, it costs me more to buy the Aunt Jemima maple syrup, but I´ve learned from my travels that sometimes a foreign product simply can’t compare to the flavors I am use to back in the USA.
At least I don’t have a Pomona grocery store nearby, as that is an especially upscale store which could almost be replanted in suburban Washington, DC without anyone knowing the difference. It reminds me of Harris Teeter or Whole Foods, which is why I shouldn’t be shopping there (as both are costly).
Now, after 15 months of eating in foreign restaurants for almost every meal, devouring Indian and Thai curries, Hong Kong duck, hot and spicy Szechuan food, and ostrich fillets in South Africa, I am returning to a more normal diet.
- Frosted Flakes with skim milk (2-3 bowls/day)
- Low fat yogurt (a few gulps from a large bottle per day lasts me all week)
- Ham sandwiches with mustard and whole wheat bread
- Macaroni and cheese (classic foundation food!)
- Penne pasta with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- Chocolate (trying hard to reduce my consumption)
- Tortilla chips and spicy salsa
I think that about covers it. Not too varied at the moment, but maybe I can lose a few pounds on a steady diet of Frosted Flakes.