I want to talk about how the Keto diet has helped me start saving my money. I have a complicated relationship with food. Particularly, with emotional eating. When it came to food, I was never happy until I was stuffed to the point that I couldn’t eat another bite. I would take much longer than anyone else to order at a sit-down restaurant. I’d pour over every last option trying to decide which dish would yield the biggest portion, yet cost the least. If there wasn’t enough food on my plate, I’d help myself to whatever was left of the dishes at my table. If my dining companions noticed or minded, they never said anything to me at the time. I have a feeling at least a few of them noticed. Whenever I didn’t have to cook, I wouldn’t. I looked forward to the days where I could get food from my favorite restaurants delivered through Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber Eats. When I didn’t have enough money for delivery, I’d take whatever I had left and walk to the corner store for whatever convenient food I could buy. I struggled to deal with rent and bills. Food became my biggest expense. I got more help than I believe I deserved at the time with my overall monthly expenses. Since last November I spent $1,489 on Postmates and DoorDash deliveries. I frequently borrowed money to feed my addiction, so not all of it was mine, either. Calculating that total was a huge part of my wake-up call. I knew something had to change, but I wasn’t entirely sure how that was going to happen. One of my biggest arguments was that I couldn’t afford to buy healthy food or purchase as many supplements as those dedicated dieters. Eventually, I started the Keto diet on August 8th, 2018. Five days after my last Postmates delivery ever. I haven’t placed another order since. Since Whole Foods is essentially the Ritz-Carlton of healthy grocery stores, I did some thinking and realized the next best affordable store for me would be Sprouts. Incidentally, there are more Sprouts locations in Las Vegas than there are Whole Foods. I had a hard time making shopping lists before this diet. I’d do everything wrong. Shop when I was starving, and buy for whatever I was craving the most that day. Any stores that baked too much and discounted baked goods, I was there. The Sprouts app afforded me a lot of help for rethinking my entire process with grocery shopping. https://bit.ly/2LtVHZD.They have a list-building feature in their app that tells you the location of each item you’re interested in purchasing. By joining the Sprouts reward program, you also have access to their deals and discounts. I’ve been on the Keto diet for 20 days now. I had a spike in my income over the last few weeks. Since I’ve gained a much better understanding of making lists, budgeting for groceries, and planning which days I’m going to go shopping, I’ve saved enough money to cover at least half of my overall expenses for this month. I have a feeling I’ll need less and less help each month, until my lease breaks and I’m able to move out of my apartment. I can make my groceries last for almost two weeks at a time. I’m not constantly thinking about food or snacks. I plan two reasonably portioned meals per day, and they’re not bland and boring. They’re essentially what I would have preferred before starting this diet, with mild modifications. I used to hate cooking, mostly because of all the dirty dishes. I’ve been cooking amazing meals by myself. Rediscovering my talent made me realize I could still have all the delicious dishes I used to get delivered and save on time and money at the same time. I had a huge problem swallowing pills, and now I take a number of supplements with every meal. Mainly vitamins and digestive enzymes. I’ve lost 10.6 pounds so far. This is the first time I haven’t only lost weight, but my overall health and cognitive functions have improved from dieting. When I drink Bulletproof coffee in the morning, coupled with my supplements and meals, I feel superhuman. For the first time I’m operating at a much higher capacity, and I’m filled with hope for my future.