New Year, New Grocery List

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Yesterday was our first real grocery shopping trip of the year. Thankfully, Greg is on board with the diet clean-up resolution, so it wasn’t too difficult to plan meals and put together a list.

The changes we’re making are based on the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. His plan goes something like this:

  • No animal products, refined sugar, refined grains, dried fruit, fruit juices.
  • Unlimited: raw vegetables, cooked non-starchy vegetables, fresh fruit, beans and legumes (tofu is fine, but should be eaten less frequently).
  • Limited: starchy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, avocados, seeds.
For a much more complete description, I recommend this link.
We’re not following the plan exactly. Here’s how we’re modifying it.
  • Greg is still eating eggs on occasion.
  • More grains/starchy vegetables. We definitely want to reduce our grain intake, and we are sticking to brown rice and oats pretty much exclusively. The Eat to Live plan recommends no more than 1 cup of grains and starchy vegetables (combined) daily. I think we’ll probably be closer to a cup of each daily, at least initially. And for two active, non-overweight people, I think that’s probably fine.
  • More healthy fats. Again, the eat to live program suggests 1 oz of nuts, nut butter, or seeds OR 2 ounces of avocado daily. Greg will, without a doubt, be eating more nuts and nut butters than that, and I expect that I will too.
  • Snacks. Eat to Live says no snacks. I just don’t see this happening for me.
  • A cheat day. On Saturdays, nothing will be off limits. I need an opportunity to use my KitchenAid mixer.
  • Salt. I’m not really willing to part with salt at this point…
So, here’s what we bought on our first big grocery trip of 2012.
Fruit + Veg
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Grapefruit
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Slaw
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers (x2)
  • Bell Peppers (x4)
  • Cabbage
  • Brown Rice
  • Oats
  • Tofu (x2)
  • Yellow Split Peas
  • Lentils
  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Chickpeas
Healthy Fats
  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coffee
  • Almond Milk (vanilla unsweetened)
  • Red Wine
  • Zevia
  • Cooking spray
By the power of sales and coupons and the magic of Trader Joe’s, this whole shopping trip ended up costing about $85. Just another reminder that healthy eating doesn’t have to cost a fortune!
How are your resolutions going so far?

One Comment

  1. I’ll stick to my eating habit. . .Thank you very much. .xoxo

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