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Shopping for the Beyond Diet Lifestyle

Today I'm happy to share this GREAT guest post from Melissa, a Beyond Diet member for 1 year who shares her delicious recipes on the site on a regular basis. I asked Melissa to share her experience and advice about a common topic on BeyondDiet.com - grocery shopping.

Frozen Food Aisle

I used to be able to go weeks in between grocery shopping, mainly because I used to buy frozen/convenience items in bulk. The kids and hubby could easily heat these foods up when I wasn't home or just didn't feel like cooking. Frozen burritos, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, Easy Mac, Hamburger Helper, Chef Boyardee...you name it, we had it. If it was quick and easy, I BOUGHT IT. Shopping this way would add up pretty quickly – in terms of money AND in terms of weight.

When I joined Beyond Diet, I was ready for a change, but I didn't want to force this "crazy way of eating" on my family. I continued buying all the "normal" processed, convenience food, but I bought all this new healthy produce and meat to cook separate meals for myself. This made my grocery bill outrageous!!! I soon learned that buying organics on top of my normal shopping list was extremely pricey, and the good stuff was going bad in my fridge faster than I could eat it.

Something had to change. I was throwing a lot of money away. But then it dawned on me…like a light bulb literally turned on above my head. Even though I had heard it many times before, I finally got it. If your food goes bad, it’s good for you. If your food doesn't go bad, it’s bad for you. Ugh...what was I feeding my family?!

Grocery Receipt

I decided to make more frequent trips to the grocery store and ONLY buy what I was going to eat for WEEK. I explained to my family that once all the “junk” we had in our house was gone, it was GONE. I made meal plans for each week and bought the items and ingredients needed for that week.

Eureka! With only visiting the produce, meat, and dairy sections of the store, I could suddenly afford my lifestyle! Even better…I was actually spending less than I used to. If you stop buying processed junk, organics are totally affordable. :)

Here’s my current routine:

At the beginning of each week, I sit down and make a list of the meals I’d like to cook that week. (I keep this list on my fridge with a magnet to remind me which meals I planned.) I then go over the ingredients list for each recipe and write down the ones I don’t already have on hand. This is my shopping list for the week – 7 breakfasts and dinners (lunches usually consist of leftovers in this house).

Sprouts

I shop at Sprouts, which just recently opened in my area. Sprouts has sales every Wednesday – that’s when they bring in the new truck shipment – so I plan my shopping trip for Wednesday afternoon each week. I usually try to plan meals with minimal ingredients (with larger, slightly more complicated, meals on the weekends). By committing to only what’s on my list (what we are actually going to eat that week), it’s easier to stay within budget, and no food goes to waste!

My Staples: I ALWAYS have coconut oil, olive oil, butter, minced garlic, almond flour, and balsamic vinegar in my kitchen. I buy blueberries, bananas, avocados, grape tomatoes, kale, romaine lettuce, feta cheese, Greek yogurt, almonds, coconut milk, onions, grass-fed beef, and cage-free chicken and eggs just about every week.

Where do you typically shop for your groceries?

Do you plan your meals in advance or "wing it"?

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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