We finally went shopping for groceries for the month. I figured it would make a good blog post that would lead into meal planning and maybe future recipe posts.
A little about my diet first: The diet plan I'm using to create my meal plan is based off of the Abs Diet promoted by Men's Health magazine, with a little bit of planning from reshapethenation.com thrown in. With the Abs Diet, you focus on getting a lot of good clean foods into three meals and three snacks throughout the day. The advantage to this is that if you focus on getting the core foods they recommend into your diet, the calories and nutrition take care of themselves with very little monitoring. The disadvantage for me is that while I love the whole grain breads, cereals, lean meats and dairy products Abs Diet lets me eat, I don't eat as many vegetables as I should because I still have a love/hate thing with them. This is where Reshape the Nation comes in. They recommend five meals, and have designated hi carb/lo carb days. On low carb days, you eat LOTS of vegetables. The diet uses a carb cycling plan that is meant to keep the metabolism going and you losing weight. They make it super easy by giving you a full meal plan and a grocery list, but to be honest, I think the recipes they recommend suck. I hate cottage cheese and hard boiled eggs. Gross. Mrs. Dash is NOT going to make any of that better. However, I do like planning my meals based on their carb cycling plan. I'll talk about my meal plan in another post.
Let's go shopping!
I took care of veggies and whole grains, mostly, and mom took a cart for lean meats, fish and other things we need for the house. It's almost Lent which means that the family will be eating fish or some vegetarian meal at least once a week. I have to make sure that I eat things like the frozen wild caught salmon, and NOT the pre-fried Gorton's fillets we have lurking in the freezer. But before I got to all that, I had to look for cat litter.
|After a pointless lap around Walmart Supercenter|
|If only feet could scream...|
For regular people, shopping probably doesn't cause physical pain. It does for me! I put the cat litter in the cart, and went back for my groceries. Some of these pictures were taken in parts of the store where I didn't get the products. For example, the broccoli in the shoe section.
|Two pounds of fresh broccoli. I'm going to blanch this! Another blog entry? Sure!|
I took a lot of photos of nutritional info. I'll probably post a great majority, if not all of them on my Facebook fan page.
|Organic, nonfat Greek Yogurt|
Back to the shopping adventure: One of the things I found was ground flax seed being sold in the supplements section of the pharmacy for $8.00! Being almost a total noob to flax seed, I almost got it too! But luckily, I found this bag in one of the aisles for around $4.00! They were also selling Coconut oil for $10 and in the cooking oil section I found it for around $5.
|On the left: $8. On the right, $4 for the same amount!|
|Commercial sized Oatmeal. If you follow me on twitter, you know how much I love oatmeal.|
This is by no means all of the groceries. But, if I can't make healthy meal choices out of this, I seriously need to reevaluate my commitment to losing weight. Now it's in my hands. If only the bad things could stay out of the cart too.
|LOOK HOW CUTE THE PACKAGING IS!|
After several hours of grocery shopping, my everything hurt. Once your feet begin to hurt, everything follows. In my case, it's my knees, sciatic nerve, mid back, arms, etc. Yeah, I got my workout without even trying.