Grocery shopping…dun dun dun! *Cue scary music*
For some it is part of a weekly routine, for most…it is dreaded!. It is probably one of the most procrastinated tasks that has ever existed. I want to encourage you! If you take a few simple steps you can shop with confidence and purpose instead of listless, hopeless and “aw man I forgot the”….This is a Three step process. We will plan, prepare and provide.
Plan: Decide what you and your family would like to eat for dinner this week. Ask each member of the family to contribute a dish they like. If you need recipes please visit our Four-mula page for quick, easy and nutrient dense solutions. Once you have a list of meals, you can consult the ingredients that make up those meals and check them off on your grocery list. I created a list of reminders on my smart phone that I can go to and check off weekly.
Keeping a list on your phone makes it easier than losing the post-its I used to jot things down on. You will have to add items that you will need for breakfast and or lunch and snacks and know what you will have for dinner each evening. This is a start. I think it is a perfectly reasonable guideline to plan to eat at home. Meals should be planned. This does not mean you should never dine out. It simply means when you dine out, that too should be planned. Unpreparedness leaves us hungry, tired, and grasping at straws and the closest and/or cheapest place to stop and “grab something.” Trust me on the fact that you will have peace of mind when you think “What are we having for dinner tonight?” and you actually have an answer.
Prepare: Get out that list! Shop the perimeter of the store…avoid the tempting treats on the end caps. Fill your cart with all the colors of the rainbow in the produce section. Avoid processed refined foods. Read your labels! You want to know what it means before you eat it! I have a “general rule of tongue” If I cannot get it out of my mouth (cannot pronounce it)..It is not going in! Purchase organic products where you can. Feel empowered as you fill that cart with fuel that will nourish your family. The better quality you can buy, the better you will feel!
So you bring it all home and then what?
Provide: This is the part that requires a little extra work but is totally worth it! This my grocery Chop! Put on some music, I always play Frank Sinatra! grab a knife and get to work. It is just as easy to pop the top off of ready made prepared whole foods as it is pringles! They will sustain you and not cost you in the area of poor health. Invest in a few containers that will stack in your refrigerator to save space. Transfer food to containers, countertop, and into pantry. Some will just need to be transferred and some will need to be cut or trimmed.
When you have prepared your food to be eaten and not wasted you have in fact provided your entire family with the opportunity to make great choices! Feel good…do a little dance if that music is still playing! Please know this is a journey. I want you to take it one step at a time. If it is non-organic dairy today and organic dairy tomorrow…If it is “eat whatever you want” today and “I’m sorry you have to eat what I have prepared” tomorrow. You can do this!
Total Proposition #37 disclaimer…I am aware that Horizon dairy is not the choice brand, however, Organic Valley was sold out and I had committed to bringing it to a function! Perfection is unattainable. Do what you can do and do it with all your heart!