Anyhoo -- this is where it all begins. Now IF you do not have a Whole Foods in your town, all this is still possible -- you just gotta LOOK in your own grocery. Harder and more time consuming, but not impossible.
Here are the 3 main changes:
1. No sugar (or high fructose corn syrup). And by "no" - I do allow some in cereal -- but we SERIOUSLY reduced our intake. Like by a lot.
2. Nothing WHITE. If it is white, we threw it out. Now only whole wheat -- brown is best. Whole wheat pasta, wheat bread, whole wheat flour, brown rice, grains are ALWAYS whole wheat. And honestly, we really limit ourselves on this is general.
3. Snacks are fruit and nuts. (or seeds) Period.
Welcome to my weekly shopping adventure at Whole Foods. I have to go weekly. Why? First, I do not freeze anything. Second, I only buy what I NEED (and I save). When I buy monthly or for multiple weeks, i always buy too much and end up throwing stuff out or it sits in my pantry for months. Lastly, I believe in FRESH! And it is hard for things to go bad in a week.
I start my shopping in the fresh produce. This is where I spend the majority of my money -- peaches, nectarines, apples, oranges, cantaloupe, watermelon, kiwi, grapes, strawberries..... We eat fruit as dessert. Fruit is now a "TREAT". They also have 100% fruit Popsicles. And the Caribbean Mix makes my toes curl and my eyes roll back in my head. Amen. But only 4 come in a box so the Twerps have yet to taste them.
Anyhoo -- so sorry. Fruit. You can buy it whole or already cut up. Obviously, if you buy it whole and cut it yourself it is cheaper -- but not always. Keep an eye out! This watermelon we buy about 4 of those a week -- they are usually dessert (NO SALT ON THEM). They cost between $2 and $2.22 each. I am just sayin...it is less than those Hostess Ho Ho's. but not as good. but my thighs appreciate my efforts. Anyhoo, we use nectarines and peaches to cut up in non fat plain yogurt. We add organic granola sweetened with honey and they LOVE it.
Dairy is an area in which we changed. In our house the only two options to drink are water and milk. And we limit the milk. It is UNGODLY how much sugar is in fruit juice. My twerps use to have about 24 oz of fruit juice a DAY - each. Now they have MAYBE 4 oz a week. CRAZY!
The seafood section of the store is WONDERFUL! But we just look cause it is too expensive.
These are the salads that come with them.