Help me create a grocery list...

  • BJames88

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    Mar 11, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    Okay, so I have been doing some research and I'm ready to start this new nutrition journey. When I have tried before, I bought random things that I ended up not using. And looking back, they were actually not the best choices. What are some things that I should be sure to pick up to make it through 1 week? Any suggestions?
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    Mar 11, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    - Sweet Potatoes
    - Brown Rice
    - Oatmeal
    - Frozen Berries
    - Eggs
    - Flaxseed meal, LSA, Chia Seeds
    - Lots of Fresh Free Vegetables and Salads
    - Cottage Cheese
    - Low Fat Greek Yoghurt
    - Low Fat Milk
    - Salmon
    - Steak
    - Chicken Breasts
    - Tins of Tuna & Sardines
    - Unroasted Almonds
    - Fresh Fruit
    - Chilli Powder, Herbs & Spices
    - Avocadoes
    - Green Tea Bags
    - Red Kidney Beans

    Those are some things I would start with!
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    Mar 11, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    Toaster Strudels
    Kale
    String cheese (3 lbs)
    Nitrates
    Black jeera (your guess is as good as mine)
    Pickled kale
    Crackers
    Tang
    Raw masa, for your kale tamales
    Mint jelly
    'Rolled' anchovies
    Yellow kidney beans
  • FredMG

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    Mar 11, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    Vegetables
    Whole grains
    Lean meats.
    Steer clear of refined carbs, and things at the top of the food pyramid like Cheetos, donuts and alfredo sauce.
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    Mar 11, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    This is my common list:
    - Grassfed meat from a local CSA (picked up monthly)
    - Lots of whole milk (some of which I use to make full-fat Greek Yogurt)
    - Some form of dried berries (bought in bulk, online, no sugar added)
    - Frozen bagged veggies of all kinds, but no corn.
    - Salsa
    - Lots of eggs
    - Bacon
    - I usually always have a large tub of homemade kimchi
    - canned fish (tuna and macarel)
    - I crave salad sometimes, so thats a binge trip, I don't like to stock fresh veggies. I end up wasting too much money.
    - bananas
    - 100% cocoa powder (for coffee and yogurt. Kills cravings.)
    - Raw Honey (my sweetener of choice when needed)
    - A fully stocked spice rack
    - Kerry Gold grassfed butter unsalted
    - A bag of individually wrapped wild caught salmon fillets at all times in the freezer.
    - A large bag of long grain basmati white rice (i got this from amazon based on user feedback)
    - A large bag of short grain sushi rice (amazon, the same).
    - I have a vitamix blender, so I buy nuts in bulk to make homemade nutbutter, macadamia works really well.
    - I will splurge on dehydrated meats once in a while, mainly squid and cuttlefish from online asian grocery stores (HMart).
    - Coffee coffee coffee coffee whole bean, I grind it myself.
    - I splurge on chocolate bars pretty frequently. sadly. Dark though.
    - Gluten free flower (pamela's) which I need to start experimenting with more.

    I do a lot of shopping online and save things on amazon to easily buy again.
    I also have a list that I created of my local grocery store by aisle. So I can mentally grocery shop at home while looking at the fridge and cupboard before I arrive. It helps me not waste money, because a lot of what I buy is already pretty pricey.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Mar 11, 2013 6:19 AM GMT
    FranciscoC saidToaster Strudels
    Kale
    String cheese (3 lbs)
    Nitrates
    Black jeera (your guess is as good as mine)
    Pickled kale
    Crackers
    Tang
    Raw masa, for your kale tamales
    Mint jelly
    'Rolled' anchovies
    Yellow kidney beans

    That's what I buy! (I lol'd)
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    Mar 11, 2013 6:32 AM GMT
    Here is mine:

    * Apples
    * Pears
    * Spinach
    *Asparagus
    *Green Peppers or Red
    * Tomatoes
    * Eggs and Reddi Egg (Egg substitute)
    * Mineral Water
    * Breast of Chicken
    * Fish (usually
    * Sirloin Steak
    * Tuna cans (in water)
    * Quinoa (better than rice)
    * Brown Rice to swithc between Quinoa
    * Agave (Sweetener better than sugar and lower glycemic spikes in sugar)
    * Rice Milk
    * Sprouted Bread (No Sodium) or Ezequiel Bread
    * Coffee
    *Greek Yoghurt
    *Cottage Cheese (Fat Free)
    *Humus
    *Mustard
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    Mar 11, 2013 6:38 AM GMT
    What's your living status....alone or with others ??

    Two rules:
    Keep it simple - the closer to the farm the better. As unrefined and unprocessed as you can...fresh is best, find a convenient greengrocer and butcher. The big chains often are not as fresh.

    Secondly, it has to work for you. No use buying loads of good stuff if you don't touch it. Frozen veggies, while not as good as fresh are easy to add to a meal and so better than no veggies.

    When you cook, take the time and cook a few meals to put in the freezer. You tend then to take more care with what you eat.

    Think about healthy snacks that you like, dont keep junk in the house...it can be too tempting.

    Experiment.
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    Deep fried chicken
    Hamburger meat
    Ice cream
    Candy
    white bread
    frozen dinners
    strawberry milk
    cookie dough
    potato chips

    You will be ripped in no time!
  • LJay

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    Mar 11, 2013 3:03 PM GMT
    Some very good suggestions above. You should be able to make a pretty good list by combining these lists and subtracting what you will not use. It is hard to buy and use fresh items, particularly produce, so learn to buy very sparingly and use up what you have before you buy more.

    Lately, I have been trying to get used to the grocery stores in the area and I have decided that my favorite is a medium sized store that carries what I need, rather than the huge stores that are exhausting just to wade through. The smaller store helps me to keep my choices basic. It also makes it easier to shop more frequently without a lot of stress

    In a way, the store itself can be a sort of shopping list. I walk the aisles and try to look at things as categories. It is amazing how much time you can save when you realize that you don't even have to look at two hundred boxes of dry cereal when all you need is shredded wheat and oatmeal. Another example is what you can accomplish by looking at the meat department and realizing that you don't even need to look at cured and preserved items like lunch meat, or portioned itemsthat you can portion at home. Then it becomes a matter of choosing from a smaller range.
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    Mar 11, 2013 3:15 PM GMT
    More importantly than what you're going to buy is what you're going to toss from what you already have BEFORE you go to the store. That would include cookies, chips, donuts, candy, anything sugar filled or high in calories, anything processed such as meats and cheeses. If you don't have them handy, you won't reach for them when you crave and you'll be forced to instead reach for that apple or dried apricots.

    Good for you to take the initiative to change. It doesn't happen unless you make it happen, go for it! Good luck.
  • wellwell

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    Mar 11, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
    Condoms
  • seafrontbloke

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    Mar 11, 2013 9:02 PM GMT
    I have a pile of cookery books by my desk.

    I try and mix my protein sources and my starch through the week so it's not all chicken and potatoes.

    Also, having a proper shopping list means that I don't buy stuff I don't need or is bad for me.

    There's always room for an occasional treat - don't refuse ever to eat things you like again or you'll crack and binge on them.
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    Mar 11, 2013 9:04 PM GMT
    Whole natural foods
    Organic
    Cut out Gluten
    Cut out Dairy
    Eat what nature created

    Not really a grocery list but you get the idea.
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    Mar 11, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    Removing the bad is more important than adding the good to start with. Just take one step at a time because a total overnight change is almost impossible to keep up.
  • BJames88

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    Mar 12, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    Just checked back and saw all the comments, thanks guys! I have a good idea of things I want to try and where to start. Some of these things I haven't really even thought of, so thank you. The really difficult part is that I will be moving to NYC in May, and I am not sure how easy grocery shopping there will be. Hopefully I get a good hold on this before then.
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    Mar 12, 2013 2:46 AM GMT
    wellwell saidCondoms


    That's the "exercise" part of the equation.
  • thadjock

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    Mar 12, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    wellwell saidCondoms


    available in everybody's favourite flava-flav for a no calorie snak

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  • BJames88

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    Mar 13, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    thadjock said
    wellwell saidCondoms


    available in everybody's favourite flava-flav for a no calorie snak

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    I'll take Banana
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    Apr 16, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    if you got a sweet tooth, you could add stevia to your list, just to sweeten things up .