I just shop for one person, and after 3 weeks of eating healthy, cooking more, and not eating fast food every night, I noticed a HUGE change in my shopping cart at the grocery store. I tend to stop every day because I'm pretty random in what I want from day-to-day. So I don't buy much. But here's an example from recently (now), and before (then).
Produce (orange, watermelon, green pepper, red pepper, pre-chopped onion, fresh cilantro herbs)
2% pepper jack cheese slices
Low fat sour cream
Fat free tortilla shells
2-3 Healthy Choice dinners
Bag of frozen peas and carrots mix
1 lb of chicken breast
Yoplait Whips! yogurt
Pack of Fruit2O
2-3 frozen meals (sometimes Healthy Choice, sometimes not)
12-pack of diet coke
Chips Ahoy cookies
Cheddar cheese, pre-sliced
Donuts for breakfast
(And most meals eaten at McD's, Sonic's, BK, etc.)
10-24-2005, 12:36 PM
That's a great change in your cart. Keep up the good work.
10-24-2005, 02:00 PM
That's cool, rabidstoat.
I eat better balanced (and smaller) meals than before, but my shopping trolley hasn't changed too much, TBH. I no longer buy butter and I rarely buy Munchies. I've added high-fibre cereal, more plain yogurt, and maybe a few more fresh veggies. I do make far fewer trips to the liquor store though! ;)
10-24-2005, 02:34 PM
I forgot to add that my cart hasn't changed much either. I now measure out my portions and just eat more veggies if I'm still hungry. My lunches (instead of the fast food or eating a restaurants 5x a week) will now eat soup, salads, and sandwiches of stuff I brought from home. For what I pay for 1 loaf of bread and lunch meat wouldn't even have covered the cost of 1 meal.
I am trying to buy more fresh veggies and change up my lunches by cooking in bulk and freezing.
10-24-2005, 02:36 PM
I go shopping a lot now too. We try and stay away from prepackaged food now. Plus I'm not so much for the low fat or low carb or any kind of diet food. I like the good stuff just less of it. I think the chemicals we take in eating all the diet driven food might not be so good for us. I went last night and here is what I got.
Whole wheat wraps
Natural peanut butter
Wasabi rice chips. Kind of like potato chips but no fat
Before it was mostly fast food. If we did go to the store a lot of the time it would go bad because we would eat out all the time.
10-24-2005, 02:41 PM
My shopping cart has changed a lot as well. Before, it would be piled high with convenience foods (lots and lots of frozen dinners). Now, it is mostly vegatables and fruit. I have noticed a huge drop in my grocery bills because of my change in eating. I am no longer spending money on junk food which is real nice! :lol:
10-24-2005, 02:44 PM
What I buy has changed a lot. For a start I shop more often so that I can get fresh fruit and veg, and so that I can buy something that I feel like eating for that evening - if I fancy a veg stir fry I go to get veg to put in it rather than eating something unhealthy out of the freezer.
I eat far less meat and cheese than I ever did. Most of my diet is vegetarian, although I do eat chicken and turkey from time to time. I also hardly ever buy bread now, although I do like wholemeal pittas.
There's far less wine and chocolate in there too ;)
10-24-2005, 03:24 PM
Tons of fresh fruits and veggies! And not a lot of stuff I can use coupons on anymore, bummer! :( What, they don't think we might wanna save a buck on bagged salads or fat free yogurt? No fair! :tantrum: :D
10-24-2005, 04:50 PM
I hear you, Beverly -- wish they had coupons for fresh produce! We price shop by going through the circulars and noting the sales prices at different stores, then do most of our grocery shopping at Wal-Mart (they match prices) or Aldi Foods. Sometimes the sales prices around town are much better than what Aldi's offers, I noticed.
When I'm really on top of my game, I am a geek about it, using a spreadsheet with columns for store, department, item, and sale price. I sort the list by department so shopping is a snap. The cashiers never question my price quotes because they see I did my homework. LOL
10-24-2005, 05:57 PM
Kimberly, I do the same thing! I honestly think that I could go through the check out line at WalMart and name my own price because they NEVER question me when I pull out my color coded chart.
The items in my cart haven't changed much. I never bought a lot of prepackaged foods nor did I eat unhealthily. I just ate too much. Probably the most obvious difference is how long it takes us to go through sugar, flour, and shortening. I used to buy those things almost weekly because of all the baking I did. I always bought a lot of fruits and vegetables it is just that now they actually get eaten before they go bad. Also, my grocery bill has gotten much smaller thanks to all of the planning that I do to stay within my calorie limit. I'm not going down the aisles making a lot of impulse food decisions anymore.
10-24-2005, 06:14 PM
Yes, it's funny...The grocery bill hasn't changed all that much overall, I don't think. Howie'd have to tell you, for unlike my number-challenged self, he's Budget Man...Faster than a speeding spreadsheet!
I know we've actually had milk go sour on us, which never used to happen as I'd drink 32oz of it at a time, sometimes twice or more daily. Now we just have a cup with our Kashi and sometimes an 8oz glass at other times. Cheese lasts longer now that we're measuring out 1oz portions, too. We used to go through cheese like, well, CHEESE. ;)
10-24-2005, 10:57 PM
I shop a lot more often too. Fruits, veggies, cranberry juice, and my beloved soy milk. I have to buy those items just about every week. But I don't mind because I have noticed that the healthier food tends to be cheaper (for me) than all the other crap I was buying for us before I began eating healthy.
10-24-2005, 11:27 PM
OMG look at that doglet!! Had to say that. :)
I now return you to your thread, already in progress.
10-25-2005, 12:25 AM
My shopping has changed a lot.
Things that have been removed from my list:
Hot Pockets (I love these things. I once lost 20 lbs (without trying) when I attempted to live off of Hot Pockets at college. Not very healthy.)
Actually, those are probably the only things that I miss from my old shopping list. I've given up soda completely, but those Hot Pockets . . .
10-25-2005, 12:58 AM
I'm at a point where I can afford to live according to certain values. I prefer to spend money at small- to mid-sized locally owned businesses instead of large corporations. I purchase my meat from a store that sells locally raised animals. I purchase as many locally grown fruits, vegetables, and produce as possible.
I used to purchase a lot of frozen appetizers, ice cream, chips+dip, cookies, candy, processed meats, deli salads, frozen White Castle burgers. Trans-fat City!
Now I do a lot more pre-planning of meals so I am purchasing things like (this is this week's list): chicken, onions, cilantro, red peppers, mangoes, yogurt and milk, great northern beans, oatmeal.
I've always been decent about vegetables, but since I started my health initiative, my vegetable-junkfood ratio has evened out a little.
I eat restaurant food much less often, and so far it's worked well to plan ahead those times and determine what menu item to order before even going. Fast food is almost nonexistent in our diet, and good riddance. :carrot: I have also drastically decreased my consumption of specialty coffees.
10-25-2005, 09:57 AM
It has changed from just flat out junk...to planned out dinners and snacks.
I know that this is a gradual change because I eliminated the pop tarts for waffles and syrup and that for a nutrigrain bar and a banana, I now have eliminated the nutrigrain for a yogurt and a banana. I was getting ww meals but this week have changed to tuna with celery on fresh whole wheat with baked lays. The only thing that has stayed very similar is the dinners but there is resistance on dh part to change the menu. Baby steps... I get granny smith apples, bottled water, and bananas
10-26-2005, 06:36 PM
Confession: I've judgementally looked at others' grocery carts before. :lol:
10-26-2005, 09:08 PM
Yep me too. I still do. What is the saying? A reformed (fill in the blank) is the biggest critic. I know that's not how it goes but you get the point.
10-27-2005, 11:46 PM
I can always tell when I'm being serious about my plan. The chips and crackers and white bread disappear, and are replaced by cottage cheese, pickled herring, canned fish, low-fat string cheese and protein bars. The box meals like mac and cheese, and quickie fattie things like ramen noodles are replaced by healthy canned soups, and lots of fruits and veggies.
10-27-2005, 11:50 PM
That reminds me, we need to buy some tuna! ;)
10-28-2005, 01:06 AM
Me, too, Pookie! No messing with a can opener, and no dumping out half the weight in tuna water. My cat probably wishes I still bought it in cans, but we don't miss it a bit. Some of the flavored ones are just delicious, too.
10-28-2005, 10:37 AM
I agree on the canned soups, but Progresso isn't too bad, and the Campbell's Healthy Choice varieties can be very tasty.
Hunter doesn't eat soup, so I seldom make it. I'm a Michigan girl... soup is comfort food to me. But he grew up here in Maryland, and it was never really part of his menu. If I make it, I have to be prepared to eat it for days, and still put half of it in the freezer in single-serving containers.
As to the fish, I've started getting the canned salmon or mackeral and making patties every couple of weeks. Good fats, not too heavy, don't ahve to worry about cooking fillets (I'm always afraid they'll end up dry and tough), and it's a nice change from burgers.
I've also started keeping the flat cans of sardines, kippered (smoked) herring, and such in my pantry. I can eat the kippers on toast or crackers, and I chop up the sardines into salads and things. It's an easy way to get those good fish oils, and it's good protein. And I LOVE me some smoked fish.