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03-20-2006, 12:33 AM
I am on the Purple plan and grocery shopping is kinda hard as I am a picky eater but I adapt to everything....

So my question is do you girls plan ahead or just go for what you know? also do you do menu shopping

03-20-2006, 12:52 AM
In the beginning I just made sure to have plenty of individual items. I bought on plan meats, pb, eggs, lite bread, on plan fruits, and kept the veggies stocked up. I've been on plan for over 8 mos now, so I am doing more recipes. Today I had a red pepper pasta dish and tomorrow is shrimp grits. My mouth just watered. If it is overwhelming to plan out meals and casseroles, just do individual items and stick them together. It may be boring, but it will help you learn the plan really well so you can start putting meals together really easily.


03-20-2006, 01:22 AM
When I go grocery shopping I take my book(plan) with me and buy the things that I see in the book that I really like, because I wanna make sure that I am buying the things that are allowed. By the way, I'm on purple too.;)

03-20-2006, 09:11 AM
I'm on gold but found in the beginning (especially since I am picky, too) that it was easiest to just buy all the individual stuff. We ate a lot of salad with turkey or chicken, turkey foldover (1 piece of bread), baby carrots, mini bagel. It's definitely easier on you if you plan out your menu--at least a few days at a time so you know you are getting it all in. Check out the journal page for ideas on breakfast, lunch and dinner--someone has probably already done the hard part of planning and now you can tailor it to your own likes. Good Luck.

03-20-2006, 01:24 PM
in the beginning i would suggest stocking up on a few things (like no salt seasonings, extra OP meat...etc) but I also think planning is essential in the beginning. I also took my book with me when i first tarted all the time, but now i am an old pro ;)

Just because of my hectic schedule and how easily i can be lead astray if I don't have a meal planned when i an ready to eat, I still plan for the entire week. I mainly stick to my dinner plan and I base it on what is going on that day (like i have to cook a bigger dinner on monday becuase I have class on Tuesday and have to have leftovers) I have now gotten to the point were I can interchange some fruits, veggies and starches from what i planned for when needed. But for me if I didn't and still now if i don't plan, I will be headed for Dorito land before i know it.

03-20-2006, 02:11 PM
Although I am not on the purple plan the advice is essentially the same. I am a planner by nature and it was easier for me to plan things out rather than to wing it. Although it was nice having a frozen meal or something fast when my plans had to change. I still plan a weekly menu and shop from the list..and that's the only way I stay on track. If I look away from the plan I tend to binge and gain. It's easier to stray when you don't have a plan.

Good luck and we will help you stay on target!

03-20-2006, 02:24 PM
I was on purple and when I went grocery shopping for the first time ever I made a list of all the recepies that I wanted to try and the ingredients that i would have needed for them and went with my huge list. I also bought the lite salt and other flavorings that are OP. Now I am kind of a daily shopper. I just go in get what I need and leave. Its much easier for me that way. Plus I know now what I can and cant have so I dont need to make alist or bring my book. Do what works best for you and your lifestyle.