I'm new to this thread, I'm usually lurking on the 20 somethings But I'd like to take the whole foods approach more seriously. I was wondering if anyone would mind putting up their shopping lists so I can have a sample of what I shoudl be buying?
Here's mine currently:
Tons of fruits; pears, bananas, apples, oranges, grape fruit, grapes.
skinless boneless chicken breasts
bagged low fat shredded cheese
Lite and fit vanilla yogurt (in the big tub)
whole grain lite bread
whole grain pastas
whole grain pitas
Quaker oats oat meal
fiber one cereals and bars (it's the best way I can find to get my fiber, any suggestions on this one?)
My shopping list varies by what I'm going to make that week!
Your list looks pretty good - you are trying to eat better, which is great! Personally, I would go for an organic yogurt. That Dannon stuff only has 60 calories which means it probably has artificial sweetners of some sort.
Smart Ones are also an iffy choice for whole foods, they may be low cal and good portion control, but frozen dinners tend to be really processed and have a lot of sodium. That being said, I have 2 Kashi frozen meals in my freezer right now - I like having a quick option, just in case I need it. My goal is not perfection, just to do the best I can. I buy stuff like salad dressing, ketchup - although I try to get the organic options.
You definitely don't have to make these changes!
SIX YEARS at maintenance weight!
I LOVE grocery shopping!
*I shop at a local co-op and all of my produce is organic, we get our meat from a local farm and we'll be getting our fruits and veggies from a local farm this summer as well.
Bagels - local
Eggs - local (our neighbor is getting chickens next year!)
1% Milk - local
Sour Cream - local
Peanut butter from the ground peanut machine
Blue corn chips - local
Cheese (lots of WI cheese)
Frozen Amy's entrees
Quorn chick'n products
Veggie corn dogs
I would definitely add beans and nuts to that list. Almond butter is the best! Have you tried experimenting with whole grains at all? Quinoa is really tasty and great for you. It has a lot of protein, cooks really fast and is easy to eat on its own like rice or to mix it in with veggies or beans.
Here's my recent list. Probably not very whole-foody, but healthier than it's been in the past. I bought this stuff when I had a friend over and we were cooking together:
a bottle of diet Coke (a guilty pleasure)
Based on your list, I'd find a less processed cheese, and I'd buy a plain yogurt and add your own flavoring. Try to find a yogurt with several live cultures in it, and consider maybe making your own yogurt.
Fiber: I'd ramp up vegetable consumption, make sure your oats are steel-cut oats, and add some other grains (quinoa, bulgur, like that) to your diet.
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