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Day One >> Whole30 Hard.

This program is already making me feel like a caveman.  I want to grunt and growl at everyone.  I want to go hunting.  For chocolate.  It’s all because I want something sweet, and I am post lunch.  Even though I had 1/4 of an orange after lunch, which was really sweet.  I want processed sugar in the form of chocolate and I want it NOW.  Buuuut in reality, I don’t feel super hungry, and I feel very satisfied.  I’m surprised because I am only two meals in.  The plan was to start yesterday, but we went camping over the weekend and were beyond exhausted Sunday night.  We had no energy to get to the store and do the major shopping required for this.  So anyway, here’s what we bought at the store for the next couple weeks-ish:


  • 9lbs of 93% lean ground chuck
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 8lbs of pork (JD is skilled at meat cutting, so we buy in bulk.  This made two pork roasts and a ton of chops)
  • baby spinach
  • 5 onions
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1lb carrots
  • 3 avacados
  • 2 pomegranates
  • 4 bags frozen broccoli
  • 2 bags frozen cauliflower
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 can coconut milk (planning on getting more, but wanted to try cooking with it first)
  • 1 half gallon plain coconut milk
  • 2 half gallons vanilla almond milk (for kids)
  • cashews
  • bananas
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • mushrooms
  • Spanish olives (yuck!  I’m gonna work on liking these!)

All of this was less than $120

It is amazing to me when people say they can’t eat healthy because it is too expensive.  First, because that is just complete bull.  Yes, I will have to go to the store more often, and yes, produce and meat is kind of pricy.  But when you cut out all processed foods (and dairy for us) and prioritize, you can afford it.  When you value your nutrition and factor in price, this is a lot cheaper to get what you need than buying cheap food filled with corn and soy and that is nutritionally deficient.  Calories help you survive, but can’t sustain you and keep you healthy.  Empty calories are worse.


  • shallots
  • ginger
  • more coconut milk in cans
  • grapeseed or coconut oil (whichever is cheaper for higher temperature cooking)
  • granola
  • yogurts
  • good coffee (we can’t have anything sweet in our coffee, so we need good coffee we can drink black…we usually buy this from Whole Foods where they roast it fresh, but usually not a whole month’s supply, just 1lb and that lasts about two weeks)
  • sesame oil
  • sesame seeds
  • coconut amino (I don’t know exactly what this is….)
  • stuff to make mayo, pesto, and curries (still need to plan out some easy, small meals for when JD is gone)
  • sunflower butter (with no sweeteners)
  • frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries) from TJ’s (can’t beat the prices, and lasts a lot longer than fresh)

We have about $40 left in the meal budget for this stuff

Today we had omelets with spinach, green pepper, mushrooms, and onion for breakfast and Asian Beef & Broccoli for lunch.  JD works second shift tonight, and is taking the leftovers to work, and the kids and I will scrounge tonight.  Not sure what we will come up with.  Tomorrow, we are roasting a chicken and eating that with carrots and onions and a salad of baby spinach with a little oil and vinegar.  Leftovers from that will make soup, hopefully enough for a couple days.  It’s getting cold here, especially today, so I am in a major soup mood.  And I like getting everything in one bowl.  Don’t know what is up with that.  I love to eat out of bowls.  The kids are still eating graham crackers and triscuits and will continue to eat cereal until it is gone.  Then we will get them granola and yogurt (almond or coconut yogurt for E and organic plain for C).  They love that and it is pretty good for them.  I’m not focused on them being on this plan, but I do want to keep their diets pretty similar.  They eat the same foods for meals and love what we eat.  E will eat almost anything anyway, and C is really starting to open up.  The biggest thing that has helped us get our 2 year old to eat green peppers and broccoli and that sort of thing is to eat at the table as a family for every meal and leave cell phones and tv out of the meal.  It’s so awesome!  Even when it is just the kids and me, I love it.  I am focused on them, and I am cutting out unnecessary tv out at the same time.  They seem to benefit from it, and we have only been doing that for a couple days.


The Beginning >> My First Whole Food Diet Grocery List

I’m planning my first trip to the grocery store to buy only whole food items. I refuse to buy any more processed food. No more white sugar, no more white flour (although we really don’t eat that anyway), no more processed cheese or other dairy products, frozen meals that are so easy to pop in the microwave. In fact, it’s a goal of mine to get rid of the microwave all-together! This is month 1 before/after. I’ll show you what my goals are, and what I end up with.

Here is what is on my shopping list:
XRaw broccoli
XZucchini and/or other squash
XSweet potatoes/yams
XLots of spinach for salads and smoothies
XFrozen organic fruit
Goji Berries (if I can find them!)
XFlax Seeds
Chia Seeds
XWhole grains, like oatmeal and some sort of whole grain flour
Rye bread
Vegi-Delite Zing Salad (cultured vegetables…dying to try it!)
XSunflower seeds
XSunbutter (like peanut butter, but made with sunflower seeds…and yummy!)
XQuinoa (this is a grain that offers complete protein…everything your body needs for breaking it down and is very nutritious)

I’m currently researching what and how to use sea vegetables, because they offers complete nutrition and a higher percentage of it…truly a superfood. Not even sure if I can get any of it at the store. And I’m sure I’m going to have to go to at least a couple different places. Will start at Trader Joes, then to Open Harvest (a local co-op/health food store).


I made it to Trader Joes, got everything with X’s by them. I also got:

Organic carrots
Red Pepper Spread (for sandwiches, lettuce wraps, etc)
Organic frozen peas
Whole mozzarella (I’ve read this is considered a whole food, we use it on pizza and that’s it)
Whole wheat mini pita bread (great for C’s sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, and mini pizzas)
Organic golden potatoes
Organic brown basmati rice (for Indian food…yum!)
Organic roma tomatoes
Organic cherry tomatoes
Quinoa and black bean chips
Falafel (garbanzo bean) chips
Organic yellow mustard (which is egg contaminated and we won’t be taking on the move, sadly)
Organic limes
Dried mango, no added sugar, not sulferized
Apple crushers (C and E were starving, it was a long trip to the store)

I spent $156. I didn’t go to Open Harvest yet, but I found Trader Joes to be good enough for now. I got so much stuff, a lot of it is basic and I won’t need to buy more for awhile. Other stuff, like spinach, I’m finding I need a lot more than I bought. For myself, I am trying to stay away from dairy and wheat, and having a harder time with the wheat than the dairy, which is very surprising. I am going to have to go back again today, but all in all, we did a good job for our first trip. And we’ve done a great job of jumping in! More about that in another post though!