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August 25, 2012 7:52 PM
Going to start eating unprocessed. But i need help coming up with A grocery list!'
  236999
August 25, 2012 8:05 PM
Figure out what you're going to be eating.
Get the recipes that you need to make your meals together.
Check your pantry for ingredients
Make a list of what you don't have.
Shop.

In any case, you should be doing all of your shopping from the perimeter of the store, not the aisles, since that's where you'll find the produce section, dairy, meat/fish.
  1454013
August 25, 2012 8:06 PM
"Don't buy anything that has more than three ingredients. If you have to Google it to know what it is, don't buy it. There's a difference between 'natural' and 'organic'. Stay away from GMOs. If it comes out of a box, jar, can, or bag, it's processed."

^ My boyfriend's words. He's a HUGE anti-processed food nut and has partially converted me.
  18259679
August 25, 2012 8:07 PM
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Most of the inside aisles are filled with processed foods. Be sure to stock your refrigerator and pantry with lots of fruits, veggies, lean protein, etc. Steer clear of anything that comes in a box. Don't get discouraged-you'll do great!
August 25, 2012 8:07 PM
Lol! Looks like we're all in agreement here!flowerforyou
August 25, 2012 8:08 PM
Maybe start making swaps of processed for a non processed alternative? Like I use canned cream of chicken soup in numerous recipes, so I started making my own with butter, homemade chicken broth, milk, flour, and seasonings. You can't go wrong sticking with the outside aisles of the grocery store-veggies, fruit, meat, and dairy.
  5515587
August 25, 2012 8:11 PM
ignore pretty much every single aisle in the middle and just shop in the vegetable and fruit section, followed by the meats section... voila...

Basically if it comes in a box or a can... it's processed.
  15807528
August 25, 2012 8:13 PM
Our cashews come in a jar and peanuts too. What should I do?
August 25, 2012 8:13 PM
Some more tips.

http://cavemanstrong.com/food/grocery-list-paleo-style/
  6236944
August 25, 2012 8:14 PM
Also another thing that might help - where we live we have a natural food market that sells organic meats, cheeses, etc. etc. etc.
If you can find one in your area, you're set. Heck, we have that and a local farmer's market that runs every Saturday and we picked up some organic chicken and pork chops from there about 3 weeks ago. Had the chicken two weeks ago and the pork chops tonight - better than anything at the store, and affordable (two large chops were $7 here from the Farmer's Market...). The Farmer's Market sells all sorts of stuff - there was a chili cook-off last week, we got our organic meats from there, people were selling goat's milk and homemade soaps/lotions...

The possibilities are endless, and welcome to the club =)
  18259679
August 25, 2012 8:16 PM
Try googling Scarsdale Diet. . . the Tripod site includes a complete shopping list. Pretty much fresh fruit, vegetable, and fresh meat , and cheese. This is an old diet but has been updated. The blog site is very informative. But I love the simple menus and the SHOPPING LIST!
GOOD LUCK...hope this helps.
  796019
August 25, 2012 8:16 PM
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-trainer-approved-foods-list.html
August 25, 2012 8:17 PM
Great advice! It also helps to look to eat a wide variety of colors when picking your fruits and veggies. Get lots of greens, but also look for red, orange, yellow, even blue. Also don't be afraid to try different versions of things you eat now, like red or yellow carrots instead of just orange. You don't have to go to a fancy grocery store to find things like this - farmers markets are good places to look. A variety of colors means a variety of vitamins present!
August 25, 2012 8:26 PM
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Our cashews come in a jar and peanuts too. What should I do?



Switch to raw nuts
August 25, 2012 8:31 PM
QUOTE:

Also another thing that might help - where we live we have a natural food market that sells organic meats, cheeses, etc. etc. etc.
If you can find one in your area, you're set. Heck, we have that and a local farmer's market that runs every Saturday and we picked up some organic chicken and pork chops from there about 3 weeks ago. Had the chicken two weeks ago and the pork chops tonight - better than anything at the store, and affordable (two large chops were $7 here from the Farmer's Market...). The Farmer's Market sells all sorts of stuff - there was a chili cook-off last week, we got our organic meats from there, people were selling goat's milk and homemade soaps/lotions...

The possibilities are endless, and welcome to the club =)


Also, if you have a Sprouts or Whole Foods store (or something similar), check them out. They carry the same sort of meats and veggies. Also, if you cannot have gluten or prefer to buy your grains in bulk, they've got that, too.
  25769134
August 25, 2012 8:31 PM
QUOTE:

You should be doing all of your shopping from the perimeter of the store, not the aisles, since that's where you'll find the produce section, dairy, meat/fish.


This is what I do too. All the healthiest foods are in the perimeter of the store so that's what I stick to.
August 25, 2012 8:37 PM
Whole Foods Market recently opened a store in our community. Look around for one of their stores. Excellent products even on the aisles there.
  21062050
August 25, 2012 8:45 PM
i shop the perimeter of the grocery store, buying unprepared meat, chicken and seafood, fresh veggies and fruit. I usually cook over the weekend for easy heat up dishes during the work week.
Edited by topshopperwantabe On August 25, 2012 8:46 PM
  14329195
August 25, 2012 8:48 PM
Bump!
  5839653
August 25, 2012 8:52 PM
QUOTE:

Some more tips.

http://cavemanstrong.com/food/grocery-list-paleo-style/


Thank you for this. I love the 2 week meal plan on the site w/ the included shopping list.
  28184221
August 25, 2012 8:54 PM
Bulk foods are awesome - Winco is the cheapest I've found. Raw nuts, whole wheat flour, beans, rice, grains - awesome. Plus, fresh ground almond or peanut butter!
August 25, 2012 9:11 PM
QUOTE:

Some more tips.

http://cavemanstrong.com/food/grocery-list-paleo-style/


Most amazing link EVER.
  15807528
August 25, 2012 9:47 PM
If you are used to having packaged snacks, try making some of your own. Making jerky in the oven is easy. Slice lean meat really thin, marinate it however you like, lay the strips on a wire rack over a cookie sheet, and dry them in the oven on the lowest setting for a couple hours. An ounce should be around 80 cals. Carrot and celery sticks are easy to prepare ahead and enjoy on the go. Same with grapes. If you like eggs, it's easy to hard boil a bunch ahead to slice over salads, make into deviled eggs, eat plain, etc. Figure out what sorts of fresh foods you enjoy/are satisfied by, and get more of the same.
August 25, 2012 9:57 PM
What do you normally eat? In general, figure out what you want to eat and make your own version of it. You are going to do a whole hell of a lot of cooking so be prepared.
  23334912
August 25, 2012 10:03 PM
Vegetables, fruits, eggs, oats, organic peanut butter, meat, tuna, ezekiel bread (or other natural breads), nuts, hummus, beans..

That's all that comes to my mind at the moment lol.
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