Just arrived home from the grocery story with my weekly groceries. Now this may not seem like much just looking at it, but this is only for one person, when I my son was home, would buy 2 packages of chicken, etc., we both ate the same foods, I did not purchase other foods for him. He was allowed to add other condiments to his food. Also, only 2 of the 6 oranges are photographed. I usually get enough to last out the week. This is what I will eat for the whole week, including lunches for work. I do not go back to the store again until the next weekend. This keeps me from impulse purchasing or picking up items that I know I will get me in trouble. Many times you can escape the first time, but the second time it is harder to resist.
The rule in the house, was if it was missed, we would go without until the next shopping day. This allowed me to keep to my budget and not overspend with the extra trips. Fortunately, everyone survived!
Now you may be wondering why I am featuring my weekly shopping trip. I have many patients who are struggling during the maintenance phase and they ask me what I do to maintain my weight from 8 years ago.
When I go to the grocery store and to prevent overspending, I go to a regular grocery store, no super-duper mega-grocery store where I can buy shoes, shirts and paint. Past experience has caused over spending. If I do need a cleaning product, even though I know it may be a bit higher in price than at the super-duper store, the few extra cents I am spending is saved in ‘time’. Or, I will plan to include the super-duper store for just those items.
I have found that I am able to get a better quality of fresh fruits and vegetables at the local grocery store, because the fruit and vegetable staff takes more pride in their department, you begin to know them by name and they are probably parents to your kids classmates. I have the option of picking and choosing what I want and not what is in a package.
During the summer months, I try to shop at farmer’s markets to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. I only purchase fruits when in season to get the best quality and flavor. With easy access to farms from the south and west with better climates than ours, most fruits and vegetables are now available year round. But, we all know the flavor is not the same as when in season.
What to do with these items now that they are home and in the refrigerator?
The cabbage I will split in half, put one half back into the refrigerator, the other half you can boil or I have come to like fried cabbage. I will slice up about a quarter of an onion along with the cabbage. Place everything in a frying pan, when on the program only use water, but if not, you can put about a teaspoon of butter in the bottom, but water works great! Once cooked down, will add two servings of cooked ground turkey to warm up. Split the meal in half and I have two meals. Many times I will add a tablespoon or more of Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Prepare some fruit with it and dinner is ready. You can cook the other half next week. Cabbage does hold up longer than most other vegetables.
I cook the whole package of chicken tenders on my gas grill. The first night I will have chicken with my vegetable and fruit for dinner, then put the rest in the refrigerator, to cut up for on a salad or if on the program will have with asparagus or tomatoes along with my fruit for dessert.
This time I purchased a large packet of strawberries, and when I counted them out, I was able to get 3 meals out of this one package. (10 for each meal)
I usually purchase 5 to 6 apples to have on hand, in case of needing to get a quick meal ready.
The ground turkey breast, comes in a 1 pound package. I brown it up like you would hamburger, divide it into 4 individual packages, have one portion for the evening meal and put the rest either in the refrigerator or freezer for another quick and easy meal if cooking for others at this time.
The asparagus is just steamed. You can get it in the frozen food section if you wish, but I found it was a bit tougher than what I like. So when in season, I enjoy!
I keep tuna on hand for a quick meal if needed. I will add a can to the cooked cabbage or if you have to travel it can be put in your luggage and once you get to your destination, can order a fresh salad and have it on that.
Towards the end of summer when fresh tomatoes are more prevalent, I will stop at a local roadside stand, purchase a bag or basket of tomatoes. Once home, I will peel and cook them down, scoop them into a glass jar, and seal with a Ball lid. Make sure they seal prior to placing in storage. Great for those colder days, just heat up and add your other vegetables, 10 minute home cooked vegetable soup.
Instead of having a sugary dessert, I will peel a couple oranges, or cut up a couple of apples, place them in a bowl and everyone takes what they want. When blueberries or raspberries are in season, we do the same. Many times I will purchase a larger quantity of blueberries, wash them, dry them on some paper towels on a cookie sheet and once dry, can put them into a freezer ziploc bag. Put them in the freezer, they make a great late night snack or can be thawed a bit for the evening dessert. We like them frozen!
Some of these tips can be used while on the hCG program and some when not on the program.
Those that have made these few life style changes have been able to maintain their new weight and can enjoy other foods once in awhile.
Quality foods equals quality life!
Words of Wisdom!
I have found that I can prepare a good nutritious meal in about the same time that I would wait in the drive-thru lane at many fast food eateries.
You will also find that you will have to LEAVE some food items at the store! I have a few!