So, my bestie called and asked what I usually buy at the grocery store, how do I shop. As you know, this has been a process of eating less processed food. As weeks go bye, I buy less and less processed food. We eat better and better, the more recipes and foods I find that I love. Every once in a while, something bad will sneak into my cart, I won’t be able to control myself with it and eat too much of it. Next time, I don’t buy it. If I can’t control myself and I want to eat the entire kitchen when I have it, it’s been black listed. So I have things that I know I will buy every. single. time, I go grocery shopping and their are items for special meals and there are items I buy in singles. I am going to eat this candy bar, but not buy an entire bag of candy.

First things first, find the products that meet your standards. Whether those are grass fed, local, oragnic, non-dairy, vegetarian… Whatever! I don’t buy everything organic, but if you can afford it, do it. Number two, I find products that meet my weight loss goals. Will I be able to control myself and eat just one? If not, black list it. Number three, I FIND FOOD THAT I WILL LOVE TO EAT!!!! If you absolutely had spinach, quit buying and dreading every time you have to eat it. Seriously. Stop. Although you can easily hide spinach in any smoothie. It’s awesome.

And to get you started, break foods into three categories. Green List: things you won’t feel guilty about and could eat every single day. Does that mean I gorge myself on them with no limitation? No…. Yellow List: Items you want to proceed with caution, you can’t eat all the time, because it doesn’t line up with your weight loss goal, fitness goals, health goals, whatever they may be. THey might always be in the home, but I watch my portions and don’t eat every single day. BLACK LIST: Items you can’t keep in the home, because you will eat too much of it, cause a downward spiral or just overall REALLY unhealthy and don’t meet you standards or goals.

Here is kind of my lists:
GREEN LIST:
Bananas!!!
Apples
Peaches
Berries
Grapes
Any Fruit Really!
Baby Carrots (for snacks)
Big Carrots (for cooking)
Leafy Lettuce (for wraps)
Red Bell Pepper (any color)
Zucchini, Squash
Avocados
Sweet Potatoes
Head of Cauliflower
Head of Broccoli
Frozen Green Beans & Broccoli (always try to have on hand)
Tomatoes
Jalapeños
Cilantro
Onions
Green Onions
Quinoa
Organic Liquid Egg Whites
Organic Eggs
Black Beans (I use dried and cook them myself)
Chickpeas/Garbonzo Beans (I use dried and cook them myself)
Coconut Milk or Almond Milk

YELLOW LIST:
Peanut Butter
Dried Fruit
Nuts
Kind Bars
Corn Tortillas
Whole Wheat Bread
Brown Rice
Steel Cut Oats/Oatmeal
Red Meat-Sausage
Dairy
Vegan Soy Cheese-Organic-rarely use

BLACK LIST:
Muffins, Rolls, Fancy Bread
Candy
Cookies
Nutella-I can’t control myself
Chips
Sweet Potato Chips
Cheese

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