The best way to start this journey is to only make one or two changes to start with. Don't try to alter your total nutrition overnight - it will only come back and bite you in the butt at a later date. Instead, try putting some more fruit/veges into your trolley, and less processed junk. It might be not putting in so much soda or juice, and instead drink extra water. The other thing is to go into the store with a realistic list and stick to it. If you aren't a disciplined shopper, only going in with a certain amount of money can help too. There is nothing like overdoing it at the check-out and having to put some back - I have done this occasionally, and can attest that it really helps to be more mindful - LOL!
Take advantage of your vege and meat specials, and bulk cook some casseroles and soups, then containerize them in single serves and freeze. This helps to save time and 'thinking' during the week. If you can get a few varieties in there, then it will be a doddle!
Things that are staples in my pantry, and I buy whether I need them now or later, are Lentils, Canned Tuna/Salmon, Canned plain tomatoes (you can add basil or chillies etc. when you cook to make them whatever 'take' you want re Italian, Mexican, etc.) Red Kidney Beans, Oat Bran and Bakers Bran. The Oat Bran is amazing for thickeners in gravies, coating chicken or pork steaks, etc. Balsamic Vinegar is another staple, to help change up the casseroles for different takes. Milk Powder is another staple, for when I want to boost the calcium and protein content of something (great in smoothies and as 'extras' in baking.
My freezer always has frozen peas for emergencies, and to help boost my protein and fibre, and frozen crumbed fish fillets for a change. I also always have frozen grated cheese in there for when I need it.
If you are addicted to cakes, cookies, etc., then skip those aisles, OR if you need something from that aisle, then walk very briskly to what you need, and the same way to the end of the aisle.
If you struggle to think of recipes, try looking at SP's recipes - particularly Chef Meg's. Keep an eye on the nutrition info because some of the recipes aren't the best for a weight-loss journey. With a little bit of thought and planning you will find that you are no longer overwhelmed, but actually enjoy the process :-)
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 3/29/2013 (18:02)
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