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9/1/11 1:17 A

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Fruit - apples, bananas, berries, grapes, cantaloupe, oranges, pink grapefruit, lemons
Veggies - brocolli, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, onions, scallions, mushrooms, corn, cucumbers, carrots, sweet potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, kale, lettuce, arugula, bok choy, jicama, bell peppers, zucchini, sno peas
Cereal/grains - Old fashioned oatmeal; farina and or Wheatena; quinoa, rice chex, shredded wheat, barley, brown rice, buckwheat
Bread - whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel; whole wheat tortillas, English muffins, bagels, raisin bran muffins, rice cakes - the caramel ones for weak moments and plain for general use
Meats/Fish/Fowl - Chicken whole & breasts, salmon fillets or trout to smoke; turkey burgers, lean hamburger; turkey and turkey ham, canned tuna, kipper snacks, and salmon
Nuts/seeds - raw almonds, raw cashews, raw peanuts, flax seeds & peanut butter - the natural type: smooth for me and chunky for hubby
Soy milk - low fat chocolate and vanilla, sometime plain for cooking
Soy yogurt & soy protein powder drink mixes in four flavors
Tofu - both firm and soft
Eggs
Diet gelatin
Sorbet & frozen soy desserts
Sugar free hard candies
Spenda
Lo-Salt salt substitute
Balsamic & apple cide vinegar - no while stuff unless I need to clean something like mineral deposits off my sink!
** Special note: I try to eat very clean and healthy and as natural as possible but I have some weaknesses, a dairy allergy, and watch my sugar and salt intake so sometimes if I want "junk food" I try to limit myself to lower calories choices although they are artificial. I call this balance because it helps me meet my long term goals and therefore my life is better.

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8/30/11 10:25 A

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That sounds like a healthy and sensible shopping strategy!

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8/28/11 10:08 A

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I try to only shop the outer perimeter of the store. That is: several types of meat, cheese, cheese sticks, seafood, veggies, and berries. I do buy low carb/high fiber bread and frozen veggies. We do not make any of the boxed/processed foods. We are strictly low carb, high fiber, and low sugar family.

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SLOLOSER's Photo SLOLOSER Posts: 8,646
8/4/11 7:27 A

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You have some great prices there!

I can get bananas cheaper, but envy you your milk and chicken prices especially.

I had to look up pepitas. I did not know what they were. (Pumpkin seeds)

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7/16/11 3:54 P

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These are some of my staples (along with prices, since this is a group about budgeting emoticon )
Canned Tuna (often 3/ $.99--I stock up)
Chicken Breast (often on sale $.99/ lb--I stock up)
Dried Lentils ($.78/ lb)
Dried Split Peas ($.68/ lb)
Dried Beans ($.68-$1.44 a lb.)
Dried Brown Rice ($2.00/ 4 lb. sack)
Milk ($2.20/ gallon @ Aldi, $2.76 at my nearest gas station. I use milk A LOT: I make yogurt and yogurt cheese out of it)
Unflavored Gelatin (.99/ box of 4 packets. I use it to thicken up my homemade yogurt)
Old Fasioned Oats ($2.44/ 15 cup container)
Frozen Veggies/ Veggie Mixes ($.98- $1.12)
Frozen Spinach ($1.62/ 16 ounce bag)
Fresh Carrots ($2.16/ 3 lb bag)
Fresh Celery ($1.28/ head)
Radishes ($.88/ lb.)
Any other reasonably priced fresh veggies ($.49-$1.50/ lb. Recently got 3 one pound sacks of Fresh Baby spinach for $.99 each)
Bananas ($.38/ lb)
Apples ($2.49 for a 4 lb bag)
Oranges ($2.49 for a 5 lb. bag)
Any other fruits that are reasonably priced ($.69- $1.88/ lb)
Dried Fruits ($1.50/ 8 ounces, except for raisins which are $3.50/ 4 lbs)
Hulled Sunflower Seeds ($1.99/ 2 lb. sack)
Pepitas ($2.25/ 4 cup continer)
Natural Peanut Butter ($1.88/ 24 ounce jar)
Eggs ($.99/ dozen large)
Extra Light Olive Oil ($3.48 regular sized container)
Popcorn Kernels ($1.44/ 2 lb. bag)

Edited by: VINTAGEMISS at: 7/16/2011 (15:57)
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7/12/11 6:14 A

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Here are 2 links for sites that can be helpful in preparing your grocery list:

www.foodonthetable.com/ - Food on the Table

For those in the USA it will even help you plan your meals around what is on special in the stores in your area. If you do not live in the USA, you can skip the pick stores part, and pick what kind of foods you want to cook this week, keeping in mind local specials, or better yet, what is already in your pantry.

It will suggest recipes and generate a grocery list for you. You delete the items you already have from the list. It is really easy to use and you can both edit recipes and add your own recipes. Free, but requires that your register.

For Canadians: www.soscuisine.com/ SOS Cuisine

Similar to the above site, but a bit different. It does comparison shopping for Canadian stores and offers some help in menu planning. Unfortunately only some of the services on this site are free. However, the comparison shopping is free, and requires no registration.
The free menu plans are not as flexible as with the above site, but the side by side listing of specials is very helpful and there is a chart for people looking for what is in season in Quebec.

Edited by: SLOLOSER at: 7/12/2011 (06:15)
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6/28/11 2:58 P

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For those who want to start keto today, make 60-70% of your calories from fat, 30-20% of your calories from protein and 10-5% calories from carbohyrdates, complex if possible. For recipes, check out http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb. Good stuff on there :) Good luck to you all

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6/28/11 2:29 P

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If you have an Aldi's or SuperWalmart, you might get the best value for bulk items. I am on a ketogenic diet and it is awesome. I eat real, unprocessed foods and count carbs/sugar as well as keeping calories modest. In three weeks I've lost more weight than I have in three months. Send me a message if you want some information. It's free and easy to do.

Full fat cheeses (especially cream, Brie and aged swiss)
Bacon,
Pork Belly
Pork Rinds (less calories and carbs than potato chips)
Broccoli
Kale
Spinach
Jimica
Cauliflower
Squash
Zucchini
Peppers
Onions
Tomatoes
Bamboo sprouts
Mushrooms
Pickles/Pickled Jalapenos
Beef (ground, whole 73-80% fat)
Turkey
Pepperoni
Braunschweiger
Organic Coconut Oil
Butter
Almonds
Cashews
Chicken
Nori
Black Beans
Butter Beans
Green Beans
Cabbage
Salmon
Tuna
Sardines
Shrimp
Erythritol
Almond/Coconut flour
Eggs
Cream of tartar
Cinnamon
Garlic salt
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Heavy Whipping Cream
real egg noodles (rare)

The reason behind the no "low-fat" is due to the insulin resistance most of us possess (mostly stomach and upper body weight gain). By cutting carbs and sugar, you will lose weight with healthy proteins and good amounts of natural fats from plants and animals. Obviously, you can still have your favorite foods in moderation but the diet does work best with keeping on track. Cheat days are allowed and simple modifications such as I have made do make this a better lifestyle than just a diet. If you are looking to get an extra boost for weight loss, cut out everything that has HFCS and unfermented soy (soy lecithin, powered soy, soy protein.) For women, it adds something called an oestrogen which screws with your metabolic and hormonal make-up. The less you have of these two substances, the better off you'll be.

I have been struggling for over two years trying to pinpoint my issues with weight loss. I have tried every diet you can think of. Until keto, I thought I was doomed to be big forever. Not so much anymore. Combining exercise with water, natural foods and sugar alternatives, I am losing weight like a champ.

I was miserable and frustrated on low-fat for a good reason: I was starving myself without realizing it. I was losing lots of muscle and gaining more visceral and appendage fat as the carbs were not being processed right and going straight to fat storage. Think about this before grabbing another "SnackWell" or "Soy Joy". Soy is harmful in large amounts. Fermented products like natto, tempeh, miso and tofu (extra firm) are okay but not good for daily use.

On this keto-lifestyle change, I eat normal meals, I am satisfied and no silly gimmicks or crap to buy other than food. I cook my food with real butter and coconut oil, make my dressings and dip with virgin olive oil. (extra virgin is a rip off, by the way. Save some money by just doing 'virgin'.) I can make desserts without guilt and have a normal day out if I wish. No guilt, no meetings, no products: just me, my friends and family and my motivation with Spark People. In three months, my HDL and LDL levels are fantastic, triglycerides are nice and low and glucose is normal. My hypothyroid symptoms improved. I used to suffer from severe neck, joint and back pain along with migraines: gone. All gone. I still take my Synthroid as I know I need to take that daily. I'm off of Glucophage, painkillers and heart medication along with diuretics.

I spend $30-40 bucks a week on groceries if not less compared to the $75-100 dollars previously on diet food. This change has saved me money, time and most of all, my life!

The hardest part of this lifestyle change is finding out what foods contain HFCS and Soy then counting carbs. You can have 50 net carbs (80g carbs minus 30g fiber (max)). No more than 30g of fiber and definitely don't do it all in one day to start. Trust me: I did it and it was HORRIBLE. Start slow and steady. You'll get there and ketosis will do the rest.



Edited by: ARTSYINGB at: 6/28/2011 (14:40)
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5/19/11 4:14 A

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There's not a whole lot that I always get from the store. We shop the sales and stock up on a lot of things. So aside from milk, I can't think of much.

Fruit - what's on sale or being sold on discount for clearance (I love grapes!)
Veggies - Again, what's on sale or being sold discounted for clearance, but carrots, onions, and cabbage are often good buys

Garlic and ginger are almost staples in our house too.

Some basics we often get:

Eggs (but I've been surprised they keep really well. We stock up when they are on sale.)

Yogurt - two kinds!!
Cheese - we more than we should.

The real money savers that we don't often buy because we buy them in bulk:
Flour (white and whole wheat)
Yeast!!! (Buy it in bulk!)
These are real money savers because home made bread is so much cheaper than store bought. (Especially if you buy your yeast in bulk.)

We do buy meat and fish too.
Generally we find hamburger is cheaper if we buy 10 pounds at a time.
My husband says he gets the best fish buys at the Asian market.

And more bulk purchases:
On sale
- Canned tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Canola oil

And we buy flaxseed and grind it, but not often. It lasts a long time.




Edited by: SLOLOSER at: 5/19/2011 (04:16)
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5/16/11 12:34 P

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Once you start easing into healthy eating and trying new things, you begin to want the healthier items and it gets easier to shop. It helps to start with your fav veggies and fruit, try to make them part of your regular meals and add others to prevent boredom. I used to be a swee/choco-holic, and now I crave these foods. My regular list consists of:

Eggs
Low Fat/FF cheeses (my weakness)
Fruit - apples, bananas, strawberries, mixed berries,grapes, cantaloupe.
Veggies - Favs - brocolli, cauliflower, asparagus, red potatos, corn, cucumbers, carrots, plus my goal is to add something different and experiment a little on occasion.
Spinach/Lettuce
Toppings - Cucumbers/Carrot matchstix/mushrooms, etc.
Milk
Yogurt
Granola
Cereal - Kashi Go Lean
Ezekial Bread
Peanut butter
Chicken breast, pork tenderloin, salmon, lean pork, turkey burgers, and lean sirloin burgers.

I don't buy all of this at one time, but it provides plenty of variety weekly. Mostly I gill meats on the weekend and cook a little extra.

Good luck to you!



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5/16/11 10:54 A

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what are some items that you always get from the grocery store? im sorry if the wording is off i guess im asking for your grocery list lol im new and always try to shop healthy but never do so advice??

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