I'm at the point now that I realize there are always going to be people who don't appreciate or understand eating clean and I'm totally okay with that. I never have and never will try to force my opinions on anyone, but when my mom came to me asking for help in cleaning up my family's diet I was ecstatic!
We started the day off at a farmers market out by my parents house. It was pretty small but definitely had some great locally grown produce.
The biggest cabbage I've ever seen.
The teeny tiniest onions ever.
After the farmers market we headed to Whole Foods to do the rest of her shopping. She picked out 3 clean meals to make for the week to get started, so we got those ingredients in addition to all of the basics and the ingredients for protein bars.
It's definitely worth noting you do not need to shop at a specialty health food store like Whole Foods for all of your groceries. I typically get almost everything from the regular grocery store and pick up a few things like oat flour, almonds and oats in bulk, and almond cheese from Whole Foods. We decided to just get everything there to cut down on the running around.
And then it began. Here is where we started with the pantry.
Yes, their pantry is as large as my bathroom... not fair at all! Anyway, as you can see, with a 10 year old living at home who is constantly running around with (many) other 10 year old's, the pantry was full of grab and go packaged foods. Everything from chips to cookies, crackers and baking items. I thought I was going to have to wrestle the granola bars out of my dad's arms but instead I sprinted to the trashcan when I heard him coming downstairs ;)
Here is the fridge. Nothing too crazy in here; milk, OJ, coffee creamer, butter, cream cheese, salad dressing, whipped cream, and sauces.
Are you ready for the afters?
BAM!! How great is that!?
I talked to my mom yesterday and she was back at the grocery store. For any of you that have gone through the clean eating switch over you already know how many grocery store trips are involved. I think I was at the grocery store a few times a week for a few weeks before I actually had all the basics. As you start perusing for recipes you need this spice, or that veggie and well, you get to know the cashier at the grocery store by name. Other than that she said things are going pretty smoothly. My sister has been cooperative in trying new things (which I am very surprised at... limited palate is an understatement) and my dad is surviving without his granola bars. Only issue they are facing is not caring for Almond milk and Truvia in their coffee, and since I'm not really a coffee drinker
I they would appreciate any tips!
Thank you mom and dad for letting me share this with everyone! I hope that this helps you understand that everyone has to start somewhere, but in my opinion getting all the bad food out of the house is the first and most important step. If we would have left a couple things here and there, it would have defeated the purpose. Not to say you have to be 100% clean or nothing at all, but I do think that this is the best way to set yourself up for success.