Today's tip comes after many emails over the past couple of weeks from people that are struggling with getting started with clean eating. I know it can be a little overwhelming to begin with, and I think the best way to start out is by preparing a grocery list that will set you up for success. Once you can rid your kitchen of all the unclean items, you'll want to figure out what it is you'll need to make each of 6 meals for the next week (or however often you go to the grocery store). I have a generic list under the grocery list tab at the top of the blog, but I thought I would share my list from last week and show you how I break things down so that it's easy and not overwhelming in the slightest.
- First I write down what meals I plan to make for the week. I usually flip through magazines, pull up my recipe tab, or filter through Facebook for inspiration.
- Once I have my meals, I figure out what meat and how much I will need for each meal. This week we bought 2 packages of chicken (the large ones), 1 pound of round steak, 3 lean ground turkey, and shaved low sodium turkey breast from the deli for B.
- Then, I dive into produce and write down what I need for the meals for the week as well as fruits for breakfast and shakes, my veggies for my eggs, and anything I want to have on the side.
- Lastly I make an "other" category where staple items like eggs, oats, and almonds go. You'll also see the more random ingredients there, like Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) and red chili paste. These are items I needed for a new recipe-- Beef and Broccoli, which by the way is TO DIE FOR and I will post it on Thursday.
That's it! It's pretty easy, and having this list makes the grocery store easy to navigate. I then take this list and put it on the fridge or keep it in my planner so that I can see my options for the week. I hope you'll give this method a try and let me know how it goes!