Monthly Archives: December 2014

Shopping and Cooking for Days 1-3 (plus shopping lists!)

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Well I have finished the shopping and prepared the soups for the first 3 days on the plan. I made a shopping list for the Thyroid menu which I suspect in the first 3 days is the same as the regular menu… in any case my fridge is completely full and my wallet is empty. I spent $70 on groceries for the first 3 days which is about a week and a half of my grocery budget. However, I’m hopeful that the food will last longer than 3 days. The refrigerator is more full than I’ve ever seen it (it’s just me and hubby and we shop weekly).

Cooking was an interesting experience. Chefs didn’t write these recipes. I decided a can of coconut milk meant 13 oz (roughly 1 2/3 cup), a bunch of kale became a handful and I guestimated on 1.5 lbs carrots. All in all not too bad and now I have both soups prepared.

 

Carrot and Ginger Soup

Carrot and Ginger soup ready for the fridge and freezer

Spicy Vegetarian SoupNext time I’ll use a bigger pot. Believe it or not I used fewer vegetables than the recipe called for.

Individually freezing leftover squash

Individually freezing leftover squash

Aldi Kroger
Baby romaine  Butternut squash 
7-8 cups (56-64 oz) of kale  1 tub Mixed Greens
2 apples  2 cups (at least) whole flax seed 
1 avacado  Coconut milk 
2 pears 

 

1 small beet 
3 crowns Broccoli  4 shitake mushrooms 
Brown rice  Pumpkin seeds 
Raw almonds (small amount)  2 medium sized organic oranges 
2 pounds carrots 
12 oz blueberries 
2-3 oz chicken 
Sea salt
5 zucchini

Keep in mind this first list is edited for what I actually bought so it doesn’t include what I had on hand (though if I had it on hand, it was almost certainly from Aldi).

The lists look intimidating, but I already had some of the things on the list and chances are you will too. I also changed a few things. For instance instead of buying fresh ginger I used the ground ginger I had in my spice cabinet. Nutritionally it might make a bit of a difference, but since I had it… I also decided that regular coconut milk could easily replace the can called for in a recipe since I was buying coconut milk anyway.

Grocery List Thyroid Menu Days 1-3

2 cups (at least) whole flax seed 2 apples
12 oz blueberries 7-8 cups (56-64 oz) of kale
Coconut milk 4 shitake mushrooms
3-4 pounds carrots 1 small beet
5 zucchini Raw almonds (small amount)
1-2 Garlic bulbs Brown or basmati rice
Raw ginger Baby romaine
Sunflower seeds (and/or chia seeds) 5 onions
1 tub Mixed Greens Honey
4 crowns Broccoli Butternut squash
Extra Virgin olive oil 15oz can of chickpeas
2 medium sized organic oranges 1 bay leaf
2 pears 1 can coconut milk
1 avacado Sea salt
Pumpkin seeds Brown sugar
2-3 oz chicken Vanilla
Spices:
Cayenne
Cinnamon
Cloves
Cumin
Ginger
Nutmeg
Onion powder
Fresh black pepper
Poultry seasoning
Turmeric

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I have been shopping for the next week and can indeed confirm that the list was more than enough for the first 3 days. I officially I needed 5 onions and I only had 3 the list above has been modified. Other than that I ended up with 2 crowns of broccoli more than I needed, 1 package of kale (though I’m sure I’ll use that soon! 2 zucchini (again I plan on using all of them this week) and lots of leftovers on other things as well. I still have carrot and beet salad in my fridge that neither I nor the hubs have eaten, a tooooon of soup left. I can only hope the plan is able to use all of these things before they go bad (esp cuz I still have 2 beets (it was minimum 3 beets at the store) left that I haven’t touched.

I think it’s best not to go shopping too far in advance because of all the chances of buying things that may not work. For instance, I didn’t pass almonds which means if I had bought almond butter to use on day 4, I would be out a bag of almonds and almond butter.

My Pre-Plan Post

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I shared a bit about my health conditions on the header to this page. I have several “separate” conditions that have all been described as auto-immune. Some of these conditions affect my fertility and all of them affect my mood. What interests me most about The Plan is that it focuses on eliminating inflammatory foods. It also has a separate menu for thyroid disorders. I struggled for years to get a diagnosis of hypothyroidism and once one doctor began medicine I moved and my new doctor told me I was fine. I have recently been put on thyroid medication again and it has helped a lot. However, it seems that doctors are not very receptive to testing properly for thyroid disorders. The fact that the book has a list of helpful and harmful foods makes me very hopeful that I can get my conditions under control with or without help from my doctors.

I have read from other sources that it is very helpful to prepare the food in advance. I plan to grocery shop tomorrow morning and then prepare my food for my plan to begin on New Year’s Day. I am very lucky in that I am an independent contractor and work is slow. I will have at least a week and a half without work which should allow me to get used to the new routines of weighing myself and drinking so much water.

Work is slow which means money is tight. I have been shopping at Aldi which does have some things like kefir and siracha! I plan on getting everything I can at aldi and the rest hopefully I can find at Kroger (a local grocery chain that has whole sale nuts and I’m hoping everything aldi’s doesn’t) There is a Whole Foods in my neighborhood, but I really can’t afford to go there. Part of my journey will be finding what I can within my budget and forgetting the rest. For example, I have been looking for chickpeas from aldi for years, and I finally found 4 cans!!! But I looked at the label and it’s full of sodium! It is certainly not what is recommended for the plan, but it was .65 a can. I bought two cans and I’ll see what I can find at Kroger tomorrow. I know that the sodium content increases the likelihood for a reaction, but maybe I can counteract it with leafy greens or extra water.

I am not actually trying to lose weight on this plan which may be the most surprising part to people. I am 24 and 170 pounds. True I am according to BMI charts technically overweight, but I’m not terribly concerned with the scale. I’m perfectly happy with my body; my goal is to become healthier. According to Lyn Genet-Recitas, the plan is meant for people 35 and older, but because of my thyroid issues I may still show the inflammation though weight gain. I suppose we’ll find out whether this will work for me.

I say all of these things because this is MY journey. I hope it helps others, but I am an individual. I have very specific existing issues and I have very specific goals. My hope is that others suffering from thyroid, PCOS and other auto-immune disorders can see this as a way to help (or not depending on how things go) themselves become healthier.