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.
|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|
|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|
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|
|Fresh black pepper|
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.