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    When you go to the store, what are the things that always always make your grocery list? I have a pretty regular circuit that I've started making since going primal at Trader Joe's...


    might not be perfectly primal, but it's the base that stocks my shelves nonetheless:


    Pre-shelled bag of hard-boiled eggs

    European-style whole milk plain yogurt

    Avocados

    Celery

    Mixed veggie bag (carrots, cauliflower, broc)

    Almond milk (for protein smoothies, the one without tapioca)

    Coconut milk

    Nuts (macadamia big bag, "handful" bags of almonds, etc. for work)

    Frozen organic unsweetened berries for smoothies (love their wild organic blueberries)

    Chicken sausage (jalapeno)

    Cheese (i partake)

    Olives

    Frozen wild-caught fish

    Salsa verde

    TJ hot sauce (theirs is my favorite)

    fish oil caps (every few visits)


    Then from the farmer's market:

    2 dozen eggs from happy chickens

    2 packs of bacon from happy pigs


  • #2
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    I shop at TJ's as well, this is the typical list:


    Organic Ground Beef

    Grass fed sirloin on the weekend

    Ground turkey

    Organic Chicken

    2 dozen free range eggs

    2 pckages broccoli slaw

    2 baby romaine backs

    Roma tomatos

    Organic cucumbers

    2 packages sliced white mushrooms

    Smokey Peach salsa (best salsa ive ever had out of a jar).

    Heavy Cream

    Uncured Bacon

    Avocados (if they are cheap)

    Coconut Milk

    The indiv. wrapped almond packs for school

    Raw Sunflower seeds


    That pretty much sums it up, although a dark chocolate bar sometimes sneaks it way into my cart...

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    • #3
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      I haven't been primal for long, but here is what I have been picking up.


      Bananas

      Avocados

      Almonds

      Bag of Fuji Apples

      Mixed Vegetables (Broc, Coli & Carrot)

      Big box of mixed baby lettuces

      Chicken breasts

      Whole Chicken (Organic)

      Ground Turkey

      Fresh Salsa (to put on my eggs)

      Natural honey dijon low cal/fat salad dressing

      Broccoli Slaw

      Tuna

      Shrimp

      Frozen blueberries/strawberries

      Jillian Michaels' protein (I like it cause' it has the natural sweetner)

      Nitrate Free Bacon

      Eggs!


      Unfortunately, I can't always go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's because it's about 40 minutes away. I like to go to local Aldi for some things and Publix for what I don't get at Aldi.


      I'm so ready for the Farmer's Market to come back...spring, hurry up.


      Also, what are some of your favorite meal combos?

      Breakfast : 1 Egg + 1 White, over easy - A kiwi or 1/2 of a banana, small navel orange. I just vary it. PLUS, a small slice of publix bakery whole grain bread to sop up that yummy yolk (yea, trying to let go of it)

      Lunch : A salad with balsamic vinegar and oil, some almonds, choice of protein (chicken breast, shrimp, tuna salad (w/broccoli slaw mixed in), chicken salad)

      Dinner : If i'm feeling hungry, I do a protein and some of those mixed vegetables or if i'm not so hungry, I drink a protein shake with 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, 1/2 cup of cream on top milk, 1/2 cup of water and some ice sticks. YUM! (That's probably what i'll drink tonight)

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      • #4
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        I just went to the store today...my first time with an almostly completely primal list. (Only almost completely because my husband won't give up sandwiches for lunch and I'm not pushing...yet.)


        I got:

        broccoli slaw

        red leaf lettuce

        carrots

        peppers

        onions

        avocados

        grapes

        bluberries

        strawberries

        macadamia nuts

        almonds

        walnuts

        pork sausage

        chicken

        bacon

        ham

        apples

        eggs


        I think that's it. It was weird shopping Primal though. I kept realizing how it's so different from low-fat, the way I'd been trying to get healthier (trying unsuccessfully, mind you). I think it's gonna take a while to feel completely comfortable in the grocery store, like I know what I'm doing.

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        • #5
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          Once a week our staples include:


          4 pkgs of bacon

          3 dozen eggs

          FF greek style yogurt

          FF cheese

          Butter


          Bananas

          Pineapple

          lemons


          Hugemongous bag of baby spinach

          some other dark leafy green

          Broccoli

          Tomatoes

          Cucumbers

          Onions

          Garlic

          other veg that peaks my interest


          If we have some extra money we will indulge in:


          Seafood (frozen uncooked shrimp and scallops, or fresh mussells or oysters if we`re rich!!!)


          Fresh berries.


          We buy our meat in bulk, and always have a variety of beef, pork and chicken on hand, as well as some fish!


          My pantry always has herbs and spices, coconut flour and almond flour, as well as basic staples like vinegars, cooking wines, coconut oil, nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios etc) and some dark chocolate!

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          • #6
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            I get most veggies at Farmer's market once a week. This time of year I am buying onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and greenhouse lettuce.


            At the Food Coop, I buy lacto-fermented sauerkraut, ginger carrots and kim chee, and free range eggs.


            I pick up meat from another farmer who delivers to a public place every two weeks, and for $100 I get a 'grab bag' of products: ground beef, a couple of steaks, pork chops, a large chicken, bacon, pork sausage, and a couple of dozen eggs.


            At WalMart, I buy frozen vegetables and frozen berries.


            I buy Kerrygold butter and cheddar cheese at the supermarket, along with any else I seem to need/want.


            I'm semi-retired, that's why I have enough time to be running around to all these places.


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              Awesome thread, I'm takin' notes ...

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              • #8
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                This is what I generally try to have on hand:


                Veggies:


                Spinach (the BIG bag!)

                Broccoli

                Avocados

                Cauliflower

                Carrots

                Pasillas

                Jalipenos

                Bell peppers

                Tomatoes

                Mushrooms

                Asparagus (if reasonably priced)

                Onions

                Green onions

                Garlic

                Cucumber

                Zucchini

                Jicama

                Spaghetti squash

                Sweet potatoes (occasionally)


                Fruit:


                Sometimes none

                Sometimes kiwi, apples, pears, grapefruit, grapes, plums, peaches, etc. Depends what's in season and whether I'm really backing down on carbs or not.

                Occasionally a banana.

                Fresh berries if they're in season, frozen if they're not.


                Meat:


                Lamb (I raise my own)

                Beef -- ground beef, carne asada, roast, sometimes steak

                Pork -- roast, hot sausage, bacon

                Chicken -- usually boneless skinless breasts, for ease

                Fish -- salmon, halibut, tuna, sardines, kippers


                Eggs/Dairy:


                Eggs (lots in winter, when my hens aren't laying)

                Heavy cream (lasts forever)

                Butter

                Cheese (occasionally)


                Canned/Bottled:


                Coconut milk

                Canned tomatoes

                Olives

                Oils

                Vinegars

                Curry paste

                Chipotles in adobo

                Broth (for speed if I don't have any homemade)


                Dry Goods:


                Dessicated coconut

                Herbs & Spices

                Nuts

                Coffee

                Very dark chocolate

                Pork rinds

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                • #9
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                  I usually end up buying lots of salad type veggies, for example:


                  Carrots

                  Celery

                  Cucumbers

                  Tomatoes

                  Mushrooms

                  Bell Peppers

                  Large bag/container of mixed greens or spinach

                  Cilantro

                  Avocados


                  I also buy a lot of


                  Broccoli

                  Cauliflower

                  Cabbage

                  Zuchini

                  Squash


                  I usually buy frozen onions, since I become a blubbering mess if I attempt to cut them up.


                  I usually have some apples and berries around too.


                  As far as beef goes, I finally found a source of grass-fed, so I've been buying that, but also


                  Lamb

                  Duck

                  Chicken

                  Turkey


                  I haven't tried it yet, but I also found pheasant, quail, goose, and rabbit! So can't wait to try those exotic meats. Well, they are exotic to me, since I practically lived off of Lean Turkey breast for the last 10 years.


                  I also usually buy


                  Green Olives

                  Black Olives

                  Garlic

                  Ginger

                  Goat cheese or raw cheese


                  I buy eggs from a guy I work with. He has chickens that he raises in his backyard. They are supplemented with some grain since its winter, but they are allowed to forage and run around part of the day too. I can really tell the difference between them and store eggs. The yolks are a deep orange color. He sells them for $2 a dozen.

                  Carpe Diem!

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                  • #10
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                    Usually, I buy veggies at the farmer's market - and then I'll go out to Winn-Dixie/Publix to get what they didn't have.


                    Veggies:

                    Lettuces

                    (any or all depending on how good they look/my mood:

                    Romaine, Spinach, Cabbage (green/red), Kale)

                    Bags of mixed veggies - Cauli.Brocc.Carrot.

                    Stir fry mix: Carrot, Brocc. Snap peas.

                    Tomatoes

                    Onion

                    Celery


                    Bulk ordered grass-fed steak in the freezer already.

                    Will occasionally supplement with an Organic chicken (whole)

                    Seafood. (Any mix of: Crab legs, fish, shrimp)


                    Fruit:

                    Strawberries

                    Papaya

                    Blueberries

                    Oranges

                    Apples


                    Nuts:

                    Macadamia nuts

                    Almonds

                    Walnuts

                    Pecans


                    Other staples:

                    Eggs (Free-range)

                    Green Tea

                    Rooibos Tea

                    Olive oil

                    Almond butter

                    Almond meal

                    Coconut flour

                    Beef and Chicken stock.

                    Any array of spices..

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                    • #11
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                      My cart is usually filled with fruits and veggies of different types and whatever meat looks good or is recommended by my butcher. I get a staple of off-the-bone ham and genoa salami, along with Omega 3 eggs and uncured bacon/side pork, but other than that, I go with what looks good.

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                      • #12
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                        It really depends on what's on sale at the meat counter, whats on sale through the co-op or if the farmers market is in season (mine runs May-November) or if my garden is producing. So I can't say if something's always on or not. This week, coconut oil is on sale for half price $4/jar so I've been getting that every time I go in this month. Where I usually get my groceries can be a bit of a toss-up. They might be out of a particular thing or they might suddenly have an influx.


                        But for the most part, I get

                        1. Pastured eggs

                        2. Raw milk cheese

                        3. Beef or lamb, whichever is on a daily sale

                        4. Bulk bin buffalo jerky

                        5. Salmon fillet

                        6. Coconut milk

                        7. Butter

                        8. Fish/Shellfish, whatever's on sale

                        9. Vegetables, seasonally available


                        On Monday I bought radishes, fennel, asparagus, cabbage and beets. They also had potatoes (too high in carbs) avocadoes and some other vegetables but they didn't look so hot and were flown in from too far away.


                        So far, my shopping list right now has a few items I'm running low on but want to stock up: pumpkin seeds, flaxseed oil, VCO, walnuts and greek yoghurt.


                        @beckinwolf, $2/dozen are you kidding me?! I haven't been able to find a backyard egg-raiser in my neighbourhood who didn't want anything less than $6/dozen for their eggs.

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                        • #13
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                          Below are all the items I've been consuming. This is a pretty thorough list. These are really the only things I ingest. I keep most of them on hand at any given time.


                          Vegetables

                          Broccoli

                          Cauliflower

                          Mushrooms

                          Spinach

                          Zucchini

                          Avocado

                          Bell peppers

                          Sweet peppers

                          Eggplant

                          Tomatoes

                          Carrots

                          Onions

                          Tomatillos

                          Alfalfa sprouts

                          Lettuce

                          Asparagus

                          Green onion


                          Fruit

                          Granny smith apples

                          Bananas

                          Frozen strawberries


                          Nuts/Seeds

                          Walnuts

                          Almonds

                          Pecans

                          Macademia nuts

                          Pumpkin seeds

                          Almond meal

                          Almond butter

                          Tahini


                          Fish & Meat

                          Garlic marinated chicken

                          Beef Kofta

                          Salmon

                          Tilapia

                          Shrimp

                          Canned tuna

                          Steak


                          Dairy

                          Eggs


                          Bottled & Canned

                          Vinegar

                          Tabasco sauce

                          Balsamic Vinegar

                          Coconut Milk

                          Almond Milk

                          Coconut Oil

                          Broth

                          Olive oil

                          Lemon juice

                          Water chestnuts (higher in carbs but I stocked up quite a bit before I went primal so I'll only eat them*occasionally)


                          Other

                          Basil

                          Seaweed wraps

                          Shredded coconut

                          Various spices

                          Garlic


                          Drinks

                          Water

                          Green tea (decaf)

                          Gatorade mix (for when playing sports, sweating like crazy and need the sugar boost)

                          Red wine


                          Daily Supplements

                          Multivitamin

                          Fish oil supplement

                          Protein powder

                          Creatine

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                          • #14
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                            His son is 10 years old and the chickens are like his pets! I just love having access to them. And you are so right about the price. At our local co-op you can also get pastured eggs there, but they are always at least $4 a dozen. It's so cool to open up a carton and see 4 different shades of eggs, plus all different sizes too. And textures! Some of the shells are different textures. It's amazing. Occasionally I'll even find a feather stuck to an egg...lol

                            Carpe Diem!

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                            • #15
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                              We are buying less in the store these days (besides shampoo/toothpaste/toilet paper/kleenex/etc) because we have a CSA basket delivered each week, and try to plan our produce use around whatever is in that... might have to fill in with one or two things from the store each week produce-wise, for a recipe though.


                              We also just bought 1/4 cow and will be eating a LOT of beef from now on. haha.

                              We do buy chicken thighs pretty frequently though, and occasionally a whole chicken for roasting. Also bacon, and ground pork for making breakfast sausage.


                              We buy a lot of eggs - though I'm thinking of seeing if we can switch to the pastured eggs our CSA can deliver. (seeing if it will work money-wise i mean)


                              Milk is also a staple.


                              Other than that, it varies... if I'm low on a spice or herb, or certain kinds of nuts, we get that. If we (usually my husband) has had a hankering for dried fruit, we'll get some of that... pork rinds are a yummy occasional snack. We also buy olives and pickles though not super-often.

                              Oils, vinegars...


                              Grocery shopping is so simple these days!

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