Well, I just returned from the grocery store, and I don't think I have ever bought so many vegetables, fruits and nuts in one go.
Do you ever get 'shopping cart pride'? When your shopping cart is loaded up with good healthy food, and you're struttin' down those aisles pretending like these are your "normal" groceries?
And you swear you can see furtive glances from other shoppers as they put down their cola, chips and cookies on the belt after they checked out your healthy haul?
I felt like a complete poser.
Oh, I wanted my shopping cart of godly healthiness to be something I do "every other week", but instead I felt like I was carrying around a knock-off Prada insisting it was real.
These people weren't seeing my previous purchases of buttery crackers, goldfish crackers, ice cream, 2 liter bottle of pop, chocolate and a bag of chips.
So kept my head down and continued with my little shopping session.
I also had the revelation that when you cut out the crap from your diet, you only basically need one aisle and two sections to shop in:
- The Butcher section
- Fruit and Veg section
- The milk/cheese/egg aisle
This really cut down on my shopping time and I was a little amazed to be walking past whole aisles where I just knew there was nothing down there I could eat.
How can we have such a large store and so little actual food? I wondered.
After replacing the box of raspberries my two year had ejected from the shopping cart, and having wiped up the mess with bum wipes, while looking around to see if anyone noticed me stash the mess of what was now raspberry jam and wipes on a chip shelf, I paid for my 800lbs of food and hefted it all to the car.
Finally I got to my next stop.
I was there for only three things:
- Coconut flour
- Macadamia nuts
- Unsweetened coconut
Ella was accepting the fact that she was going to be in yet another buggy, and was helping by pulling anything within arm's reach off the shelf, while I asked a young gentleman where the Coconut flour was.
He pointed it out to me, then did was I was so horrible dreading.....tried to make conversation.
"So what is coconut flour for? Can you just, like, replace it for regular flour?"
I stared at him for a moment, I opened my mouth and was appalled to realize that I was completely bullshitting my way through my answer!
"Oh, well, it's better for you because it's gluten free, and you can use it in most things. But not everything...like cakes."
What the hell...
Why would I say cakes? Why on earth would it work for everything BUT cakes? The complete truth was that I saw a recipe for Paleo Pancakes that called for coconut flour, so here I was buying the freaking flour! I have 0 idea of it's nutritive power or it's ability to makes cakes rise.
As quickly as I could I hauled ass out of there and finally made it home.
Remi greeted me at the door and helped me carry the bags in.
"Holy crap, that's a lot of fruit." He sounded stunned.
I ignored him, and started washing and re-bagging the fruit.
Remi has been irritable the last few days as he's going through his wheat withdrawal, so I was trying to be particularly patient.
"i just didn't know this was a fruit-only diet." He grumbled.
I bit my tongue. "It's a meat, fruit, vegetable, anything but grains and crap diet." I said slowly, enunciating each word carefully. "What the hell do you think cavemen ate anyway?! Peanut butter sandwiches??"
Ok, so I was mostly patient.
Finally it was bedtime for the munchkin, I finished packing Remi's lunch and told him I'd be downstairs, when he caught me by the arm.
"Hey, I'm really thankful for everything you're doing." He said quietly.
"Are you thanking me because you're actually thankful or because you know you should?" I raised an eyebrow.
"Probably a little of both."
I grinned, I could still see all the grumpy, tiredness all over his face.
"You're welcome, I appreciate it either way."
Baked Chicken, Quinoa, Steamed Cabbage
Raisins, Walnuts, Almonds, Raspberries, Blueberries