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Shopping with a new purpose

After posting yesterday, we ventured off to the supermarket to pick up a few items for tonight’s dinner and for the week. The trip was a little different for me than usual, in the sense that I was trying to be more aware of what I purchased. We went to a typical supermarket- not a Whole Foods or specialty market and it is abundantly clear that I will need to shop for some products outside of this supermarket in order to meet my new-found needs.

First, the produce selection. It is pretty diverse and there are a good amount of different veggie options, however very few items are tagged as ‘locally grown’ or ‘organic’. Some items may be, but they are not labeled as such. Michael Pollan discusses in his book that it is preferable to purchase items locally (less travel time) and items that have been grown in nutrient rich soil (typically organic, but not ALL organic produce is grown in such soil), yet this store did not seem to carry much of that. I really want to go to a farmer’s market soon!

The second thing I noticed was the lack of seafood options. This market always seems to carry the same seafood options- tilapia, salmon, and perch. Some times they have tuna and yesterday they had flounder- nothing too exciting in my book. We  already have some shrimp at home and none of the seafood was inspiring or on sale so we decided to hold off until later in the week. I love eating seafood but I get tired of the same old options at this store.

The next item of business for me was  the meat section. I could not find any grass fed meat options or even ‘free range’ meats. I think I will need to really search for these in my community, although I got an inside tip that Trader Joes carries grass-fed products. I may try to check that out this week.

Next, the eggs and dairy section. Very few choices here too! The best I could find were organic free range eggs or coup-free eggs. I like the idea of that of course, but I really want to find grass-fed chicken eggs if possible. I held off on buying any eggs and will continue to search. Then I completely spaced and just grabbed the store brand half-n-half and forgot to look for organic or any type of ‘better’ dairy for my coffee. I guess I was a little worn out by this point. Woops! Also, same with the shredded cheddar cheese- we just grabbed the store brand and were on our way. I will need to do some more research on the availability of dairy products from grass fed cows in my area as I doubt there were many options on that front at my local grocery store anyway.

So, the shopping trip was very interesting. All in all, I think we did pretty well. We picked up two heads of romaine lettuce, a bag of spinach, a cucumber, organic (yes, this was labeled!) green onion, 4 green bell peppers, 4 jalepenos, 2 bags of yellow onions, a bag of lemons, half a head of purple cabbage, a whole head of green cabbage, bananas, and tomatoes. We bought a tray of chicken breasts and some ground veal (I know, bad). A bag of shredded cheddar and some half n half. I bought some Siggi’s icelandic yogurt to try this week, which is all natural (INGREDIENTS: Skim Milk, Agave Nectar, Candied Ginger Orange Extract, Live Active Cultures, Vegetable Rennet). Also, some cashews for snacking. All in all, a good trip and I learned that I really need to pay attention to everything I put in that cart!

Anyway, on to dinner. My husband made the crab cakes and he did an excellent job. They contained crab meat, organic green onion, fresh cilantro, jalepeno, lemon juice, mustard-dry and wet, an egg, mayonnaise, and bread crumbs. He fried them in a little canola oil. I made an Asian-style slaw, using purple and green cabbage, carrots, organic green onion, cilantro, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sesame seeds. It came out great! It tasted so fresh and light and accompanied the crab cakes perfectly. (please see starving kitten for the recipes!)

After dinner I made myself an espresso with half and half.

I knew we were going to be going out and doing something social so I needed a pick-me-up. While we were out I had two vodka sodas, with Stoli vodka, club soda, and lime. All in all, a good day!

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It begins! Already hitting speedbumps…

I find it to be very interesting that I started blogging/photo documenting my new healthy eating habits on a Friday. Of all days, Fridays lead into the weekend and are where I tend to make some pretty poor dietary choices, especially compared to Monday-Thursday. I tend to make ok choices throughout the day on Friday, but by the evening I am more open to the idea of eating “poorly”. I’m not sure why that is, if it’s because I just need a break from the normal routine or if it’s an excuse to cut loose a bit. Also, I tend to drink alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights, more than any other nights in the week, so maybe it’s the idea of throwing all caution to the wind. So, to see how well I handle this weekend will be an interesting experiment at just the onset of this project.

This morning it was nice and cool outside, somewhere in the upper 50’s lower 60’s I am guessing. For the past few days the temps have been much higher in the morning and I’ve been struggling to complete my 5 miles. I also just returned from a week-long vacation, but it’s been tough for me out there the past few mornings. Well, today I am happy to say, went much better. I got in a full 5 miles, running at a 9:40 pace, not bad. My running shoes are killing my feet now all the sudden and I have some nice war wounds as a result.

For breakfast I made a green monster with 1 cup of chocolate unsweetened almond milk, a frozen banana, and one cup of spinach. I  added a stevia packet to the smoothie to give it some sweetness.  I also had coffee with stevia and half and half. I felt pretty full as I headed out the door to work.

On Fridays at work, I always start the day out with meetings. Meetings can be really draining and I think that got the best of me this morning. A co-worker brought out a bag of tootsie rolls and everyone went to town on them, including me. Doh!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients in a tootsie roll. The ingredients of a chocolate Tootsie Roll are sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, condensed milk, cocoa, whey, soy lecithin, orange extract, and artificial and condensed flavors (wikipedia). Not too too bad, but I definitely don’t know what soy lecithin is and corn syrup and partially hydrogenated soybean oil are definitely products I am trying to avoid and also, what the hell are condensed flavors?

Yeah. So needless to say, project busted! Well, as I said before, this is going to be tough. There are so many temptations out there. I did better on my lunch choices. I owe this to careful planning. Yesterday I went to Roots Market and picked up a few things and made sure to get something for today’s lunch.  I bought organic egg salad and kale salad with bragg liquid aminos.

Ingredients for the egg salad: organic eggs, organic green onion, organic parsley, organic extra virgin olive oil, oranic lemon juice, organic dijon mustard, organic safflower oil, sea salt, black pepper.

Ingredients for the kale salad: organic kale, organic yellow onion, organic carrot, organic olive oil, brag liquid aminos.

I had no idea what ‘liquid aminos’ where, but found out here. Essentially, it was the salad ‘dressing’ and are “made from health-giving, NON-GMO soybeans and purified water. They are an excellent, healthy, gourmet replacement for Tamari and Soy Sauce. Not fermented or heated and Gluten-Free”. Interesting. I found it to be very salty, and I ate less of the kale salad than I probably normally would have.

For dessert I ate a few pieces of Vivani dark chocolate with espresso.

Ingredients: cocoa liquor, raw can sugar, cocoa butter, espresso cafe, cocoa solids. This chocolate is 100% organic. I like it, but I don’t LOVE it. Chocolate is so good though and I really can’t live without at this point!