I think I've told you all before about how I'm trying not to step foot in the grocery store — including Target — with my kids any more because (a) 2 kids in 1 cart = not enough room for groceries, and (b) my 2-year-old still does not comprehend the "one treat" rule. I'll let him have a chocolate milk, or a small box of Goldfish, or even this cute little Mickey Mouse thing in the produce aisle with apples, grapes and cheese (which normally I end up finishing, yum!). But he wants all of the above, and toys, and Dora Band-Aids, and frankly I just don't have the patience for all that any more.
That's why I've been shopping with Peapod since December, basically, and wouldn't you know, I've also come in under budget since I've been shopping with them. You can see what you're spending along the way; you can add and remove items that you forget OR temporarily forget you already have (one look in my fridge today and I remembered I don't need kale or cauliflower this week!); you can find everything you want quickly and easily via their search function; they have an insane selection of products, including produce, fresh fish and wine (boo, no wine this week); and you can even arrange your choices by price which I particularly love since it pains me to pay retail.
So this week, in preparation for my cleanse, I put a few meats in the cart for the boys but it's really mostly fruits and vegetables for me — no coffee, no juice, and I already have plenty of brown rice on hand — and you know what? Without their meat it would have been even cheaper than usual. Not that I'm surprised; I know going vegetarian is cheaper than eating meat...but it was kinda nice to see proof of concept as I shopped yesterday.
This is a list of what I ordered, and I'll tell you throughout the week how I'm preparing all of these delicious goodies to eat as meals:
- One ripe Haas avocado, which I will probably use as a topper for rice and beans one night/for lunch the next day
- 2 containers of organic vegetable stock
- 1 bunch radishes, for salads
- 1 bunch Swiss chard
- 1 5-lb bag of organic carrots — to use throughout the week
- 1 bunch organic Italian parsley
- 1 pack organic green beans for steam cooking
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 box quinoa, for sides
- 1 bag organic celery hearts — for salads and snacks with raw almond butter
- 2 pints blueberries
- 1-lb package of guava (how do you eat this, exactly?)
- 1 lemon, for fish
- 2 bags of sweet potatoes for use throughout the week
- 5 Honeycrisp apples
- 2 apricots either for snacking or to accompany lunch 1-2 days
- 1 order baby broccolini, for dinner
- 1 order collard greens (I've never cooked these before!)
- 1 small package of basil
- 1 cantaloupe — normally I would go with winter fruits, but citrus is not allowed
- 2 nectarines
- 1 onion
- 2 lbs parsnips (for soups and curries)
- 1 tub of raw almonds
- 1 pineapple
- 2 filets of wild cod
- 1 can of black beans and 1 can of chickpeas
- 1 jar Kalamata olives, for salads
It's actually quite refreshing to have a mostly vegetarian week planned. I can have some of the boys' chicken, because it's organic, but I didn't splurge on any other organic meats this week. It will be hard to not sneak a bite of Italian sausage or steak, but I will get by! I am accountable to the people in our cleanse group and I really want to see how good it feels.
If you find yourself shopping for a cleanse, keep this in mind: No processed food, no sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no dairy and no gluten. If you have any unexplained medical symptoms or nagging allergies/conditions, it's worth giving a cleanse a shot. This sort of "elimination diet" can lead to better sleep, more energy, the disappearance of irritating physical issues and a clear head — which is what I'm most looking forward to.
Have you ever done a cleanse or detox program? Share with me your experience in the comments!