Hello party people! I have recently received quite a few “what do you actually eat?” questions from clients and fans on my facebook fan page and I thought it was a fitting time to show you exactly how I do my food shopping and what I (generally) recommend to others when they ask me how to shop for food.
To give you a little bit of context as to how I work with my clients, whenever I work with a personal training client or health coaching client, I never tell them exactly what to eat, but I do normally start them out with a list (this is just one of the lists that I use) of nutritious foods to include in their daily menus. I find that encouraging clients to add in healthy, unprocessed, fresh foods (also called “crowding out”) vs. simply eliminating “bad foods” (sugar, candy, processed foods) is a good way to help facilitate a transformation into healthier eating habits. You eat more good foods, you feel better, you crave less processed foods because you’re getting the nutrients that you need, and before you know it, you’re getting healthier without putting yourself into a state of deprivation. Boom!
I am also a true believer in the principal of Bio-Individuality. The premise of Bio-Individuality is that no single way of eating works for everyone, hence I get to know my clients before recommending specific foods to them. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend my personal diet to everyone, but I do make informed food choices that consist mainly of unprocessed, whole, organic foods and I encourage my clients to make similar informed food choices, whether they eat a vegan, vegetarian, or paleo diet.
I could go on for days about ways to make better food choices, and I could go into pages of detail about different dietary theories, hence those subjects will be addressed in future blog posts:) For now, let’s keep it simple.
One question that I ask myself when making food choices is: “does eating this align with my goals of having clear skin, optimal health, tons of sustainable energy, healthy joints, and faster running performances this year?” I call this my Food Choice Question or my FCQ. Cheese, for example, always makes me break out, so I will never buy cheese because when I ask myself this question, I realize that it is not in alignment with my goal of having clear skin. Coffee, while high in antioxidants, also does not make the cut, because I have determined for myself that I want “tons of SUSTAINABLE energy” and given that I crash 3 hours after drinking coffee, I opt for Runa Tea instead-great energy, high in antioxidants, and no crash.
I highly encourage YOU to come up with a similar question for yourself, as a way to make a habit of aligning your food choices with your life and health goals. It really works, I promise!
So, without further adieu, here is my weekly food haul: my choices are all guided by my FCQ.
We mainly shop at a local market called Capella and all of our meats are grass fed, our eggs are pasture raised, and our vegetables are organic (though we follow the “clean 15” and “dirty dozen”) rules when it comes to buying produce.
In case you can’t identify everything from the photo, here is what I bought:
-Pasture raised eggs
-Himalayan pink salt
-Wild tuna (pole and line free)
-Unsalted kerrygold butter
-Organic almond butter
Since I couldn’t fit all of my groceries in one photo, below is the second half of my weekly grocery haul!
-Dandelion greens (I always put parsley and dandelion greens in my morning green smoothies because they are so good for kidney and liver health)
-Organic bean dip
-Boneless chicken breast
-Lemon pepper chicken sausage
I spend about 2 hours on Sunday evening doing some “batch cooking” for the week, making paleo egg muffins, salad dressing, chopping veggies, etc. I will easily eat all of these veggies this week, plus the 3 lbs of celery that I already have in the fridge!
So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed a peek into my weekly food shopping protocol.
How many times a week do you shop for groceries? Do you have a FCQ that you want to share below?
If so, please share in the comments!!!
Hope everyone has a fantastic week!