Day 1: Preparing for the Journey

We prepped over the weekend by hitting up the grocery store and the local farm stand for real ingredients for the upcoming week. We came home with some great finds. I could spend hours in the grocery store – not because I want to, but because I’m indecisive and easily distracted. I literally have to time myself. As in, if you’re not done in an hour you’ll just have to leave with what you have. I also never wander aimlessly in the middle aisles. I make a circle starting in the produce, around the meat section in the back, and finishing in the dairy aisle. That way I avoid buying anything too heavily processed unless I need something specific: pasta, seasonings, canned tomatoes.

Delicious, healthy options from our local farm stand.

When I met my boyfriend 4 years ago, I still had my killer metabolism and could eat anything I wanted. He was very focused on healthy, low-carb eating and daily trips to the gym. Sadly, I (and a hefty work schedule) had a bad influence on him. The problem was that he literally ate baked chicken breasts and steamed broccoli everyday. Now that I want to focus on a newer, healthier lifestyle, I’ve found that variety truly is the spice of life. I would love to do a CSA but it’s just not in the budget right now. It would force us to use only the freshest, in-season veggies, things we may have never heard of. But for now I’ll just have to take weekly trips to the market and make conscious decisions to try new and unusual things.

This week we have some regular radishes but I also picked up some homegrown amethyst radishes because they were irresistible. I already had some organic orange carrots but I decided to give some ruby-red carrots a try. Of course corn was a must having just been harvested that morning. Shopping at your local farmer’s market provides you with a wider variety and a (usually) knowledgeable staff that cares about their customers. And I’ve even found that I save money when I shop locally.

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