My typical sunday afternoon routine includes a trip to the grocery store…but this week’s trip required a little extra planning. I actually sat in my office reading recipe books and my 8WW handbook, trying to wrap my mind around the Glycemic Index, carbs, proteins, fats (good vs. bad), etc. etc. etc…and by the time I got to the grocery store, I was ready to take the produce by storm. Week one we aren’t allowed any carbs, except those found in veggies. THAT is hard to cook and shop for, especially since ZERO carbs, including fruit!!! is very difficult for me. So my cart slowly filled with green and red bell peppers, broccoli trees, lettuce, spinach, celery, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, onions, and the veggie list goes on and on. My friends gave me bib lettuce and zucchini from their own garden, and it was been well used and deeply appreciative. I then hit up the dairy department for low fat cottage cheese, part skim ricotta, a little bit of shredded cheese. The few things left were eggs (which I have a feeling I will be eating an abundance of in many ways; and some flax…which I found out is a good fat! who knew? The regular flaxseeds were expensive so I opted for the flaxseed meal, and it has been so easy to mix into food and recipes! So as I arrive home, I stare at my freshly picked veggies and eggs, crack open Fanny Farmer cooking guide to better understand all the above veggies, maybe to find a casserole to make with spinach and zucchini, and try a Chicken Parmesean Week One permitted recipe from the 8WW handbook, cut up and get all the veggies ready for the week. So a few hours, 2 casseroles, 6 chicken breast, 3 steaks, a handful of cheese, 18 different sizes of tupperware, and a well used food processor later, my well balanced, low glycemic, 8WW approved weekly meals are ready for me Monday morning.
My conclusion from the process: write your grocery list out, use spices like nobody’s business, avoid salt, veggies actually bake well with nothing else with them, more veggies, steak cravings, no carbs…. here we go
As we work through this I am excited to learn how to combine these ingredients with the multitude more in this world, and I know that 8WW will help me progress into that, and, even better, to increase my future culinary creativity…8WW here we go!!