Grocery List, Show It To Me

Take  1, 2 and 3. 

  
  

I am always trying to come across as the health nut mom who is trying to change my daughter’s eating habits. 

We play the parts pretty good, I’d say. 

Rachel and I have too much fun. 

If you could peer into our time spent together, you would know that we laugh our heads off, even speaking in funny voices…imitating a recent co-workers heavy smoking voice or our more recent Russian accent conversations. 

  

I’m grateful for her support and her willingness to be a part of my silly videos. It makes this adventure all the more fun. 

 
So. This post. 

Meal making. 

Grocery lists. 

To some, it comes natural. Easy. 

To others, a daunting, laborious task. 

I’ve always planned my menu for the week. For over 27 years now. Early on, I would pour over cookbooks and the store circular. Coupons were very important, so I planned my meals with them in mind. 

  

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Frozen Veggie/Pasta Sides

Boxed Mexican Dinners

Ragu Spaghetti Sauce

Margarine! (Wayyyyyy back in the day)

Rice-a-Roni

You get the idea. 

Processed and convenient. 

I believe that planning ahead keeps you on the healthy track. 

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Dessert

If you plan and have healthier options, you will be more successful. 

On the go, I almost always have nuts and or a banana to reach for if I become hungry. 

Before, I would almost always stop at where my craving took me. 

Gas station: pop, candy bar, salty chips and even a Hostess pie!

Fast food: cheeseburger, fries and a shake. 

It wouldn’t take much for me to cave. 

I knew it was bad. But really didn’t have any sort of control. 

Now, this wasn’t a daily or even weekly problem. I wasn’t driving around like a mad woman grabbing every junky food in my path. 

 

Haha!

But I really have come a long way. 

I have had many people tell me that they just don’t know how to plan. 

What to make. What to buy. 

This is a sample menu and shopping list. 

 
 

 

I forgot to include eggs. We go through a lot of those every week. 

With Pinterest, it keeps things a bit easier to plan. 

When searching, I scan the list of ingredients before “pinning” a recipe. 

Sugar? Strike One. 

White Flour? Strike Two. 

For the most part, I want whole foods. 

I’m not completely crazed about it, but I’m certainly not where I used to be. 

I almost feel like Shari pre-fall 2014 didn’t exist. 

But of course, I did. And I believe it’s my story that shows others what can be done. 

Here is a link to my dinner ideas. 

My meals are generally simple and nutritious. 

I’m also typically whipping up healthy treats to keep on hand. 

Almond Date Balls

 

Banana Boats  

Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Bites  
Chocolate Pudding  

All so easy and seriously delicious. 

I’ll leave you with this. 

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Ina. But in my search for everything food and funny, I came across this. 

   Haha!

Happy meal planning. 

 
  

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Hide Your Food, Here Comes Shari!

  
I’ve earned a new title. I didn’t ask for it, nor did I set out to earn it. 

It just. 

Happened. 

People are very interested in what I’m eating. Whether it’s the workplace or in a social setting. 

Typical things that people say or ask:

“You eat so healthy!”

“What do you eat on a daily basis?”

“You probably don’t have a cheat day”

“I eat good, but probably not as good as you do” 

“I hear your voice when I’m at the grocery store”

“Don’t look at my pop….and chips and candy”

  

They also treat me as their food priest, freely admitting their wrongdoings. 

“I know I shouldn’t have, but I just ate _______”

 
Slowly, over time, without even realizing it, I’ve become the food police. 

Is this how I look when walking into a room?  

 
  
Haha!  I hope not!

I’m not sure how to deal with it. I mean, it’s kinda flattering. 

But it comes with a bit of pressure. 

I was just told recently that my husband, who loves eating healthy and asks for all of my healthy goodies (I’m working on weaning him from the peanut butter fat bombs a bit…he’s obsessed!) ordered a very unhealthy meal when out to lunch (without me). 

Before he ordered, I’m told that he glanced in both directions, left to right, to make sure someone wasn’t looking. Not sure who, since I wasn’t there. 

  
He even stated, “Shari isn’t here..so I’ll have ________________”

Hilarious. 

I kinda feel bad that people feel like that around me. 

But then I remember how I once thought about food and think about just how far I’ve come. 

I never, ever, ever would’ve thought that would be where I am at now. 

The healthy eater. 

The food priest. 

The food police. 

But again, I’ve put myself out there. 

I mean. Way out there. 

So it’s my own fault. 

I’ve blogged and shared my weight loss journey over the course of the past year. 

I created this blog. It’s all about healthy food after all. 

My facebook group, titled the same as this, shows people simple and tasty recipes that are healthy. I also share a lot of information to try and educate people. 

I’m educating myself along the way. I definitely don’t have all of the answers. There are many other people who know way more than I do. 

But I believe that God has placed me exactly here. With exactly all of you. To do exactly this. 

My online classes that I began this week will get me further along down this path. I am eager for each daily session. And I will proudly, proudly wear the title of “Certified Health Coach” come January. 

Back to food. 

Anyone can peer into my plate at any given time and 99.9% of the time, it’s healthy foods. 

I just don’t want the junk. 

Even things that people consider to be healthy, I just do not crave. 

I eat lean meats, healthy fats, veggies and fruit. 

Dairy is kept to a minimum. I enjoy my Triple Zero Greek Yogurt and some cheeses. 

Grains, also kept to a minimum.  On average, I eat quinoa and oats about two to three times a week. Sometimes less. 

I just feel better not consuming them on a daily basis. 

It’s a simple diet. But nutritious and satisfying. 

Quite a few people have told me that they could never have done such a restricted plan like I did. 

What they don’t take into consideration is that it was only 43 days. 

And then for six weeks after the detox part, I reintroduced foods and learned how to eat. 

That, my friends is how I have gotten to this place. 

And it’s now led me to wear this badge. 

  
 

I’ll wear it proudly. 

If this is how people now see me….

  

It’s all in fun. And I am changing the lives of those around me. 

What a true blessing for me. Because it’s now what I love to do.