Monday, January 25, 2010

Cheese, Glorious Cheese....

This was the song we sang yesterday while we enjoyed dairy for the first time in nine weeks. It was nothing short of glorious!! We ate yogurt and milk at breakfast. Then at lunch we feasted on pizza topped with heaping mounds of melted perfection and homemade strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Afterward, everyone was satiated. No one asked for snacks before dinner. That in itself is music to my ears.

From the looks of it, everyone handled diary just fine. John had to go to the bathroom three times during church, so I'll be keeping an eye on him. We expected that Sean would have issues, but he did not for some reason. Of course, he knows not to drink a glass of milk straight out, so he just enjoyed the pizza and ice cream yesterday.

We are definitely in the homestretch. Red meat, peanuts and caffeine are all that remain. We are planning to celebrate Miriam's birthday on Thursday with some steak. That will be a special treat!

I've been collecting receipts and trying to learn how to be a wiser shopper. The bottom line is that is just costs more money to eat healthy and I need to learn to be okay with that. It seems backwards that foods with less ingredients are so much more, but it is the way our system works. As for healthy, affordable convenience foods these seem out of the question altogether. For example, a box of 12 small cookies costs $4.50. That's crazy!

It really has taken two months to figure out what the new normal is for our weekly grocery needs. Up until now, I'd found myself running out of food or missing that one important ingredient which would send me back to the store AGAIN. My plan is to weekly shop for fruits and veggies and stock up on what we need/what's on sale with the money that remains. This week it was paper goods, cleaning supplies and toiletries. Next week will be meat.

So, here's the shopping list for 9 people trying to eat without refined foods or artificial ingredients:


9 pounds apples
24 boxes 100% juice
2 cans refried beans
2 cans black beans
3 Avacados
4 Green Peppers
8 Kiwi
12 Pears
1 Pineapple
1 bag celery
2 lbs carrots
4 cans tomato sauce
4 cantaloupes
6 8oz packages mushrooms
canola oil
cooking spray
2 bags tortilla chips
2 bags corn chips
Glass Cleaner
Sandwich Bags
Gallon Sized Bags
Disinfectant Wipes


6 100% frozen juice concentrate
7 pounds bananas
Green tea bags
3 boxes rice chex cereal
2 packages rice cakes
1 large container organic yogurt
4 cans garbanzo beans
4 pounds turkey sausage
3 small jars all natural preserves
2 bags kettle chips
smart rinse

Health Food Store

Gluten free soy sauce
3 pounds oat flour
3 pounds white rice flour
1.5 pounds tapioca flour

Total: $135.77


Saralyn said...

Yay! You all must be happy dancing all over the place!

Have you tried cooking your own beans? We were eating so many beans that I finally started buying big bags of them dry, soaking them overnight, and cooking them in my crockpot. I portion them out and freeze them. The lady has a great recipe for pintos/refried beans. They come out tastier and cheaper, and I'm all for that!

Also, have you tried Sam's version of kettle chips? They're yummy!

Michelle said...

I'm still stuck on the fact that you've gone this long without ice cream!

Heather L. said...

So happy for you that dairy seems okay!!!! it's a shame that eating healthy costs so much more, but I hope in the end it will really cost "less" in terms of doctors bills and overall health. At least that's how I justify it. :)

Monica said...

Thanks, Sarah. I'm going to look into those chips!

Yes, I've made beans before, but I am bad at planning ahead and having them ready for my recipe. I should be more diligent about making them and freezing them. What kind do you make the most?

Saralyn said...

Kidney, pinto, black, black eyed peas, navy, and cannellini. We eat A LOT of beans! (I don't do the kidney in the crockpot, just a pot on the stove--there's a food pathogen issue, I'm told.)

jennie said...

You are doing better than I, my friend.
Great job!

Iris said...

Hi! I just found your blog and have read through all your elimination diet posts. I've been on an elimination diet for the last 2 weeks, and I have to say, your blog has given me some encouragement to keep on it. It was supposed to be a 28 day elimination diet, but I'm realizing now that it's probably going to take more time than that to see results.