Organic Grocery Shopping Tips
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This might sound a little weird, but it's the truth: I love grocery shopping. Or maybe the truth is that I love to cook and eat, so grocery shopping has become an enjoyable task because it allows me to do both of those things.
But seriously, I love it. I love going to the produce section and seeing all the fresh fruit and vegetables, I love browsing the organic section and seeing what's new, and I really love the planning and lists that go into it.
I never really put much thought into grocery shopping before starting a strict medical elimination diet, which evolved into some variation of an AIP diet over the last few years before switching to full AIP about a month ago. But it became obvious very quickly that there would be no more running into the grocery store at the last minute and grabbing a few things to get by. In order to eat the way I needed to eat, every meal needed to be planned and prepped.
I do order a few things online, like The Osso Good Co.’s beef and chicken bone broth, but the bulk of my pantry staples - like organic, grassfed meats and fresh, organic vegetables - come from my favorite grocery store.
Read on for a few tips to make grocery shopping more fun and effective!
1. Plan, plan, plan.
Do a quick search on Pinterest and you'll find countless pins full of tips on meal planning, meal prep, and even bulk shopping and cooking for freezer meals. The better prepared you are when you walk in the doors, the easier the task becomes.
For example: I eat a rotational AIP diet, so I don't eat the same foods two days in a row. That means that I not only keep a log of what I eat each day, but I make sure I have different organic, grass fed meats and vegetables on hand, along with beef and chicken bone broth, and frozen berries, coconut milk, and avocados for smoothies.
2. Make it a priority.
I won't go off on a tangent here, but we decide every day what's a priority, and in the world we live in, it's so easy to get caught up in the busyness. Yes, we all have responsibilities, families, work, and hobbies, but by making shopping for groceries a priority, you're taking care of yourself - and your loved ones - at the most basic level. Give yourself time; don't try to shop for groceries for a family of five in twenty minutes. You'll stress yourself out and miss out on the simple pleasure of selecting perfectly ripened fruits and veggies.
3. Go plastic free.
Recycling and living a single-use-plastic-free life are close to my heart; it pains me to see the amount of grocery bags that are used once and thrown away. In our own house, we've got a huge plastic bag full of smaller plastic bags that need to be recycled. But over the last few months, we've switched over to reusable grocery bags, and that small change has made grocery shopping so much more fun to me!
Most grocery stores offer paper bags for free, or you can purchase reusable bags, but it's very likely that you've got a few big bags at your house that would work to carry groceries. If you don't, check out this super cute organic cotton bag! It'll do all the heavy lifting for you, and it's pesticide free, which means it's doubly good for the environment. Mama Earth thanks you...and so do I!
How do you make grocery shopping easier? Do you shop in bulk, or by the day/week? Let me know in the comments below!