My shopping habits are continuing to evolove. It's not easy trying to feed a family of now four, adult sized bodies, (even if not adult mentally, myself included!) on lots of organic vegetables and grass fed meat, espeically when you only have one income. Prior to the GAPS diet, my shopping was simple: one major trip to the local supermarket (probably, actually a van drop), followed by a samller 'top-up' from the same at the other end of the week. Gradually, in my search for better quality and better price, my shopping has become a lot more complicated and probably more time consuming. However, I don't resent this as the difference it makes to cook with good qulity ingredients that make you feel really satisfied after a meal is enormous. Of course, the best is the veg grown on our allotment. We have grown broccoli for the first time this year and nothing beats that fresh greeness of freshly picked heads, gently steamed. I'm afraid that having been spoilt like this, supermarket veg - even oraganic, now tastes dull, flat and uninviting.
So what does our shopping look like?
Yours will be completly different, depending on your location and what is available to you locally.
We have a local veg man come and drop our main supply of locally grown produce, weekly. I confess that local here means anywhere mainly in the South of England. It is all grown by small producers though, rather than large scale for supermarkets, and looks and tastes fresher than the supermarket veg. He also brings our main supply of eggs,
Abel and cole, an organic vegetable delivery service bring us organic milk each week, to turn into kefir, along with raw honey and organic tomato passat. Sometimes I'll order an organic chicken carcass for stock and supplies for low toxin, laundry and bathroom cleaning. We can't afford their organic veg.
I visit Waitrose once a week to get cream for our soured cream, as they are the best supermarket we have here for getting their cows into the fields as much as possible throughout the year. I also buy their butter as we cannot afford organic grass-fed butter. These are both reasonably priced. I aso trust their meat more than any other supermarket, so I buy 'convenience' foods such as pure frozen beefburgers (just beef, salt and pepper), and diced beef that I can cook from frozen. Uk animals are not allowed to be routinely treated with antibiotics as in the US.
I then visit my local butchers once a week. Here we can get grass-fed meat, albeit not organic. He gives me free bones for meat stock and fat to roast into beef dripping and lard.
While I am in town I visit the local health food shop, where we get some pastured eggs, coconut flour, seeds, oragnic Pukka tea-bags, and peanut butter and such like, when we need them.
Lidl is visited perhaps once a fortnight just for prosciutto, nuts (as they have a high turn over which reduces chance of mould on nuts), free range chicken and frozen, wild-caught fish - big chunks for a low price.
Once a month I visit my local 'organic standards' butcher, who makes us pork sausages, with just pork, sage, salt and pepper. These are delicious! He also provides another pastured, organic standards, chicken.
Then just to finish, I do visit Tesco weekly, to buy large butternut squashes for a good price, cheap honey for baking, raisins and such like.
One thing I have learnt recently, is not to use supermarkets for anything other than food as everything else has a bumped up price tag for the 'convenience' of being able to get it alongside the food.
So you see, our shopping is complicated, but it means I can get the best price for the best quality. I have spent time researching what I need, where I can get it from that is good qulaity and a reasonable price. It might change again....but this is how it looks at the moment.
How about you... have you thought about what is available to you locally? Have you explored possibiltites, or do you do the same thing all the time out of habit? The benfits to your health are enormous if you feed it the best you can. Put your money into good food rather than bottles of suplements.
My latest bathroom cleaner: a good clean with minimal chemicals