I thought, wouldn't it be nice if I could shop for us off of what we DO have in common instead? Well yes, but that's a lot of memorization, and I don't do well on test day. I'd get to the grocery store and forget everything I memorized!
What if I wrote out a permanent grocery list of the foods we share? Great plan, but I always leave my written out list on the kitchen counter when I go. What if I had it printed off, and laminated or a clear sleeve so it's preserved? YES! Keep going! What if I could mark on it with my dry erase markers what I know I need and then when I'm at the store I don't stray! BRILL! Wait. What if I forget it though? Oh, hang it up on your key rack. You can't forget it then. Sub conscience, you are SO SMART.
So I used my handy dandy spreadsheet, listed everything by category, and wrote down our common foods, even the ones we don't like or even know. I even went so far as to bold the foods that were on BOTH our "allowed" list. That way, I know when I am shopping I can think, "Hey girl, kale is great for both of you, grab some anyway. OOOH, there's the broccoli! Get that too! Hey ginger, come home with me, you'll like it!" (that was not my suave attempt to bring home a red-head)
On the back of it I listed the separate foods that he can have and I can't, and vice-versa. For instance, I should be having red meat and he doesn't digest it well so he shouldn't have it at all. He can have grains if he so wanted, but I should never have them. Of course the red meat poses a problem because Goose is a mans man, and enjoys steaks and and deer and so on. Our compromise, is that I will eat that when he's at work so he's not sad about it. We both thrive on seafood. This is an adjustment for me who has been burnt out on seafood for a while. I'll deal with it...I have found I LOVE smoked fish, and well Goose is a grill master, and he has perfected the art of smoking meats. So either way we all win.
I know this will make my life easier, as well as shopping AND sharing with people who just don't quite understand this change. No it doesn't mean that I am going to be living off of buffalo, kale, sweet potatoes, and pineapples all my life. It means that this is what I have to choose from and my choices are really vast compared to SOME diets. I'm lookin' at you HCG. I have the ability to make lots of yummy recipes and never get bored of what is on my list. Yes, I'm going to miss cheese and oranges and pig most of all. However, even knowing since October what was in store for me, I started eliminating those items and I noticed when I brought them in the change I felt in my body. I KNOW this is the path I am supposed to take for my wellness.
Here's our list:
|chicken||carp||cusp||egg (chick/duck)||black currant seed|
|cornish hen||cod||drum||farmer cheese||flax seed|
|guinea hen||perch||mahi mahi||feta||walnut|
|ostrich||sea bass||mullet||mozzarella||borge seed|
|squab||pickerel||pike||goat cheese||evening primrose|
Beans/Legumes: eat sparingly
|whiting||swordfish||black eyed peas||northern|
|Nuts and Seeds||Vegetables|
|pumpkin seed||broccoli (ni)||carrot||spinach||swiss chard|
|butternut||escarole||fennel||bok choy||brussels sprout|
|macadamia||kohlrabi||lettuce (all)||coriander||fid. fern|
|pecan||abalone mush||enoki mush||kelp||lettuce|
|pine||maitake mush||oyster mush||scallion||shallot|
|sesame||portobello mush||straw mush||seaweed||squash|
|tahini||tree mush||green olive||water chestnut||watercress|
|blueberry||boysenberry||prickly pear||apricot||soy sauce|
|cherry||cranberry||quince||black cherry||apple butter|
|vegetable (from list)|
|ginger||brown rice syrup||dulse||salt|
|tamari (or braggs)||chervil||lecithin||tapioca|
|arrowroot||cream of tartar||peppermint||stevia|
|heart||club soda||goat milk||asian pear|