Sticker Shock

5 Aug

Last Saturday, the day after our carbolicous dinner party, we stocked up on supplies for the first week of our South Beach journey.  Good thing there were leftovers to fill me up before this trip to the store.  Looking at the grocery list as I navigated the grocery aisles, the hungries definitely could have tempted me to toss verboten items into the cart.  But I came prepared.

Our typical shopping list is pretty basic – milk, juice, apples, cereal, bread, banannas, salad fixings, deli – with a rotation of chicken, fish, meat.  If you’re familiar with the SB philosophy, you’ll notice that the mainstays of our eating fall into the foods you want to avoid. Hmmmpf.

Now contrast that with my shopping list from Saturday:

  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Pepper
  • Avacado
  • Green Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Snow Peas
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Scallions
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Thyme
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Laughing Cow Rounds
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chicken Breast
  • Sirloin Steak
  • Vegetable Juice
  • Sugar Free Jello
  • Eggs
  • Egg Substitute
  • Sesame Oil
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Butter Spray
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic
  • Salmon
  • Can Tuna
  • Orange Roughy
  • Frozen Shrimp
  • Cod Fillets
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Smoked Turkey
  • Boiled Ham
  • Frozen Spinach

The cost of eating better, it ain’t cheap.  I easily doubled our typical grocery bill for a week.  But I’m hoping to start buying some of the more expensive items (meat, fish, chicken) in bulk.  If the freezer is filled up with protein, there won’t be much room for ice cream.  I haven’t shared that part of the plan with SFC yet.  He’ll be quite sad.


3 Responses to “Sticker Shock”

  1. missmobtown 8 August 2008 at 11:34 am #

    Yeah, those dairy and meaty bits are all top dollar items these days, unfortunately. I remember the sticker shock when I switched from a vegetarian diet to an omnivore’s diet. Do you ever go to any farmer’s markets? That can be a good way to bring down the price of the veggies, at least.

  2. disastermanagement786 10 August 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    Huge number of feed items. My mouth is watering after reading your blog.

    Mr. Mainak Mazumder

  3. pmf1852 11 August 2008 at 8:42 am #

    I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t get to the farmer’s market. Saturday mornings usually find me trying to sneak in extra quality time under the covers.

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