So…I haven’t gotten much feedback on my project, except for a few dear friends, but I am undaunted! I will proceed! For those of you joining me here is your task for today (Sunday the 22nd)

Go shopping!!!

Isn’t that great? Who knew this could be so fun! And it’s shopping for food! Which is totally the best..

So, I want you to assume you are not eating out much. Truthfully it’s really hard to practice portion control and count calories when you eat out. So save it for once a week AT MOST. You will save money in the process as well! This doesn’t mean don’t go out, I go out with friends and get a club soda. I know that sounds boring but given that I am an all or nothing type of girl it’s easier to opt for strict rather than saying I will eat a couple chips and devouring three baskets of them.

Here’s what you should get.

If you cook:

Focus on good basics:

fresh produce (avocado!)

skim milk or hemp/almond milk (unsweetened, aim for 0 sugars if possible)

greek yogurt (plain, no flavoring!)

honey or agave nectar

steel cut oatmeal

frozen berries or fruit

flax and or chia seed

lean meats (if you eat them – chicken, turkey, grass fed beef ONLY, no corn fed..it’s too fatty)

grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, wheat berries, barley, farro (make sure it has FIBER)

tofu if you eat it (silken and extra firm)

nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios are best)

a small amount of a treat you like (and I mean SMALL, a little dark chocolate, nothing refined, no ho-ho’s etc.)

whole grain bread and pasta

nut butters (almond, cashew, nuttzo etc.)

If you don’t cook:

oatmeal in single serve packets (stay away from the SUGAR, opt for the more organic and natural kinds with under 12 g sugar)

frozen berries

cereal (again, stay away from the sugar and make sure it’s whole grain with protein and fiber in the 8-9 g range)

skim milk or hemp/almond milk (unsweetened, aim for 0 sugars if possible)

greek yogurt (plain, no flavoring!)

honey or agave nectar

flax and or chia seed

prepared foods or frozen dinners that are high in fiber, low in saturated and trans fats, and high in protein (so between 6-8 for fiber and 12-20 g for protein, 0 for saturated and trans fats)

nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios are best)

a small amount of a treat you like (and I mean SMALL, a little dark chocolate, nothing refined, no ho-ho’s etc.)

whole grain bread and pasta

honey

nut butters (almond, cashew, nuttzo etc.)

fresh fruit

And check out the Project C.U.E. page for more resources! And more coming tomorrow!

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