Taking Back Control – Shopping Day

It was the brain fog talking. Had to be. If I had had clear thought, I would have started off this journey in a much different fashion. Still, I survived, and learned a lot in the process. A win in the end. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me share with you my first league of the Myers Way adventure.

It was a dark and stormy night … Just kidding, it was a clear, bright Saturday, and I took advantage of my youngests’ nap to get my shopping lists in order. Being used to shopping for a week at a time, I thought that would be the most logical way to proceed – 7 days at a time – and reviewed the meal plan accordingly. Thankfully, Dr. Myers intentionally plans for leftovers, and seems to also plan for having repeat ingredients planned closely together. Still, by the time I was done tallying quantities, writing and re-writing my lists, and verifying everything, I ended up with the longest grocery list I have ever gone to the store with. That was also when I realized that to make this all work, I would need to go shopping the next day (Sunday) with both of my children in tow (meaning in between naps, meaning during the busiest, most crowded part of the day). See how the brain fog just completely takes over? I realized this would be seriously difficult, and yet I didn’t even try and think of a different way (ya know, like leaving the kids at home for a bit *eye roll*).

I had broken all the items into three lists: Costco, Smith’s, and miscellaneous supplements that I had no idea how I was going to get. The meal plan focuses on meat and vegetables, and thankfully our Costco has some great options for organic produce. I was able to get all of my leafy greens and a few of the meats there, and got out for the mostly reasonable cost of $85.00. Most of the remaining items I found at my local Smith’s. They have a fairly decent organic section for produce and other goods, and as I this is where I regularly shop, it is where I felt the most comfortable going. The few items I was not able to find were the less common things – like coconut yogurt or the yeast needed to make it at home.

Even though I was able to get a lot of stuff in bulk, the quantity of items that I still needed to get at Smith’s got overwhelming in a hurry. Add in two children who were coming in close to lunch/nap time, and it will easily be voted the most out of control shopping trip we’ve ever made (I would like to take this moment and apologize to my good friend Aimee, whom I ran into while we were shopping and I’m sure was wondering what I was doing wandering around the store with a blank stare on my face and acting like the world was going to end. It was almost that dire, I promise. I would also like to take this moment and thank Smith’s for keeping a children produce bin stocked for hungry children so I didn’t have to tear into crackers that I didn’t want to buy. Sanity saver!). While I had grouped items into appropriate stores, I hadn’t taken the time to order items on each list into like groups, such as produce, diary, meat, etc. This isn’t something that I usually do, but it due to the size of my list, it would have benefited me greatly. My babies’ first sentence will probably be “Oh, crap!” with the amount of times I realized I had skipped over something in a different area of the store.

When I finally pushed my cart to the checkout line, my basket was overflowing and I was barely avoiding tears (myself included). When the beeping scanner finally ended, the grand total was about $200.00. I needed a few more beeps to cover up the words that wanted to come out of my mouth. That was almost double what we normally spend a week for food!! Ouch, to say the least!

Of course, the entire drive home, I was battling with myself about what had just happened. “That’s so much money!” “Yes, but if it makes me feel better…” “Feel better? I better be feeling like gold if it’s going to cost that much to do this experiment.” “It’ll be fine. It’s only for 28 days, not forever.”

Needless to say, by the time I got home, hauled everything inside and found spaces for everything (my fridge was bursting at the seams – literally, the door had to be pushed hard to shut it all the way) my brain and body were done. D – O – N – E .  Dr. Myers recommends prepping as much as you can to help save time when cooking, which I believe in whole heartedly. Except for that day. The rest of the day, I limped around, doing the very minimum needed to keep everything alive, until it was time for the girls’ to go to bed, and I could take a bath.

The number of lessons I’ve learned from this first excursion are plentiful. For example, grouping items into store departments before I go, and perhaps not shop for 7 days at a time to save on space and frustration.  My biggest concern with how well this adventure will pan out is the cost. The $285.00 didn’t even include all the supplements I am supposed to be taking. For this next week, I will be taking the supplements that I could find, and following the meal plan to the letter (except for the recipe that required coconut yogurt). After that, we’ll see about investigating a way to lower costs – if that’s possible.

Here’s to health!

Do you suffer from an auto-immune condition? What are some of your methods to keep your health in line? Let me know in the comments below!


To see my original plan to gain back my health, check out my last post in the series Taking Back Control – The Plan

To see what started this whole ordeal off, check out my post The Time My Thyroid Gave Me The Finger

Do you suffer from an auto-immune condition? What are some of your methods to keep your health in line?


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