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Day 7

1 week! I made it 1 week!

The day was pretty uneventful.

I sat and did a meal plan for the week and Charlotte and I went grocery shopping at the Milwaukie Farmers Market and at Trader Joes. There's a fantastic produce stand at the farmers market with beautiful produce at grocery store prices (or cheaper in most instances). I stuck to my list for the most part and let Charlotte pick out a couple more things. I basically bee-lined back to the car to avoid our usual vices and money drains. Markets can be dangerous!

I've been trying to crack this meal-planning code for years. I get into routines for awhile that work well, but then I derail again and can't begin to figure out how to plan for cooking. This is a hurdle I'm hoping to figure out on this program for sure.

In the past I've tried to plan for two weeks of meals at a time. I sit and figure out my 8 or so recipes (how this was supposed to last two weeks I'm not sure) and I'd put the meal in the calendar. I'd make a list of everything I could buy without going bad for two weeks, and then on each recipe in the calendar, I'd add a list of the fresh ingredients I needed.

It worked a lot better before I had kids. I had time to go the grocery store every day that I needed to. This is not as much the case.

Last summer I tried the cooking light diet plan and I liked that too, but it took a lot of time to sit and figure out how to tweak their system so I didn't spend a fortune on food.

It was a different feeling to go to the grocery store with a list and to know - really know- that we would be eating everything I purchased.

After grocery shopping, Charlotte and I met up with a friend and her daughter so the girls could play. My friend is on an anti-inflammatory program as well and it's been working really well for her. She's been doing something along these lines for much much longer than I have and it was nice to have another guru. She shared an amazing parsley salad with me that I will definitely be trying to replicate.

We didn't have any meltdowns today. My kids ate pretty much everything I gave them with minimal whining. I think this has been the best day so far!



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