A Big Change

After watching a few movies on Netflix in the last couple of weeks, (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives, Food, Inc., King Corn) my husband and I have decided to totally change the way we eat. We are starting this blog mostly for ourselves as a way to keep all of our recipes, articles and ideas in one place. I have good intentions of posting photos of our meals, recipes and grocery trips, but we’ll see what happens 🙂

As of today, our plan is to eat a mostly vegan diet which means no meat or animal products like eggs, milk or cheese. We will still be having turkey at family holidays and the occasional steak or hamburger if a craving strikes. For us, it is unrealistic to say we will never eat meat/animal products again – We love cheese! But if we can maintain an 80% or more animal free diet, we will be happy.  We are also trying to cut waaaaay back on soy and corn products. Actual corn is okay occasionally, we are just trying to cut out processed versions of corn like high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, xantham gum, etc. I was amazed at how many food items have corn in them!

We started our change by clearing out our pantry and refrigerator. I was a little bit shocked at how much we got rid of! I second guessed our decision to change our diet in such a major way, but after a pep-talk from Blake we got it all cleared out. This is just what came out of the pantry, there was even more in the fridge!

We re-filled our sad empty kitchen with items from the Chattanooga Market and Greenlife Grocery. We spent $34.50 at the market and walked away with an overflowing bag of goodies!

  • Whole wheat bread from Bluff View Bakery – $4.50
  • Steak and Veggie Rub from Alchemy Spice Co. – $7.00
  • Four small eggplant – $2.00
  • Bushel (?) of beans – $3.00
  • Four squash – $2.00
  • Three cucumber – $2.00
  • Four tomatoes – $3.00
  • Four green peppers – $3.00
  • A handful (about 12) spicy (?) peppers – $1.00
  • Six apples – $3.00
  • Jalapenos, sweet peppers and serrano peppers – $3.00

We spent $126 at Greenlife and this was our haul (and messy table)

We got a $6 magazine, two juices at $3/each and several ‘staple’ items like ketchup, flour, rice, oats and tahini that we won’t need to buy every week so our grocery costs may actually be LESS than when we were eating junk!

And I just HAVE to mention that Chattanooga was voted Best Town Ever in Outside Magazine! We love living here, so I can see why!

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2 thoughts on “A Big Change

  1. I am so excited about your new blog and way of life!! I admire you for being so creative about this new change!! Hopefully we can learn from each other and get healthy together!

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