grocery shopping video | the original food diet

It's April 1, which means we're starting our whole foods/plant-based diet! Wohoo! :)

I went shopping yesterday to pick up some fun things like quinoa, flax seed, and lots of vegetables and fruit, and while I was there I did a little video update just for you guys: :D



We bought our regular groceries and bunches of fruits and veggies at Sam's this week too. We spent the same amount as we usually do, but I'm curious to see how far the produce will go when we are eating it for every meal!

Coming soon: pics from meals for today, and next week's food plan

17 comments

Tiana Brown said...

Hey Mandy! I love your blog! I'm doing a whole foods challenge with a friend for April. We're reading the book "Good and Beautiful God" as a devotion. Good luck as you go through the challenge! Praying hard I don't binge randomly one night, LOL.

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm a new reader but love your blog so far. I watched the video and wanted to suggest you might want to look into unfermented soy products. From what I understand things like soy milk are really not good for women. You could always try almond milk.... It's made from ground almonds and has been around for centuries.

Jenniferkindle said...

you are too cute!!! loved seeing the video. I was going to join you today but we went out after church and I decided to start tomorrow!!! :) Have fun.

Lesley Calo said...

first comment, but new follower since last week :) so glad I found this blog (via home-ec 101). I am excited to follow your food adventure. It's also extremely awesome to see such a great blog by such a Godly woman. What a great influence to all of your readers (including me--a few years younger than you and a new wife!). God bless you and I'll be praying for your food endeavor and also for you and the lives you reach through your amazing blog!!!!! I want all my friends to read this, too!

Jenny Miller said...

The money doesn't go very far at Whole Foods, does it? We thankfully have a co-op here that has much better prices. Just a question, Mandy. Why the TVP and soymilk? They aren't natural at all. Just wondering the reason for those, like a particular diet you are following. I used to be a vegetarian, so I remember using them both regularly, until I changed my way of eating. Thanks for sharing with us!

mandyBH said...

Yes you caught my rookie mistake I thought it was all natural because it was vegan :) I read it when I got home and saw that it had more than one ingredient... Ah well! And the protein powder is all ground up veggies. The hubs got it as a supplement in case he needed it. :)

stacey said...

My hubby and I just completed a 21 day daniel fast, which is quite similar to your new diet, but even more restrictions (not even natural sweeteners like honey, no leavened bread & only drinking water to name a few). The first 4 days were miserable detoxing from caffeine, but we felt good overall for the remainder of the fast (we were already used to lots of veggies & whole grains, so our digestive tract was fine while a couple others from church suffered the whole way through). In those 3 weeks, we spent nearly $1000 on food (we have 5 kids, too, but in that amount of time, we normally would spend maybe half that. Fresh produce is good for sides, but extremely expensive as entire meals), and went through over 80 bananas & countless apples. Good luck in the coming weeks! If you can make it past the first week, the rest is smooth sailing :)

Jenny Miller said...

Live and learn, huh? I did it when I was a vegetarian. I'll have to check about the protein powder you got. I thought you meant the soy TVP stuff. Another way to check those veggies in! It's great you guys are exploring your eating habits together. We have to take care of the bodies God gave us. I've been reading your blog for about a month now. So glad I found it! We homeschool our two boys, thrift and are renovating an older home (though not as old as your lovely home) on 3 acres. Just wanted to let you know what a blessing you are. You rock!

Rhonda said...

Mandy, I have friends that are starting to sell organic veggies, fresh eggs, local honey and fruit at a co-op in Flint. Thought this may help you on prices and they are all locally grown. Very sweet homeschool family that have been in this business for quite a while.
http://flowerhillfarmtx.com/

RaNae B said...

you might do better cash wise at Sprouts then whole foods

Renee said...

Question for you: What will you be using the Stevia for? Things like coffee and tea are bean/plant based, but they're also processed. Is it for the fruit? Curious...

Laure said...

Hi Mandy,
Here's another idea to replace milk and creamer: homemade rice milk. I made it before. It's just cooked brown rice that you put in a blender with water and process until as smooth as possible. You can also strain it to make it thinner like milk if you like. I put vanilla extract in mine to give it some flavor and sweetness.

Meredith Hyde said...

(First time poster, follower for quite some time)
Ummm... was that a FRESH bag I saw?? We are neighbors! I feel like I just found out a movie star lives next to me. ;)

mandyBH said...

Hi Meredith!! :D you're too funny!! yes, it was!!! How fun that we are neighbors!! I hope we get to meet sometime soon!!

mandyBH said...

I am using it for fruit and oatmeal. for now I'm still doing teas and coffees since it's a huge change in one week for me to get away from artificial sweeteners. :D

mandyBH said...

Aww thanks girlie! How's it going? I'm so excited you're doing it too!! It's been hard so far!

Candace said...

When I read about you starting this diet, I thought to myself, "that would be difficult for us because there isn't a store to buy bulk whole foods in our area." Then I watched the video and realized that you live in my area of the state based on the grocery store....