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Feb 5, 2014 11:35PM
I opened up this post just because I LOVE Trader Joes and when in Wyoming the closest one is New Mexico.....(disturbing I know that). It looks like you had a bilateral mastectomy,oophrectomy, chemo, rads and a flap- whew that is a lot of "busy" for your body in the past several months. I am a nurse not a dietitian but I have a few ideas for you. Long post so hang in
First- think about what you want to accomplish- do you want to eat more organic foods? Do less frying or use less sauces? Decrease processed foods? Introduce more fresh fruits and veggies? any or all of these things are good ideas and can be introduced gradually. I would write it down and agree with your husband- something like in 2014 we are going to modify our diet by XXX and fill in the things you think you might do. It might be- I am going to cook at home 3 x/week. My ,personal goal is- I am going to improve my nutrition by- decrease chemicals/risk in what I eat by eating grass fed beef and organically grown chicken, reduce the amount of processed or pre-cooked foods, decrease carbs and increase proteins. Drink Wine and Beer no more than 3 glasses/week.
If you go "defcon 3" and radically change your entire diet, the changes may be hard to sustain over time. Trader Joes and/or Whole Foods is not a miracle cure for eating habits- you can find really fun things like macaroni and cheese balls there too (scrumptious by the way)
Then you do your "research". Get on line go to the Trader Joes website and click on the Fearless Flyer" This is their product circular that describes what is new, what is on sale and has recipes and even a shopping list you can fill out and bring to the store. Its easier than walking around trying to figure out what is where and how its laid out because you might not look for crackers and cookies in the freezer section where they are
You asked specifically about bread- that one you just have to look they have so many different kinds, and the cinnamon bread is quite yummy. They have partially cooked breads you can come home and finish heating and sandwich breads, pitas, english muffins
Pasta Sauce- The Trader Giotto (play on words, the mexican stuff is Trader Jose) marinara is great, the vodka sauce is a guilty pleasure and all very reasonably prices. You can get your diced tomatoes and all that there too, canned veggies etc.
Snacks- Again you will find plenty to fall in love with. I really like the less guilt pita chips and my new favorite Pita Crisps with Cranberry & Pumpkin Seeds (do NOT read that name to your husband simply pop one of these into his mouth)
You did not mention cheese but I love cheese and their selection is so extensive with all types of domestic and imported cheddar, swiss , bleu you name it with several string cheese types too. Really freak out the hubby and get the cheddar cheese with chocolate in it....there are no words yuuuum.
Kids Snacks- They usually have kids shopping carts- not sure how old your kids are but that makes shopping a lot of fun for them. I did discourage my teenage son from using them several years ago..... They have kids cereals and a lot of boxed macaroni/cheese or shells type dinners that are organic, don't have artificial colors etc. and taste really great. The yogurt is fantastic greek style or fruit, whatever your family likes. They have granola bars and I highly recommend Jo Jos the cream filled sandwich cookies which come out in peppermint for the holidays.
Okay I have gone on long enough- if you want we can stay on this thread and lots of others will join in and have fun or you can PM me and I can read what you are trying to do and go from there.
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