Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Don't Shop without a List

How are you doing with your new Paleo habits? Are you steadily eating away at that elephant? Remember you need to keep reminding yourself until it becomes automatic.

Here's you're next habit. When you feel comfortable, then it's time to work on the next step. But not before. Don't rush this. Remember Kaizen is about changing your life one tiny step at a time.

Check the list below. If you are still working on some of these habits then keep doing that until you no longer need to think about them.  Only then are you ready to move on.  Nobody is rushing you and nobody is keeping track.  This is YOUR plan and you decide when you're ready.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step"

. .... then another, and another.... Take your time, do it right, and you'll build a solid base for a lifetime of easy and healthy Paleo eating.

  1. I have bags in my freezer with bones and leftovers for stock, and I plan to make it regularly on my basics day.
  2. I have a large salad for lunch most days, and I plan to make eggs, chicken etc. for my lunches on my basics day.
  3. My freezers are organized and inventoried, and I make at least two extra meals a week for my freezer.

Habit # 4 - Don't shop without a list 

Today's habit is already half done. Because you chose your record keeping method last week, all you need to do is add a shopping list to it.

If you use a planner, then there are forms you can print and fill out to take with you. Keep a few blank ones always in there and that way each week after you've finished shopping all you have to do is take out a new one and it becomes your "Remember to Buy" list. Write down items as you think of them during the week, then on planning day all you will need to add is the food for next week's menus.

Most of the websites that had freezer records also had shopping list forms so check those first in last week's post. If you don't find anything there that suits you, there are many more available. Some to try ...

At http://organizedtimes.com/index.php/resource-library/8-articles/19-free-grocery-shopping-list-form there are 3 to choose from.

There is one that is organized by store sections, one with extra space for errands, and a blank one you can customize.

At http://www.freeprintablegrocerylist.com/ you have lots to choose from. The one shown has room for both your menu plan and your shopping list.

If you use your computer or other online planner, there is an interactable shopping list that you might like at http://workingmom.com/grocerylist.htm. Just tick of the items you need and print out the list.

 And if you use apps for your iPad or phone a few that are available to try ....

Regardless of which method you choose, remember it will only work if YOU USE IT so make sure you do. This is again just another little habit to add to your list, but little habits make big changes. Keep working at your habits and soon they will be automatic. Remember .....

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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