Essential Anti-Inflammatory Grocery List

The biggest shift in my journey towards healing has been how I eat. I have truly come to believe that how I eat now helped me get out of chronic pain, stop my seizures, and boost me to better health. I won’t say I’ve become an expert, but I definitely feel like I’ve gotten into a good groove of home cooking 95% of my meals and making sure I have good food in the house.

So much of that has boiled down to how I grocery shop. I recently posted about tactics for conquering the grocery store where I mentioned a pretty set list of items I buy every week, so I thought I’d share that list today. I always work my way around the store in sections, so that’s how I’ll structure this list!

Let’s start with produce:

  • 5-7 pieces of fruit for snacks or desserts throughout the week

  • Leafy greens (spinach, chard, kale, etc.)

  • Potatoes (either sweet potatoes or russet, I try to vary each week)

  • 4-5 additional seasonal veggies

Moving on to meat… Usually, I pick one meat protein for the week. It’s not necessary for my body to have meat everyday, so usually whatever I pick will last us 3-4 days; from there I’ll cook beans or another vegetarian protein to take us through the rest of the week. Depending on what I’ve planned to cook. I usually stick to:

  • Chicken, OR

  • Ground beef, OR

  • Ground turkey

Then, I move on to the dairy section, where I almost always get:

  • Dairy-free yogurt (I get what’s on sale with the best ingredients)

  • Dairy-free milk (almond milk or oat milk)

  • Dozen eggs

I make my way to the last section of my “perimeter shopping” - Frozen Section:

  • Frozen fruit

  • Gluten free bread

  • Dairy free ice cream, OR

  • Popsicles

If I need to stock up on pantry items, I’ll hit the middle rows / bulk section where I’ll usually find:

  • Beans - chickpeas, black beans, lentils, etc.

  • Granola / nuts / seeds

  • Rice

  • Sauces (usually just tomato sauce)

  • Broth

  • Spices

  • Baking goods - almond flour, cup4cup, and coconut sugar are my staples for baking!

Happy shopping!

Tyler HolckComment