To adhere to this program here are some suggestions to help you follow your new diet
- Follow your grocery list for buying the fresh food. Organic is preferred if its in acceptable condition.
- Plan on sticking to the perimeter of the store, avoiding the isle’s with pre made and processed foods. In the initial 2 weeks, there will be few processed products available unless it has been listed on your planner which ones to use.
- Look for farmer’s markets, whole produce grocery stores or organic food stores to buy your foods.
- Try to buy what is on sale; Most produce can be frozen after brought home, if you have purchased too much or before it goes bad.
- Some foods should be kept on the counter to ripen for a few days; then prepared and put in the refrigerator for 3-4 days: honeydew and cantaloupe, pears, pineapple, peaches, plums, papaya, banana, mangoes.
- The following foods should not be put in the refrigerator unless cooked and should be used up in 2-4 days: sweet potatoes, tomatoes, white potatoes, avocadoes
- To keep some foods fresh, cutting off the ends and putting in fresh water will extend their life: broccoli, parsley, cilantro, basil, mint, asparagus.
- To keep strawberry and other berries fresh longer, put them in a bowl of water and add 2-3 TBSP white vinegar and swirl around for a few seconds. Rinse well with water, drain and dry. Then put in a covered container and put in refrigerator. They will last 5-7 days before getting moldy. Freeze before they get old.
- To freeze fruits; cut up into chunks and lay out on a small cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for at least an hour. Remove from the cookie sheet and place frozen food into a baggie. Use frozen fruits in your smoothies; don’t use ice if using frozen fruits
- Banana’s don’t last long! To keep them longer, at the ripeness that you desire, put the bananas in the refrigerator. The skins will turn brown however the meat of the banana;inside the skin, will stay the same for the next 2-3 days. Banana’s can be frozen with the skin on. Just cut off the skin before using.
- Romaine lettuce is the most popular lettuce used today. It also goes bad in 2-3 days and not many people will use it all up. To make lettuce last longer, wash the lettuce and dry it in a spinner or shake well. Lay out a long sheet of paper towels. Place the lettuce on top of the paper towels in one layer. Then roll it up with the lettuce inside. Put in a plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator. The lettuce will last up to 7 days, maybe longer.