Phase I of The Plant Paradox Plan: What we got and what it cost

The cost of change: an initial look at how the plant paradox has stacked up to our regular food shopping.

We have officially embarked on Phase I of The Plant Paradox* Program (AKA The Program).

And by we, I mean myself and my husband.

We are following The Program as closely as possible and are using all of the recipes in the book. We are also going to be doing the vegetarian and vegan modifications since we couldn’t find the requisite pastured poultry, wild-caught fish, or Quorn products in our local stores.

What we’ll be eating in Phase I:

  • Breakfast: Green smoothie
  • Lunch + Dinner: Salads with either wild-caught salmon or cauliflower “steaks”.
  • Snacks: 1/4 cup of macadamia nuts or romaine boats with guacamole.

We purchased everything at Trader Joe’s and WholeFoods. Below is an itemized list of what we got and how much we spent on those items.

Our stocked fridge for Phase I of the Plant Paradox Program. Holy shit, that's a lot of greens.

From Trader Joe’s: 

  • Organic Power Greens Mix
  • Wild Arugula
  • Organic Romaine Hearts
  • Organic Brown Omega-3 Eggs x2
  • Mint
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Organic Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Hass Avocadoes x2
  • 1lb bag lemons

Grand Total: $34.78

From WholeFoods:

  • Basil
  • Organic Baby Kale
  • Organic Baby Spinach
  • Organic Lemons
  • Organic Vidalia Onion
  • Organic Green Cabbage
  • Organic Red Cabbage
  • Organic Curry Powder
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Organic Romaine Lettuce
  • Organic Red Butter Lettuce
  • Organic Broccoli
  • Organic Cauliflower x2
  • Hass Avocados x6
  • Organic Italian Parsley
  • SweetLife Liquid Stevia
  • Avocado Oil
  • Wild Caught Salmon

Grand Total: $97.47

The total cost for food for this 3-day cleanse is $132.25 (or $66.12 per person). To put this into perspective, that number is around what we spend for a week’s worth of food for 3 people.

And that’s on the low end since we’re not doing a whole lot of animal protein. A choice that was made for us when we couldn’t find the requisite pastured poultry, wild-caught fish, or Quorn products in our local stores. I’m fine with it, but I think The Husband would prefer to have a bit more variety in what we’re eating.

So I guess my initial excitement around our grocery bill being lower than usual was a bit premature. Ah well, you win some and you lose some. Fingers crossed that Phase II is a bit more budget friendly (ahem).

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

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