What I Eat

{ Photograph by Jack Spicer Adams } After discovering Peter Menzel's What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets - a photographic c...


{ Photograph by Jack Spicer Adams }



After discovering Peter Menzel's What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets - a photographic collection of 80 people from 30 countries and the food they eat in one day - it got me thinking about my own personal shopping habits. We mostly stick to eating whatever is in season, we buy our fruit and vegetables from a local farmer's market (which keeps the previous point in check), and we follow some sound Food Rules inspired by Michael Pollan.

Not everything we bought could be squeezed onto this table, it's missing a pile of red onions, twice as many cherries, a whole heap of walnuts plus a bag of sliced almonds, and a couple more pieces of fruit. All of this food feeds two people for just under £20 for an entire week and some of it will last longer.

What does your weekly food shop look like?

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  1. I eat mostly meat because I don't really like veggies :/ However, I need to change my diet.

    xx

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  2. whoa. really. We spend about $150+ on our food for the week...for two people. lol.

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  3. From a couple of years I'm a sort of "vegetarian", flexitarian is the right word 'cause I have not completely give up fish and a little quantity of meat, better if is biologic, coming from the farm (no intensive farming) and white. No process food, no added sugar, no preservatives and additives. We usually spend a ridiculous amount per week & we gain health. I like cooking, I'm a self-taught cook (my mum was a completely disaster), it's not difficult once you've learned.

    I love your blog, have a nice day

    Cris from Italy.

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  4. dreeeeaammmm food shop, i need to work on protion sizes because this wouldn't last us that long - oops !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Lovely photo! My weekly shop looks quite similar, lots of veg and I always buy a bar of dark chocolate, houmous and wholewheat pasta. I'm on the look out for a good local farmers market so that I can get better value for organic veg! Sweet potatoes and ginger are always on my shopping list :) x

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  6. Lan | MoreStomach7/08/2014

    we are part of a veggie CSA and a poultry CSA. i do go to the grocery store for staples, like soy sauce, or sugar or olive oil. we try to keep those trips to 1-2/month but of course, something always comes up. we do make a conscious effort to avoid the supermarkets during the warmer months.

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  7. I currently live with my mum (two more months!), so I don't wholly control the grocery shopping, but I do make sure that we buy lots of fruit and veggies - organic when it's possible. And since I'm a vegetarian (well, almost, since I occasionally eat fish) I eat a lot of beans, lentils, nuts, etc. Your food shop looks absolutely perfect!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  8. my weekly food is probably horrible compared to this. haha. i gotta make some changes!

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  9. Jen Collins7/08/2014

    Vegetables are the greatest. We're currently taking advantage of berries being in season & eating porridge with blueberries/strawberries every morning. So great. I'm curious (though I noticed you said you didn't include everything), do you avoid bread, pasta etc? & do you manage to stick to fruits for sweet treats?

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  10. Ahh, how can you not like vegetables?? They taste SO GOOD!

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  11. This is our weekly shop and we do top it up with a few extras some weeks. But generally speaking it's around £20-£30 per week between the two of us :))

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  12. Thanks for reading! :))

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  13. Well, this is our weekly shop and on a monthly basis we will top up on cous cous, noodles, rice, pasta, etc. so this lasts just over a week in most cases.

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  14. YES! We pick up a few extras like houmous and grains, etc. and I love sweet potatoes and garlic/ginger! But we do that on a monthly or fortnightly basis rather than every week. Farmer's markets are so much cheaper and you get a lot more for your money, which is why we only ever buy our fruit and veg from there.

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  15. We usually buy staples on a monthly basis - soy sauce, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, etc. - this is our weekly shop :))

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  16. YES, I love fresh fruit and vegetables - I can't think of anything better!

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  17. It's always awkward when someone else decides what you can/can't eat! I have a plant based diet so beans, lentils, nuts, etc. crop up very regularly :))

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  18. Haha! I think it's a good idea to look at your diet regularly.. sometimes mine can end up being VERY carb heavy and I have to rethink things for the next few weeks..

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  19. YES! BERRIES! I am so excited. We have been eating SO MANY lately.


    This is our weekly shop; on a monthly basis we go out and get pasta, noodles, rice, cous cous, and condiments or whatever. We mostly only have to pick up vegetables and fruit on a weekly basis and then maybe a few extras like houmous - so this is quite 100% what we would buy every week, but it's very accurate. We either hand make our sourdough bread from a starter or we buy it from our friend's local bakery, I won't eat store bought bread! I'm such a bread snob!


    I do pick up a few processed treats sometimes..! I try not to keep biscuits or crisps or sweets in the cupboards though, they really are kept as treats. I much prefer sticking to nuts and fruit as treats during the week and it's much easier to do when it's this time of year and you can snack on strawberries!

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  20. A really eye opening post! Next year I'm going to be living in a house with 3 other students while I'm at uni and I have heard so many rumours about eating healthy being more expensive! This is definitely put me at ease. I would really really love to hear about the sort of food you make from these. Being from an Indian background my mum cooks lots of veggies but I really want to hear about other recipes as she puts a lot of effort into her cooking and I just don't have the time! I would love to see some recipes!

    Continue writing honest, real posts!

    Esha xx

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  21. Jen Collins7/09/2014

    ah, that makes sense - i wondered where the carbohydrates were! i have a sweet mouth let alone a sweet tooth. like you say, not having stuff in the house is the easiest way around snacking on sweet things, but i rarely refuse cake/dessert & having a lil' bit of chocolate or sweets is the best. thank god i can (sort of balance) it out with veg.

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  22. So many people claim eating healthy is expensive and it's not.. providing you shop consciously! Fruit and veg from supermarkets should be avoided, it's far more expensive than buying from a local market. We split our shop between the market (fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds), a Chinese supermarket (tofu, soy sauce, seasonings, and noodles) and a local Tesco for bulk items and stuff we can't get anywhere else (rice, flour, soy milk, etc.)


    It sounds like a lot of effort but it's totally doable, just don't expect a healthy food shop to come from shopping in only one place :))

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  23. vegetables are my FAVOURITE. seriously. i love veggies so much. especially raw where i can. i do like fruit too, but not quite as much. well, apart from a couple things like cherries, pears, and red grapes. also i really love (but often forget to eat) figs and dates. it makes me so happy to see such healthy food instead of bloomin' burgers and fries and macaroons all over the place. essentially; YUM.

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