Today, we made a Costco run.
First off, I usually can’t get out of Costco for under $200. Crazy I know, but after buying paper towel, toilet paper and a few other things, I’m almost at a $100.
Add to that all the food products I need because as a family that steers mainly towards a paleo diet, while eating some gluten-free products (because of my Hashimotos and the kids’ celiac issues which runs generationally in the family) we buy a lot of gluten-free products, nuts and other foods that we can’t usually find anywhere else, other than Costco.
Then throw in a few extra things I find that I think as a family we might like to try, we’re at that $200 mark easily. Of course, my kids always end up trying the samples that are so readily available and like them so we pick those up, too. I’m not one to say “no” if they’d like to try a new food, so in the cart it goes.
Weight Loss, Weight Loss Goals & Eating Clean
So, part of the motivation for going to Costco (we usually go once a month) is because I’ve decided to eat cleaner.
I have hit the highest all-time weight that I have been in the last 20 years – a combination of food choices and because of my PCOS and other chronic pain issues (which you can read about in this blog post)
So after “thinking” about weight loss for the last few months, I got myself in the “right” mindset to want to start eating cleaner and thought it was finally time to lose a few pounds.
As a background to my weight loss journey, I am currently sitting at 150lbs, this is after a 6lbs weight loss for a week and a day of clean eating.
Yes, I started at 156lbs – almost my highest weight ever. I weighed my heaviest believe it or not, during my wedding. I was so stressed and overwhelmed by the whole thing, but instead of losing weight as you most commonly hear brides doing, I went the opposite way 🤪!
If you’d like to know more about what I am doing, I will write a separate blog post explaining my choices. It’s mainly a modified version of what I’ve done in the past to lose weight and already I am feeling better than I have in at least several months.
Going back to eating clean can be a struggle for me because I love anything sweet and I enjoy baking way too much for my own good! Plus, I love a great bowl of white rice as the accompaniment to the spicy, Thai cashew nut chicken that we make at least once, sometimes twice a week at our house because Henry loves it!
So when I feel like I’ve gained a little too much for my liking, which invariably happens to me I am able to reset my body, even having a baby naturally, without any medication, despite pcos, just by changing my diet and get back to the 130lbs mark, so I know it works – for me at least.
My goal weight is around 128-132lbs which is where my body is happiest based on my build, and bone mass etc…that puts me needing to lose about 20lbs left to go – I’m hoping to get there by mid-April 2020.
Andrew’s Weight Loss Success
Also, on a side note, Andrew, who has always been slim but had put on some weight over the last couple of years, started intermittent fasting at the midpoint of 2019.
He has lost 30lbs since then without changing anything other than the hours he eats.
Now, if you’ve seen my husband, he’s 6’0″ and prior to intermittent fasting was about 190lbs. He never “looked” heavy but had a bit of a belly :). Anyways, today he is sitting at 157lbs – a healthy weight for him, again considering his build and most importantly he feels good.
New Things Discovered at Costco
So back to the “new” things we found at Costco that helps our family stay on our choice of eating plan.
Again, our family steers towards eating more paleo, with some gluten-free products so a lot of protein, fruit, veggies and nuts. Now, my youngest doesn’t like to always cooperate, so feeding him sometimes is a little trickier but we’ll get there one day!
So on top of the veggies and fruit we bought (I like to get them here because of the bigger portions and the price) we found the following:
The chicken breast bites were a great find!
My youngest is always looking for chicken and I don’t always have chicken breast from the night before (cut up) to give to him, so ingredients list being pretty clean, and so we were okay with giving them a try at $13.99.
I can also see ourselves carrying it for Jack as well since he is often starving at the end of soccer practice and if we’re in the city (and not prepared) we will often eat out.
Andrew and I since we have the luxury of working from home, literally cook all our meals, including breakfast from scratch and so, finding some cut up chicken breast and portioned out, is a great time saver.
Plus with my own diet, I am eating protein and veggies for most of my meals and keeping my carbs down to under 50g per day.
Large pack of Genoa Salami. We don’t make a lot of sandwiches but Andrew and Jack like to make charcuterie boards for lunch that consist of cheese, olives and nuts, so they like to have some type of cured meat to go along with it.
I also love to have some meat on hand to eat with crudite, and so this package doesn’t last that long in our house when we buy it.
I decided to splurge and go for these Keto Snaps.
Usually, when I go on my clean eating, I like to have a little chocolate once in awhile. Usually, I use Oatmega bars as they keep the carbs low, but when I saw these, I thought I wanted to check them out.
They are 85% dark chocolate, so quite bitter, but I find that it does the job when you want something a little chocolaty. I find if I can curb a craving and have an alternative, it helps to stay consistent on my diet.
Smoked Salmon, another nice alternative when you are trying to eat less carb. Andrew and Jack really like it as well.
The kids will eat this with gluten-free rice crackers, but I will have it with capers and lemon juice which I find really nice or put it in eggs in the morning.
What’s nice about this smoked salmon is that it comes in 10 single servings, so it’s easy to have a bit at a time.
Marcona Almonds. Andrew used to order these online and then they started carrying them in the store for a better price than you could get online.
Andrew, Jack and Henry LOVE them.
I’d be eating these too, except I want to keep my caloric intake lower and at a 1/3 cup they come in at about 310 calories.
By the way, I’m not actually counting calories. I just stick to mainly eating protein from meat or fish and veggies and staying away from high glycemic fruits, root veggies, breads, rice, pastas, and sugar.
Sabatasso’s gluten-free pizza for the kids.
This is actually not new for us, but the kids haven’t been into pizza recently, so we’ve skipped it.
We picked one up today because they were sampling the gluten-free pizzas and Henry was all about it (you can see it in the video we did during this Costco run).
For $14.99 (for 2 large-sized 🍕) I think it’s a great price, I like the taste and it’s a great jumping-off point if you want to add something to it, like extra cheese, pepperoni, or veggies. We will sometimes make a ham and pineapple pizza (mine and Jack’s favourite) using this as the base!
Wild Atlantic Cod Bites.
Lastly, for the “new” things we purchased on this Costco run, someone in my celiac group mentioned GF Cod Bites they found just recently at our Costco location.
Of course, I wanted to find them, so we went on the hunt…it was actually one of the main reasons we went because Jack was so interested in them after I told him about it. Luckily, we were able to find it. I believe they were also $13.99. We haven’t tried them yet, but I’ll be sure to update once we have!
Some of the other products we bought were a package of hamburgers, asparagus, peppers, some fruit.
I did get a package of soy protein chips that were high in protein and will satisfy the craving for crunch/chips (other than eating pork rinds – which Costco also has a great deal on, but I haven’t added the picture here – I’ll have to update this post.
I don’t normally eat soy, but I thought the chips – made by PopCorners were actually corn (which I also try to stay away from but am more lenient about) but I bought them before I realized about the soy. I personally just try to not eat much soy (for my thyroid) but occassionally, I am okay with.
So now, that I’ve shared with you what I found on my most recent Costco run, what do you guys buy at Costco?
I’d love to know.
Leave me a note in the comments!
And if there are any weight loss tips that have worked for you, send ’em over! I love to share and swap ideas for what’s worked for others 😊.
Hope you enjoyed this blog post, and I’ll see you in the next one.
If you want to see us shopping, go ahead and come along with us in the video below!