Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Phase 1 Grocery List

Wow, I now know why there isn't already a grocery list made for the "Meal Plan Approach." I typed up a grocery list and it took a lot longer than I expected. It wouldn't have been so bad if everything was all laid out nicely like it is on the "Meal Plan Approach" pages, but once you get to the recipes to find the specific ingredients it gets messy. You have to flip through the pages to find each recipe--which are are not in order, but at least they are in sections (i.e., "soups," "dinner," etc.). The "Meal Plan Approach" outline has an icon showing that there is a recipe for it, but it would have been nice if they included the page numbers.

Some of the recipes make more than one serving, which is fine, but some of them make 20 servings. I don't know about you, but I would have expected them to have already done the math and decreased the servings to at least be what you would be using for the one week.

I tried to remember where items are in the store and divided this list into several categories: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Snacks, Other, Seasonings, Seafood, Canned/Bottled, Meats, and Beverages.

A few tricks for understanding the shopping list:
1. I color coded the items based on whether they are for breakfast only, snack only, lunch only, dinner only, or a general item. That way, if you don't want to make any of the lunch items, for example, you can easily take out the green-colored items you don't need.

2. If the ingredient is for a specific recipe, I included a shortened version of the recipe name in parenthesis at the end of the ingredient. Once again, if you don't want to make that recipe, you don't need to buy these items. If the ingredient's text color is black, it is used for more than just breakfast or lunch, etc.

3. If an item is italicized, that means it is an ingredient for a recipe that makes more than one serving. So the quantity is flexible depending on how many servings you really want to make. It got to the point, though, that I stopped adding the ingredients from the recipes that make eight or more servings, because it is adding so many ingredients that you don't end up needing. So I recommend that you consult the list in the book and see which of these recipes you want to make and then add the quantities you want.

4. I also included a list with the names of the recipes for Phase 1. These are also color-coded; show the page number the recipe is on; states how many servings they make if they make more than one; and, if I did not include the ingredients on the grocery list, that is stated as well.

I created the grocery list in Microsoft® Word 2007, that way it is easy to edit. Also, it is a grocery list for ONE PERSON for ONE WEEK using the "Meal Plan Approach" for Level II. This took a lot of time to put together, but at least we can use it for four weeks! I hope this is helpful to others out there. Good luck!


If you want un-editable pages of the grocery list, click below to see the full images (download link is below):



P90X Grocery List for phase 1 available in Microsoft Word format for download!

81 comments:

Little Miss Sunshine said...

Wow, I have a feeling your detail oriented. Nice work. And thanks for sharing.

Sam said...

Wow! I was just sitting here doing this exact thing and got frustrated by it. Thanks for doing this!

Jeff said...

Thank you SO much for this...I was preparing to do this myself and i said...surely someone is as crazy as i am and has already done it.
Thanks again

storminspank said...

Nicely Done! Thanks for making the list!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this! My girlfriend will be doing this, but she's Level I. Is there a grocery list for Level I? I think I'll just use this list, and buy for two.

Thanks again! This is very appreciated!

Heidi said...

We did not create a Level I grocery list for Phase 1. The other two grocery lists are for Level I, though, because we found that we had a lot of food left over when buying for Level II.

Good luck!! We love P90X! :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this!! I just printed it out, went to the grocery store and now we are set to go! Ended up costing about $175 but we wont have to buy some of it next week (spices, etc).

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this!! I just printed it out, went to the grocery store and now we are set to go! Ended up costing about $175 but we wont have to buy some of it next week (spices, etc).

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this. I gained a lot of weight when I got out of the Army, so I'm picking up this program to fix that, and I've never really bought food for cooking for more than a meal at a time, this really saved me time and a lot of frustration.

theJerm said...

Glad this is helping. My wonderful wife Heidi spent a lot of time organizing all of this and it seems to be proving useful :)

KiD KaDai said...

thank you so much!

Kavita said...

OMG! Thank you soooooo much for sharing...I'm starting this Monday...so I need to go buy the grocery and get going...thanks again...this has saved me alot of time!

Anonymous said...

thanks for doing the heavy lifting, saved me a ton of time. appreciated!

theJerm said...

Very cool, glad you guys are getting use out of this, it certainly helps having the food organized. Good job Heidi (a.k.a. my wife).

Anthony said...

Thanks ! Was just about to do this And thought lemme google it see if someone did. Seriously Thanks!

Suzie said...

Thanks for posting this! The first week I took the book to the store without planning ahead of time. I ended up standing in the produce section for 45 minutes trying to flip through all of the recipies!! I still missed so many items and have been back to the grocery store many many times in my 2 weeks on the program.

Molly said...

Thank you so much for this! It is going to make it much eaiser for my husband and I to go shopping now :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. It will help me a bunch.

Bailey said...

THANKS!!!

Missy said...

Thanks so much for all the time you have spent creating this list for all of us!! I found it easy to get up and do the workouts... the hard part for me was the meal plan!! We are a family of 4 and cooking/shopping/planning for 3 people not on P90X then for myself was exhausting... even harder than the workouts!! WOW!! You did an amazing job!

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Chris said...

Thanks for taking the time to put these grocery lists together. My wife and I are starting the program on Monday (11 Jan 10). We were just sitting down to create the grocery list and found yours. We will definately keep with your blog.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your effort. My fiance and I took all morning trying to work this out and then before going to the store found your list. So relieving to see there are others having as hard of time as we are figuring this out. Too bad its more difficult than the workouts. 8-)

What you did here is going to help make us successful. Thank you!

Ryan said...

I paid a buddy $40 to burn all these dvd's for me and I used plain ol common sense with what food I eat. Been doin p90x for a while now. Lost a lot of weight and put on lots of muscle. Word to thw wise. Don't get TOO obsessed with attention to detail on your food. Just bring it and stay out of the middle aisles of the supermarket. If it's gotta stay cold, it's good for you. You don't need a booklet and color codes to know that.

theJerm said...

Hi Ryan, you make some good points about using common sense with the food you eat and staying out of middle aisles in supermarkets. Congratulations on losing weight and gaining the muscle.

There are two things I would say about what you said though.

The first related to pirating the DVDs. If one is going to own these DVDs, then they should be purchased from a legitimate source as any other product would be - otherwise you would just borrow them for a little while from a family member, friend, etc... and then give them back when you were done.

I haven't written about piracy, but I am a firm believer that piracy, the act of copying a DVD or CD that has been produced from a company is not only against the law, but also cuts into the profits of a company and the amount they can further invest.

Some would argue that company owners just horde the money anyway, but I don't believe a company like Beachbody is successful because the owners are greedy and aren't concerned with delivering quality products and services.

The second thing is that our grocery lists are for those who are having difficulty getting started and don't know where to turn.

I also believe that proper nutrition is more than just eating what needs to stay cold. The P90X nutrition guide was developed with specific needs in mind as one does workouts.

At any rate, thanks for the information and I highly encourage you to buy a legit copy of P90X without the pirating.

Ryan said...

Fair enough, in regards to pirating. I'm always looking to save a buck. Shame on me. However, my intention was not to belittle the importance of proper nutrition, but rather emphasize the necesity for independent thinking. The ancient Greeks and Romans and Indians, etc. didn't need some overpaid team of "nutritionist" to tell them what to eat. They ate what was available. The problem is that America has become so consumed with mainstream media, they've forgotten how to think for themselves. "Why grill some chicken and eat some raw brocolli and carrots, when there's a McDonalds 1/2 a mile from anywhere?" It's outraging! Bottom line! If you can kill it or grow it, you can't go wrong. Plain and simple.

meish said...

Awesome grocery lists! thanks.

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for putting the time and effort into making this beautiful list!!! Oh and congrats on the baby :)

CaseyJoe said...

I was just about to calculate all the week 1 Phase II ingredients needed, and then I thought to myself, "Google's gotta have it. It's got everything!" Lo and behold, the first link is a detailed and organized list of everything I need.

Thanks for taking the time to upload and share! Great work!

Brigit said...

Thank you so so much! I started putting a list together and after 20 min I thought I should see if anyone has posted theirs on the web. You have saved me so much time. Thanks! Time to go play with my kiddos =)

Ryan said...

Thank you so much for putting in the effort for this. I spent a few hours trying to do the same thing but didn't even come close.

dbLewis4211 said...

Thank you so much for putting this list together! My husband and I are starting P90X next week. I was thrilled to find such a beautiful and well organized list that is all ready to edit and print out. You did a wondeful job. Thank you!

Ger said...

This list is great. Thank you for sharing your hard work. We are waiting for our P90X to be delivered, and I am going shopping today for the next week. Now I can buy the food, and be ready to start! My son and I are starting as soon as the package gets here. Him to muscle up (he needs that extra competitive edge for his sports), me to lean down and tone! Thanks again for sharing and helping to make it that much easier for others to start their journey to better health!

Aroon said...

This was the first thing that came up after i searched phase1 nutrition plan.. Thanks a bunch!! Now please dont forget to post Phase 2 and 3 ;)

Aroon said...

NVM, i see they are already posted. Thank You :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, did not expected to find a grocery list for p90x when I searched for it... I am glad I did.

Anonymous said...

Hi Heidi and Jeremy!
I was amazed that P90X did not have a shopping list printed in the nutrition guide! My husband and I are excited to get started, but shopping for the confusing meal plans seemed daunting to say the least... Like others, I was hoping to find a kind soul that had did the work for me and posted it somewhere online. I'm extremely excited to find such a extensive and organized list! Fabulous job Heidi!!!! Thanks so much :)

Anonymous said...

Amazing. I was sitting down, dreading writing this grocery list out and decided to google it. You saved me hours (I get distracted easily with my kids). Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Really nice list! Just what we were looking for and more. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

As far as the cost of the list goes we price match. We go to a grocery store that will price match and create a list of all the sales from every store in the area and you can cut your bill in half! We've done it for years and you can get a lot more for your money without having to drive all day to find the sales.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And, Thank you! That is REALLY helpful!

Anonymous said...

Thanks A TON!!!!!!!! I was looking at the Nutrition Guide yday night and had a bad feeling abt sticking to a diet and when i slept had nightmares :). This help me to plan ahead and start my program at least a week in advance.....

Your help will be part of my success.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! This will be quite helpful. Today is my first day of the nutrition plan and all I've been thinking about is what am I missing to stay with the meal plan for days two thru seven.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! This will be a great help. I had started trying to make my own list but I became so frustrated. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Or, you can go to beachbody.com, make an account, and they have the grocery lists already premade for you to print out. And they have other new weekly grocery lists that are premade far out to the end of the year, there's more recipes available then whats in the magazine.

Jen said...

You're my hero. I'm on day one and trying to figure out the diet. This will help a ton!
Thanks so much.

rooster said...

Thank you so much for saving me 5 hours of trying to make this out myself! Greatly appreciated!

Jeremy said...

Thanks for posting. I really appreciate the time you spent on this.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for making it so much easier for my family to shop for the right foods ,butt i dont have the nutrition plann so i dont knoe how to make it i was wondering if u could send me the recipes for all 3-phases it would be real helpfull. e-mail me at henry562@yahoo.com ,thank you

Heidi said...

Anonymous,
Unfortunately, we cannot provide the recipes. (There are 100 recipes.) Something that you could do, though, is use the grocery lists and then make what you would like to with those ingredients. You could also try finding a copy of the Nutrition Plan book to purchase (it has other helpful nutritional information in addition to the recipes); though, I don't know if they're sold separately.

Amanda said...

Thank you so much. I wish I would have seen this before I spent like 3 hours putting a list together lol!! learned my lesson!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for taking the time out to do this - it is much appreciated! I don't know why I didn't google this much sooner. This list will save thousands of people a lot of time!

Thank you!

Jed said...

This is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for putting this together. Agreed on your commentary re copy of tm material. Appreciate your practical approach. Hope since taking the course you have stayed in shape. All the best...

Bradley said...

Thanks for the grocery list. I got about half way through writing down all the ingredients before it dawned on me to look online. Woo Hoo!! thanks so much. Its a relief I dont have to worry about missing anything now.

Erin said...

this is AWSOME! I have a question though, why is shrimp labeled as lunch only?

Heidi said...

Erin,
Sorry for the delay in responding, I have been out of town...

I only see shrimp listed as an ingredient in the Shrimp Stir-Fry recipe for lunch. Where else do you see it? Let me know and I will revise the grocery list. Thanks!

Greg said...

As a new P90x-er, this is invaluable. I just hope Beachbody doesn't have an issue with it.

I'm going at Level III. Should I post my own revised version? I doubt you want to get into the business of posting grocery lists, but you are the No. 1 Google result.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Hey do you remember about what it cost to buy this list of food?? For phase one

Heidi said...

You will probably find that a lot of the foods will last you all month. P90X really tells you to buy/eat a lot of food! We ended up averaging $450 a month on groceries, and that was for two people and a toddler; but, we didn't buy everything on the list because it was just so much more food than we could eat. Ultimately, we bought about half of the items from the grocery lists and made what we wanted to with those foods.

Anonymous said...

Thanks much for posting this grocery list. It was daunting looking at the receipes. this should make my first trip to the store much easier. I Did P90X three times, twice in 2009 and once in 2010...got good results but wanted to try it now with the "full on" eating plan. Doing it with my son who is a sophmore in HS and a wrestler. Wish us luck. David, Palmer, Alaska

Kristen McCarty said...

Thank you for posting this! My husband and I are starting P90X on Monday and I am supposed to go shopping tomorrow for our groceries. It seems like a lot of food... do you feel like you eat more?

Heidi said...

Hi, Kristen!
We found that it was a lot of food--more than we could eat, actually. For us, buying food for "one" person was enough for both of us and our toddler. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! I think you just saved me about 4 hours of work of doing the same thing.

Anonymous said...

I had actually already made a list myself and let me tell you... it took me forever, but it still isn't as nice as this list. I wish I found this earlier--oh well... at least I can use this list from now on.

You and your amazing wife deserve one thousand out of ten stars. Thank you so much!

David said...

awesome stuff... I knew googling this topic was going to save me a lot of time. Thanks so much for compiling this list.

Jeremy Barr said...

Amazing! Thank you so much; I was one hour into doing this myself, and it would have taken me hours and hours more before I got anywhere near something as cools as think! Cheers!

Nashville Crafty Chick said...

This was amazingly thoughtful of you to put this list together!!! I'm a mother of 2 babies who was quite overwhelmed when I didnt see a shopping list like Tosca Reno's plans. I reallllly appreciate this and the ease you have made it to move forward!

Anonymous said...

I can't thank you enough for this!!! I got maybe a fourth of the way through making my own before I thought to google it, and I am so glad you did this for everyone!

Anonymous said...

I just found this, thank you so much for doing the work and sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, you are a Godsend, and I am flooded with feelings of relief and gratitude. You are so brave to have tackled the nutrition guide's crappy layout... well done, I commend you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you SO MUCH! This is exactly what I was looking for!

Sarah said...

Omg, you're such a life saver! I'm doing TurboFire but my roommate is going to start P90X so I figured why do different meal plans. I was in the middle of scaling down the recipes and compiling my own shopping list but when I got to the Gazpacho I just about started to cry. lol. I think I'll just make that one full size and portion it into the freezer (it looks like it'll freeze well).

But thank you so much! I love you both all the way to heaven!

Anonymous said...

Just another person posting to say thanks a ton for doing this. Saved me so much time, and I really appreciate it.

Kelleen said...

Has anyone mentioned that you should sell this list to Beach Body? I'm not sure why they don't provide something like this. Their materials are quite thorough. Although, maybe it makes more sense for you to leave the list in your blog... :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Being new to this diet and a very busy mom and company owner this saved me a BUNCH of time!!!
-Louise

H.M. said...

You NOW became my best blogspot friend. Thank you so much for posting this!!!

freshyseth said...

Great work. As a few others mentioned, I too was in the middle of typing all this up; jumping back in forth between menus, etc. Huge help. I appreciate it.

Mr google said...

thanks a lot

i was looking for something simple like this. thank you very much for your effort. it was a great help.

Emily Monteagudo said...

Amazing work Heidi! Thanks so much for sharing this. It is pretty incredible, I just gave up about 75% of the way through my own because I got frustrated with the soup recipes being for 10+ servings. SO ANNOYING. So impractical.

I still think it's crazy that the people who make these meal plans don't put any consideration into what is feasible in real life.... but Hey what do i Know... I'm just a fatty who fell for the sales pitch ;-)

cam white said...

Thank you very much, I start on Monday and was about to make a list myself when I decided to google it and low and behold you already did :) Thanks again. Cam