Ok, so here’s the deal. I assume that you’re going to start the plan on a Monday. Monday is a fine day for starting things, especially if you work a traditional Monday-Friday work schedule. It helps solidify a new cooking routine, by piggybacking it onto your existing work routine. So I assume that you’re going to do your grocery shopping on the weekend before, just because you probably have more time.
But regardless of which day you start, I need you to have some foods already prepared. I have to make sure you at least have some of the stuff cooked, because you’re going to start eating it as early as breakfast tomorrow.
It doesn’t matter what you eat today. But you’re going to cook, the following:
1 or 2 loaves of bread
1 entire 1lb package of bacon (bake it in the oven)
24 18 Chocolate Chip cookies
Try not to eat any of it. I mean, ya, have a few cookies. I’m not a monster. But the rest of it you can manage to save. Each loaf of bread feeds about 1 person for a week, assuming that you usually eat about 2 slices a day. If you don’t have a bread machine, you’re going to want to make all that bread at once. If you don’t have a bread machine or a stand mixer, then just buy the bread at the store. Get the cheapest store-brand loaves. They should cost about $1.00 each, roughly double that of making it on your own. Hold out until you find a cheap machine nearby on craigslist, at least until you’ve finished the first month and you’re sure you can convert to this lifestyle.
Great! Now you’re ready to start your 4-week plan.