On days like this when so much is going on, like, for instance, working and battling with contractors, I wish that the Paleo way of eating didn’t still consume so much of my mental energy. (Sigh.)
One thing that’s been bugging me is that I haven’t really kept track of grocery receipts so far. There is a lot of talk on Paleo sites and blogs about how expensive it is to maintain this diet, where so much meat (preferably grass-fed, organic) and fresh produce (again, preferably organic) are involved.
I think it is a more expensive way to eat. I don’t have any hard evidence, really, more of a gut feel. But a couple of things stand out.
First, I am going to the store more often to pick up fresh ingredients, usually meat, eggs or fruit. (Thank goodness for the CSA or I’d be shopping for vegetables too.)
Also, we are not eating nearly the number of stir-frys and pastas for dinner that we used to. These are the kind of dinners where rice or noodles provide at least half (if not more) of the meal, with just a little meat and vegetables to round things out. They’re reliable, fast, and easy since we’ve made them so often. When you get home from the office at 6:30 or 7:00, they’re usually what we end up making. Oh right, aside from ordering pizza. Okay, I admit it.
So no, not very scientific observations here. And while we’re not eating rack of lamb every night, I’m curious about ways to make the Paleo diet less expensive. There are loads of resources on the web and, as you might expect, some are better than others. Here are three good ones I found so far:
- Paleo Diet Lifestyle – 25 money saving tips for a Paleo diet
- Paleo Diet and Living – Tips for Paleo on a budget
- Whole 9 Life – Your guide to the grocery store
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