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12/23/12 4:55 P

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well, there is always grandkids to play with it, or maybe you can figure out how to make really thin steak:)

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12/23/12 11:48 A

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If I get rid of it, a month or so from now I will think of something emoticon

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12/23/12 11:01 A

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in thinking on how to use your pasta roller...clay is only thing that comes to my mind:)

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12/23/12 7:43 A

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Totally agree UGOOGLY. We are also from Canada and I buy what is on sale i.e. when eye of the round roasts are on for 1.89 I buy a large one and ground our hamburg or make stewing beef - both of which prices here seem to have skyrocketed in the past few months. I have a Kitchenaid mixer with all the attachments so this is easy for me - anyone have any suggestions on how I can now use the pasta roller/cutter accessory? My favourite roast is prime rib and when on sale at our local Metro (this week 3.87 lb) I buy a few. One large one for when we are having a family gathering and a couple for us to eat - because we don't eat out often I justify the cost. I just spent almost 14 $ on a roast that I cooked last night. Have enough for lunch today and supper again - the two of us could not go for a Big Mac meal at that price.

I will also buy reduced meat, but had a bad experience with fish so will not buy it reduced. I'm not saying organic isn't good to buy if you can afford it but if you are of average income raising a family or retired, you sometimes don't have that extra to spend. I find in general I spend less then before we started eating this way. I watch for produce to be on sale also and we have tried a few veggies that I never bought before - eggplant (not bad) beets (okay - not my favorite) kale - (take it or leave it - but so healthy that likely will buy again). Eggs are another great bargain. We live so close to the Canada/US border that we shop both locations and can gets large eggs at 1.49 dozen at Sams - these go a long way!

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12/21/12 8:50 P

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I know what its like to be on a budget for groceries. That was the main reason why I was vegetarion for so many years while in college. The trick is to 'flyer surf' for the best meat prices. Check out your local grocery store weekly specials and see what cuts are on sale. I can't afford grass fed anything, so its really just whatever the butcher is cutting up thats on special. I limit myself to cuts of meat that are around $1.99/lb (I'm in Canada) but will go up to $2.99/lb if nothings really jumping out at me. I'll buy whatever that meaty special is in bulk and freeze whatever else that isn't usable. I typically spend about $50-60 a week to feed myself, whereas the average joe here who buys convience/frozen foods plus takeout is spending twice that much for themselves.

Another trick that I've learned since I feed my dog raw meaty bones; go to the grocery store first thing in the morning and buy meat thats going to expire in the next day or two. Its often marked down to 30% off and as long as you eat it that day, or freeze right away, theres nothing to worry about (you wont get sick and it still tastes fine).

And obviously, buying fruits/veggies in season really helps too. Right now, its winter here, so its either frozen veggies or squash/sweet potatos for being in season.

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12/13/12 11:05 A

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If you start with the basics of the Paleo way of eating (cut out all grains, legumes, sugars, and dairy), your body will get most of the benefit of this lifestyle. The grass-fed and/or organic purchases can be adopted when you can afford to shop that way...or not. You will still be much better off than you were when eating the SAD (standard American diet) way! Thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables can certainly help, and a home garden in season can provide you with organic produce at a greatly reduced price (I won't say "free" because there are costs to gardening, but the benefits are worth it)!

Go for it. I think you will be pleased with the results!

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11/25/12 9:24 A

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When I started, I donated all the unopened, unexpired foodstuffs to the local food pantry -- I didn't feel guilty once I considered these people needed food, and it would still be their choice to eat it or pick something else, and better than no food at all. (I did add some better foods to the bags, too.) Besides I also hate waste.

I did throw out some opened stuff, but I kept on things like rice, which I can feed to company who may miss grains in every meal.

As for buying organic - I go to farmer's markets and often get good deals. In the supermarket, I'll only buy organic produce if it is one of those items that is likely otherwise to be supersaturated with pesticides. As for meats, I try for pastured, and I have a couple friends who often have excess venison to give away... :) But when you can't afford much pastured meats you can cut back on meat consumption (I do) and/or simply be sure your fattier meats are pastured or organic (such as bacon), and don't sweat the rest.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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11/20/12 7:45 P

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11/20/12 1:31 A

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Hi Redcrow!

I am about 2 weeks new to SparkPeople but I have been doing the paleo diet for about 6 weeks now. I am down sixteen pounds since I started and I am loving it. Like you, however, I am on a tight budget and I can not afford to pay $10 for one meal's worth of protein. I purchase grass-fed meats whenever I find them on sale and otherwise I just try to stick with meats that are raised without hormones and antibiotics. I eat a lot of free range omega eggs and lots of fruits and veggies. And no, I do not buy organic all of the time -- only when it is on sale and the price is similar to the price of the regular products.

Check out this post from the Whole9 blog:

http://whole9life.com/2011/01/paleo-poor
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This article really helps to clarify how you should spend your money on high-quality foods -- which items are worth paying for and which ones you can fudge. It is the most practical and therefore helpful article about doing paleo on the cheap that I have read so far. They also have a seasonal produce list that helps you to buy smartly at the market and not waste money on organics when you do not necessarily need to.

http://whole9life.com/wp-content/uploads
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It would be nice if we could all take a moral stand against the food industry while simultaneously making choices that benefit our long-term health, but I for one need to take a moral stand WITH my bank account. So...!!

Good luck. Something that has been extremely helpful for me is remembering that variety is the spice of life. Try to exhaust your options with veggies before you start using the carb "cheats" like coconut or almond flour, paleo bread, etc. I have found that butternut squash is an AWESOME substistute for a grain any time of the day! Tomorrow I am planning 2 eggs, butternut squash hash, a kale banana blueberry shake (made with coconut milk), and a black coffee for breakfast! Can't wait!!

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DIXIEDOODLEDEAN's Photo DIXIEDOODLEDEAN Posts: 966
11/19/12 1:12 P

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I found that the turnover will never happen as my husband isn't all that into it. However, he is turned on to the better quality of foods we eat. And he is beginning to get just how much grain he was eating and I've noticed he is cutting back naturally. Even his very favorite pasta, Spegetti was met with less enthusiasm as I had spegetti squash with mine.

As for me, I think our food bill has gone down. Once you get the basic spices and almond flour, coconut oil etc..it all settles down to very reasonable. We eat mostly wild meat so we are eating grass fed deer and turkey. Otherwise, I buy when I can the organic, free range, but if not I'm ok with something on sale:)

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11/19/12 12:58 P

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This is my first month on the Paleo diet - I have been able to stick to under 50$ a week for a family of three while transitioning to this plan. What was most helpful is making a weekly trip to a produce stand and stocking up - since so much of the diet is produce. I fill two huge bags for on average less than 10$ total and we are stocked for the week. Since some of this produce tends to spoil quickly I do a lot of "cooking ahead" during the weekend making sauces, salsa, and roasting veggies for grab and go meals. The freezer is my friend here, making sauces ahead and freezing since bulk produce is usually cheaper. Also prepping and freezing produce that I got for a great price (Cauliflower heads @ .50 cents each I "riced" 4 of them and froze in separate bags).

At the grocery store I try to stick to "discount" stores and buy only the meat that is on sale, and then build my weekly menu plan around that. Another good idea is to be vigilant about coupons, researching meat deals, or buying in bulk and having a "monthly budget" instead of weekly. When you see a great deal - stock up your freezer!! I also buy almonds / nuts in bulk instead of pre-packaged varieties.

I stick away from the upscale organic food stores because they are major budget killers - comparing prices to the same items in "regular" stores they are always very inflated, so even a sale price will still bleed your wallet dry. I also stick away from what I call "paleo-fied" non-paleo items like Coconut flour, almond butter, etc.. can't afford it. A lot of "paleo cake" recipes will cost you 3-4 times as much!

It takes some extra time in going to different places, driving a bit further, and making / freezing ahead of time but in the end for me it is worth it.Maybe not "strict paleo" because I can't afford all organic grass-fed products but I am doing the best that I can for me and my family - I have also broken through a major weight loss plateau and am finally in "Onederland" so something is working I guess haha. Hope those tips helped!

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11/19/12 11:05 A

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I just do the best I can. I do buy a lot of store bought meat from my local. They do the butchering themselves, etc and I think the main thing with store bought meat is to discard the fat. That is where the bad omega6s are. Grass fed is totally different and you WANT to eat that fat.

I also have a dutch store that is ran by Mennonites where I purchase the bulk of my produce. But I know my store buys from some of the same local producers when possible. I live in a small rural community, no big box stores, so I feel pretty good about what we are eating.

The main thing for us was cutting out wheats, sugars, processed, and fast food. Not to say we dont once in while, but if you can limit those things, you are miles ahead :)

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11/19/12 10:59 A

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It's a process, for sure! Very few people can just throw everything out and start over (and we didn't... I think waste is terrible for any reason).

We continue to slowly move toward a truly Paleo/Primal lifestyle... we've been committed to the process for six months now. Processed food was the first to go, and we still don't eat grassfed meat/eggs/dairy/etc. because we can't find an affordable source.

I did give away things like unopened boxes of pasta/rice/canned goods and grain/vegetable oils right off to the local soup kitchen. I struggle with the ethics of offering food to others that I refuse to eat for my health, but my and my daughter's health directly depended on making as many changes as quickly as possible.

Despite not eating grass fed products, we've been wildly successful... I've lost 60 lbs, hubby has lost 60 lbs. and our daughter is well again for the first time in 3 years, and my health is the best it's been in 20 years. Small changes add up over time. Do what you can now and just keep refining!


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Hello all! Starting up my new paleo lifestyle this week.
In all the books it recommends that I clear out my fridge and all cabinets completely and start fresh with a restock of paleo friendly foods.
They're nuts!
I decided to wean myself off of the refined crap since it seems thats all the food I have! I just moved into a new apartment and my budget is tight. I went to a natural food market the other day just to see what I was getting myself into. I spent $30 on 4 grass fed beef patties, a package of bacon, a box of 16 tea bags, and a teapot! The teapot was only $8!
Craziness!
I'm just going to have to stick with the regular grocery stores for now. Does anyone else find that they can get by successfully on non-organic produce and regular meat?
I know the benefits of going natural and I'd love to but my wallet can't handle it!

I'd love any advice you have to offer!
Thanks,
Red Crow

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