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Paleo budget & introducing grains.

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Created April 07, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I have been fairly strictly paleo about 8 months and I feel great. Recently however I lost my "real job" and went back to my former job of 10 years as a bike messenger. This is problematic because I burn a lot more calories than I was, and I work really hard for very little money. I feel like I'm always hungry and don't have money to eat the way I'd like to.

I was hoping for suggestions of things to add to my diet that are more affordable and won't leave me hungry. Rice and beans seems reasonable? Plain Greek yogurt with fruit was also something I used to enjoy that doesn't cost very much. I plan on staying very strict when it comes to gluten and sugars but I want to be careful about adding these non-paleo things to my diet.

What's going to keep me pedaling strong all day long without using up all my food stamps?

-Rachel, Philly

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on April 07, 2013
at 10:59 PM

You can get cheaper( than even conventional store bought), free ranged eggs right form the farm. I get mine for 3/dozen from the amish. They are a great nutrient pack snack/meal.

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on April 07, 2013
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Long grain white rices are your best best for savory dishes as far as nutrition and texture. If you want a breakfast cereal/porridge type dish, short grain white rice will have a better texture. It's slightly higher on the glycemic index but I don't really care about that sort of thing as I don't have insulin issues. As far as beans... well, I love beans so much that I don't really care. :) Just soak them at least 24 hours, a little whey in there (from making your own yogurt, heh) wouldn't hurt.

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Yes on the garden! Even a few plants on the patio or windowsill, if you don't have a yard, can go a long way.

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WTF is wrong with you?

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on April 07, 2013
at 08:53 PM

I'm eating ALOT of canned fish to, the thing is especially after work I can't seem to get enough to eat. I have tried upping my fat intake, but I seem to gain weight really easily in places I don't want it.

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Thanks for the helpful suggestions! I'm finding so much conflicting information about what types of rice & beans are the healthiest, what varities will work best with my mostly paleo lifestyle?

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Yep, this. But I always run better on fat calories than carb calories no matter what my activity level.

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on April 07, 2013
at 07:56 PM

yeah plus if you be bangin' on bitches all day you gonna need dem rice and beans fo real though.

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on April 07, 2013
at 09:07 PM

WTF is wrong with you?

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at 09:16 PM

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on April 07, 2013
at 05:24 PM

Rice and beans sound perfectly fine (they are traditional foods), particularly given you'll be burning shit-tons of calories biking all day.

The more calories you burn daily, the less problems with high energy density foods, sugars and starches. In fact, it's probably necessary.

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on April 07, 2013
at 06:42 PM

Bones and offal are cheap, even grass fed, and can provide a lot of food.

Our family of four typically gets 3 meals out of a roasting chicken: roasted chicken, something with the leftover chicken, and broth with the bones. That would keep a single person in food for a week!

Shop sales for canned tuna, canned sardines, etc. Make your own when you can--it's always cheaper: yogurt, kefir, pickles, kraut, mayo, etc.

Safeway runs 10 for 10 sales in produce. For $10 you can get 10 lbs of veggies or 10 items (like artichokes, avocados, cabbages, etc ) and you don't really have to buy $10 worth to get $1 per pound/item.

Buy in bulk when you can so you only have to pay for what you need and you aren't paying for packaging.

If it's practical, it's a great time to start a garden for virtually free produce. And always freeze or dehydrate any excess bounty so it won't go to waste.

I think it's very possible to be paleo on a budget without resorting to inexpensive grains and carbs.

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on April 07, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Yep, this. But I always run better on fat calories than carb calories no matter what my activity level.

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on April 07, 2013
at 09:08 PM

Yes on the garden! Even a few plants on the patio or windowsill, if you don't have a yard, can go a long way.

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on April 07, 2013
at 06:05 PM

I agree with Matt and Varelse on many of their thoughts. My paleo budget is very small due to Social Security and recent family happenings.

In addition to rice and beans (the beans tend to do bad things in my gut no matter how long I soak them, but if they work fine for you they're a good option) I'd offer the following:

  • if your work schedule permits, try to shop for meat when your store is turning over their inventory--making space for their next incoming shipment. I find good mark-downs on bones, fatty cuts and whatever they bought too much of last week. Doing this can literally double how much meat you're able to buy.

  • I've been buying lots of tubers, onions and celery. They're inexpensive and very filling and some weeks I just eat meat every other day although you might be too active for that.

  • Is there anywhere else in your budget you can save, so you can shift a little more money toward food? I stopped buying some things and use a lot of baking powder and vinegar for cleaning and hygiene. For deodorant I use a mix of cornstarch and baking soda. I use the store produce/meat/shopping bags instead of buying sandwich/freezer bags.

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on April 07, 2013
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Assuming you have no medical conditions that weren't mentioned, I think you would be fine adding in some rice and beans. I eat them! I think the thing to remember when adding in things like this is that portion is everything. SAD tells us that rice and beans are healthy, so we base our meals around them and then add in stuff like meat. With Paleo on a budget, I think it's fine to add in some rice and beans to your base meal of meat and veggies.

If you don't have problems with dairy, I think Greek yogurt is also a fine choice. For the budget minded, you can also make it yourself in a crockpot for the cost of the milk and a small container of yogurt to get your cultures, or order the cultures online. That way you also don't have to scour the labels and wonder if carrageenan or pectin is worth avoiding.

Tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes are also good options that are easy on the budget. I also eat a lot of meat, but with my budget I just can't afford to be fussy about grass-fed and all. Sales are my friend! I have no problem getting the "about to expire manager's special" meat. Tough cuts are also a great option, as they are cheaper, and the crock-pot will help them get nice and tender. You can also sometimes catch frozen veggies on sale, if the fresh is a problem with the budget. I find that they are just as good for steaming and making soups and things, but roasting is out of the question.

I would avoid frozen fish, though. I used to eat it, but now it always seems mushy and yucky. Go with manager's specials on that. :)

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on April 07, 2013
at 06:24 PM

big boxes of eggs are cheap (not organic obvs) rice and beans are good white potatoes canned tuna bigger pieces of meat tend to be cheaper than smaller ones

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on April 07, 2013
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You can get cheaper( than even conventional store bought), free ranged eggs right form the farm. I get mine for 3/dozen from the amish. They are a great nutrient pack snack/meal.

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