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Paleo diet on a budget...

Answered on August 25, 2014
Created May 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

My husband and I live on a very tight budget and unfortunately grass fed beef (and other meats for that matter) just don't fit in. How much will it affect my health if I stick to the Paleo diet strictly, except for the pasture fed proteins? We do purchase local proteins, just not grass fed.

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on May 25, 2012
at 10:58 AM

I appreciate your comment pjnoir, but I will admit that I am a big cook and love to do it. I do still find that my grocery budget does not get me as far as it used to and I track my costs for everything compulsively. Also, we NEVER ate at fast food joints.

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:00 PM

Good call -- lamb is usually grass-fed.

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:31 PM

http://paleohacks.com/search?q=budget#axzz1vpSTwrHu Already covered numerous times <3

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:09 PM

I was shocked at how much money I had when I stopped taking trips through the drive-thru. Now it's grass-fed meats 100%!

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:07 PM

grass fed animals tend to be older becasue Feed Lots force feed to get them slaughter and make a buck. Grass fed require a longer feeding period, even if thewy get some grain.

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I personally don't sweat the grass fed business, I can't afford all that either. I buy various roasts and cheap steaks, lots of eggs and frozen veggies, so I eat cheap, and i'm still a ton healthier than if I ate bread and sugar and crap.

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Divrgurl13,

Here is some info you might find useful.

http://paleodietnews.com/1970/following-the-paleo-diet-on-a-budget/

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:08 PM

Ok, not grass-fed does not mean CAFO. It's likely if you're buying local meat, that's it is head-and-shoulders above the quality of any CAFO meat you can find. It's probably only slightly less quality than most grass-fed meet.

But the fat, the omega-3s! Beef is naturally low in PUFAs, being deficient in omega-3s doesn't mean much. Everybody says, get lean meat and add X fat. Bah, just buy good quality, even if grain-fed, local meat, eat it, it's good for you.

Skip organic from the grocery story too while you're at it. Skip the nuts, fruit, natural sweeteners, paleo baking, etc... forgoing all that saves money.

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:07 PM

My budget diet would revolve around lean meat, plus coconut oil to add good source of saturated fat. I would also up my carb intake since I would probably need more calories (since we are limiting some of the fat from the meat). This would be tubers, starchy veggies like acorn squash, bananas, etc.

I would also try to make bone broth as often as possible. Bones should be pretty cheap.

Also don't forget about organ meat, especially liver. I just bought from a local farm that was having a sale on organ meat - $2 per pound for liver, heart, kidneys, and ox tails.

Also if you are currently buying organic, I would shuttle some of the money towards better sources of eat.

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:03 PM

go crunch some numbers after you take out bread, creals and sugars. Subtract fast food and I bet you not only eat better, you will eat less and eat cheaper. I bottle of soad in a 7/11 or wawa cost a buck 80, bag of chips one 40. Learn to cook, slow down the meals, braise cheaper cuts, add some good veggies, in the pot, have left overs. MAKE SOUP from bones.. Buy this book: http://www.amazon.com/An-Everlasting-Meal-Cooking-Economy/dp/143918187X

we became friends, read it. she taught butchery in san Fran and once owned Farm 255 in GA., so it aint a bunch of eat veggies carp. good luck

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:09 PM

I was shocked at how much money I had when I stopped taking trips through the drive-thru. Now it's grass-fed meats 100%!

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on May 25, 2012
at 10:58 AM

I appreciate your comment pjnoir, but I will admit that I am a big cook and love to do it. I do still find that my grocery budget does not get me as far as it used to and I track my costs for everything compulsively. Also, we NEVER ate at fast food joints.

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on May 24, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Since "toxins" are stored in the fat You can stick to lean cuts of beef or choose lamb. They contain no antibiotics or hormones & I believe they are slaughtered at a younger age.

4de2c59d682664a54cfcd4f0979e1115

on May 24, 2012
at 11:00 PM

Good call -- lamb is usually grass-fed.

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on May 24, 2012
at 10:07 PM

grass fed animals tend to be older becasue Feed Lots force feed to get them slaughter and make a buck. Grass fed require a longer feeding period, even if thewy get some grain.

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on August 25, 2014
at 03:25 PM

Since I started eating Paleo I try to be flexible with my ingredients. I'll stick to the basic paleo food list do's and don'ts, but if something proves difficult to obtain I may choose something else, cook it and eat it. A Paleo diet doesn't have to be a rigid diet.



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on May 24, 2012
at 09:54 PM

Just choose lean cuts and supplement your fat intake from other sources. Local meat and produce, even if not grass-fed/pastured/organic, will generally have a better nutritional profile anyway.

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