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Paleo on a budget while doing starting strength?

Commented on May 15, 2014
Created May 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Hey guys I am in a bit of a bind and I was hoping for some help.

I am 21, around 210 pounds, 30-35% percent body fat and am just getting back in shape. I was hit by a car a while back and while off my feet and depressed I basically gained a tonne of weight and made myself sick.

I used to be reasonably athletic but my body is completely messed up, I am going back to basics and have laid out the following plan for the next 12 months:

4 months - Run starting strength 3 days a week and do long but slow fasted walks on rest days to recover and just get my heart healthy in general.

4 months - Run 5/3/1 BBB and continue getting slowly stornger, the three walks a week become 3 runs per week.

4 months - Run 5/3/1 bodyweight template in preparation for my joining the parachute regiment which I was in the process of joining before the accident.

However as it is I am only able to get very short and low paying work hours due to my lack of experience job wise. I am bringing in 260 pounds a month, 60 goes to rent, another 100 goes on bills and transport etc.

This leaves me 100 pounds as my entire purse for a month. On starting strength the recommendation from rippetoe is 1 gram per pound of bodyweight or a bit less(.8) per lb for obese or near obese people.

So for me 168 grams of protein is a heck of a lot to be able to afford.

So I need to be getting 2500 calories a day with 168 grams of p[rotei or close to that for ??3.20 a day.

I have no car, I have a pedal bike or the bus. I have no farmers markets near by, no butchers, I have 1 store within 15 miles of me and it is a big tesco super market.

I am really struggling here but eating paleo for the last 4 weeks has made my life so much more fulfilling, no acid problems, no stomach pains, no headaches that I used to get daily, no skin problems like before.

But I was spending too much and I blew through the money I had saved up to eat like I was.

I am either going to have to figure out how to eat for ??3.20 a day or I simply can not eat this way and that really worries me because I was in a miserable state before hand and felt so shit everyday and I am dreading going back to that to be honest.

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on May 15, 2014
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I'm not seeing a single vegetable on that plan. Looks like sugar + protein (likely high omega-6 / poor omega-3 conventional meat, as you didn't specify "grass-fed organic") + saturated fat.

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looks good to me just gotta hunt for those bargains.

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on May 14, 2014
at 09:10 PM

How does this look?

It is a paleoish plan but I figured out a way to eat pretty much a whole chicken a day and get fruits and potato for £3.35 a day.

everyday value chicken - £2.48 per kg

7 whole chickens that are 1kg or below = £17.36 ---- 8 pack of bananas = £1.15 tesco goodness apples min 7 pack = £1.35 Tropicana 1.75L = £2.50 2.5kg white potato = £2.00 kerrygold butter = £1.60 ------ add up to £8.60 £17.36 + £8.60 = £26.00 26 x 4 = 104 104 divided by 31 = £3.35 per day.

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on May 15, 2014
at 01:06 AM

looks good to me just gotta hunt for those bargains.

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:23 AM

I'm not seeing a single vegetable on that plan. Looks like sugar + protein (likely high omega-6 / poor omega-3 conventional meat, as you didn't specify "grass-fed organic") + saturated fat.

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on May 14, 2014
at 04:42 PM

it sounds like you have got a solid plan as far as the exercise is concerned. as far as the budget is concerned, try eating more offal if you can find it (cow heart has become a favorite of mine). i also eat a fair amount of tuna (i'm aware of all the possible "problems" associated with tuna i just take steps to mitigate those things) as it is very cheap. You have to listen to your body. On that little money you have to learn to be ok with being somewhat hungry. so maybe find cheap rotisserie chickens and always be on the lookout for on sale foods. rice is always a cheap source of calories as well. i know its not strictly paleo but desperate times call for desperate measures. just do the best you can.

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