There’s often a lot of squabble surrounding the costs around a paleo lifestyle. The truth is, it can be as expensive or cheap as you want it to be, but a lot of it depends where you place your priorities. People say they can’t afford it, yet they go to Starbucks every day, have all the latest electronics and gadgets, a closet overflowing with clothes that continues to grow (many with tags still on them), and buy processed foods and suboptimal forms of nutrition. REAL food and optimal health/nutrition are not prioritized and money is spent on things that are not necessary!
If you truly can’t afford to buy wild seafood, grass-fed meats and organic produce, then don’t let it break the bank, but know that it doesn’t mean paleo is not possible. Choose the highest quality that you can and steer clear of commercialized meats. Watch for sales on organic produce and high-quality, grass-fed meats, wild seafood, and buy produce with the seasons (i.e. don’t buy a watermelon in January or winter squash in the summer). Also, buying in bulk can often save costs in the long haul and going in on an order with friends and family is a great way to reduce costs even further. I was asked yesterday by my dear friend, Macala, if I wanted to go in on an order with US Wellness Meats, to which I happily agreed (you may recall yesterday that I mentioned how I’ve considered ordering through them, but there’s a minimum weight or dollar amount, which is hard to meet on my own). Shopping at farmer’s markets or reaching out directly to local farmers is another great way to save and get high-quality, REAL food. Do what you can and fuel yourself wisely. Know where your food is coming from.
I could steer this discussion in another direction and go on and on, but I’ll save most of that for another day. Just know that your food choices greatly impact your health and buying high carb, low fat, processed foods and suboptimal forms of protein is not good for you. Grain-fed meats, cereals, low fat dairy products (low fat = processing and more sugar), whole grains (there’s only a 3% difference between whole and refined grains), vegetable oils and so forth are leading to increasing rates of high cholesterol, blood pressure, depression and anxiety, inflammation (showing up in many different forms) and an array of other health problems. We buy into terms such as, “heart healthy,” but it’s all a marketing ploy and cereal companies pay big money to use such a term. The research behind it actually isn’t that accurate based on a few different factors. Be cautious about what you buy into, do the research, and know where your food comes from. If you look around and do the research, it’ll very clear and obvious that the standard American diet and what the government advocates for is not working.
If you get a chance, visit the Real Food Summit site and listen to Dr. Cate Shanahan’s presentation from today. She gives a great description of real food and offers five simple tests that will help you determine whether a food or supplement is actually healthy or just a hype. The presentation is only available through midnight tonight, so don’t wait to check it out. It’s well worth the listen. Additionally, you can sign up to listen to the Real Food Summit presentations for FREE! I’ve been listening to each of the presentations every morning (three are posted per day) and have gained so much insight and perspective from these real food experts. Take advantage of these great, free resources before it’s too late!