The most important thing you can do to make a Paleo lifestyle stick is to be prepared. Making sure your kitchen is stocked with Paleo-friendly foods and the right tools to cook them with are extremely important to your success. But many of us are on a budget. And isn’t the diet expensive with all of the meats and fish and such? Well, you should know that embarking on the Paleo diet should not break the bank! You simply need to be aware of sales, shop smart, and buy in bulk.
The Paleo diet is based on what cavemen ate thousands of years ago. It focuses on meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, and fruits. Unfortunately, it’s a fact that the cost of healthy, whole food has risen in the last couple of years or so, and it will continue to rise due to drought conditions and other reasons. This is why sales and coupons should be your best friends.
Coupons and sales
If you haven’t clipped coupons in the past, it’s not too late to start. Many grocery stores also offer online coupons to load onto your shopper’s card. And be on the lookout for weekly sales and specials to help save you even more money on your Paleo grocery bill. Check out farmers markets for produce and you can save a lot of money on your veggies and fruits. Some farmers markets are seasonal, so take advantage of them while you can.
Buying meat on the Paleo diet
When it comes to purchasing meat on the Paleo diet, it can get pretty expensive if you only buy the best cuts like rib eye and filet mignon. This is where you may have to compromise with your budget a little. You should try to buy the leanest cuts of meats you can find, and you can find some quality cuts at decent prices. You may have to drain the excess fat after cooking, but cheaper cuts are definitely the way to go. Some good cuts of meat include top round roast, top sirloin steak, eye of round roast, skinless chicken and turkey breast, low fat ground beef. You might even consider going meatless once or twice a week and rely on eggs for your protein source.
Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk can really save you money on items like olive oil, coconut oil, and ghee, among others. You can also save money by buying nuts, seeds, and dried fruits in bulk as well. Invest in airtight containers to store your dried fruits and nuts so that they stay fresh and delicious.
Buy frozen veggies
There’s nothing wrong with frozen veggies, and they are great in the winter when many veggies are not in season. You’ll be able to store them longer in the freezer so you don’t have to worry about them going bad.
Cook in bulk
Who says you can’t eat the same thing for dinner more than once a week? If you have a Crockpot, you can make a batch of chili or a chicken dish that will last you for days. Those with a busy lifestyle will love the convenience of cooking in bulk because it saves time and money.