Another treat for my lovely readers today. You’ve been treated to a delicious recipe from Holley over at Primal Desire, now you get to hear from her partner in crime, Raj. Today he’s tackling a topic that is near the top of the list for most people looking into paleo, as well as us seasoned pros.
Hello Our Paleo Life Readers!
I’ve recently been spending more time in online discussion boards trying to get an idea of what people think about the paleo lifestyle. I wanted to know what other people find are some of the most frustrating and challenging aspects of making this lifestyle change.
There are a number of things that came up. It seems that many people are challenged by non-paleo people; their friends, family, and coworkers react to their diet choices negatively -that sucks, but you can’t let other people’s judgments keep you from making good decisions. Sometimes there are social situations in which you want to eat cheesy toast -so cheat once in a while (unless you are allergic, and then don’t. Please don’t). There are many comments about not having time to make paleo meals, or not having paleo-friendly quick snacks -this just requires a little more preparation, organization and planning (which I am not good at). Something I’ve been hearing again and again is the complaint that eating paleo is so expensive.
Is Paleo Expensive?
It doesn’t have to be. Sure it might be more expensive in the beginning, when you have to buy coconut oil, almond flour, almond milk, coconut aminos, cacao powder and arrowroot powder. But if you were stocking a kitchen from scratch for any reason (like moving), then it’s going to be expensive initially.
If you are really going for it with regards to the quality of ingredients that you’re purchasing (ie. all grass-fed meats, ethically grown, etc, etc), then yes, your grocery bill will be more expensive than buying the Walmart meat (they don’t have grass-fed options yet, do they?). But that is a choice about the quality of the food that you can make without being paleo, so is it fair to blame the lifestyle for that cost?
There are ways of reducing costs, which I’m not going to get into in depth, such as: eat out less, buy bulk, eat seasonally, buy a whole lamb from a farmer, eating more vegetables, etc. What I want to focus on is the decision to invest in your health.
What is Your Health Worth to You?
Even if you actually were to spend 50% more on healthy food, isn’t it worth it? Think about the money that people (myself included) spend in the pursuit of good health: a gym membership or equipment that goes unused; multivitamins to make up for the half-assed diet that is being consumed; magic weight-loss pills.
As a pharmacist I see the amount that people pay for medications that often times could be avoided or diminished with a little effort and healthy lifestyle changes. TONS! Medications are not cheap. And here’s the problem: we (as individuals and as a society) ignore the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. If we invest in healthy food and live a paleo lifestyle we can avoid a lot of unnecessary medication use. That’s why we’re living this paleo lifestyle. To be healthier.
If you haven’t already read Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution“, then I highly recommend it. It’s very informative and he talks about a number of health issues that are likely prevented or improved by the paleo diet.
But think about it: “you are what you eat” isn’t just a great slogan. Isn’t it worth investing in the only one vehicle that you have for your entire life? Isn’t the health of your body worth it?
Making Paleo More Affordable
Money is always going to influence our daily decisions, and there are solutions. My blog buddy, Holley, and I believe that even when eating food that is good for you, it should still be delicious, even if you are on a budget. We are just about to release a downloadable list of recipes that are all of the above. We hope to help people who are struggling with the idea of an increased cost, and promote yummy food at the same time. This free e-book should be available within the next week or so for all of our email subscribers. Please sign up at www.ThePrimalDesire.com or directly here, and recommend it to your friends and loved ones.