This past January my sister told me about a new “diet” her and her hubby were going to start. I listened but I didn’t really buy it. Not right away anyway.
I always thought we ate healthy. You know, balanced meals including a little protein but nothing too fatty, some veggies and of course a “healthy” serving of grains. Whole grains or brown rice preferably. Oh, and organic if we had the extra cash to splurge on the “good” stuff.
It wasn’t until my brother-in-law mailed me Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint and Gary Taubes Good Calories Bad Calories that I really started to understand. So we gave it a try for a week. We stopped eating grains and most of the processed foods we had in the cupboard. We started to feel better. I noticed I had a little more energy and my eczema was clearing up. My husband even lost a few pesky pounds. We both started to think it was pretty cool!
In the beginning I kept saying we would ease into it, but once we were experiencing the health benefits we couldn’t stop. We did a big ‘ol cannon ball into the primal lifestyle. We kicked off our shoes, changed our plans for big purchases for the year, and started buying more Paleo-friendly foods (aka, higher quality meats, veggies and fruits).
I began to notice a little problem though, our grocery bill went from about $100/week to $200/week, for 2.5 people! That is crazy talk if you ask me.
Let’s face it, grass-fed/pastured beef, pastured or organic eggs, organic produce and all the fancy expensive whole foods are not cheap. But I am determined to prove to myself that eating a Paleo friendly diet and living a primal lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of OK alternatives and not everything has to be organic. I hope that through this blog I can justify to myself how and why I am doing this for me and more importantly, my family. Plus if I can convince my friends and family, whom I care for deeply, that they want to give it a try then it is an added bonus! That is my goal anyway.