Eating healthy (primal) is expensive. Eating healthy (primal) takes too much time. These are 2 myths that I plan on debunking 100% over the next several weeks and beyond. It makes me sad that people use these 2 excuses for eating junk food. They want to eat healthy but they continue to fool themselves.
I live a lifestyle based on The Primal Blueprint. This does not mean I follow everything Mark says to a T. I did at first but have backed away significantly. I now experiment myself and have seen fantastic results lately. I hope you will listen to what I have to say and then make your own conclusions. Life is boring when you don’t do what YOU want to do.
It’s time you learn 5 tips on how to save money while eating healthy (primal).
1) Buy meat that expires the same day
Whenever I am shopping at the supermarket I buy meat that expires the same day if its available. Why? The price is usually 40-50% off. I bought a leg of lamb from Australia about a month ago for under $4 per lb. If you see meat that is marked down then stock up. I usually throw the meat in the freezer that same day. Or, if you desire, cook it up that day or the next.
2) Buy canned vegetables
I don’t recommend you only buy canned vegetables due to BPA concerns. However, this does NOT mean you can’t buy canned vegetables today for a couple years until you can afford fresh vegetables. If you can find BPA free cans then I say buy as many canned veggies as you please. They are a hell of a lot cheaper. Look for cans that do not add salt or have very little salt. My favorites are canned greens (collared, turnip, mustard, kale and spinach).
3) Buy frozen vegetables and fruits
Feel free to buy all of your produce frozen. It’s not as cheap as canned (it may be in some cases) but is just as fresh, if not fresher, than fresh produce. When produce sits out it loses its’ nutritional value. This is why we store produce in the fridge. It lasts longer and holds nutrition longer. Frozen is the best. It’s also easier to buy in bulk which saves money too. I LOVE buying frozen veggies from Costco. A membership there will save you thousands over a lifespan.
4) Eat LOTS of eggs
Eggs are possibly the most nutrient dense food on this planet. They are also quite tasty when you cook them in bacon fat or butter and/or enjoy with a side of bacon. They are also cheap. I buy all my eggs from the farmers market. I pay $3.00 for a dozen jumbo eggs. If I cook 3 jumbo eggs in 2 TBSP of grass-fed butter and enjoy with 2 oz of grass-fed hamburger and a cup of blueberries then I have one of the healthiest meals on Earth for exactly $2.
A $2 meal is as cheap as it gets. It also enables you to enjoy one of the healthiest meals in the world. Telling me that eating healthy is expensive is a lie. Stop it.
5) Buy local produce but don’t worry about organic
Organic is not necessary. It is far better to be eating a variety of vegetables that are not organic compared to not eating vegetables because they have pesticides and herbicides. If you can afford some organic produce then buy celery and all greens organic. These veggies have a flat and open skin.
Avocados, nuts, bananas, coconut and more of the same all have a thick skin. This means there are less chemicals within the edible part of the plant. I buy as much local produce as I can but enjoy some foods like avocados and coconut year ’round. I also live in West Michigan where produce is almost non existent for 3+ months out of the year.
6) Quit chronic cardio NOW
If you move less then your body requires less calories. Running on the treadmill or using the elliptical for 30 or more minutes at a time is counterproductive. In most cases, it has no benefit and may actually cause harm. Start walking. Walking and hiking are 2 of the greatest exercises in the world. Add some strength training to build muscle and consider sprinting once a week. You do NOT have to do any form of exercise in order to lose up to a couple hundred lbs of fat. I personally know a few people who have done this.
Exercising makes you more hungry and thus you eat more food. If you need to save some money then just move less!
7) Eat more meat than vegetables
Sorry vegetarians. But, as a general rule, animal products are a hell of a lot cheaper than vegetables. The best way to determine this is to compare 100 calories of any food. Pricing it per lb. is stupidity. Why? A lb. of steak has a hell of a lot more energy (calories) then a lb. of Spinach. One lb of steak may be enough food in a single day. A lb. of spinach will have you searching for more food!
The eggs I buy cost 28 cents per 100 calories. These are pastured raised eggs from the farmers market – the best possible quality. The canned spinach I buy (cheapest way to buy veggies since it’s the lowest in quality) costs me 41 cents. Do you see the difference? It’s pretty large. The spinach is about 50% more expensive than the eggs. One lb of grass-fed ground beef costs me 46 cents per 100 calories. That is only a nickel more than the spinach.
I have dozens of more tips up my sleeve so stay tuned for another post detailing ways to save money. If this post overwhelms you then I recommend you implement one tip in your lifestyle first. Once it’s a habit, incorporate another tip. The easiest tip would be to replace chronic cardio with walking. I would then buy more canned veggies and then go from there.
What do you think? Do you have any tips you would like to add? Do you have questions, comments or concerns on the 7 tips I discussed in this post? Also, please share this on facebook and twitter if you think it is valuable to your friends and followers. Thank you!