By this point, you’ve likely heard about how the Paleo diet can literally transform your health and vitality. For millions of Americans, myself included, adopting the Paleo lifestyle saved me from a lifetime of illnesses and gave me the freedom to enjoy life to the fullest. Perhaps one of the biggest misunderstandings when it comes to switching to the Paleo diet is its cost.
Cost is a major consideration many take into account when deciding whether or not the Paleo lifestyle is for them. When I began investigating the principles of the Paleo diet, I wondered if I could actually afford this monumental change. I mean, organic foods are expensive, right? Well, yes, but this doesn’t mean this lifestyle change is only available to those with large bank accounts.
With nothing more than a humble bank account and a desire to change my life, I dove headfirst into the Paleo diet. And what did I uncover? Switching to the Paleo lifestyle was far easier, and cheaper, than I originally anticipated. To help demystify the real cost of the Paleo diet, I’ve created a list of my top money saving tips to help your switch to Paleo without breaking the bank.
Tip #1 – Go Big! Buy Food in Bulk
I’ve always had an affinity for wholesale stores. The notion of buying a three month supply of toilet paper for a fraction of the cost makes me a little too excited. When switching to the Paleo diet, you’ll eat a lot of meat, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Purchasing these items in smaller quantities can be quite expensive, especially when buying organic.
Can’t find organic fruits, vegetables or meats at your local club? I’ve had great success purchasing organic Paleo food items at a farmer’s market.
Tip #2 – Skip Fancy Meat Cuts and Go for the Cheap Bones
Tender meat cuts are more expensive because they can be eaten right away with very little preparation. If you’re willing to put a little extra work into your protein sources, you can save a substantial sum of money.
Instead of choosing tender cuts, opt for shoulder, shanks or hocks. Slow cook the cuts in a liquid, such as a seasoned broth. The results? Tender and delicious meats at a fraction of the cost. By purchasing bone-in meats, you’ll always have a steady supply of bones for homemade stock. Making your own stock not only saves you money, but also enhances your nutrition as the bones leach essential nutrients during the cooking phase.
Try out this simple and delicious Paleo diet bone stock recipe.
Tip #3 – Cluck Your Way to Savings – Eat More Eggs
Organic medium-sized eggs offer roughly 6 grams of protein. Not only do they satisfy meal protein requirements, but they’re incredibly affordable. Instead of reaching for an expensive cut of meat for each meal, hard boil a couple of eggs throughout the week. They’ll keep you and your bank account full and satisfied.
Tip #4 – Snack on Nuts Sparingly
Nuts play an important role in the Paleo diet as they fill your body with healthy fats, and some protein. Unfortunately, nuts are expensive (even when purchased at wholesale clubs). Save money by choosing a cheaper snack alternative – avocados.
Tip #5 – Chop Your Veggies to Chop Your Grocery Bill
Sure, buying pre-cut vegetables can save a lot of time – especially when you need to eat in a hurry. Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a hefty price. Save a substantial sum of money by foregoing this luxury and cutting vegetables the old fashioned way. This saves you money and whole vegetables are generally fresher. Save money and fresher produce? Sounds like a double-win to me.
Enhancing Health Without Sacrificing Your Bank Account
The Paleo diet has the potential to truly transform your life. Even if you’re working with a limited budget, there are many ways to cut costs without cutting corners. Remember, the most expensive food choices doesn’t mean they’re the best for you. With a little resourcefulness, you can begin the greatest journey of your life, regardless of your budget.
How do you save money? Share your money saving tips by leaving us a comment. Don’t forget to share this budget-friendly Paleo diet article with your friends and family.