I'm in a little of a fix because of economic conditions. The option is a grocery shopping allocation of $400 per month instead of $140. Grassfed beefs are expensive. Trying to eat salads or spinach in a variety that won't drive one nuts is also expensive.
Here is the problem:
Since I'm eating lots of salads/vegetables, things like bacon bits add taste and variety. Since I'm not eating bread and carbs, I need something to snack on, I might have some salami instead, but that has a trace of preservatives.
Basically, offered the choice of going WHOLE AND NATURAL carbs (potatoes, pastas, brown bread, orange juices, etc) at a 1/3 split with fats and protein
reducing on carbs, not being a nazi about it, but reducing the split to carbs 10%, and the rest nuts, fats, protein, veggies, fruits...BUT with a diet soda here and there. Maybe you use some
Maybe some of you might see it as a pick your poison, but what's better? Orange juice, organic potato chips, or non-organic salami, flavored water....etc. Basically, I know what I want, I take what I can get. I strive to reduce carbs significantly from a typical SAD, but a few items that are not organic might slip in here and there.
Main problem is finances.
Note: By non-organic I'm NOT talking about food products like those packs of cheese with 100 slices, but more like actual food like sausages, only with preservatives.
I'm on week 5 of primal, main challenge is keeping variety. I'm finding it difficult to eat the amount of vegetables I need to be eating, most of my calories are from fat and protein.
My dilemna is organic/whole/clean but with much more carbs/grains or minimal carbs, meats with veggies, but a preservative slipping in here and there. Is regular soda better for the body than a stevia sweetened drink since it has "real sugar"?
Guys I know neither is optimal, but hey, I'm not yet a noveau riche. There's the economy, and savings and allocation of finances to other areas one has to take care of