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  • #31
    Originally posted by tfarny View Post
    I think you have it backwards - he's saying do it with the budget you've got, don't give up on the whole thing just because you can't swing for the top-end stuff. In other words, if you can't afford organic paleo, do non-organic paleo.
    Yes, thanks. You beat me to it. ;-)

    Indeed, that was the thrust of it all. I doubt very many of us on this site are able to buy top-self 24/7. We've had to dial back and haven't bought grass-fed in a few months. But we're still seeing good results.

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    • #32
      I'm poor. I buy normal meat and veggies. I do go organic on spinach. I'll buy raw milk every few weeks. But in general, I don't have enough funds to buy all organic right now. I just take my fish oil like a good little girl and look for hormone free if I can find it.
      Height: 5'2"
      Starting weight: 180lbs
      Current weight 130lbs

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      • #33
        Originally posted by thehallowprince View Post
        Amen... fuck that bastard. I lost 90 lbs and look amazing and I eat store-bought meats and triple cheeseburgers from Wendys! Don't let good be the enemy of perfect (or whatever the saying is...)

        Sorry but if its a choice between paying the rent and getting grass fed I'm gonna pay the rent.

        Primal Rule: Avoid stupid mistakes... like getting evicted...
        Sounds like you misunderstood him, too.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Nix View Post
          I'm poor. I buy normal meat and veggies. I do go organic on spinach. I'll buy raw milk every few weeks. But in general, I don't have enough funds to buy all organic right now. I just take my fish oil like a good little girl and look for hormone free if I can find it.
          ^^THIS^^

          I know that there are some folks here that have to do it ALL THE WAY or not do it at all. Those who get militant about counting macros and micros, MUFAs and PUFAs, must absolutely have grass fed or they're just not gonna eat it either have a form of OCD or are really trying to make the rest of us poor (in several senses of the word) schmucks feel bad about doing something ~ anything ~ to better ourselves. They are, indeed, letting the perfect get in the way of the good.

          One of the best things about PB is it's flexibility! It makes this WOE much less a 'diet' and more livable, IMO. Even leaving the bun off a burger when eating out or avoiding sugary deserts in favor of a little fruit and whipped coconut milk helps. Every time I say "no" to a former pitfall of mine it strengthens me. It makes me feel that I'm strong and getting stronger. To have someone say "but you're not doing the absolute optimal according to....." steps on my happiness and sense of accomplishment -- I will decide on my priorities, thankyouverymuch. Aren't you glad that I allow you to make your own decisions about what to eat, the money to spend on it and what other life aspect gets 'sacrificed' to pay for it?
          <end rant>


          We're very lucky in that our regular grocery store (Kroger/KingSoopers) is much closer than Sprouts, has almost as good a selection of primal pickin's and is definitely cheaper when it comes to the frozen and dried goods. Sprouts gets hit about once a week for their great produce/meat specials and to pick up cheap(er) stevia and olive oil, but for us to shop there regularly -- or buy ALL our groceries there would for sure be cost-prohibitive in the extreme. The DH has lost >90 pounds and I've lost >60. We're both feeling healthier, happier, sexier than we've been in years --- so yeah, I very much believe that the thread title is most assuredly achievable!

          btw -- I have to read labels at Sprouts or Whole Paycheck just as hard or harder than I do at KS...the names they've come up with to disguise sugar and 'bad' oils boggle the mind!
          Last edited by CattyB; 03-11-2012, 12:16 AM. Reason: (typo)
          Started 7/5/11 at 274 lbs
          Now 214 -- that's 60 lbs!
          Goal 160 lbs -- last time there was in junior high!


          "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." (Margaret Thatcher)

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          • #35
            I haven't really studied it but it seems to me that I don't really spend that much more on groceries/food than I did before.

            If I were to add in all the fast foods, sodas, candybars, and medicine, on top of all the chips, crackers, canned goods, and frozen foods that I used to buy... well I venture to guess that I probably spent more on food+health before turning primal.

            I'm just sayin'.
            "If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat?" - Tom Snyder, talk show host

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            • #36
              Originally posted by denasqu View Post
              I haven't really studied it but it seems to me that I don't really spend that much more on groceries/food than I did before.

              If I were to add in all the fast foods, sodas, candybars, and medicine, on top of all the chips, crackers, canned goods, and frozen foods that I used to buy... well I venture to guess that I probably spent more on food+health before turning primal.

              I'm just sayin'.
              Exactly. Since I don't have cable, I can spare some more bucks for better meat, and vegetables. Also, I keep my shopping list rather KISS, personally.
              If you have a problem with what you read: 1. Get a dictionary 2. Don't read it 3. Grow up 4. After 3, go back to 1/ or 2. -- Dennis Blue. | "I don't care about your opinion, only your analysis"- Professor Calabrese. | "Life is more important than _______" - Drew | I eat animals that eat vegetables -- Matt Millen, former NFL Linebacker. | "This country is built on sugar & shit that comes in a box marinated in gluten - abc123

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              • #37
                I have had decent success so far with grocery store foods but I've definitely broadened my horizons. In Texas we have a lot of the larger chains, Kroger as an example. Recently they started carrying beef that is pastrue fed for part of the time. The flavor is definitely better and the prices are reasonable for the quality.
                Sprouts market was a place I rarely visited and has now become a primary source for fruits and vegetables as well as fish and some meat items. Theit quality is great and sale prices are really hard to match

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                • #38
                  The only grass fed options around here are from Whole Foods or the local co-op, and their selections are limited and quite pricey. I'm probably going to look into buying some cuts from farmers directly at the farmer's market.

                  The funny thing is that Whole Foods store brand is cheaper than the super market on a lot of organic things. Cage free eggs, for instance, are usually around $6 for two dozen, and around $7 at Kroger. My fiancee has a gluten intolerance, so when we want burgers with real buns, we usually get the Udi's gluten free hamburger buns that are $4.50 at Whole Foods and also around $7 at Kroger.

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                  • #39
                    This has been an area where I am trying to work on also. We are very strict at budgeting, and we currently set aside $150/week for groceries for a family of four. All of our shopping was traditionally done at Wal-mart. I am slowly but surely making adjustments to avoid the "all in" mentality of Wal-mart as the "low cost leader" (sarcasm). The first change we made was by buying local yard eggs from a friend for $3.50/dozen. Maybe a little pricey, but she delivers the three dozen eggs a week to my doorstep in an ice chest. I love the nostalgia of having something delivered to my doorstep, so I can live with the extra $2-3 dollars in price per week. Produce has been the next step. I live in southern Louisiana, which has a very favorable garden climate. Last year was my first year at attempting to plant my own veggies. With the exception of okra, most of my other crops were a bust. I have a 600 sq foot garden I made, and I am hopeful that the first year bust was attributed to not having all of my nutrients in proper order. I sent off soil samples to my local ag extension (LSU does this for $10), and I received a report of what I needed to add to my garden for good vegetable production. I had to put out significant expense in that first year for a tiller, lumber for a fence, soil additives, etc. This year, I only had to buy plants and seeds. I am trying to grow the following: tomato, okra, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, green onion. I am confident that I will get better with time, but it is something I will have to continue to work on. In the interim, I have started going to my local fruit/veggie stand for all of my plant edibles. I was surprised about how much better cost was here, as opposed to Wal-mart. Bell peppers at Wal-Mart $.89 vs. 3/$1 at produce market. Head of lettuce $1.39 at Wal-Mart vs. $.99 at produce market. Carrots cheaper. Squash cheaper. Zucchini cheaper. Asparagus cheaper. You name it, it is cheaper at my local produce stands. I wish I had similar experience at our weekly farmer's markets, but I have found I would pay significantly more here as opposed to my produce stand. I know that I would be getting absolute best quality at farmer's market, but it comes down to cost for me with this scenario.

                    Meat has been the biggest thorn in my side recently. I had begrudgingly been buying Wal-Mart ground beef and chicken because I didn't think i could justify the extra cost. With two small kids at home, we go through some serious chicken and beef every week. It has always been something I have a feeling of guilt about, but when balanced with paying bills vs. eating organic, I have had to pay bills. In recent weeks and days, though, I have been trying to find different sources of where to find my beef (ground beef in particular). The cheapest ground chuck at my local Wal-Mart is $2.89/lb. I am learning that I have decent alternatives from local sources. One local farmer sells 100% grass fed 1/4 or 1/2 slaughtered cow for $3.25/lb hanging weight. Butcher fees are $.55/lb of what you take home. I am going to inquire today about what percent of hanging weight for slab can actually be expected to end up in my freezer. Also, a new steakhouse in town sells bulk ground beef (I guess they just order extra) to customers. I am going to pick up USDA ground choice filet today for $3/lb. I am buying 10lb to see what that is all about. I guess the gist of what I am trying to say is that I am finding that I had more options that I thought, as opposed to just driving to whole foods and paying a ton of money for meat.

                    Like many others have echoed in previous posts, our success lies in our effort. We all have different levels of financial freedom. We also know best what works for our family. I think that as long as we are all trying to find the best fit for what works with our lifestyle and budget, we will continue to find success with primal eating. If we still have to eat some "big box store" meat, so what? I have found that I am still experiencing moderate weight loss (about 8lb/month) and feel healthier than I have in years.

                    So excited to have found this. Primal eating and living is working to change my life. Thank you for everyone who posts on here every day. The encouragement and knowledge everyone is sharing is a blessing.

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                    • #40
                      I kind of mix it up between regular, grass-fed and organic. I buy grass-fed when it's on sale or sometimes from the farmer's market when I shop there, othertimes regular beef. I always buy their free-range chicken and eggs and natural pork and grass-fed milk. This place doesn't have veggies - strictly meat, dairy and Amish cereals and stuff. I buy regular veggies at the grocery store during winter and whatever the produce markets have during growing season. Most of them are probably not organic, but it's fresh local produce.

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                      • #41
                        Stock up on sardines- totally affordable and good for you.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by denasqu View Post
                          I haven't really studied it but it seems to me that I don't really spend that much more on groceries/food than I did before.

                          If I were to add in all the fast foods, sodas, candybars, and medicine, on top of all the chips, crackers, canned goods, and frozen foods that I used to buy... well I venture to guess that I probably spent more on food+health before turning primal.

                          I'm just sayin'.
                          You got it!!!!

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                          • #43
                            Try Grass-Fed Beef. Their prices are pretty good and they will ship it to your home.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
                              Stock up on sardines- totally affordable and good for you.
                              But don't do it until the summer, eh?
                              Re-focusing on the Primal Lifestyle in 2012!

                              Starting: 221.0lb, 29.5% BF (1/9/2012)
                              Latest: 208.9, 26.1% BF (3/19/2012)

                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread35679.html

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Melissagpc View Post
                                Try Grass-Fed Beef. Their prices are pretty good and they will ship it to your home.
                                Thanks, for this!
                                If you have a problem with what you read: 1. Get a dictionary 2. Don't read it 3. Grow up 4. After 3, go back to 1/ or 2. -- Dennis Blue. | "I don't care about your opinion, only your analysis"- Professor Calabrese. | "Life is more important than _______" - Drew | I eat animals that eat vegetables -- Matt Millen, former NFL Linebacker. | "This country is built on sugar & shit that comes in a box marinated in gluten - abc123

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