Asian, freshly graduated, and middle-class. I'm still a cheap fob who won't even heat her own house despite feeling cold all the time >_<
0 to 19K
20K to 39K
40K to 59K
60K to 79K
80K or above
The results so far, and posted comments, are interesting and not at all what I would have expected. I'm female, white, upper-middle class (earn approx $150k/yr) US citizen.
Totally agree that paleo only looks expensive at first glance. I find I actually spend less on food now because I buy more things that don't have barcodes (from scratch cooking) and eat out much less often. I also just eat less total food now that I am fat adapted and don't feel the need to eat five times a day.
oh, to answer the OP's question, yeah, I am rich and mostly white (a little Native American in the mix).
White, poor and proud, we decided to take a step back from the rat-race a while ago, so we have bugger all money but have time together, feel happier and richer for it, espially as the more you have the more you seem to need to spend, and everything loses value (currently typing on a £60 computer of e-bay )
You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................
If one eats the essentials of the Primal/Paleo diet, without a bunch of gluten-free and substitution type foods, I think you really come out ahead or at least break even as far as spending for the food budget.
So many old snacks, high cost per lb items, and processed/packaged foods that added cost without nutritional value to weekly food budgets are left by the wayside... that it just makes sense.
I know that many people live in urban or suburban settings, but I was raised mostly "paleo/primal" in a family of 4-5 (depending on the year and familial fluctuations) below the 'poverty line' as I qualified for public assistance in the schools but I found school lunches disgusting. I'm talking maybe 15k a year for the whole family... but rural. We farmed ate meat, vegetables, fruits, eggs, and some fresh dairy. It was enough.
As to my race... as 'white' (50/50 Scot/German) with a touch of Cherokee (one of my Scot grandmothers was half) as any other American I suppose.
I'm not rich, but I'm certainly not poor either. Been there, done that, know the feel well enough to appreciate the luxuries I get to enjoy now.
There are many things I respect about 'poor people food'. As in the simple 'poor people food' of yesterday. Cheaper cuts of meats, vegetables, tubers, rice, beans... all cooked and well seasoned. Simply delicious. And it translates across MANY cultures.
With the exception of the beans (and I'd even make an exception for some beans or peas which are extremely low in toxicity naturally)... that is an entirely PALEO menu.
Of course... the 'poor people food' of today is a different story. It's a lie. Packaged/processed foods are not really a cheaper better value. They are just lazy.
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.
White, retired at 44.. Sorry.
My elderly BFF who grew up during the depression as a Jewish immigrant in Harlem knows a lot about the kind of "poor people's cooking" you are referring to. She makes brisket that is to die for. And she taught me how to cook offal and soup stocks from scratch. She has taken to Primal like a duck to water. She has reversed her pre-diabets diagnosis, gotten off a bunch of meds and is also losing weight.
White, 25, total household income is on the order of $60K/yr pre-tax, for the two of us. I'm not sure if you meant per capita income or household income so I picked the middle one. Per person, we're in the next one down.
Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.
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