How Not To Go Broke Eating Paleo

Organic vegetables, grass feed beef, and mayo made with avocado oil….oh, my! If you’ve been considering, or have just started eating paleo, looking at the approved foods list can be as scary as walking through the haunted forest in The Wizard of Oz.

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How Not To Go Broke Eating Paleo

Let’s face it folks, grass fed beef ain’t cheap. Plus, if you follow any of the paleo or AIP bloggers on social media, you’re constantly getting the latest and greatest paleo flour, mayo, snack, olive oil, cookbook, etc. to hit the market, right in your daily feed. Do you really need to have all of this stuff just to eat paleo?

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Don’t always buy organic

As a paleo and AIP blogger, I’m telling you “NO”. There are lots of ways to keep from going broke eating paleo. Even I don’t jump on every paleo product that hits the market. When I first started paleo and the AIP, I didn’t have the money to keep up with the paleo Joneses. I love saving money; so, I looked high and low to find the best paleo bargains. It is possible to make eating paleo affordable!

  1.  Look for sales at your local grocery store. Local stores are starting to carry more organic foods and paleo staples, like coconut flour and grass fed meats. Each week, stores host sales on organic fruits and veggies. Some could be bought in bulk and frozen for later. Most often, it’s cheaper to freeze your own, rather than buy it already frozen. Stores like Target, typically have one day a week, when they put meat that hasn’t sold on sale. The savings is $2 to $3 off regular price! Ask the salesperson in the meat section which day they do this to get there early that day. I often buy grass fed ground beef for $4 to $5 a pound.
  2. Shop big retailers or bulk stores. Walmart now carries tons of paleo foods. They have everything from organic fruits and veggies, to coconut oil, to grass fed beef, all at very reasonable prices. And, let me tell you, Costco is well worth the membership fee for picking up lots of paleo goodies. I buy coconut oil, avocado oil, sardines, avocados, veggies, organic chicken, organic ground beef, coconut water, tuna, sea salt, olive oil, and more. Seriously, this list could go on and on.
  3. Shop on Amazon. There are so many paleo staples on Amazon, there is no way I could list them all. Just type paleo foods in the search bar, and tons of foods will pop up. And, if you have Prime, most of it ships for free. You will also be able to find many items that are hard to source locally. I order most of my flours, gelatin, and cooking supplies from Amazon.
  4. Don’t always buy grass fed, organic or pastured meats, veggies and fruits. I always buy organic beef and chicken because of my food allergies to soy and GMO corn. If buying standard meats, be sure to stick with the leaner cuts of meat. Most of the stuff you don’t want is stored in the fat. Also, fruits such as bananas, avocados, and melons don’t have to be organic. These fruits have a rind or peel that is harder to penetrate by the pesticides used. Most squash can also be purchased non-organic for the same reason.
  5. Shop at discount stores. TJ Maxx often has a great assortment of olive oil, coconut butter, plantain chips, dried fruit snacks, coconut oil and water, herbal teas, and more. They also sell awesome kitchen gadgets and cookware, at a fraction of the price. On a side note, I always find great deals on natural haircare and skincare products too.
  6. Plan your menus. When you plan your menu for the week, you ensure that you’re not over or under buying foods for the week. You can also use up foods that you have previously frozen, and use up leftovers more efficiently. Then, you formulate your shopping list from your planned menu. You will find this saves you lots of time and money. I will be posting more about menu planning next week.
  7. Invest in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. One of these two items will save you lots of time and money. By cooking big meals, you can refrigerate or freeze leftovers to eat later. If you find yourself with produce that is about to go bad, or just have too much of, you can just toss it in your pot, and make a nice soup.
  8. Enter contests and giveaways on paleo bloggers’ sites or social media pages. Someone is always holding a giveaway! The more giveaways you enter, the best chance you have to win something. When you see a post announcing a new product or cookbook, I can guarantee someone somewhere is doing a giveaway for it. If you win, you could end up enjoying something for free. You don’t get cheaper than that! Plus, most of those hosting the giveaway, have a great discount code for those who didn’t win.
  9. Take advantage of discount codes and internet specials. The holidays are coming up; and, that is the best time for discounts and specials for all of your sought after paleo goodies. Start saving your pennies now so you can take advantage of all the bargains coming your way. If there is a certain product you’ve been wanting, keep an eye out for posts announcing holiday discounts and coupon codes. Every year Amazon does a big book sale for Black Friday through Cyber Monday. You could get all those awesome paleo and AIP cookbooks you’ve had your eye on.
  10. Don’t keep up with the paleo Joneses. Look, it would be awesome if you could own every cookbook, product or food that everyone is talking about. But, that’s just not possible for most of us. Just because so and so, who you admire, has grass fed beef meatballs dipped in gold, doesn’t mean you have to have them too. I get new products all the time; and, I can honestly say that very few of them live up to my expectations. When they do, you can tell because I use them a lot. When I have a so-so product that costs $25 and is the rage in paleo, but could replace it easily with a product half the price that is not the rage, I will always choose the cheaper one. I don’t care who’s using it! When I first started paleo, everyone was talking about this one brand of coconut milk that was over $2 a can, on Amazon. Now, I use coconut milk like nobody’s business. I started checking the backs of cans of coconut milk at my local Walmart. I found Golden Star coconut milk, with only coconut and water as ingredients, for $1.48 a can. Of course, I started buying that one; and, saving almost .60 a can. No, it wasn’t as glamorous as their fancy shmancy one; but, who cares. I was saving me some money!
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Menu plan and batch cook

Hopefully, these easy tips can help you not to go broke eating paleo. I know it’s fun to be one of the paleo cool crowd. However, it’s much better to get the great healing from eating paleo. When you tailor paleo to your specific finances, you’re much cooler than you know.

As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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AIP Paleo Green Onion Bacon Fried Rice

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AIP Paleo Green Onion Bacon Fried Rice by Paleo Cajun Lady

I first made this fried “rice” to serve with these delicious Garlic Chicken Livers.  It turned out so good, I now make as a meal on it’s own. Plus, it’s AIP Paleo which makes it even better.

AIP Paleo Green Onion Bacon Fried Rice

1/2 Head cauliflower florets

2 Slices Bacon (be sure to get AIP paleo approved sugar free bacon), cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3 Green Onions, chopped, green and white

1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos,buy hereaip paleo AIP Paleo Green Onion Bacon Fried Rice ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B003XB5LMU

2 Tbsp Chicken broth, buy hereaip paleo AIP Paleo Green Onion Bacon Fried Rice ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B00153C4B4

Sea Salt to taste

Brown bacon pieces in a medium skillet on medium/low heat.  As bacon is browning, rice raw cauliflower in food processor by pulsing until it has a rice-like consistency.  Add green onion to skillet when bacon is 75% browned.  Brown for 1 minute.  Reduce heat.  Add cauliflower rice, Coconut Aminos, and chicken broth to skillet. Stir well, to be sure to mix in all little brown bits from skillet.  Saute until all liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.  Give it a good stir to mix.  Salt to taste.  Remove from heat.  Serve immediately.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Serves 4 (or 2 hungry people, or 1 very hungry person)

This is such an easy recipe.  Sometimes, I make a big bowl of it, and just sit and eat the whole thing.  And, if you like chicken liver, be sure to check out the link above.  These livers are the most delicious I’ve ever eaten.  The only change I made, was to add the garlic to the skillet for about a minute before serving.  I’m not a fan of raw garlic.  But, if you are, by all means, go for it.

Enjoy!  Let me know how you like it!

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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I Can’t Afford To Eat Paleo!

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How To Afford Paleo

This is the complaint I hear most from the people I talk to about going paleo. I simply can’t afford paleo! And, they have a point.  If you look at most of the information out there, you get the impression that the only way to go full paleo is to only buy and eat grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range chickens, blah, blah, blah.  In a way, it makes you feel inferior if you can’t always afford the elite meats and vegetables for you and your family.  Paleo, in my opinion, is about feeling better, not worse.

Well y’all, allow me to let you in on a little secret.  It is not necessary to purchase and eat only organic, grass-fed, free range, and pastured produce and meats.

In the beginning, when I first started eating paleo, I drove myself crazy, running from store to store, trying to find all of the products recommended through various sites and blogs.  Then, the foods I did find were so expensive, I had to purchase only enough to get me through the week.  It was a vicious cycle!  And, all that running around was stressing me out to boot.

Now, when my pocketbook gets a little tight,  I make a few concessions.

Those fruits and vegetables listed on EWG’s Dirty Dozen, I always buy organic.  But, anything on their clean list is fair game.  It is important to wash all of your produce, organic or not, in a bath of vinegar and water.  Just add a couple of spoonfuls of vinegar in a sink of warm water.  I’m also very careful about not purchasing GMO (genetically modified) foods.  If you’re unaware of the dangers of GMO foods, here’s a great resource.  Should your town or city have a farmer’s market, try to get out there and get to know your local farmers.  It is always better to buy local, if you can.  Where I live, the farmer’s market is closed all winter.  Even during the seasons it’s open, it’s pretty small.  Luckily, we have a couple of grocery stores that sell locally grown produce.  The key is to shop smart! Buy organic or locally grown when you can.  If it’s on EWG’s clean list, feel free to purchase standard.  Just make sure to wash it.

Okay, let’s get into meats and eggs.  I have found it close to impossible to find grass-fed meats, pastured pork, and free-range (not fed any grains, corn, or soy) poultry in my neck of the woods.  The best I can get my hands on are a couple of grass-fed beef items at my local Trader Joe’s.  Other than that, I’m S.O.L., unless I order online.  There is no way I’m placing an order online every time I want pork chops!  So, here’s what I do.  I set a budget every month on how much I’m willing to spend on meat.  Staying within that budget, I order the items I eat the most, bacon, beef liver (cause it’s really cheap), ground beef and a nice beef roast.  If I have a little extra money, I might purchase a couple of ribeye steaks and some pastured pork loin.  For my poultry, I purchase organic chicken legs and thighs, which are cheaper than breast.  Once in awhile, I’ll buy a whole organic chicken.  Usually, I’ll roast the chicken and make broth with the bones and organs.  For chicken breast, I usually buy a bag of frozen from Trader Joe’s.  It’s not organic.  But, I do trust them as a retailer.  I know they try to sell the highest quality products.  As far as eggs is concerned, I buy organic.  I know it’s not optimal that they are fed a vegetarian diet (corn, grains, soy); but, it’s all I can get out here.  So, there!  It’s really not a problem for me right now; because, I can’t eat eggs while I’m on the elimination phase.  But, when and if I can add them back, I will buy the organic ones.

There are plenty of times when I need certain foods, after running out, that I just try to make the best choice possible.  Pork is a big one.  Sometimes, I just want pork chops or a nice steak.  When this happens, I try to make the best decision I can.  I typically go with companies I trust.  I purchase leaner meats. Just an FYI, the fat of an animal usually contains the most absorbed toxins.  The leaner the meat, the less the chance of contamination.

Bottom line, you don’t have to be rich to eat paleo. Everyone can afford to eat paleo.  Most of us have been spending money on take out, fast food, and restaurant meals.  Now, hopefully, you’re making more of your meals at home.  You are going to receive the benefits of eating paleo, even if your diet doesn’t consist of all organic, grass-fed, elite meats and produce.

So, go out, to your regular grocery store, and get some meats, produce, and eggs.  Start eating paleo!  Don’t let anyone scare you away with their tales of grass-fed, la-de-da meats.  Do what you can!  You and your family will reap the healthy rewards.

If you need any help or encouragement, please leave me a comment.  I love helping people fit paleo into their lives.

RESOURCES:

Online Meat Sources-

US Wellness Meats

TK Ranch

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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