A lot of people who originally set out to live a healthy lifestyle tend to find a huge variety of excuses mid to long term. What happens is that once a so called ‘plateau’ is reached in terms of progress, they quickly lose motivation and use anything that comes their way to justify their non action. Despite one of the most common objections to a healthy lifestyle being the cost, the truth is, anybody can afford to live a healthy life if they just plan it right. Believe it or not but statistics show that the vast majority of people actually overspend on their shopping due to the fact that they do not have it planned out. That is why a paleo diet grocery list can make such a huge long term impact on people who wish to live a more health conscious life.
The greatest advantage of the paleo diet compared to other diets is the fact that all the foods on it are healthy and can be combined with one another. That means you could literally go and shop any and all foods on your paleo diet grocery list without having to worry that some will be leftover. Processed foods are generally excluded from the paleo diet meaning that almost nobody will have problems related to this type of nutrition. People on the paleo diet often report that physical ailments simply disappear due to the lifestyle change that comes as a side effect. So to cut a long story short this diet is fantastic, but how can it be made affordable when you are on a low budget?
First of all you absolutely need a paleo diet grocery list containing all the foods that you are allowed to eat. It is important that you first of all realize which foods are and which ones are not paleo approved so that you can create a list that suits your own appetite and taste. This list will allow you to pick from a limited variety of foods when you are out shopping. You can use it to easily plan recipes for a whole week. Simply pick a number of paleo diet recipes that you like and lay them out in front of you from Monday to Sunday. Then compose your paleo diet grocery list so it matches those recipes for the week. Once you have tried this process for a week I recommend you refine it and see what is left over. If there is a lot of one particular food left then find a way to use it in one of your next recipes.That way you will be able to maximize your value for money.
As a paleo diet health freak I personally only purchase organic foods from local businesses. I do so even though generally paleo diet enthusiasts do not necessarily distinguish between organically grown food and mass produced food that may contain pesticides. I recommend staying on the safe side and purchasing only those foods of which you can be sure that they contain no pesticides. The fact that you are systematically planning out your diet for the week means that you will still be saving money anyways. One of the ways to save money that I figured out is that it is possible to make better deals with local businesses once they know that you are a regular customer. Supermarkets make that process a lot harder as the people that represent the market are oftentimes not the ones who actually run it or determine price levels. On the other hand, don’t be shy to approach the store owner at your local store and ask if you could get discounts if you buy in bulk. To give you an example, I have set up a deal with a local farmer as well as several local butchers to sell me a large amount of meat for bulk prices. The farmer is glad to be able to sell his meat and I am glad about receiving a lot of meat for my recipes. You may be wondering where I put all of the meat? I simply freeze it until use. The same procedure is recommended for all your foods. Freeze them whenever you do not need them. That way your foods will be fresh and tasty whenever you need them and you will not have to worry about your food having lost its quality or taste.