I sometimes hear people claim that eating a Paleo diet is too pricey for them or their family, and that price is an obstacle when trying to improve their eating habits. The idea that this style of eating is substantially more expensive is a misconception that can prevent many from changing their diet to a more healthful one. In order to dispel this myth and teach people how to make a Paleo diet affordable, Robb Wolf has written a useful e-book called The Paleo Diet Budget Shopping Guide.
As Robb explains in his book, this style of eating can be made much more, or much less, expensive than any other diet. In the first part of this e-book, Robb tackles all the common excuses he hears from clients as to why they are unable to afford a Paleo diet, such as a too-tight budget, poor availability of specialty stores, and an overall lack of time to cook. Robb gives practical advice on how to plan meals in order to save time and money, and provides a great number of resources to help plan meals, organize recipes, and develop shopping lists.
There are some great cooking videos and demonstrations by Paleo bloggers and chefs, which teach everything from how to cook basic recipes, proper knife skills, and even using a slow cooker effectively. Sample menus with recipes are provided, and Robb has also put together a great list of pantry, fridge, and freezer “must haves” in order to maximize your kitchen’s utility.
Robb gives some great tips on how to make ingredients stretch between meals to minimize waste and excess purchasing. He advocates weekly meal planning and theme meals, particularly for readers that have children and struggle to keep their family happy with the food they put on the table. There are some creative, kid-friendly meal ideas that will help parents avoid dinner table drama when making inexpensive Paleo food.
Some of the most useful components of this guide are the money saving tips that Robb has devised, such as price journaling, favoring whole products rather than pre-prepped, buying in bulk or direct from a farm, and freezing extra produce and meat for long term storage. He also gives great advice on how to prioritize food quality when money is tight, since there is a lot of “greenwashing” that goes on in grocery stores in order to raise prices on items that are no better than a conventional product. Often times words like “natural” and “free-range” are used to make products appear better, but Robb cuts through the green lingo to help the reader prioritize his or her spending, especially for animal products.
Besides all the advice from Robb himself, he also provides a handy list of resources to help get the best bang for your buck when buying and cooking food. He provides Paleo recipes, recommended brands, links to helpful blogs, and informative videos to teach the reader the best way to make delicious, healthy meals without breaking the bank. There are several shopping and meal planning guides in this e-book to help organize and track one’s food spending for the week. Plus, Robb gives his recommendations for apps to use for those readers who prefer a more technologically advanced method of budgeting their weekly diet.
While some folks are lucky enough not to worry about the price of their food, there are many out there who truly must stay within a strict budget when choosing their meals. Fortunately, Robb’s guide is an inexpensive but useful tool for anyone looking to make the switch to Paleo without going broke. I encourage anyone who’s struggling to afford this dietary change to check out Robb’s e-book for some useful tools for saving money while still improving one’s diet.
Now, thanks to Robb, there’s no more excuses for not eating healthily! CLICK HERE to learn more about The Paleo Diet Budget Shopping Guide.