It Ain’t Cheap. Sorry to break the red wall of silence among Primal bloggers, but eating this way is expensive.
I know there are a few million posts around the Internet explaining “how to eat Primal/Paleo on the cheap.” Apparently I’m the only one doing it wrong because my experience is not anything close to theirs.
Before I started the Primal Program, I was already eating a normal low-carb diet. I ate steaks, sausage, roasts, ground beef, pork chops, hot dogs, and other cuts of meat. I ate my veggies, too. I got my food from Walmart and Sam’s (avert your eyes and close your ears!) and, while it cost more than SAD eating, it wasn’t too bad.
Changing over to Primal, I didn’t have to change what I was eating (drop beans, add a bit of dairy & fruit) so much as the quality of what I was eating. Switching to better (better provenance, fewer ingredients, nothing artificial, etc.) food has not been easy and it has made a significantly larger dent in my wallet.
I can find “Primal meat” — you know . . . organic, grass-fed, hand-massaged, virgin animals who were immaculately conceived and who were allowed to voluntarily expire under a full moon during a Druid ritual — but only at Central Market and Whole Paycheck. Apparently, I am the odd man out since, in my budget, this takes a much larger slice of the pie (so to speak) than for everyone else on the ‘Net who’s written about this topic.
Ditto for all the other unadulterated A, B, and C we’re supposed to eat.
And I haven’t got the money to drop a grand on half a cow (cow-pooling) at the moment so telling me to “buy bulk” is a non-starter.
I’m still moving toward (more) Primal-acceptable food, but the switch ain’t easy or cheap. Just sayin’ . . . .
Review of Week 03-2 — Food. It was a good week for eating. My goal this week was to limit my indulgences (especially Greek yogurt and dark chocolate) and I succeeded.
I fasted MTW, ate just a little during the day on R, and had a fully-tricked-out burger at SmashBurger on F.
The burger wasn’t Primal (though it was low-carb) but otherwise my food was within (primarily) proper Primal parameters. (Say that five ti. . . oh, nevermind.)
I had Greek yogurt with berries twice this week. Ditto for the dark chocolate. And I kept my portions smaller than before. This is much better than (sometimes multiple in one day) big servings I’d have 6 or 7 days per week previously.
I’ve also really cut back on my diet drinks. I’m down to having 1 or 2 every few days rather than 3-5 a day. For me, this is a big deal. Giving up my diet cokes* has always been one of my least favorite diet recommendations.
Review of Week 02-2 — Exercise. I worked out on Wednesday and Friday, as scheduled.
Wednesday — I went for a 1-mile walk with my girls and did a few exercises while we ambled. I did push-ups (50, 50), squats (50), and jump-ups (?) onto a 20″ retaining wall (10, 10).
Friday — was a normal workout day after I got home and before I ate.
|Exercise||Set 1||Set 2||Next/Goal/Notes:|
|Pull Up / Chin Up||9.5||8||same; 12×2|
|Forearm Plank||90s||90s||same; 120s|
|Forearm Side Plank||45s||45s||same; 45s|
Plan for Week 04-2. More of the same.
- FAST 3-4 days during the week
- Eat PRIMAL meal(s) every day, and
- EXERCISE 2x / week, adding in with SLOW MOVEMENT and SPRINTS per recs
- LIMIT indulgences to just a few per week