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  1. Hi there. I am on Day 1 with my boyfriend. And I was feeling really confident about all the prepping and meal planning I have done for our Whole30. But he just texted me on his break and said that the food I prepped isn't hardly enough to satisfy his hunger. And we spent quite a bit on groceries but I don't think it's even going to last us until the end of the week. To give an idea of what i prepped: Breakfast was a piece of an egg bake packed with veggies. And homemade turkey apple sausages. Lunch was two small baked potatoes with a "sloppy joe" ground beef mixture on top. Snacks were a jerky stick, chia seed pudding and a Lara bar. Does anyone have any pointers on how to make meals that are affordable yet satisfying for a 26 year old guy? I'm feeling overwhelmed at how to keep us both fed.
  2. I'm on Day 17 of my first Whole30 and the only one in my home doing it. I'm wondering about affordability for life after Whole30 (and during). Wondering what some of your monthly food budgets and expenses look like. We were eating what I thought was pretty well when I began this, but now I know better and my husband is basically finishing off what's left of the "bad" foods. We were spending about $500/month for myself, my husband, and our (almost) 10 month old who is mostly exclusively breast fed, so he doesn't count very much yet still. I just finished our budget this month from spending and we spent OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS on food this month! Please give me some ideas of what it costs to live a Paleo lifestyle. Wondering what next month will be like, cannot BELIEVE how much I spent this month on FOOD. If there's a better section of the forum I should post this to, please let me know! I wasn't sure where to post. Thanks in advanced!
  3. As some of you know, I'm working in Wyoming over the winter. It's a very rural area. I've done several "theme" Whole30's (see links in my signature below) and I got to thinking I'd like to do one that addresses some of the specific issues that can crop up for small town folks. Unique features of this Whole30: Around here it's pretty common for families to live far outside of town on ranches, and they shop in bulk when they come in to town since it's just not feasible or economical to make frequent trips to the store. So that set me up for the first big quirk of this "little house on the prairie" edition of my Whole30 --- a SINGLE SHOPPING TRIP FOR THE ENTIRE 30 DAYS! I'll be cooking and eating breakfast every day. Yes, I, the vocal intermittent fasting proponent will be eating regular breakfast per W30 recommendations. I start work at 7, and I usually wake up around 6, so this should still fit in with my schedule. I will be eating the same breakfast each day. So this breakfast feature accomplishes a few things: addresses concerns about repetitive meals, especially eggs, addresses the time/convenience concern of a "real" breakfast for a early morning worker, and satisfies the W30 rec of breakfast within an hour of waking as a test of lifestyle change for someone who hasn't regularly eaten breakfast in many years due to IF. Menu will be repeated on a weekly basis. I've always like the idea of "Tuesday is pot roast night", for example, and this is a great opportunity to see how that plays out. The weekly menu will help make the single shopping trip more feasible, it will alleviate any concern of "what's for dinner" for a busy working person, it will make batch cooking easy to plan for, it will make to-go lunches easy, it will utilize leftovers fully, it will help "ladder" food across meals: roast chicken to cold chicken to chicken soup (not sure what this process is actually called? Seems like it's a separate concept from just "using leftovers") Kitchen gadgets and utensils will be kept to a simple minimum. Part of the Little House theme ... I'll be using a cast iron dutch oven and skillet and probably not much else. Might do a crock pot but I'm not 100% decided yet. No Instapot, no stick blender, no microwave. Food will be simple and scratch made. Related to the single shopping trip, and also related to the limited availability of specialty items that rural areas often experience, even in the age of Amazon. No Tessamae's, no coconut aminos, no Larabars, no avocados, no Sunbutter, etc etc. Price will also be considered and I'm sure I'll end up at similar pricing to my budget-friendly Cheapskate W30. I'll be starting this Sunday, January 7th. Doing my big shopping trip on Saturday, and yes I'll take pictures of all the food and the receipt. I'll update this thread with my menus and of course will keep up with photos, issues that arise, funny stories, etc.
  4. After going to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, PCC, QFC, Fred Meyer, and Costco, I've found the promised land for Whole30 groceries at an amazing value: the Korean supermarket H Mart. Years ago, I worked in DC where everyone was doing paleo and eating really boring meals. Except one colleague who made Moroccan spiced carrots, ginger lime stir-fry dishes, grilled meats with exotic spice rubs. That dude was eating WELL. So when I decided to do Whole30, I wanted to be more like that guy and less like the folks who brought salads with boiled chicken breast and lemon wedges. When I lived in LA, my parents often drove to K-Town for groceries, even though they live by tons of large Chinese supermarkets because the Korean market's quality in produce and meats are really high. When I moved to Seattle years ago, I started going to H Mart in Lynnwood because they're large, the produce is cheap, and their meats are very high quality without being crazy expensive. I'm Chinese, but I've never liked the Chinese markets in Seattle (cheap, but generally low quality meats and produce) and I have no patience for the chaos of Vietnamese markets in the international district, although they have super fresh produce at great prices (still not so sure about the meats though). After stocking up my first Whole30 week grocery shopping at all the typical super markets, going to H Mart was a huge game changer for value when I am having to buy as much fresh produce and meat as I do now. Plus, the wide and interesting variety of produce and meat blows a typical supermarket out of the water - I am craving variety when I'm on Whole30. Subbing out Yukon potatoes for purple yams and adding never-loses-its-crunch lotus root in my breakfast hash. Making Korean galibi tang (spare rib soup) with daikon instead of normal bone broth, so I am eating foods with flavors I'm more familiar with. Fresh cheap produce: cilantro, onions, shallots, apples, lotus root, green veggies, green onion, pre-peeled taro, citrus, daikon, napa cabbage, Chinese hollow-vegetable, Korean cucumber (so cute!), whole peeled garlic cloves, purple potato, white sweet potato, Asian pear, all types of hot peppers, huge array of garnishes, etc. The cost of produce is around 50-75% less and for doubling your recipes and stuff you're going to cook right away, this is the place to be to get anything non-organic. Asian potato and sweet potato varieties are usually more dense so they spiralize extremely well, and have a naturally more sweet, nutty flavor than a Yukon or sweet potato. You'll have to dig around the produce because the quality is less consistent, and their cheap fruit is imperfect, but otherwise tastes great (and mad cheap). Most of all, Koreans don't play around with their meats - the meat section has an insane array of different cuts of all animals. Hello thinly sliced pork belly for bacon lovers, bones galore for bone broth, sliced and chunks of meat perfect for stir fry and soups, and Wagyu style beef that look like art. Coconut milk and coconut cream (read the labels) are cheap and good quality. I've never understood why coconut milk is so expensive at typical markets. Their home good section has some cheap and very useful tools like a super fine mesh strainer for $5 for my bone broths, colanders with bowls attached for all the veggie washing, lots of air tight snap containers usually for making kimchi, and all sorts of gadgets. Things I don't/can't get: Organic - stick to your typical supermarket for organic produce without skins and meat, if that's your vibe. Jicama, whole taro, and garlic - just doesn't look that great to me Any leafy veggie that has a lot of dirt - I'm too lazy to wash it off. This is mostly their spinach but I don't like their broccoli, either. Jar kimchi - only one type without sugar and it is enormous None of the market-made korean side dishes (ingredients aren't marked) Coconut aminos - so much coconut everything, except aminos There are still a lot of things I must get from Trader Joe's, QFC, and Whole Foods, like butternut squash, bananas, bulk bin stuff, nuts, dried fruit, etc. So be that dude with the tasty af meal by just subbing out a few of your basics with Asian varieties.
  5. If you started Whole30 like my husband and I did on January 1, happy day 5 of the journey! This is our third round together as a couple, and my fifth round. I wasn't too budget-conscious last time around, but now that we've transitioned to a single income family, I'm definitely more mindful of our spending. With that in mind, we care a lot about our health. We have a year-long membership at a local boxing gym, take collagen peptides and raw green probiotics after each workout. I'm not against spending money on good quality food, and after a lot of deliberation, opted to make it a priority to buy pastured and organic meat this year. All of that to say, I know that means we'll be spending more than usual on food. What I'm interested in is if you have any tips on how to keep the budget in mind when it comes to meals, despite the high quality and pricey meat. What meals do you turn to when you're looking to eat well, have a decent dose of protein (again, we box multiple times a week and know we need to eat quite a bit more protein because of it), but don't want to spend an arm and a leg? I'm all ears for any great recipes or tips you might have! Happy January Whole30, everyone!
  6. dizilizi

    Starting tomorrow!! Jan 7

    I'm starting my 3rd or 4th Whole30 tomorrow. I'm super excited because I need to help my body recover from an Epstein-Barr Virus reactivation, and I am not eating like I should for Hashimotos. Hashi's has taken over my life, I'm gaining weight, I'm exhausted, and because EBV has reactivated, I can't exercise without getting sick. I teach 6th grade. I need to exercise so I can handle the stress in a more healthy way, but even a mile walk wears me out and I have to sleep. Too many miles in a week or one day lifting and I'm in bed for two days. I'm a runner who can't run right now, I've run several half marathons, lots of 5ks, and used to run 12-15 miles/week, so this is really frustrating for me. I am looking forward to helping my body heal, to good sleep, even the crazy food dreams, more energy, and labs that say the virus is dormant once again (I know that may take a little longer). I'm a member of Hogwarts Running Club (yes, it's a real thing, and yes I'm a total nerd). It's a virtual running club and there are several of us who are doing a Whole30 this month. It's a great support system within the Gryffindor common room as we share recipes and encourage each other. At work, I have one coworker who has Hashi's as well and while she isn't eating Whole30, she has started eating a modified paleo diet under the care of her doctor. My family is totally supportive. They have actually been asking when I would be starting because they know we eat better when I'm doing a Whole30. That's probably TMI, but I'm ready and excited. Here we go!! liz
  7. My fiancee and I are doing a second Whole30 in January. Our first one was in October and we did very well. We are getting closer to our wedding so saving money has also become a priority. We spend a good chunk on food because we believe that fueling our bodies is important, and I've been primarily been doing the bulk of our meal prep. I'm not sure what to suggest to him to bulk up his meals. He's planning to be doing P90x workout again through this round. I do think he's been relying to much on bars to get him through on the go situations and this is making him hungrier. Sometimes his job doesn't allow him to eat on schedule which he thrives on and does so much better if he can eat throughout the day. His typical meal looks a little like this: 7am Breakfast - eggs or egg whites with ground turkey and veggies 10am-11am - salad topped with veggies maybe some turkey meat and dressing or salsa (I'm thinking he should add some fat here like avocado, egg, ranch) 12pm-1pm - lunch - a serving of a Whole30 meal that I've prepped. (Also wondering if he needs to bulk up protein or maybe veggies just to take up space.) 3pm - heads home to workout I think usually eats a larabar (Also think he should add more protein here) Works out and maybe eats a post workout meal. I'm thinking that he should be more diligent to eat this right away 5pm-6pm - eats dinner again usually a serving of a Whole30 meal that I've prepped 7pm-10pm - usually says he's hungry and eats more of something. Seems to feel extremely hungry regularly. So I'm thinking the major flaw here is the lack of a regular post workout meal to help satisfy him after his intense workouts. He hates sweet potatoes with a passion and has been eating white potatoes like they are going out of style as well as tons of meat. I'm not sure what the best combo is for him especially affordable emergency food. Any help would be appreciated.
  8. Inspired by Munkers's* thread (Whole 30: Budget Edition), I'm choosing for this current iteration of W30 to track all the dollars I spend on food. Mine will be unique in several ways: I'll be staying in 3 different states Several road trips will be included: 2,200 miles, 1,300 miles, 700 miles (round trips) One cross-country airline trip My birthday is happening Thanksgiving is happening I eat ketogenically I am okay with eating very simple foods. I definitely enjoy high end fancy food, but I also am fine with relatively plain and repetitive food. Earlier this year I did a W30 using only 10 food items, to give you an idea. I'm pretty frugal with my money, so I try to buy in bulk, on sale, marked-down meat, etc. I'm single (I don't think this is related to the previous 3 points....) ...if my specific circumstances don't seem relevant to your situation, think of this as a way to show how W30 can really be adapted to any scenario. I tend to shop at various times throughout the week. I don't really have a weekly shopping trip. I also haven't yet delved in to batch cooking (check out,but I use a crock pot a lot and try to have leftovers available. For this reason, I'll be doing a breakdown of the cost of each food item, summed up for the day and the week, as opposed to Munkers who had her tally of the week's grocery bill. I'll still have the weekly tally, but it will be based on the quantities of food at each given meal. If anyone has any suggestions of what they'd like to see during this month, please let me know. *Did you know that the possessive form for proper names ending in an "s" is a bit controversial?
  9. Grocery bills are something that seems to come up fairly often on the forums, especially when folks are trying to build a Whole30 pantry from scratch, so my husband and I decided that, with our current Whole30, we'd see how low we could go on the weekly shopping. And just to add to the fun, we're assuming that at the start of the Whole30, we've got nothing in our pantry, fridge, or freezer except salt and pepper. No coconut aminos, no exotic spices, no broth or stock, no nothing unless we buy it and/or make it ourselves during these 30 days. Now obviously, I really do have a lot of these things in my pantry so we have a special "get out of jail" basket in the pantry to separate out what we've "purchased" and can use for the challenge and what's still off limits. Jump to the weekly write-ups: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Grocery List A couple of things to keep in mind when reading through this stuff: -My goal was not to have an absolutely, positively rock-bottom budget. We're not eating the same protein every single meal just because that was the cheapest option at the market. We're still trying for variety both for nutrition AND our own sanity. -I live in a suburb of north Dallas which means I have pretty decent options for where to shop and can hit a different store each week depending on who has the best deals. I realize that not everyone lives in an area where this is possible. I also realize that cost of living in my area is about 85% of the national median meaning that we're on the cheaper side of average. To help even the odds, I'm going to avoid running to every market in town to get the cheapest deal on everything on my list. -We do have a Thrive Market membership, but for folks who are really watching their money and/or who don't have an established track record of paleo-style eating, this probably isn't an expense that folks feel is worth it. Outside of this challenge, I go through enough Epic Bars (about a box per month) that their discounted price makes up for my membership cost. (We do buy other stuff, but the Epic Bars were, admittedly, a big motivating factor.) For purposes of this challenge, I'm not making use of Thrive. If we do eat the Epic Bars (or anything else I normally get from Thrive) they'll be listed at whatever they currently cost is at our Sprouts. -I WILL however make use of our Costco membership. The husband and I debated on this one given the cost-factor of membership, but given the option of sharing the cost of membership with a roommate, family member, etc., or being able to tag along with someone to use their membership, I feel it's a fair inclusion. -We have a weekly dinner date with another couple who are close friends of ours who are pescatarian. Sometimes we contribute the protein for the meal, sometimes a side, sometimes everything, and sometimes nothing. It varies from week to week and our contributions are also going to skew the budget a little since we'll be cooking for four adults instead of two on those nights.
  10. Hi everyone! I'm trying to start my very first Whole30, but I'm very anxious about how to do it. I am a freshman living in an on-campus dorm at a very small University, which means there are a lot of restrictions on what I can and cannot eat. I'm trying to figure out how I can possibly do it, and I hope you all can help! Here is a list of the specifics about what food is available to me: 1. I am required to be on a meal plan where I have 15 meals a week. One meal is equivalent to $4.08 and can be used on any restaurant on campus (which include: Sandella's, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Chickfila, a coffee shop, and Einsteins Bagels), and also in the cafeteria (more on that in a second). Anything over that amount I have to personally pay, and I do not have the budget to do that on a consistant basis. This also means that anything I purchase has to be $4.08 or less, meaning I can't stock up on fruits and veggies that are sold at these places. 2. The cafeteria has very limited options. There is always hamburgers and fries, pizza, and a do-it-yourself station for both sandwiches and salads. The salad options very and there is never any grilled chicken available to put on the salad. The only form of protein for the salad bar is a hard boiled egg, which is only available about once a week. There is a homestyle foods station, which can sometimes serve grilled chicken and potates, but more often than not serves fried chicken, chicken covered in sauce or meatloaf (which i think may be Whole30 approved?). Finally, there is an international station which serves things like burritos, french onion soup, and is completely random and changes daily (unpredictable). 3. I have little to no money to spend on food. I don't have a job, and I rely mostly on my meal plan to sustain my eating habits. Furthermore, I have no kitchen in my dorm, and crockpots/burners (etc) are not allowed due to safety reasons. This being said, I really do want to do the Whole30 and I am committed to doing it. I just honestly have no idea what to eat! My cafeteria rarely serves fruits and veggies (seriously, they almost never have fresh fruit or any sort of vegitable). Before now, the way I was getting my fruits and veggies in was by drinking Naked Juices, but i know smoothies are off-limits. I really don't know what to do, so if you have any ideas, PLEASE let me know!! Thank you, and sorry for the lengthy post!! Emily
  11. I know from looking at my log I don't eat enough protein. However I am committed to buying grass fed beef and at least antibiotic free chicken and pork. I got a half of a beef and I don't want to go through it too fast. Any ideas for cheaper and clean protein? Some of my go tos aren't allowed like applegate farms meat. I would do eggs but they are also expensive and I'm worried about eating too many eggs in one day(should I be?) I do use wild planet sardines.....any other ideas!
  12. Nalddox

    Quality vs. Cost

    Hi all. Just finished my second Whole30 shipping trip and I think I need help. I'm feeding two people, myself and girlfriend, and am consistently spending over $200 each week. I don't really think I can afford to keep this up. I knew it was to be expected that I would end up paying more to eat better but I have more than doubled my weekly grocery spend. I've read through the Whole9 article on the grocery store prioritization and seem to be doing well, but I'm spending over $100 on grass fed, pastured meat alone. Any tips?
  13. On day 26 of our first Whole30. I've been saving all of our grocery receipts to add up how much doing Whole30 has cost. I was shocked!!! We try to budget well and usually tend to keep our weekly budget around $125-150. The average that we spent in weeks 1-3 was $227.35!!! For a family of 3, one of us being a toddler, that is a ridiculous amount. We'd love to keep eating this way, at least 90% of the time once we're past day 30. How do you make it work? How do you keep costs down? Sidenote: We aren't really buying anything packaged. The amount doesn't even include our herd share of grassfed raw milk we have each month that we are trading for pastured eggs! We generally are buying lots of meat, produce, pumpkin seeds, spices, olive oil, and occasionally canned goods or beverages like La Croix.
  14. So I'm on Day 6 and have been following it strictly until today. The thing I am struggling with is buying organic everything is so costly. I'm having a hard time finding certain things that fit into the plan (balsamic vinaigrette, deli meat, tuna, etc) that also fit within my budget. I honestly don't miss sugar or grains. I miss cheese & yogurt a tiny bit. I have an autoimmune disease so I feel like that limits what I can eat even more. I ate tuna today then realized it had soy in it. UGH I guess I have to start over which means a total of 5 weeks on this plan and I'm just not sure I can stretch my budget. I tend to get bored eating the same things over & over I feel like I will end up starting over frequently simply because I'm tired of eating eggs for breakfast. Any advice would be great. Maybe Whole30 isn't for me. Priscilla
  15. Hey everyone, I'm exploring the program still and haven't set a start date yet. I still need to clear our my cabinet of all those bad foods. I would love to start a support group for people grocery shopping on a tight budget, or for those college kids, or for people just scraping by financially. I just moved to a new place and got a new job so money is tight for me. However I want to try the Whole 30 program and be able to buy healthy foods on a tight budget.
  16. lexes42

    CSA and budgets

    My grocery bill has doubled... and while my 'eating out/ starbucks' budget has shrunk to nearly zero... post whole30 I must reign it in if I want to eat this way forever. Part of that is better meal plannig to be sure... I'm wondering, though how people feel about their CSA's from a budget standpoint.... is it helpful? Or are its perks more along the lines of sourcing good / new food? I live close to Whole Foods - but don't shop there regularly given the 'whole paycheck' issue - and can get to Wegmans, Farmers markets etc.... but CSAs have always interested me.. Just wondering how they affect the monthly budget
  17. Vincentparty0f4

    Whole 30 on a TIGHT Budget

    I am on a pretty tight budget. What are the most cost friendly things you recommend to use as staples during the Whole 30? Thanks!
  18. paleo_xfit_momma

    Is it just me or? (Day 5)

    When I started my W30, i didnt need to shop at all so today, I did my first trip, in search of only the "best" for my meat sources. Ummm, Hello?!?! I knew organic, hormone-free, grain-fed meat was gonna be more expensive, but HOLY COW! It wiped out my entire grocery budget in less than one weeks worth of meat (@3 meals/day.) It has made me feel really discouraged for some reason... not like I'm gonna "cheat" or quit, I'm just not all "happy-whole-30" like I was before I went out for groceries. So, obviously, this has really upset me! And, I'm trying to figure out if I'm really peeved by the high prices of good food choices OR if I am over-reacting because (may be TMI, but) my hormones are all whacky from the way I used to eat? Is anyone else on day 5 and noticing their hormones are funkdified? Any suggestions for maintaining my W30+ on a budget? I really wanna eat the best stuff for me, but cant afford it HELP!