Once again, someone told me today, “I love Paleo, but I can’t afford it.” I asked them what they were buying, and they said, “Well, all the organic, free-range stuff is so expensive!” I asked them about buying the non-organic stuff and just cooking them as Paleo, and they reacted as if I were speaking Martian to them.
Yes. You can do this. It’s allowed.
Is it better for you to eat the “Good” stuff? Of course it is. But why go completely off-plan and back to a diet that you know is not good for you just because you can’t afford the more expensive organic or free-range foods? All the recipes that Sherry and I post are just as doable with the non-organic foods as they are with organic.
Yes, adopting a Paleo lifestyle can be expensive, but it’s getting better. More and more places (like Kroger, Sam’s Club, Costco, and H*E*B to name a few) are all carrying more and more Paleo friendly or even Paleo-focused foods for good prices. The prices are even dropping month-over-month, and going Paleo is getting more and more affordable.
Don’t let cost convince you to look elsewhere. You can do this on the cheap. Sure, you have to use some ingredients that aren’t as great for you as they would be if you could get the organic, free-range, no hormone or anti-biotic versions, but at least you will be cutting out grains, beans, dairy, and foods with added-sugar and soy. The benefits are overwhelming.