Friday, October 30, 2009
Does it Cost More?
After reading Nourishing Traditions I have begun to change how my family eats. We are making the switch to a whole food diet based on several factors... my previous cancer diagnosis, my current heart condition, my oldest daughter does not handle artificial flavors, dyes, or other unnatural additives well, and many other reasons. At first glance my husband freaked out thinking that A. it would cost an arm and a leg and B. he wouldn't get to eat any junk food again. Thankfully that has not been the case so far...actually our budget has stayed the same and I think for November will actually be lower than normal and I've found some great whole food snacks that are just wonderful...I've made graham crackers, cheese crackers, caramel corn, and some awesome brownies.
Do you long to make the switch but think it's out of reach? Here are some things to think about...
Raw Milk $5 a gallon.... gallon of milk from the store $2.25-3.19
Organic 100% grass fed beef $5lb.... Organic/Natural beef from grocery store $4-6lb ( I'm hoping to bring our cost down even further by purchasing our meat through our raw dairy farmer or if my husband gets a deer this year this won't matter!!!)
* Another item that I have been buying is real butter if you buy the Walmart brand it's only $2lb not much more than margarine...however I'm making the switch to grass fed butter this coming month. I'm not sure the cost on that. I'm also buying a cream share from "my cow" so I can make our own butter.
* I bake all of our own breads and cookies. Currently I am finishing up my stockpile of Unbleached Flour and when that's finished I will be buying a grain mill and wheat berries.
* I've switched to Sucanat instead of plain sugar but I haven't found the cheapest place to buy that yet. I will on the lookout for the best price on that this month.
* I will also be on the lookout for the best price on Olive Oil as I don't have near enough on hand. I no longer use any other oils. I'm also looking for the best price on Coconut Oil.
At first glance it does seem to cost more and take more time but it doesn't. Our trash was significantly reduced in October and my budget was the same $560 for a family of seven. I have also had much more energy and my swelling in my arm from not having lymph nodes has really improved.
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