That’s the number 1 reason people don’t switch to a real food diet.
Sure, there are other factors (convenience, under-informed), but most people seem to agree that there’s no way what they’re eating now is actually healthier than eating real foods.
But grass fed beef? That’s like $5 a pound! And you pay WHAT for raw milk?
With bugged eyes and incredulous looks on their faces, most people assume we’re just rich or somethin’.
Well, or somethin’. When we first got married, our idea of a hot date was 5 bean burritos from Del Taco and eating them in the dollar theater parking lot before hitting the matinee. That’s $7 worth of pure romance!
Yeah, we’re not rich.
But here’s the secret behind eating a real food diet.
Our food bill is lower now than before we switched!
“But, but you’re buying all that expensive food!”
Here’s a handy comparison of our food bill before and after we switched to real food:
We don’t just spend less, we spend nearly$80 less per month… and for just 2 people.
Obviously, our restaurant bill went down significantly – we’ve realized the dangers of eating out and cut back accordingly. We’re hoping to do even better in the future, but that’s pretty darn good.
Now, if we’re all of a sudden buying more groceries (because we eat out less), and buying expensive stuff, how did our grocery bill by itself only go up $17 per month?
How much money do you spend on soda, chips, candy, crackers, ice cream, Gatorade, drink packets, and other snacks each month? Those are things that are completely extra – meaning they don’t fill you up, but you’re still spending money on them.
I mean we used to spend $20+ per month just on Propel.
Cut all that out, and you’ve saved a buttload of money.
What’s funny is that we never actually set out to save money. We sat down, outlined the stuff we wanted to start buying (organic fruits & veggies, grass fed and pastured meats, raw milk, coconut oil, etc.) and decided we would just bite the bullet.
We decided that even if it cost us $100 a month extra that it would be worth it. We would find a way to cut back somewhere else and make the change to our lives. We wanted to be healthy, and it was worth the extra money.
Let’s just say we were more than surprised to find out we started saving money the second we switched.
And the rest is history – Erin got pregnant a few weeks later (after 2 years of trying), and we’re both living the healthiest lifestyle we’ve ever had.
Has anyone else noticed that they’re not spending what they thought they would on their real food diet? Share below!