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paleo on a 250 pounds a month income as a carer? Please answer 50-60 pounds to spend per month!

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Due to personal reasons I can only work a couple hours a day. I am having to care for a family member who is horribly sick and I will not go on benefits because I don't see why other people should have to pay for my misfortune.

Anyway I obviously need more than half of that to spend on my rent. I also need to have some money to take the girlfriend to the movies once or twice a month or whatever.

I don't drink, smoke and my only outgoing is 25 pounds a month for my gym which i need to train besides my rent and living expenses in general.

I am left with about 50-60 pounds a month. I can eat comfortably non paleo with this.

But when it comes to paleo most people seem to spend more than this in a week.

I work out 7 days a week. I am following the west side for skinny bastards program which has me lifting weights 4 times a week and I do conditioning on the 3 off days, usually 5km runs.

I need 2700 calories to maintain my weight. I am trying to lose a bit so I take in around 2500 calories. I need high protein to recover.

How on earth can I do paleo for 50-6 pounds a month.

I can only who at tescos supermarket. It it the only store within 15 miles of me and I only have a pedal bike. I do not have access to farmers markets or small shops or butchers. I can not split half a cow or some other thing that people suggest imagining I have money for it when clearly I do not.

I read this online piece about paleo on a budget and it was 4x what i have to spend. Is it impossible to do paleo on this budget?

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255 · May 30, 2014 at 12:27 AM

I don't really care, sorry. ^^

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17015 · May 30, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Oats aren't paleo, doesn't matter how much you wish them to be, they're grains. Get over it.

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British pound ;)

We also weigh ourselves in stone and measure in feet. We are a wee bit mental.

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777 · May 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Broth, offal, pork, eggs, canned fish, butter, home rendered fat, and whatever veggies are on offer/in season.

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60 · May 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I'm in the UK too. Lamb hearts and sprats are really really cheap. Brisket is another cheap meat. Go to a proper butcher and go regularly - they will be able to provide you with cheap cuts and if they see you coming back every week you may find they give you freebies. Btw liver is very cheap but I would recommend not eating loads of it every day.

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10134 · May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I don't see eggs and canned tuna in these lists. Both high in protein and relatively cheap.

Another cheapie is cooking beef bones to extract the gelatin and marrow. Bone broth is basically straight protein. You'd need a real butcher though....Tesco probably gets prepacks or cryopacks to cut. Oxtail would work too.

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0 · May 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I'm from the UK and have a similar problem. My advice is to first of all, get a lot of liver - it's super cheap and insanely good for you. Secondly, stick to meats that can make meals for multiple portions - shin beef is another insanely cheap meat that can make up a big stew. I find that one shin beef can make four portions of stew if you stick enough veg on. Give me a shout if you need a recipe. Third, check out some online suppliers. They're usually on the more expensive side, but if you have a specific budget it'll be easier to do it online and make a specific monthly plan for your food. The only issue is I'm not sure how far £50 would go with their prices.... I'd consider some of the advice you get in here and I'd make a food plan for the month - just so you can be sure to use all the veg before it goes bad. Finally, if you can get to the butchers (or if your Tesco has a decent butcher counter) you can get a lot of other cheap organ meats or cheaper animals. I picked up a rabbit that fed four the other day for something like four pounds. Finally, I totally respect your circumstances and what you choose to spend money on is your choice, but I really do believe you can train effectively without a gym. I just do sprints a couple of times a week, play sports, do a few body-weight workouts and a barbell routine.

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0 · May 29, 2014 at 3:26 AM

How would drinking a 2 litre bottle of whole milk obi pasteurised and homogenised because no other option be?

It would give me all the carbs and most of the protein I need and it would cost 1 pound per 2.24 litres. And it gives me 1300 calories!

I know its primal not technically paleo.

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0 · May 29, 2014 at 3:19 AM

http://www.tesco.com

Be an interesting game. Se who can hit 2500 calories a day for a month with a 50-60 pound budget.

Highest protein possible.

I am struggling.

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0 · May 29, 2014 at 3:13 AM

@wtfgod chicken and ground beef are pretty darn expensive. £11.43 a kilo which is $19.11

Mince is £8.00 a kilo which is dear too.

Everything protein rich seems to be insanely expensive. I thought my best option might be pork. high fat high calorie cheaper too.

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255 · May 29, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Potatoes, oats, butter, ground beef and chicken?

Source: I don't live in europe, do you trade pounds of rocks for food?

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17015 · May 30, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Oats aren't paleo, doesn't matter how much you wish them to be, they're grains. Get over it.

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British pound ;)

We also weigh ourselves in stone and measure in feet. We are a wee bit mental.

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