It may sound crazy but I think its possible. We aren't rich financially by any means but we are rich in resources. In the northwest we have a wonderful farmers market and there is a organic/100% grass fed and pastured farm that will ship to our door. We dont even have to buy a half cow!
We live literally next door to a fred meyers and within walking distance of walmart and winco. I could probably write 20 pages on why we want to do this. Processed, irradiated, shipped from who knows where gmo foods and of course the corporations that sell them. Tomatoes that were green on harvest to frankenfood. The reasons are many. But regardless of why- we are gonna give it a shot.
We will have to get used to eating far less in quantity and in ..well.."fun". It means giving up our beloved beef bacon and any number of condiments that make this diet easier. We want to go all the way.
We would really appreciate any advice/thoughts or experiences shared from folks who have done this (or feel that they have advice to offer!).
600 per month for 2 people. (sounds crazy but it comes from 200 from a full time student and 400 from a halfway decent industry job). We live cheap in general and consider this a sound investment. Its probably our biggest expense other than rent. Until literally last week neither of us drove. We don't go out. Etc etc etc..
200 goes toward a lot of grass fed free range pastured beef and that includes shipping. It generally breaks down to 3.5 pounds of ground beef, 2 steaks a week for 3 weeks. 2 beef stews and one roast.
I am thinking that 50 a week will go towards meat/eggs and the market. and 25 or so goes toward ghee or butter if they have it at the market.
The left over 40 ish a week will be green stuff/ local nuts (hazelnut) and whatever else.
This will mean eating a lot less. but once we cut out everything from the grocery store hopefully it'll open up enough to make it work. Basically we need to get a hold of some other meats to supplement the beef.
At the market chicken is at least 5$ a pound, eggs 5-7 a dozen and other meats are way spendy. cringes *yikes*
Now my question is is this feasible?? Im actually worried about getting enough calories for both of us. He needs to do low carb and I want both of us to be for sure less than 100g carbs. But I worry we cant afford enough fat/protein to make it work. We eat dairy and nightshades.
Is it better to eat way less but eat better? Even if it means getting more calories from roughage? I plan on buying some local hazelnuts and cheese. That should be pretty calorie dense. I just hope we have enough to justify buying from the 'mushroom lady" - MM!
IM excited but also nervous. Detaching from such a comfortable institution such as our food source is a bit unnerving. Can we really get everything we need from the market???
****Edited with update
Wow I feel I need to update this after my first full on grocery shopping experience at the farmers market!! All of my worries were for naught this is TOTALLY doable. We will be able to eat plenty and well!!
Some highlights: (Im not listing everything but believe me they have everything!)
Meat vendor who also sells tons of paleo books and is obviously very hip to this diet. Bought some beautifully rendered duck fat for 6$ (fair size chunk bigger than a stick of regular butter!)
A lady who has 43 acres and sells a bit of everything- pastured eggs 5$ a dozen, raw hazelnuts 6$ a pound, salisfy, organic frozen berries S3.50 a pound!! oh my!
And let me say I have NEVER had frozen berries like these! They were vacuum sealed at peak condition so when I opened the package I smelled strawberries so strongly I thought I was gonna squeal! (in a most undignified manner) and they TASTE like strawberries not that weird sour nasty taste of the frozen store berries.
Found bacon that is exactly the same price as trader joes! 3$ for ends and pieces=)=)
Root vegetables big enough to club someone with! Seriously they had parsnips the size of a caveman club.
Of course the mushroom lady who has tons of the good stuff- miatake, chanterelles etc etc and even sells broth for real cheap.
Raw sharp cheddar! And with the addition of fats from the butcher it is the only dairy we will eat.
So for 70$ I got more than we could eat and it will prob last for more than a week! We were able to add enough individual cuts from the online grass fed/ organic rancher we buy beef from to make it enough to last the month. Way cheaper than the market prices cause we buy in bulk.
And of course lets not forget the exercise I got lugging about 50lbs of groceries home (seriously those root veggies are huge-beets the size of a childs head!) and 4 dozen eggs and so on. I had to walk and carry onto public transit and walk more (I live in another city) I am tired but happy=) Its the good kind of tired.
Seriously folks if you have the resources you should totally try this!