Written by Beau DeCourcy
Today’s post is going to be a little different and will consist of two parts. In the first part, we want to start answering your questions that we receive via email and Facebook. Since starting Exist Anew, more and more people have been asking questions about our view on fitness and nutrition, and tips on how to make the change to a healthier lifestyle. Recently we have started getting some great questions sent to our email and Facebook, and the comment section of our blog. Aaron and I think this is great and would love for people to send in more questions! We will share some of your questions anonymously, if you’d like, so that others can benefit.
Josh sent us a great and common question about fitting the paleo lifestyle into his busy schedule:
“Eating a primarily Paleo diet is not cheap. I have run into a financial situation where I am forced to buy cheaper foods to get the calories I need to get through my day. A weeks worth of meat is about $140,… and that is if I do not buy the grass fed beef I crave. I cannot do that now. So my meat consumption is cut in 1/3 and I have been eating things I shouldn’t and don’t want to: GRAINS!! And [eating] very little of it makes me feel like crap for a day or more.; like a hangover even. It [eating grains] effects my workouts, my mood, everything!! Help me!! I need to know how I can keep myself on a very cheap Paleo diet and get enough of what my body needs. I do not have a desk job and am burning so much energy! What do I do EXIST ANEW??”
Great question Josh. To start, grains are cheaper to eat. Period. Grains have been a poverty food for humans for thousands of years when they first learned how to process them enough not to become excessively ill and sterile (removing lectins and phytates). Whether it was the famines of the past that saw the staple meat source drastically reduce or migrate away, or the economies of today, grains seem to be the go to food source in a pinch. But remember, grains are not ideal, and should not be the base of our diet. Many of us tend to pay (literally) for eating them down the road with health costs of chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease and autoimmunity), and even regular office visits, and medications. I haven’t had the flu, or seen any doctor for illness in over three years since I excluded grains. Calorie per calorie, meat sources can be cheaper when bought in bulk and are far more nourishing. My advice would be to learn how to cook the cheaper cuts of meat well. Get a crock pot and slow cook large amounts of tough, cheap meats, organ meats and bones in all! Glycine! That’s a great way to always have a great fat, protein and calorie rich source on demand. Sweet potatoes and squash are also pretty cheap for a good source of glycogen replenishing carbs to fuel your on-the-go athletic endeavors. Also, get in contact with local markets, as some offer food shares on both meat, vegetables and fruit. Get back to your hunter gather roots! Forage for deals. And remember, the added benefit of not having to relay on blood sugar control with a high carb diet is that you can skip a meal here and there no problem! Sorry for the lengthy reply. Hope this helps!
What questions do you have for us?
Let us know what barriers you face in changing unhealthy behaviors and adopting a healthier lifestyle . Also, like us in Facebook so you can benefit from the questions and tips posted. Thanks again, and we look forward to your questions and comments.
The next part of today’s post features a new video produced by our friend Arthur Haines. Arthur is a well known and prolific expert and writer on plant taxonomy and wild foods. His latest video is on local adaptogens, and he does an excellent job explaining their place in our neolithic nutrition and lifestyle. Please watch this, and other videos of his, as I am sure you will be impressed with the wealth of knowledge he makes free to the public. Keep a look-out for future collaborative videos with Arthur and Exist Anew.