In these current economic times many people are on a tight budget. I am no exception. Now that I’ve cut down on my other expenses I’m working on cutting down my food budget. As I mentioned in other posts, many believe that a high raw food diet is too expensive, especially when buying organic produce. While researching the internet for tips on budget shopping I ran across this article about the USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan. The Thrifty Food Plan “serves as a national standard for a nutritious diet at low cost.” They base their recommendation on age and gender. Their latest calculations for the Thrifty Food Plan, May 2010, state that a female between the ages of 19- 50 years should be able to eat nutritious meals on $34.60.
My challenge is to eat a nutritious High Raw based Organic diet on no more than 34.60 for the month of July. Eat week I will post my grocery list, grocery bill and my meal plan. I will also post a list of my meals each day. My goal in this challenge is to prove that a high raw organic diet is possible with a little planning. I also want to prove (to me) that a high raw diet is not difficult.
Note: I will be incorporating beans and some non organic produce based on the Dirty Dozen List in my previous post.
So, feel free to join me, watch and comment.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
- Visit your local Farmers Market. Local farmer usually grow organic produce with getting accreditation.
- Buy a Share from a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture is a system where people purchase-in advance-fresh, usually organic, products from their neighborhood farm. The average cost is around $18- $30 a week for about 8 weeks.
- Be your own Farmer. You don't need a huge garden to get the benefits of organic produce. Try growing herbs and sprouting seeds and pulses (legumes) in the kitchen.
- Buy Seasonal Produce. Please don't look for strawberries in November. :) In season produce will be cheaper than out of season produce.
- Plan your meals. Shop according to your weekly menu. Try to plan meals around what's on sale.
- Change your Shopping day. Try grocery shopping on Wednesday instead of the usual Saturday or Sunday. Sometimes grocery stores have better sales in the middle of the week.
- Partner Up. Get a couple of friends and purchase in bulk.
- Check the List. The FDA has a list of the Dirty Dozen (foods to buy Organic) and The Clean 15 (conventional foods that are safer to consume). *See Picture Below
- Don't Stress...Relax. Make the best choices for you.