this is a question i have been getting a lot lately and one i have been worried about ever since we started our real food journey a while back.
it is also still a weekly battle that i fight because close family in the states, one salary and a recession, does not a wealthy family make! however, i found this post over at food renegade about 4 months back and i have found it to be invaluable.
the post is quite long and goes into some of the scientific nitty gritty–an element i love, but recognise others may not be looking for! so i am going to give a quick abridged version here just in case you only have a few minutes to read. i’m nice like that.
what to spend my money on (in order of importance, this is what i changed/payed more for first)
1. high quality fats and oils–whether we like it or not our body needs fat (and uses it all the time!) to function. ESPECIALLY saturated fat. yes. you read correctly. if you don’t believe me, read this and this. i now only use organic butter, coconut oil and olive oil.
2. raw or fermented dairy from happy animals–it took me a day or two to find a local dairy that sells raw milk and about 3 months to get up the organisation to start going. in the meantime i switched to organic whole milk (skimmed and semi are quite processed) and tried to get some that was un-homogenised–here’s why.
4. organic fruits and veggies–we still buy ours from lidl because of our low food budget.
so that is how i prioritise my spending. i have a weekly order from able & cole for all the stuff i have decided i want to pay more for to have healthy and includes all my meat, butter, eggs and un-homogenised organic milk–if i am not going to make it to the farm that week. then i get the rest of my food (whole wheat pasta, brown rice, flour, fruit, veg and tins) from lidl. that is how i keep the cost down!!
if you want more info on how to get started eating real food, i have found the basics section of food renegade so unbelievably helpful.