An Upbuilding Discourse

Icon

Research on Being

The Budget Plan

Well, my company is downsizing so my job is being eliminated. I’m going to need some cost cutting so I’ve come up with a more budget oriented way to organize my food consumption.

Farmers usually have pretty decent prices so buying vegetables and meat from them in bulk, through a CSA, or otherwise is the first option. If this is not possible for some reason then we go on to plan B.

Find a cheap grocery store and buy all your starch and fiber there that doesn’t need to be organic. Safe bets are white rice, cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, kale, collard greens, broccoli, rutabaga, turnips, watercress, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, daikon, radish, bok choy, napa cabbage), asparagus, onions, avocados. Not sure about squash, celeriac, or parsnips. Sweet potatoes may be okay.

Go to the fancy grocery store and get the cheapest, most nutritious meat cuts and if you are totally broke, buy pseudo-grains (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat) and lentils to make up the slack. Depending on where you go you may be able to find liver, kidneys, bones, suet, grass-fed butter, eggs, canned fish, fish heads, trotters, chicken feet, ham hocks, ground meat, roasts, and stew meat. These will be the cheapest and give you a good nutrient range.

Between these you should have all your calories and macronutrients plus fiber. You should take advantage of any seasonal vegetable sales by buying a lot and then fermenting the surplus for later.

Organic vegetables, fruit, nuts, coconut products, sweeteners, dairy, chocolate, and beverages are optional depending on budget. You have enough to be healthy with these. Chocolate, fruit, nuts, and sweeteners are pretty much just indulgences anyway. Dairy, coconut products, tea, and organic vegetables are nice to add but not essential though, of these, dairy and coconut products would probably be the most useful nutritionally and cost-wise.

Advertisements

Filed under: Budget, Cheap, Diet, Macronutrients