Eating like this is going to cost me what?

The cost of change: an initial look at how the plant paradox has stacked up to our regular food shopping.

Any time we create change, there is a cost connected to it. (Tweet this.)

I’ve been thinking a lot about the suggestions in The Plant Paradox (AKA The Book) and how they will impact our food spending. For starters, the Plant Paradox Plan encourages all organic fruits and vegetables, specialized oils, pastured (not organic or free range or cage free) poultry and eggs (or Omega-3 if you can’t find that), grass-fed and grass-finished beef, and wild caught seafood.

The eggs alone are anywhere from $2-4 more expensive for a dozen Omega-3 eggs. I haven’t been able to find the poultry, but the beef is at least $4 more per pound. And let’s talk avocados, which the diet is a hearty advocate of. Those are close to $2 a piece unless they are on sale or you buy the small bundle of avocados from Trader Joe’s.

So imagine my surprise when I went food shopping yesterday and ended up spending less than what we normally do on food for the week. 

I intentionally tried to find a lot of the products we’d be eating on the Plant Paradox Plan just to get a feel for what our food spending will be like. Much to my surprise, our bill was actually $50 less than what it normally is. Even though I got all organic produce, 2 dozen Omega-3 eggs, a large bottle of extra virgin olive oil, and some new items to try (nutritional yeast, jicama). I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t buy any meat, poultry, seafood, grains, or beans.

I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t buy any meat, poultry, seafood, grains, or beans.

I will definitely be keeping an eye on the grocery bill over the course of the next 3 months to see how things compare as we get into the thick of it and find our footing with the foods we eat and like. I’m also certain that things will vary depending on where we’re shopping, so I’ll be taking note of that too.

And, of course, I’ll be tracking it here too. I’ll share our weekly haul and what our planned menu is for the week. And if we eat something amazing that’s not in the book or find links to PP-safe meals, I’ll share those, too.

(Yes. I’ll be sharing recipes again. And yes, I’m excited about it.)

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

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