For Paleo-ish to go mainstream, it’s got to be somewhat price competitive
Let’s face up to it and admit it: the obesity problem in America, and why it leads the way worldwide, can be reduced to an essential single development: cheap "food." I’m increasingly coming to the opinion that the primary cause underlying that, is the relative cheapness of liquid calories (albeit, not nutrition — it’s just raw caloric energy). And the rest of the world now follows suit because they too are learning — from us — how to supply more calories per dollar and the obvious choice for any company wanting to maximize profit is to deliver their calories in the form of a quickly digesting beverage.
Most of you have heard the arguments supporting that, so I’ll not rehash it (feel free in comments). Now, health markers might be a different subject, but to my mind, there’s no quicker way to get fat than to drink a lot of your calories, and this is what people are doing, especially kids.
It’s not about factory farmed meats vs. grassfed and pastured. It’s just not. It’s the 20 oz sodas and sports drinks. It just is. I’ll blog more about this, soon.
So here’s a post to focus in on this issue, spurred on by an email I received.
I have been a follower of your blog for several months now, though I have only commented once or twice (usually your other readers have already said what I was thinking, and way more eloquently than I could).
Have tried to follow the "paleo" lifestyle thing, but having some difficulties, mostly due to budget constraints. No way in hell I could ever afford grass fed beef or anything, of course I have the land to raise my own, but not the time.
Found this article tonight that sums up my situation nicely. I know Mark Sisson has done several posts on "paleo on a budget", and I have followed several of those suggestions, but am finding it damn near impossible sometimes. I have a decent job and all, but once house & car notes, utilities, etc., have been paid, most weeks I have maybe $75 to buy 2 weeks worth of groceries for me and the kiddo. I know what I should be buying us, that’s not the problem, the problem is a box of burger helper is cheaper and lasts longer. I have made several improvements, ain’t brought bread into the house in months, and while my lovely child bitched incessantly at first about no bread and chips for weeks, now she doesn’t even notice.
So, any advice for the broke-ass paleo? Surely this can’t just be the diet to be followed only by the affluent foodies?
Thanks again, even if this doesn’t generate a response or even a post, I truly appreciate you, your blog, and your brutal assessment of so many things.
Alright, I really couldn’t get through that whole linked article, because my head was shouting "crock pot," and "chuck roast" the whole time.
The problem here is that people assume "kale chips" — and fucking vegetables in general — are superior to plain old meat, even the cheapest meat. How about this: liver is the most nutritious food on the planet, and one of the cheapest. Who, besides me, loathes the apologetically motivated faux emphasis on fucking vegetables in the paleo community and elsewhere amongst "real foodists? "They are uniformly full of shit because they are motivated by some sort of apologetic inferiority complex, and it’s BULLSHIT! because we’re right. Let’s just get it over with, already: a proper diet is a meat based diet. Shove your fucking organic vegetables up your ass! And while I’m at it: fuck "antioxidants." Yea, I’ll play the rabbit now and then but my diet is animal based, and if you want real density of nutrition, so is yours. Vegetables ought to take the place of lettuce on a sandwich in a paleo context. It’s garnish. Better yet, just dry ’em and use as a spice or herb. There.
For me, vegetables are couple times per week: potatoes. I actually enjoy those.
You see, here’s one thing about all aspects of all diets and all eating lifestyles, including paleo: nutritional density and cost are nowhere near correlated. Ounce per ounce and gram for gram, some of the most nutritionally vapid food is the most expensive, while some of the most nutritionally dense is the cheapest.
So there’s my rather unhelpful input, but I count on commenters to tell how they budget for optimal nutrition.