Paleo Foods- Conker Fitness- Oakville Gym One of the biggest complaints we hear at Conker Fitness, is that paleo is too expensive! Today we are going to dig in, break it down, and see if in fact there is truth to this complaint! Typically, the paleo diet encourages choices of organic produce and grass fed meats. If you don’t know already, grass fed meat usually ranges around the $5/LB mark. Organic produce is always more expensive than regular produce but for good reason. NO PESTICIDES!!!! Are these the optimal choices? Yes! Are they your only choice? No! If you can afford to eat only organic and grass fed, then knock your socks off! If you cannot, rest assured there is no paleo god that will come down from the heavens above and slap you for staying within your budget. Last time we checked, every grocery store out there sold meat fruit and vegetables along with nuts and seeds. That’s what paleo is right? What about all the processed foods that makes its way into our shopping cart? That’s easily $20-$50 right there you’ll be saving per week, that you can add to the healthy eating fund. Another way of cutting costs while still living the paleo lifestyle is to buy seasonal produce. The following chart maybe helpful to you in determining what is seasonal and what is not, in Ontario. (The following chart was found on http://greenbeltfresh.ca/whats-in-season) January: apples, pears, cabbage, carrots, turnips, beets, onions, parsnips, squash/pumpkin, potatoes, leeks, garlic, mushrooms February: apples, cabbage, carrots, turnips, beets, onions, parsnips, squash/pumpkin, potatoes, leeks, garlic, mushrooms March: apples, cabbage, carrots, turnips, beets, onions, parsnips, squash/pumpkin, potatoes, mushrooms April: apples, cabbage, carrots, turnips, beets, onions, parsnips, mushrooms May: apples, rhubarb, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, spinach, asparagus, baby bokchoy, mushrooms June: apples, rhubarb, cherries, strawberries, baby bokchoy, bokchoy, cucumber (field), peas, snow peas, green beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, radishes, onions, lettuce, radicchio, spinach, asparagus, green onions, garlic, kale, basil, garlic, mushrooms July: plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, baby bokchoy, bok choy, tomatoes (field), sweet corn, cucumber (field), peas, snow peas, green/yellow beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, onions, green onions, celery, lettuce, radicchio, rapini, spinach, peppers (field), potatoes, green onions, zucchini, kale, swiss chard, basil, garlic, mushrooms August: apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, cantaloupe, muskmelon, other melons, baby bokchoy, bok choy, tomatoes (field), sweet corn, cucumber (field), snow peas, green/yellow beans, cabbage, Nappa (Chinese cabbage), cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, radishes, onions, green onions, celery, lettuce, radicchio, rapini, kale, spinach, peppers (field), squash/pumpkin, potatoes, leeks, zucchini, eggplant, swiss chard, basil, garlic, mushrooms September: apples, crabapples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, grapes, cantaloupe, muskmelon, other melons, baby bokchoy, bok choy, tomatoes (field), sweet corn, cucumber (field), snow peas, green/yellow beans, cabbage, Nappa (Chinese cabbage), cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, radishes, onions, green onions, Spanish/red onions, celery, lettuce, rapini, kale, spinach, peppers (field), squash/pumpkin, potatoes, leeks, zucchini, eggplant, swiss chard, basil, garlic, mushrooms October: apples, crabapples, pears, plums, baby bokchoy, bok choy, sweet corn, tomatoes (field), cucumber (field), green beans, cabbage, Nappa (Chinese cabbage), cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, radishes, onions, green onions, Spanish/red onions, celery, lettuce, rapini, kale, spinach, peppers (field), squash/pumpkin, potatoes, leeks, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, swiss chard, basil, garlic, mushrooms November: apples, crabapples, pears, baby bokchoy, bok choy, cabbage, Nappa (Chinese cabbage), cauliflower, brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, radishes, onions, green onions, Spanish/red onions, squash/pumpkin, potatoes, leeks, swiss chard, basil, garlic, mushrooms December: apples, pears, baby bokchoy, bokchoy, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, onions, Spanish/red onions, squash/pumpkin, potatoes, leeks, garlic, mushrooms

Let’s spend a brief minute exploring the “other” category that eats away at our bank accounts, giving us another excuse why we can’t afford to eat healthy. A simple question to ask yourself is, do you own your stuff? Or does your stuff own you? In this day and age we spend so much time (and money) buying the latest and the greatest without questioning the price tag. We have all fallen victim to wanting nice things, but the question remains; would you give it up for a healthier life? Simply put, if you are broke, don’t go shopping at Whole Foods with your Gucci handbag or flashy suit. If eating clean is important, you will find a way to make it happen!