We are. My husband and I are BOTH doing the challenge and my daughters are also consuming the foods we eat, when at home. I want them to share in our experience and be a part of what we are doing. BUT good lawd… these girls can eat and it can get expensive!
I’ve been thinking about this, as well as having discussions about the cost. It’s a fact, it DOES cost more to buy Whole 30 compliant foods. But remember it is only forty-five days. It is temporary. True, but what if I want to make it a lifestyle I can live with 90% of the time?
Here are some things to consider:
Those are a few tangible suggestions, now here are a few not to tangible considerations:
My husband is actually hungry – all the time! He has a lot of things working for him. He is an "off" shifter, so his sleep is always messed up and sleep messes with hunger hormones. He is about 40% muscle and 15% body fat (I'm not proud ;) ), so with all that mass, he has a relatively fast metabolism. The man needs to eat! And he needs to eat to not only sustain his muscle mass, but he’d like to build more (like he REALLY needs to add to all that buffness? I know!). So our solution for him is a lot of starchy potatoes, cooked a ton of different ways. They are both fairly reasonable in price and you get a lot of them. He also consumes a homemade trail mix consisting of approved raisins, coconut and almonds (any nut will do).
We are still working on the best way to allow this lifestyle to fit our budget, because it is SO WORTH IT for us to eat this way. We enjoy the energy, feeling good, improved moods, and libido boost that has come with this challenge. Who would want to let that go?! It’s becoming my personal mission to seek out more affordable ways to better live this lifestyle, because it is just plain good!
If you have suggestions, please let us know, we’re all trying to figure this out together!