I have been fascinated by the food experiments of the frugalistas. You know, where they try to eat for 1 or 2 dollars a day. Check out these inspiring posts here and here.
Yes, people do eat for under a dollar a day, but can it only be done by eating ramen noodles and tons of brown rice? Can it be done with a paleo diet?
This week, I wrote a list, "the things that bug me about paleo" and I plan to do a couple of blogposts about them. Mostly statistical and research topics, but one has been really gnawing at me for awhile.
It seems like the paleosphere is populated with mostly young, hip, tech-savvy city folks who know how to buy grass-fed beef at Whole Foods or know how to pick up pastured eggs at the local farmer's market, but they couldn't grow or find a radish from the ground if their life depended on it, and would probably use their GPS to try. Not that I am against technology and all that, but c'mon! There is this tendency to throw money at things: giant pickling crocks, fitbits, deep freezers for that side of beef, kettleballs in every size, additional gym memberships, supplements for every condition or ailment. There is also this tendency to look down on those who do not have the means to get a thousand dollars worth of hormone testing every quarter or a brushed stainless steel beef tongue slicer.
I am not against being young either, just against people being clueless. Is paleo just for the elite? Do we really expect that people wondering if they can pay their basic bills in our restructured economy will pay 8 dollars a pound for hamburger flown in from New Zealand? Can we do this another way? A more inclusive way? A more eco way?
I have decided that given what I now know about nutrition and my own situation, it would be foolhardy to attempt to eat paleo for under a dollar a day, so I am going to shoot for one hundred dollars for the month. I'll be keeping track of the food I eat somewhere else, just to make sure I am getting the stuff my body needs.