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Old 07-15-2009, 12:20 AM   #1
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Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

There have been many threads on Paleo/Zone eating in college. My question is, given limited funds for buying the best foods, where should one spend a little extra and get the good stuff and where can one cheap out and get generic super market food?

Should someone buy grass-fed beef if it means they have to buy generic eggs?

Is it better to have organic produce and have to go a little cheaper on meat? Or the other way around?

Basically where is the best bang for the buck.
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:16 AM   #2
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

I would personally tend toward spending the money on good meat and eggs and dairy, and do the best you can on the fruit and veg, for a couple of reasons.
You get more bang for your buck nutritionally speaking, from quality fat and protein than you will from the best quality fruit and veg(carbohydrates). So the money is better spent there.

You may find yourself in a bit of a dilemma with the fruit and veg, though.
Unless you buy organic you are guaranteed a sh*tload of poisons have been applied pre-, and sometimes post-harvest, on said produce, in particular leafy greens and fruits you don't peel before eating.

Look outside the supermarket paradigm and visit farmers markets, pool money together with friends and do a weekend drive into the country to visit farms and roadside stalls for your weekly fruit and veg supplies, grow your own where possible..... even suburban backyards in older areas will have fruit trees that aren't sprayed and the owners might not mind you asking for some figs, apples, peaches, whatever. Pooling resources and buying in bulk once a week is a cheap way of doing things if you have like minded friends.
And obviously look for organic or spray-free
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:28 AM   #3
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

If you need to pick and choose, some foods are more important than others. Check out this list and here (both w/fs) for examples. Basically anything that grows above ground and you eat the entire thing (including skin) is more susceptible to collecting pesticides so those should be replaced first. But things like onions and avocados are never really a concern, at least when it comes to pesticide...
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:17 AM   #4
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

Wow, thanks for the help guys.

Justin, there is a farmers market downtown that I try to visit for good produce, but during the winter months it can be difficult.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:22 AM   #5
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

Buy whole chickens and pork butts, seriously cheap stuff and very tasty (especially the pork); cook them in the oven or crockpot. Where I am, the pork butt from Sam's Club costs me $1.59/lb and chicken from Wegman's is $0.75/lb. Granted it's not grassfed, but it works.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:12 PM   #6
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

As already stated.......go for high quality protein first.

I used to go up to WYoming to get beef right from the source....$2/lb for grassfed anything

If you do your homework you can get everything on the cheap.....farmer's markets....you can volunteer at many farms for five hours a week and get all your organic veggies for free....you can get a bunch of friends and buy organic nuts in bulk....etc...etc.

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Old 07-15-2009, 02:49 PM   #7
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

Mike, I'm actually going to CU right now. Any personalized recommendations for the Boulder area?
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:56 PM   #8
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

1. Vitamin cottage
2. Vitamin cottage
3. Farmer's market......go at the last hour and haggle
4. You can pound a lot of protein in the form of oysters at Jax happy hour
5. whole foods is expensive for most things, but you can get liver, pork shoulder steaks, and other random stuff for real cheap.

I usually order a ****load of salmon from alaska, and a whole grassfed cow, both in september.....salmon's like $6/lb, and beef is $2-3....I can get you in on some of that if you want-
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

I just got out of CU, integrative physiology.......x1000
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Re: Paleo in college, what has to be organic and where can money be saved

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1. Vitamin cottage
2. Vitamin cottage
3. Farmer's market......go at the last hour and haggle
4. You can pound a lot of protein in the form of oysters at Jax happy hour
5. whole foods is expensive for most things, but you can get liver, pork shoulder steaks, and other random stuff for real cheap.

I usually order a ****load of salmon from alaska, and a whole grassfed cow, both in september.....salmon's like $6/lb, and beef is $2-3....I can get you in on some of that if you want-
I'm very interested in getting in on some of that. Thanks for the advice.

I'm doing a double in Economics and Math, should finish next December.
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