Curious how we do Whole30 on a tight budget with a large family (8 kids!)? It’s easier than you think. Because my 2017 resolution is to tithe (give 10% of our gross income to the church), our budget is much tighter than usual. One thing I learned when I did my first Whole30 several months ago was that even if you don’t utilize all organic, raw, grass-fed, or free range ingredients in your meals, you still reap the benefits of Whole30. After the initial flu-like symptoms of sugar and caffeine withdrawal, plus my body freaking out over the change in fuel sources (no starchy grains to rely on!), I noticed a huge increase in energy and my long-term foggy brain cleared right up! I had already see an improvement when I started taking Plexus supplements (the multivitamin and probiotic) a couple of months earlier. Changing to a Whole30 lifestyle seemed to multiply the improvements in my health exponentially! Over the holidays I fell off the Whole30 wagon; I am super-excited to jump back on. And this time, with friends!
Here’s my plan: This time around, I won’t be using all conventional ingredients and NO specialty ingredients, unless they happen to be on sale at one of my favorite grocery stores. Sticking with what you would normally buy is essential to doing Whole30 on a budget. I buy most of our food in bulk at the closest warehouse grocery store, Sam’s Club. Whatever I can’t find at Sam’s, I buy at our local grocery store, HEB. Here are my grocery lists. If I have time, I will order and pick up produce from a local farm. Because of sick kiddos, I haven’t had the brain power or time to put in an order. I will be sticking with Sam’s and HEB this time around.
Although we have chickens here at home that provide most of our eggs, I am going to pick up some extra eggs at HEB because we will be eating so many more!
I don’t expect to spend more than $300 each week while we do Whole30. I’ll let you know how we do!