One of the major 'excuses' for someone starting CrossFit and NOT transitioning to a Healthy Diet is...ITS TOO EXPENSIVE TOO EAT HEATHLY. Wanna Bet???
I am a very fortunate man. My wife and part time CrossFit 818 Coach, Annie Mello, does most of the shopping and cooking in our house, ahhh actually she does ALL OF IT :-D
Last week she accomplished something pretty darn significant; She purchased over a $140 worth of groceries for the week (which is normal for us), but when her final bill ran in, her total was $69! Yep, she saved more money than she spent! We have over a week's worth of Paleo'ish food for less than $70. And believe it or not, it's not anything fancy, or something that is so advanced that you would not be able to duplicate. Below is a piece of her post on how to save at the store and keep your wallet FAT :-) It is a simple system that she has developed over the years and its here for you step by step.
First, look for coupons; if you are not a coupon cutter no worries: Grab a coupon flyer when you walk into the store, look through it quickly and see what you need that is on special.
Second: Get the store brand i.e. whole foods brand, Hyvee brand, Ralphs, Trader Joes, Target, etc… They are usually much cheaper and taste just as good if not better, but you are just not paying for the Logo!
Third: Always, always, did I say Always, get the in store specials. Like Protein bars that are ten for ten, or waters 5 for 5. Buy one get one free. 9 out of 10 times when I go through the meat section there is discounted meat that has an expiration date of two days from now or the next day, and if I am not planning on using it I will just put it in the freezer.
Fourth: Buy in Bulk (sometimes)….Bigger is not always better! But, I have come to find out what items are cheaper when you buy them at your local Sams or Costco. Peanut butter, salsa, eggs, almond milk, nuts, jerky, larabars. You have to watch for fruit, veggies, and meats (sometimes they are a lot cheaper other times not at all). The only problem sometimes is storage, but if storage is not an issue this is the way to go!
Fifth: Don’t buy things already done for you, like pre cut veggies, pre cut fruit, kabobs, etc… buy them separately and take the extra time to cut them and your bank account will thank you!
Six and Last: Shop on the outside of the store and do not go down the aisles. What we as Americans spend the most money on is PROCESSED FOOD. This food does absolutely nothing for us, and is putting a huge hole in the wallet. The outside of the store is where all the nutritional goodness is placed, so don’t stray and your wallet will thank you!
For the full post click HERE
For the Part 2 version click HERE
If you are also interested in recipes, motivation, or anything FITness related she has a ton of great posts to look through and be empowered.
5 rounds for time of:
10 Front Squats (135/95)
10 Wall Balls
Posted by Chris.