Dr. Amy Myers Autoimmune Solution, Paleo

Cost of Groceries on the Autoimmune Protocol, Part 2


The first week and a half cost about $400 (to feed a family of 9). You can check part 1 for more details. At the week and a half mark, I stocked up on meat that was on sale. Now, I buy grass fed beef from a local farmer, but I had decided I could not afford to afford to buy my meat organic (we do grow our chickens in the Summer, but we ran out).

Here is my receipt:

It comes out to about $10 in produce and $80 in meat. Now, I was operating under the premise that factory farming in Canada is not as bad as in the States (I don’t know why I was under this impression). I did some research on the Internet (I should have done that beforehand) and discovered that it is in fact pretty horrible. I decided I would no longer purchase meat unless it is certified organic. Now, I realize that organic does guarantee perfect conditions for the animals, but it is a huge improvement and what else can I do if  I want to go on with this experiment? So, I will have meatless breakfast and lunches and meat for dinner from now on. The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott offers a menu plan with meatless lunches and I will have a green smoothie for breakfast.

At the 2 week mark, I did the last half of my shopping:

I spent about $1000 dollars, some of it not specifically for the protocol. I spent about $160 in produce at Costco (includes lots of frozen fruits and veggies), about $60 at Walmart and $100 at Freshco. Meat cost me about $250 at all three stores and condiments cost about $100 (all the oils and coconut milk for instance). On top of all this, I bought coconut flour, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos among other things and that cost about $100. Add another $60 for palm shortening and coconut butter.

Now, before I add up the totals for the month, keep in mind that I live in Ontario. Here food costs more than in the States (that is why I posted the receipts, people can compare for themselves to what they are used to paying). Also, right now, the exchange rate is very bad for us in Canada, that also makes our situation worst.

Here we go, to eat on the autoimmune protocol this month, and feed a family of 9, I spent $430 in produce and $400 in meat (not including beef). Oils, flours, coconut milk and all the condiments cost another $300 or so. The total for the bare essentials then would then be a little less than $1100. But I spent about $300 more in things that are not included in the protocol, like sourdough bread, peanut butter, cheese, etc.

This amount seems to be not any more than I am used to spending. I will keep writing these overviews on my spending each month and we will see what the next few months cost, but so far, I feel that this amount is not any more than usual.




Dr. Amy Myers Autoimmune Solution, Paleo

Cost of Groceries on the Autoimmune Protocol, Part 1

I have to feed a family of 9, so groceries are a huge part of our budget. For that reason, I had often felt that any type of paleo approach would be too expensive for us. Now, since I have committed to eat on the autoimmune protocol for one month, I thought keeping track of the cost of food would be a helpful exercise.

This week, the total cost of my groceries was $300. Now, keep in mind I didn’t have to buy beef, since I purchased a quarter of grass fed beef in the Fall. I also had a good supply of frozen organic berries, broccoli and cauliflower.

If you look at my receipt, you will notice that some items are not allowed on the autoimmune protocol. It’s simply because, although my children eat the same meals that I do, I let them eat snacks comprising other whole foods that I can’t have.

Here is a general breakdown of the cost: about $95 on produce, $70 on meat, $18 on olive oil and $15 on coconut milk. I have only $200 to spend next week, so it looks like my children won’t be getting as many treats 🙂