View Full Version : The financial aspect of the raw diet
02-27-2009, 11:48 AM
Are food expenses cheaper for you on the raw diet vs standard diet? I can't fail to notice that meat, eggs and dairy are very expensive.
Eating raw, you don't waste money on heating or frying oils. You'll never use sugar either...
The most important thing is that if raw food is quality food, then it makes you full faster. It's strange that now on my first week of raw, when I am hungry, I feel the need of a juicy apple or another piece of fruit. Then I feel full... and it doesn't seem to be just very temporary... Is it from the fructose that raises blood sugar or maybe that's just what the body wants? For example yesterday I only eat few vegetables and fruits and felt full the whole day...
Fruits and vegetables are cheaper, but the unfortunate fact is that at least in my country there are very high prices for some food... walnuts cost 5 times more than grapefruit for example... olives are the same. Peanuts are 2 times cheaper than walnuts even though they are imports, unlike walnuts.
So is there any financial advantage as well of the raw diet?
02-27-2009, 11:50 AM
You bet! There's also the no cost of doc bills/medication bills.
Plus it's easy to hook up with a local market and get "seconds" cheap or free.
Check this out. This is from one of our members. She wrote a book, complete with recipes on doing Raw frugally:
02-27-2009, 12:07 PM
For me it is lot cheaper than the drive thru fast food places I used to go to quite often. Lord knows (as I do now) the food is better for me.
02-27-2009, 12:16 PM
Monetarily seems to cost.Just dollars.My health priceless.I eat what is more reasonble price which is usually in season produce.
The price of poor health,that costs alot to me. Best in health and life
02-27-2009, 02:30 PM
Raw food is a bargain. Food processing is expensive and the expense grows with every added ingredient. A bunch of bananas will always cost less than a banana cream pie.
Raw Angel Mom
02-27-2009, 02:41 PM
Since i was already eating organic food before, oh good lord this is indeed cheeper for me. First, in time you will eat way less. Then you find trick by bying from your local farmer, and simply pick the food in the wild for free. We eat less gourmet now so the bill did drop also. At first, it will cost because of the appliance and starting to get the nuts, ingredients you need. I now started sprouting and it saves also. I always paid so much on my grocery so i wasn't too much a transition for me. You get more energy form raw food to do the right thing for your health and preparre raw food.
02-27-2009, 02:54 PM
The more greens I eat in my diet, the cheaper it is. Even eating organic, it is much less expensive than SAD. When SAD, I could spend a lot eating out. I do go through spurts where I will order premade raw items (bars, breads, nut mixes, and sweets) and that costs a bit more, but worth it to stay on track.
Our health is priceless!
02-27-2009, 03:40 PM
Yeah...sprouts are cheap...but nuts are seriously expensive, as are super foods, supplements, agave. I think it really depends on what kind of raw food diet you are eating...and what kind of SAD diet you were eating.
Could be cheaper, more expensive or similar.
Over time though....I think it will be cheaper. Not only the increased productivity and viable working years and decreased medical costs...but also, over time you tend to eat simpler, get into growing your own food more and then it's Dirt cheap by any comparison.
02-28-2009, 03:47 AM
It's all in the effort you want to put into the RAW LifeStyle. You can Grow your own, which can be Cheaper, You can Sprout, Cheaper by Far.
02-28-2009, 08:05 AM
Raw has been a little more expensive for me, but I can't go back because of the money........ I wouldn't trade my body's health and well being for a few more dollars in my bank account! :D
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