2. How to Buy Real Food on a Budget

Real Food on a Real Budget - Podcast Episode 2

In this Episode, I talk about how to prepare real food on a real budget.

It seems like “real food” is one of those terms that has a hundred meanings on the internet. For the most part, I think all of the “real food” definitions are an improvement of the standard american diet, but I also think it is important to define that term these days.

For me, real food simply means un-processed, non-modified foods in as close to their natural state as possible with a focus on nutrient dense foods. At our house, the bulk of our diet is made up of proteins like grassfed meats and pastured poultry, vegetables, fruit and lots of healthy fats.

In this episode, I cover:

  • Why fat is a more efficient fuel than carbohydrates or proteins
  • Why counting calories is not effective
  • What my typical daily and weekly meal plan template looks like
  • Foods I prioritize when budget is tight
  • Specific foods I consume when pregnant or nursing
  • First foods for baby
  • Foods to avoid during pre-conception, pregnancy and nursing
  • The one food I avoid at all costs – it might not be the one you’d think
  • Supplements I take daily
  • Foods I make sure my children get each day
  • How I get my kids to eat real food without a fight
  • My five tips for eating healthy on a tight budget

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Reader Comments

  1. Katie, I have read that if you have to choose due to budget it is better to have organic meat and dairy that fruit and veg? Do you agree?

  2. In one of your podcasts, I think it was this one, you said you eat about 80g of protein- is that per meal or per day? I weighed a small serving of tongue yesterday and it was 100g… 80grams seems like a small amount for one meal, let alone per day especially if you have having more than one meat meal a day- I wanted to check if I heard correctly. If so, I am eating way too much meat!

  3. Hi there,

    I am a mama of three under four and expecting my fourth. I am looking to transition us to a healthier lifestyle and came across your website and podcast while googling natural remedies for the flu / cold season. I decided to listen to your podcast from the beginning and in this episode, you mentioned a few books… do you have them listed in any references anywhere?

    Jenna Soto

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