Is Eating Raw Till 4 Expensive?
I see a lot of talk, and get a lot of questions from others, saying that eating raw till 4 is expensive. This is one of those questions that makes me shake my head. Eating raw fruit shouldn’t be any more expensive than eating processed crap. And it isn’t. Most times.
Yes, organic fruits and vegetables can be pretty expensive relative to conventional and gmo produce. I’ll give you that. However, I am starting to see a trend towards sales on organic produce in local grocery chain stores! Every week there seems to be more sales on organic fruits and veggies. When you see a good sale, buy it up big! No excuses.
I’ll admit, I don’t always buy everything organic, as it can really add up. Here’s a list of things I don’t buy organic, and usually buy in bulk at BJ’s, which is like Costco:
- Bananas (they do have organic bananas, but I don’t trust foreign countries to police organic growers)
- Frozen Mango
- Frozen Blueberries
Here’s a small list of things I ALWAYS buy Organic:
- Sweet Potatoes
The great thing about the Raw Till 4 program is that you can focus on mono meals for your breakfast and lunch. I personally LOVE banana smoothies, with a few dates, maybe some pineapple and an orange, and of course, 2 cups of spinach. None of these cost a lot per meal! If you like bananas like I do, your daily food costs go down like a rock.
You can swap in different fruits to your meals, depending on season. So sometimes Mango’s are super cheap so buy and eat a ton of those. Other times of year, cantaloupe is cheap. Eat that. You get the idea, just stock up on the cheapest produce of the day. Bananas are cheap year round so of course they are MY staple.
If you get an exceptional deal on a fruit or veggie, buy tons and freeze whatever you can’t eat before it spoils.
Buy pastas and rice in bulk when on sale at your local grocer, AND always check Amazon for pastas and rice, for great prices and free shipping. I buy this Organic Gluten Free Corn pasta all the time.
What It Cost Yesterday on Raw Till 4 Program
6 Banana Smoothie with 1 navel orange, 2 medjool dates, 1 c pineapple, 2 cups spinach
7 Banana Smoothie with 4 dates and 4 large strawberries
3 cups of watermelon
RT4 Cooked Dinner
1.5 cups corn pasta, 14 oz crushed tomatoes, 1 zucchini, 1 corn on cob, 1/4 red pepper, green salad
Total Cost: $10.79
So, is eating Raw Till 4 expensive?
Adding up the above meal costs, this day my total food cost was only $10.79. I ate a large volume of food, and calories, was always full, and never craving any sweets. Unless you’re eating a can of tuna for breakfast, lunch and dinner I don’t think you can eat for less than $10.79.
Picture of above list for pinterest.
I realize not everyone likes bananas, and even if they do, they may not like bananas for breakfast and lunch EVERY day. So you mix it up with mango’s or some other favorite fruit. Mangoes will certainly raise the cost of your breakfast up, unless you live in a mango producing area!
I would love to see how much it is costing you to eat. Go ahead and share your Raw Till 4 food expenses on our Facebook page.