An intriguing comment from reader Sally:
Not only is [the Wheat Belly diet] going to make Meatless Mondays a challenge, it's going to make laughably cheap recipes challenging. In fact, I think it pretty much negates the idea that one can eat well cheaply. It does make it expensive to eat well.
This is an insightful statement. Admittedly, it's a generalization, but it sounds "generally" right, doesn't it? Think about it: a Wheat Belly-style diet cuts out gluten and significantly reduces carbs and starchy foods. Which means low-cost staples like rice and pasta--foods central to many of Casual Kitchen's best laughably cheap recipes--will need to be replaced.
And clearly, if you replace these low-cost staple foods with expensive steaks, Boar's Head brand deli meats, pork loin, high-end cheeses, etc., you could easily send your food costs through the roof.
On the other hand, there are exceptions to even the most ironclad of generalizations. We all know, for example, that the widely-held generalization "healthy food costs more" is true in certain instances, but there's such an infinity of counter-examples that I was able to build an entire food blog around the idea of disproving it.
I'm betting the statement "the Wheat Belly diet makes it expensive to eat well" has its own exceptions too.
Readers, that's where you come in. By far the best resource here at Casual Kitchen is my readers' collective brainpower. Today, I want to ask what foods you would choose to meet the demands of a lower-carb diet without breaking the bank. Feel free to refer back to my post on how to follow a Wheat Belly diet, and share whatever examples you can come up with of lower-cost ways to do it.
I'll go first: by switching to eggs at breakfast, the cost of my breakfasts actually went down. A lot. I'm eating breakfast now for one-third of what I would have spent on more traditional breakfast of cereal, fruit and juice, yet I'm getting the same number of calories and I'm full for hours longer. It's a simple but striking example.
So readers: what do you think? How would you find exceptions and contra-examples to this reader's comment, and how would you eat a lower-carb diet without busting your wallet?
Share your thoughts!
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