When it comes to health, I would rather spend money on high quality food and supplements now than pay for expensive medical bills later. Of course, you might think this quite an idealistic view but I truly believe that by eating the right foods, we can considerably reduce our risk of illness and disease.
It’s common for people to be put off changing their lifestyle due to insufficient time or funds. However, there are no excuses when it comes to a high fat, low carb diet. Admittedly, some foods recommended on a ketogenic diet are on the pricey side, such as wild sockeye salmon or grass-fed/finished steak. Obviously, I would revel in the opportunity to eat a succulent, grass-fed fillet steak two or three times a week but, at the moment, the cost is too high. I want to support the kind of farming that upholds the highest animal welfare, with animals grazing on luscious, green pastures whilst receiving optimal care from independent farmers. This type of farming is better for the animals, better for the environment, the farmers, and for you1. If that guarantee means paying more for my meat, then I will happily compromise and eat it less frequently.
That being said, not all high quality meat is expensive. In fact, the price of organic, grass-fed/finished beef or lamb mince is the same as the cost of some supermarket mince. The difference? On one hand you have meat which is higher in omega 3 fats, antioxidants, saturated fats, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and TVA (trans-vaccenic acid), on the other you have, well, the opposite2 3.
Sardines! An incredibly cost-effective staple. Due to their location on the food chain, they are less likely to contain concentrated amounts of heavy-metals, such as mercury, than a lot of other fish. This restores piece to my mind when I’m considering eating them for the second time in a day; and, at about 40p per can, I see no reason not to. They are a fast way to pack in an array of essential nutrients which boost both brain and body performance and they taste delicious.
When it comes to vegetables, I try to eat organic whenever I can as high levels of pesticides can be found on a lot of non-organic produce, such as kale. The Environmental Working Group has formulated a useful list, The Dirty Dozen4. This states the fruit and vegetables which contain the most pesticides. Again, the price of organic produce is higher but more beneficial in the long run.
Top tip: Organic produce can be cheaper from a local market than the supermarket, so it’s worth shopping around for the best price.