|Pick one from each column to make a paleo meal.|
Of course, that's only true if you think that one stir-fry isn't just like the others. I do. I hadn't realized that there was a concern about this diet being boring until I read that, and now I understand why!
So last night, I opted to cook fried chicken instead. Because it uses a lot of almond flour (ground almonds), it is a lot more expensive, but just as tasty, as breaded lard legs. (Mmmmm . . . . lard . . . )
This is the crux of the truth that I can't get paleo followers to admit -- if you're committed to this diet, it will cost more money to put food on your table, particularly if you don't want to eat yet another stir fry every day. When I have tried to ask direct questions about cost, I get formulas to compare cost per calorie, or a philosophical discussion about the cost of problems like diabetes, which this diet should help me avoid.
The problem with selling me on the long-range benefits is that I still have to spend money on food now, and I still have to enjoy eating food now, because my relationship with food and money are both complex. I don't always eat when I'm hungry, and I don't always have more money to spend now, even if it means saving money later.
I consider this shortcomings even as I watch my wife's weight plummet -- just a week in and she's dropped more than a pound a day. More money on food, and a more tedious variety, are almost certainly worth it for a happier, healthier spouse -- but I wish people would just give me straight information rather than a sales pitch.