Can I afford a low carb lifestyle?
A low carb lifestyle can have many benefits for your health – weight loss, improve blood glucose control and even remission from type 2 diabetes. Many people following the lifestyle also say they love that they can eat delicious foods such as cheese, cream and steak. So, what’s the catch?
Some may feel that a low carb lifestyle is expensive, but this isn’t true. In this blog we’ll share some suggestions for how you can feel the benefits of a low carb lifestyle, without breaking the bank.
Draft a budget
Many of us may already have a budget for a weekly shop, but if you don’t, it might be a good idea to calculate a rough estimate of how much you spend on food each week. Make a shopping list before you head to the supermarket and aim to stick to it. Plus, see what’s in your cupboards and fridge beforehand to help prevent food wastage.
Making some simple swaps can make your weekly food shop a lot cheaper. For example, swap fresh fish for tinned or buying cheaper cuts of meat such as chicken thighs or pork belly. Bulk buying food you plan on using regularly, such as eggs for example, can also make help you to save money in the long-term.
Choose simple meals
Meals don’t have to be complicated to make – you can make delicious meals using only a few key ingredients. You might find it helpful to think of meals you enjoy eating and then see how you can make use of simple carb swaps. For example, using courgetti instead of spaghetti when preparing spaghetti Bolognese.
You can find more suggestions for how you can make low carb even cheaper when you join the Low Carb Program.