EAST BAY RAW: Raw & Vegan Food & Health Message Board › The Oakland Raw Food Meetup Group Discussion Forum › 8 More ways to save while on a Raw Food Diet
One of our new members asked if a raw food diet was cheaper than a cooked vegetarian and vegan diet. For any of you has an opinion on this, please respond- But as you know I've been hoping we can form a co-op and find ways to make it cheaper for us to stay on a raw food diet.
Here are some tips from writer of the LIve Food Factor. Let me know if you'd like me to forward her entire e-mail. Susan Schenck firstname.lastname@example.org
8 More Ways to Save while on a Raw Food Diet
1. Ask local farmers if you can trade something for food. Trade labor, or services or goods. Bartering is the wave of the future, though the IRS may not like it.
2. Make everything from scratch. Processed, prepackaged foods are not good for you anyway. Learn to love whole foods, and you will not only save money, but be healthier.
3. Eat less! Studies have shown that we live much longer if we gradually reduce our caloric intake by 30%, yet consume food very rich in nutrients. You can live on a lot less food than what you think, and eating healthful food actually decrease your appetite. When you eat cooked, processed and/or junk food, your body is starving for nutrients and you are never really satisfied.
4. Go to the supermarkets and ask them to give you what they throw out. I know some people who dumpster dive at grocery store, preferring to eat fresh produce that has reached its expiration date and is tossed in a trash bin than to eat cheap cooked food. I don't blame them, but there is an easier way. Many of the stores routinely toss perfectly good produce because it has bruises or is somehow not picture-perfect. Ask when you could pick these items up before they get tossed.
5. Join co-ops. Local food co-ops offer quality food at lower prices than supermarkets. You can buy organic and sustainable foods, foods in bulk,
6. Buy in bulk. Buying in large quantities is almost always cheaper. Nuts, seeds, and fruits can be bought in bulk and stored in the freezer. Grains, lentils and beans last a long time in sealed containers. Ask you grocer for discounts for buying food by the case, then split it with your friends or neighbors.
7. Join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Go to www.biodynamics.com
to find where your local CSA is. On their site they explain, "CSA is about community. CSAs are frequently formed by farmers, but a number have been
formed by consumers. CSAs offer opportunities for people to meet in a different way and address important community issues. Some CSAs make sure that the CSA initiative does not exclude low-income families through its pricing policies. For example, several CSAs are organized as part of regional food banks, and at least one CSA offers employment for homeless individuals. Another CSA, formed by a church group, links suburban and inner-city residents. Many CSAs take on the task of helping to re-educate us all in how to shift our diets to include more fresh produce when it is in season and how to store or preserve for winter months. Some CSAs also take on composting shareholders' food scraps."
8. Don't throw any food away! When fruits or vegetables look like they aren't being eaten in time, dehydrate them till they are perfectly dry and they will last much longer in an airtight container. The dried fruits can be used in trail mix, while the dried vegetables can garnish a salad or be used in a soup. If you get a temperature- controlled dehydrator, you can maintain the enzymes and nutrients by not going above 118 F. Also don't discard carrot tops, beet tops, weeds, and greens from the bottom of cauliflower. All of these are rich in minerals and can be used in soups, salads or smoothies. Pulp from juiced fruits and vegetables can be mixed with seeds to make crackers in a dehydrator. Anything inedible, such as a banana peel, can be composted in a small bin to enrich the soil used for growing food.