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Old 09-29-2014, 02:29   #1
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I guess its all in a good cause... I've just come home from Coles (local supermarket, a big chain here in Oz) having spent $170 on my food for the next two weeks. I doubt that it will actually last the two weeks, it wasn't like I bought lots of anything. Tomatoes are currently $8.48 locally (and those are the cheap ones. Roma toms are $9.48), Avocados $3 each (I'd have one every day if I could afford it) meat is somewhere between $20 and $32/kg, fresh veggies are just as bad. I was eating bread before I decided over the weekend that I really MUST do something constructive about my diet, now I know why as people get older they do tend to eat more of that kind of food. When I was doing McDonalds, a few years back, I used to see elderly people in there, having their dinner or lunch and wondered why. Its cheaper to have 3 feeds at McDonald's than it is to eat real food.

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Wow, food is way more expensive in Australia than in the U.S. I am fortunate to live in California which produces about 1/2 of all the nation's fruit, nuts and vegetables. Prices are lower as a result and the quality is excellent. With the severe drought, prices are increasing though.

I wish I had a solution for you! Watch out for the tomatoes as they are higher in carbs!

Can you grow veggies in your yard, patio or community garden? I have a year-round garden, plus orange, lemon, tangerine, and a plum tree in my small town yard. No room to waste on decorative plants! I can not eat all of it, but swap for other thing like avocados!

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I was going to say, eating real food is a lot cheaper than processed food, but seeing your prices, I about fell out of my chair.

I buy Jumbo eggs for $1.40 a dozen, 1 qt heavy whipping cream $2.99, butter $2.99 lb, 56 oz organic coconut oil $13.59, Kale <$1, Romaine lettuce $.99 head, broccoli $.99 lb, bulk thick bacon $2.99 lb, frozen bnls. chicken breast $1.99 lb, 2 lb brick cheese $5.99 ea, creamed cheese $1.19 lb., Salmon $6.99 lb., green onions $.59 bunch, red or green peppers $.39-$.99 ea.

Pretty cheap to eat here, but I complain about prices still. I shop sales, and buy a lot and freeze. I bought about 10 2lb cheese bricks when last on sale. I buy ground beef, sausage and fish and freeze individual portions for months.

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I bought a small jar of coconut oil this morning. I had the choice of refined or organic, same company... $7.x vs $10.x so I bought the cheaper one, 300g. Tomatoes I never go nuts on anymore. I have a couple of slices in a salad, one tom does me for 3-4 days. 2 pints (1200ml) of pure cream was $7.40. I bought those in an effort to avoid milk in coffee. 250gm of Philly cream cheese block $3.94 green capsicums (bell peppers) are currently $5.98/kg. 700gm eggs are $2.99 a dozen. the scotch fillet I bought was $25/kg. I also had to get other things like laundry powder and dishwashing detergent, it all adds up. but the food is definitely ridiculous. I will be heading off to the nearest nursery for some celery, lettuce and tomato seedlings. I wont grow broccoli or cauli... with hypothyroidism, any foods with phaetoestrogens cause awful problems with absorption of the meds. Cant drink soy milk or eat any soy based products. On top of all that, cant have things with sulphites, I've developed a real sensivity to those... so balsamic vinegar and dressings are out. and I love those. Life wasnt meant to be easy, one of our politicians once said.

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Interesting, my prices are comparable to yours. And prices (and selections) in the big city of Atlanta are better than than the same choices in the small city of Asheville. At least you get to enjoy some of the best cheeses and creams and meats ... when I visited last Spring, I was in foodie heaven!

I shop sales, blanch veggies then portion meats & veggies to individual servings and freeze.

One thing. If you decide to go the whole keto-adapted route, the volume of food needed to be satisfied really drops. When fat really is the primary source of calories, many of us find those individual portions we bag and freeze get smaller and smaller.

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gee kyteflyer,those prices are much cheaper than Darwin,unfortunatly I choose to live in the most expensive city in oz.
I go to the local farmers markets on the weekend and stock up on my green's,fresh fish,etc,and my socks(4 pairs for 10 bucks)cant beat that.anyway,i don't let money come into it when after all,its for a good cause,(ME)
welcome to the forum kyteflyer,i don't post very often as iam a very buzy boy,but I do get on here when I can.
greetngs from DARWIN.

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I was going to say, eating real food is a lot cheaper than processed food, but seeing your prices, I about fell out of my chair.

I buy Jumbo eggs for $1.40 a dozen, 1 qt heavy whipping cream $2.99, butter $2.99 lb, 56 oz organic coconut oil $13.59, Kale <$1, Romaine lettuce $.99 head, broccoli $.99 lb, bulk thick bacon $2.99 lb, frozen bnls. chicken breast $1.99 lb, 2 lb brick cheese $5.99 ea, creamed cheese $1.19 lb., Salmon $6.99 lb., green onions $.59 bunch, red or green peppers $.39-$.99 ea.

Pretty cheap to eat here, but I complain about prices still. I shop sales, and buy a lot and freeze. I bought about 10 2lb cheese bricks when last on sale. I buy ground beef, sausage and fish and freeze individual portions for months.
Where do ya'll get all that cheap food

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Uhm ..... radar ..... how many pairs of socks do you eat a day?

You don't want to give Sue the impression we all just sit around munching as many socks as we want!

Anyway, have you looked at the carb content on polyester lately???? I hope you are sticking to pure cotton!

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.........

That is, of course, assuming this is not yet another example of "Two kindred peoples separated only by a common language".

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I bought a small jar of coconut oil this morning. I had the choice of refined or organic, same company... $7.x vs $10.x so I bought the cheaper one, 300g. Tomatoes I never go nuts on anymore. I have a couple of slices in a salad, one tom does me for 3-4 days. 2 pints (1200ml) of pure cream was $7.40. I bought those in an effort to avoid milk in coffee. 250gm of Philly cream cheese block $3.94 green capsicums (bell peppers) are currently $5.98/kg. 700gm eggs are $2.99 a dozen. the scotch fillet I bought was $25/kg. I also had to get other things like laundry powder and dishwashing detergent, it all adds up. but the food is definitely ridiculous. I will be heading off to the nearest nursery for some celery, lettuce and tomato seedlings. I wont grow broccoli or cauli... with hypothyroidism, any foods with phaetoestrogens cause awful problems with absorption of the meds. Cant drink soy milk or eat any soy based products. On top of all that, cant have things with sulphites, I've developed a real sensivity to those... so balsamic vinegar and dressings are out. and I love those. Life wasnt meant to be easy, one of our politicians once said.
Sue,

Have you tested broccoli, cauliflower, or soy? I am allergic to milk and nuts, so I depend on soymilk for my coffee. I have been using it for 20 years and there has been no impact to my thyroid or med absorption. The same goes for the named veggies. I make sure I wait an hour before eating after my morning dose of thyroid hormone replacement.

I know there has been research, but I figured long ago, that if I had to slightly increase my thyroid hormone replacement to compensate for foods that off set it, then so be it. Moderation is key! Besides the list of foods to avoid is long and even includes strawberries which are a treat for LCHF followers. The one thing I would not do is juice. That is just too much of a good thing (concentrated).

Just a thought. I would hate to have you give up cauliflower for life!

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