One of the biggest complaints about Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure diet is that it is expensive to do. I have to say, if you did it exactly by the book (as in the the ACTUAL book - not just the guidelines laid out in the book) that is pretty true. $7 Cereal and breads, soda $1.50 a pop and mail ordered food is pricey. But you CAN do the BFC on a budget, I have been for almost a year.
Most of what I need I can get at the big chain grocery store that sits near everyone. Meat, chicken, bacon, eggs, cheese, celery, zucchini, spinach and a Stevia sweetener. Those are the staples of the BFC (not Clemmy's impossible to find ice cream). Finding low sugar dressings and sauces are a little more work, you just have to dig a little further and consider brands you maybe haven't bought before. Take a little extra time, pass by the "Low Fat" labels and turn around the packaging and read the labels. You will find a brand almost equal to the ones mentioned in the book 95% of the time.
I do go to Whole Foods every now and then, but really only to try things out for the blog. Plus the Husband (the newly minted Vegan of the family) loves all the stuff I bring home from there. When I do, I shop smartly, like when I found Amazing Grass there for 60% off. The Chocolate Teas I love are all found at Whole Foods and seem expense. But when you average them out per bag and consider that they replace a snack, they are a bargain. I hate ordering food off the internet, but for a few items like GG Crispbreads it is really the only way to get them. Usually Amazon has a better deal on Jay Robb protein powder than any store (even with shipping added in).
Instead of Ezekiel cereals and breads, I use Uncle Sams ($2.50 a box at Trader Joes), Shredded Wheat (even cheaper) and a Sprouted Flaxseed bread from Trader Joe's. All great deals, and not a penny more then what I used to spend. I moved my kids to low sugar/no named brand cereals too, and now I can buy them in bulk and I think I actually spend less on them. Costco carries several items great on this diet plan too and I divide up packages when I get home and freeze portions so that don't get wasted and go bad. I truly feel like I grocery shop less and spend less now.
Before I started eating a low sugar diet, I bought conventional foods and not organic for the most part. But that has changed too. I am more conscience of the what my family consumes, where it has been and where it came from. Jorge never talks about it, but is came naturally with the weight loss process. There is only one person left in my family that drinks milk, for example. So even though organic milk costs twice as much, that is okay because we drink about 75% less of it.
I now look at food as an investment in our health and as disease prevention ~ especially diabetes prevention. Typically my kids and I get Strep Throat at least once or (sadly) twice a year and the flu (despite getting the shot, argh). But in the last 11 months we have had none of that, and I am thrilled! Jorge told us at the beginning of class that sugar feeds the common cold and flu, and I totally didn't believe it. But, ummm, I do now.
Foods worth the splurge for me:
Foods worth the splurge for me: