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Expensive?

#1
I have now ordered my Atkins book, the carb calculator and the recipe book from Amazon.

However obviously I know we have to eat a lot of meat and fish on this diet I wondered how expensive this might become.

I know money doesnt exchange for being healthy but I'm a student and need to try and keep costs a little lower. So no sirloin for me :)


Anyone have any tips on keeping costs down?

Or an idea of how much more you really have to pay to buy the right foods. I know from when I was eating healthily the fruit costs a bomb but thats life you cant avoid it.

Thanks
Cherise x
 
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StephenP

Mines a V&T Please
#2
pork belly
chicken thighs
low carb sausage
fish

greens aldi/lidil 39p for a cabbage

depends on the food you like
 

athenagold

Carbs are Evil
#3
I don't find my shop anymore expensive. I shop at asda and they always have a range of meats and fish in a 3 for £10 deal. I then just split the packs into portions in freezer bags and defrost on the day I need them. I wouldn't say you eat loads of meat/fish, you just have to incorporate it into every meal so not necessarily massive portions. You can also get tins of tuna that aren't too expensive x
 
#4
oh i eat any meat really, apart from like pigeon and stuff. Turkey, Mince, All kinds of cow, pork, lamb, chicken, goat :D It's like a dream. !
 

TRISTAR

Silver Member
#7
Iceland and various other places sell bags of frozen chicken pieces, that you just throw in a pan. They are really cheap
 
#8
Thanks guys,

We have a Lidl here so that's good, a Somerfield but since they joined Co-Op i find it a bit more expensive...and then a Waitrose..which isn't as expensive as I thought if you stick to the essentials range or have a browse in the reduced products section.

Stephen I love cooking, don't really do ready meals. My downfall is chocolate, biscuits and things like that. I need to learn how to make omlettes properly though, they seem to hate me :(
 

StephenP

Mines a V&T Please
#9
egg yes get through 30 a week me and the mrs, what i was trying to say plan is the word do you work? would suggest buying a good omlette pan, i love to cook to wife does not.
 
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#10
I don't work I'm at uni so it's pretty easy to cook if I do it around lectures and things, which are only 8 hours a week so it really isn't that hard.

I think I ordered the wrong book though, I got the one from 2003 by Dr. Atkins and not the new one written by 3 people...is that ok ??
 

athenagold

Carbs are Evil
#11
Either book is ok, I read the new book, it isn't as strict as the old one but both work just as well x
 
#13
Just to add or reiterate the others posts, I go to Iceland for veg and to the butchers for meat (unless Asda's 3 for 10 is more appealing, in that case I do exactly as AthenaGold does), Asda or market for fish. I stock up on Tuna when it's on offer too.

Look for offers and go with it woman, you'll enjoy yourself.

My 2 wee tips - 1) buy frozen onions and frozen mushrooms (if you like them of course)-dead easy to throw in the pan with a couple of eggs or whatever protein portion you're having if you're in a hurry or too hungry to wait. ;)

2) Bacon lardons for salad garnish -yummeeee. :D
 
#14
WHy not do a quick mock shop on Asda's site to see if it gives you an idea of the cost. I reckon you'll get away with no more than £30 quid a week.

 
#15
Lidl round here always have loads of bargains in the meat department, and they do great low carb sausages.
 
#16
Oh thank you everyone for all your tips, we don't have an Asda local but I assume Lidl will do some of those frozen veg...I could probably drive to Asda or get the bus for when my mum finishes work and grab a lift back with her.

I'm excited to eat again, I'm a bit scared to start this obviously because of my Exante but I was good last night and had two of those products and a chicken salad with just an olive oil dressing. Will see what there is in the cupboards to have tonight....by the end of the week I think I will try and introduce two meals maybe and then end of next week three meals. I'm just worried about the quantities of cream and butter. I know they are essential but I wonder if it will add all those lbs back on.!

It's a scary thing :) Also is there a website that converts these american weights. ? Because I was simple enough to think cup meant literally a cup but it obviously doesn't.

Sorry to keep pestering you all, your help is really appreciated xx
 
#17
I used a Standard English Coffee mug as my measure during induct love. That's about the same.
 


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