After 4 months on the Bernstein diet, I finally realized (duh) in the grocery store this weekend that I only shop the perimeter to buy the items that I can eat. Of course, that’s what any nutritionist would recommend for the general public, given that the perimeter is where you find the most nutritionally-dense food. However, I also realized that my grocery bill is always very expensive, much more so than before starting the diet…I only got 3 small bags of groceries this weekend and it was $85! It’s all the veggies and meat that are so expensive and rack up the totals on my bill. Just getting philisophical here, but it seems to me that following the Bernstein diet, although wonderful for my blood sugars, hits hard financially. It certainly would be tough for those struggling financially to follow this diet successfully. I’m looking forward so much to summer when I can grow these veggies in my garden and also join my local CSA to get LOTS of these veggies for less. I’m in Vermont, though, where the growing season is, like, a day long. Seriously.
Also frustrating is that the cheap veggies seem to be the no-nos for us, e.g. potatoes, carrots.