Here's the scoop:
Our family does better on a primal-esque diet. The Hubby's Type I diabetes finally gets under control and my children's behavior goes from screaming and stubborn to normal. I stop having migraines, acid reflux, and a portion of my anxiety.
We used to be vegan for many reasons, but a big one was animal welfare. Therefore we try to do our best in purchasing humanely raised meats. This can be rather expensive.
Our food budget for 2 adults and 2 young kids can't be more than $300/month, and $200 would be much better. When we buy even the minimum needed we often spend $400/month.
To top it off I'm dealing with adrenal fatigue (self diagnosed, but I'm willing to explain my symptoms to anyone that wants to know).
So everything is conflicting. A cheap diet is one heavy on the carbs, but that's bad for The Hubby's diabetes and my adrenals. We could buy cheaper meat that's CAFO, but that makes me feel icky on the animal welfare front and thinking about all the junk in that meat is extremely off-putting. The money amount really can't budge.
And to top it all off we can't afford much gas for our car, so I can't be driving all over the place looking for deals, and if I take public transportation I can only buy as much as will fit in the back of my giant stroller because I have to take the two kids. So stocking up is hard.
Any advice? I'm pretty sure I can't satisfy every criteria we have...