A Vegetarian Diet
What Is a Frugal Vegan?
In today's world, many people are adopting a healthier lifestyle, which may include changing their diets by eliminating meat and/or seafood. While this may seem like a great way to also reduce one's grocery bill, more often than not, families may end up spending more on their food than when they were purchasing meat, cheese, fish, milk and eggs. This does not have to happen, and you do not have to shop in specialty food stores in order to get all of your nutritional needs met.
I began eating a plant-based diet six months ago. I had already eliminated chicken, beef and pork, but was still consuming fish and seafood. There is already one vegetarian and one vegan in my household, and I wanted to try a more plant-based diet to determine if I felt better and healthier, while not wiping out our bank account. I refused to change shopping in my favorite store, and I did not want to spend more money in any of the elitist, overcrowded specialty "organic" stores.
After a few months, I found my rhythm. Beginning this process in the spring also allowed me to take advantage of all of the wonderful produce that was in season as well. I was determined to serve meals that we could all enjoy while staying within an established spending pattern. The following are some of my recommendations and observances:
I am enjoying eating a plant-based diet, and my family is reaping the benefits. We have all lost weight, and our cholesterol and sodium levels have decreased dramatically. I find that I plan and make fresh meals and snacks, rather than mixing up some processed box foods. With some preparation and simple recipes, you can eat a more healthful diet without spending any additional money at the store.
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