Yes. I watched What the Health on Netflix…and yes, it’s what got me into testing out the vegetarian lifestyle (not vegan). I must say, so far, it has not been bad at all.
But what actually sparked my interest in eating clean was coming across a guest post written by Paige, a blogger over at Modern Merfolk. She is a Certified Nurse Anesthetist who is vegan and has some really good points to share about eating plant-based foods. Make sure to read her about me section, it’s great*.
As for her guest post, you can check out that post here.
The combination of these two has greatly impacted my decision to start eating clean.
Vegan vs. Vegetarian
Now, vegan is completely different than a Vegetarian. To break it down in simple terms for you, vegans eat NO animal products or anything derived from an animal. This includes the exclusion of eggs and dairy products.
Vegetarians, much like vegans, do not eat any animal flesh (muscle tissue). This includes the exclusion of animals from land, sea, and air. However, they do tend to eat eggs, butter, and other dairy products.
I have been testing out the vegetarian lifestyle for nearly three weeks now and I can honestly say that what I used to think about those who exclude meat no longer apply anymore. With that said, I am going to share with you how becoming a vegetarian can potentially help your grocery budget, I know it has helped mine:
These opinions are my own. No way am I trying to convince others that going vegetarian is the “thing” to do.
You Can Save a Ton of Money
Omitting the purchase of meat products from your grocery budget can save you a good chunk of money over time. During my last three grocery shopping trips, I saved on average about $20 each time. All the while, my family is fed and kept well-nourished.
In a previous post, I shared with you why I choose to shop at discounted grocery markets for my food purchases. Well, this same market is actually pretty big on organic food items. Knowing that I can do away with meat products, invest in organic produce and still save on my grocery budget is huge.
You Simply Feel Healthier
I can honestly say that my gut (literally) feels ten times better. since giving up meat.
Loading on on vegetables, grains, and fruits seemed to settle any normal “upset” that I experienced while eating burgers, corn dogs, or a good piece of chicken. Do I miss it? Most definitely. Especially when my family from out f town decides to take a trip down to a local Jamaican restaurant.
All I wanted was some Ox-Tail and a Jamaican Beef Patty. Instead, I opted for the Curried Veggies…which actually curbed my appetite!
So I guess what I am trying to say, is that vegetables can be your “meat”. Load it up with your favorite spices and you are all good to go!
You Will Probably Eat Out Less
Loading up on tons of produce means you only have so much time to prepare them before they go bad. So eating out is likely not in your best interest.
The likelihood of you preparing an awesome vegetarian dish at home for a third of the price what you would spend in a restaurant is very likely. I turn to the crockpot, toss in a few vegetables, some broth, spices, and let it cook for a few hours.
If you are running into food preparation road blocks, I highly recommend the following vegetarian/vegan food blogs:
- Oh She Glows – Vegan recipes which are plant based, free of dairy, soy, and processed foods. I love getting my ideas from her blog! Check it out!
- Modern Merfolk – I opened up this post mentioning Paige’s site. Also vegan, Paige goes into other topics of interest such as saving money and living minimally.
- Oh My Veggies – The vegetarian/vegan blog is full of flavor! From savory dishes to cool crunchy salads, this blog seems to have it all.
Would you ever consider going vegan or vegetarian?
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