Why did the tofu cross the road?…to prove he wasn’t chicken.
Happy almost hump day fellow bloggers! We don’t normally start our post this way but Ryan and I are super excited to have reached 50+ followers in our first month blogging. So we want to say thank you for supporting us, for your words of encouragement and tips to get us going. We are here to cheer you on as well!
🙏🙏 Ryan and Lana
Ok, now to get to my thoughts for Tuesday evening!
Over the last few years we’ve heard from a lot of people asking Ryan and I questions about becoming vegan. Some of the most common questions we get….
- “Don’t you miss cheese?”
- “What can you eat?”
- “How do you get your protein?”
- “You can eat shrimp can’t you?” (My mother still regularly asks me this one) Love you Mom!
These questions don’t bother me anymore, I am used to it. In fact I love sharing with curious people what they can in fact eat. But what has really baffled me lately is a few people saying to me, “I could never be vegan, I can’t afford it!” I have heard it so much I had to ask myself, What are they talking about?
Processed Vegan Products
After looking online at some of the vegan products and at our local Whole Foods Store, I think I get where these statements are coming from. Many vegan products are expensive! Those processed products are not what Ryan and I eat most of the time, and if you do, it would be quite expensive!
Food manufacturers are capitalizing on the growing vegan trend by making tons of products that can be labeled vegan. “Vegan” is becoming just the next label on your “gluten-free,” “non-fat,” “low-carb” grocery store isle. Don’t let them fool you!
Veganism is Affordable
If you want to be vegan, regardless of your reasons, you can afford it! And the food you buy doesn’t need a vegan label. The food that Ryan and I live on is incredibly cheap. In fact, if you compare it to other popular diets, a typical western diet, the low-carb diet, or the Mediterranean diet, vegans can eat cheaper than all of them.
Only once in a while will we splurge on something processed, and it’s usually Daiya Cheese. Our vegan diet is basically a whole foods plant based diet. Here is a list of our go to products:
Grains: brown rice, quinoa, oats and barley
Produce: always trying to buy seasonal fruits and veggies, and local when possible.
Legumes: Lentils, split peas, beans, peanuts
Extra firm Tofu and on occasion tempeh.
We make a lot of soup, homemade chili, stir fry, burritos and rice bowls. The most expensive thing we buy: coffee, beer and wine!
Find Support Online
If this topic speaks to you and you want to know more, there are several Facebook Groups for veganism. We belong to several. Here is a list of a few on Facebook; Vegansim, Trying Vegan, Vegan is Peace, Vegans United, even What Broke Vegans Eat.
Regardless of your reasoning for considering a vegan diet, don’t give up! It is just like learning anything else, once you figure it out, it’s easy!
Thanks for reading and showing interest in our family blog!
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