A Vegan-Raw Lifestyle Guide for the Broke and Busy
Changing or improving your lifestyle towards a Vegan/Raw Foods one can seem daunting to many. On the surface, it certainly looks that way. This is our best attempt to help you make the transitions you’re aiming to achieve, more attainable and as stress free as possible. We believe anyone can do it, even when you’re broke and/or busy. We believe that, because we’ve done it. It just takes some planning and some thought. After a little while, it will be second nature to you!
Get educated on which foods will give you the most bang for your buck, and in your area (preferably).
This means not only nutrient density-speaking (which is of utmost importance, in our opinion) but also in volume-speaking. In other words, make a list, whether it’s literally or mentally, in which foods you want to bulk up on, that will provide you with the most nutrition AND be the most filling for you, as well. Hearty foods are great but the key is to eat foods that will fill you up (which can fit into the Hearty category) that are also the most nutritionally dense, while being kind to your budget and also easily and locally available.
If you’re relatively healthy, eating 20-30 bananas a day is not a bad idea, for you and your pocketbook.
We don’t advocate the raw food diets of radicals on Youtube…we feel that there’s no one size fits all. That being said, we encourage you to try eating let’s say, 5-6 bananas in one sitting. See how long you stay full and satisfied. If you can go several hours without being hungry, it’s safe to say that eating raw foods like bananas (or apples or oranges, for example) in bulk, can not only provide a lot of nutrition but also provide a lot of fiber too (keeping you feeling full without heaviness), and also be pretty darn cheap, even if you buy them organic (which is the best idea and choice, if you have a choice). It’s also VERY easy to eat these foods anywhere you are and easy to transport to places like your job. Can’t get any better than that!
We can’t stress enough how important it is to buy organic, if at all possible. Will you be spending a little more? Sometimes but not always! Keep in mind, though, that when you do, you not only will be getting more nutrition, thus getting more for your money, but you will be healthier for the very fact that you won’t be ingesting pesticides and all other ‘-ides’ (chemical poisons). When your body is given the nutrition it needs, you won’t need to eat as much either, so all in all, you won’t be spending much more than if you bought conventional foods, with the added bonus of eating poison-free. Rice, beans and potatoes are also relatively fast to cook and prepare, which can help a lot, if you’re busy. Think Crock Pot, too. 🙂
There’s no doubt about it…buying foods in bulk can help stretch your dollars farther. If you have a small place to live in or a small fridge, at least buy foods like beans and rice…in other words, foods that can be stored without refrigeration and are non perishable, that way you can buy in volume and therefore save some dough. If you must buy canned goods, opt for those that are canned in bpa free cans. When you buy large jars of relatively expensive foods like nut butters, keep in mind that they add flavor and texture to dishes, so it’s a worthy investment. A little goes a long way and they’re also very versatile. Nut butters can be used in sauces and dressings but can also provide a quick snack when paired with apples, bananas and celery, or spread onto breads and crackers.
Be judicious in whatever ‘superfoods’ or supplements you buy.
We believe superfoods and supplements are needed these days, due to the fact that even the best organic foods lack the nutrients once provided by good, healthy soil. By the same token, it’s important to choose wisely, which of these supplements you’re going to invest in, because it is an investment and because some of them provide more nutrients than others. Your individual nutritional needs will also determine which ones your body will benefit from, the most. Having a blood test will help you in deciding which supplements or superfoods will do your body the best. Research into this issue will pay off in the end. And also remember that your body’s needs can change over time, so it’s a good idea to pay attention to any changes that occur that may signal a need in a different nutritional strategy.
We hope this has helped make it clear and simple, that eating a vegan/raw diet doesn’t have to be only for the rich and for people with lots of time on their hands. The biggest key is being well stocked and prepared, as well as finding the best deals that will benefit your body and mind the most.