Contrary to popular belief, being on a plant-based diet is NOT more expensive than being on the usual standard American diet.
This misconception has no real truth to it and common sense will indicate that meat costs much more than plants.
So, this false belief holds no water.
Nevertheless, there are several ways you can be a smarter shopper.
Drops make an ocean and the little amounts you save here and there will add up in the long run.
The first step to getting lower prices will be to shop around and see where you can get the lowest prices.
Check the prices at different supermarkets and see if any one place has better deals than the rest.
If you live in an area that has a farmer’s market nearby, visit it and see if you can get better deals and prices.
Many farmer’s markets usually sell organic produce cheaper than what you can get at the supermarket.
You can even haggle a little and have some fun in the process.
Buy your groceries at the lowest prices while ensuring that the produce is fresh.
Knowing when to go organic
Organic produce usually costs more than non-organic produce.
While there are some extra health benefits to consuming organic foods, if it’s too hard on your budget, you can skip the organic foods and not worry too much about it.
Organic or not, a plant-based diet will still benefit your health.
If you want to get some organic produce, it’s best to buy these foods:
These foods are most susceptible to having pesticide residue on them.
Buying in bulk
If your entire family is on a plant-based diet, check and see if you can get discounts by buying in bulk.
Usually, buying bigger quantities will get you cost savings.
Do remember to take into account how long the produce will last.
There’s no point in getting foods in bulk if they get spoiled before you can consume them.
If You’ve made the change to adopting a plant-based diet.
But the family doesn’t think so, right?
Take a look at our other article to see ways to help your family make a shift as well.
Don’t shop when your stomach is growling
It’s common to buy more foods when you’re hungry.
Always go grocery shopping on a full stomach so that you do not make impulse purchases or buy more food than you need.
Knowing your deals
Sometimes the supermarket may offer deals and special discounts for some foods.
Always check the expiry date of the foods.
Usually, they’re trying to clear stock before it expires.
If you can use up the food before it expires and it’s a good deal, then you can get it.
You may wish to check online and see if there are any deals on Amazon, etc.
These are some of the best ways to cut your costs and save money on the plant-based diet.
You’ll soon discover that all the fresh-produce is usually on the perimeter of the store and that’s really the only place to look.
As long as you avoid the inner aisles, you’ll be less likely to get processed foods.
Besides this, the next best way to cut costs will be to do some container gardening at home and grow your own produce.
It’s very satisfying to eat what you grow and has to be experienced to be understood.
Keeping a Food Journal While on the Plant-Based Diet
A food journal is an excellent way to track your progress when on the plant-based diet.
This is especially true if you’re trying to make a switch from the standard American diet which is unhealthy, to an almost vegetarian one that’s full of benefits.
There are several reasons why having a food journal will help.
Let’s look at what they are.
For starters, with a food journal you do not need to rely on memory or guesswork.
Most people can’t even remember what they ate 2 days ago.
Since you’ll be writing down all the foods you eat, you’ll know at what glance what you’re eating and how much you’re eating.
The journal will hold you accountable too.
You can lie to yourself in your head, but what’s in black and white is undeniable.
If you’re trying to reduce your consumption of meat and notice that your daily records are showing you eating too much meat, there’s a problem there that you need to fix.
If you see too many processed foods popping up, it’s a sign to reduce or eliminate these foods from your diet.
A substitution guide
The best way to gradually adopt the plant-based diet will be to slowly switch out the meat products with plant-based foods.
For example, if you normally have a slice of chicken breast, how about substituting it for some roasted carrots and broccoli.
You may be surprised to see how tasty the roasted veggies are.
A food journal will show you spots in your diet where you can make substitutions and you can about what vegetables can be used to replace the meat you’re eating.
Fried tofu instead of fried chicken and so on.
Tool for self-reflection
Another very important purpose of having a food journal is that it helps you to self-reflect during this journey.
Write down why you want to get on the plant-based diet.
Be as specific and as emotional as possible.
You have to discover the underlying emotional reason for your decision.
This will help to anchor you to your goal when you’re feeling discouraged.
Ask yourself if you like the foods you’re eating.
If you do, that’s great.
If you don’t, then why?
Are the foods bland?
Can you do something about it such as preparing tastier meals?
Another way to understand yourself will be to analyze if you’ve embarked on other diets before.
How did you fare then?
Did you quit?
How long into the diet did you quit?
This will shed light on your habits and you’ll be able to motivate yourself to break through the pattern and keep going instead of throwing in the towel.
The impact the food has on you
Despite being healthier, different vegetables will impact you in different ways.
Many people do not even realize that they’re allergic to some foods because there is no outward manifestation of symptoms.
However, your mood may be off or you don’t feel good or experience lethargy.
There may seem to be no explanation for why you’re not feeling good, but it could be that some foods don’t agree with you.
So, record down how you feel every morning.
This will tell you how the foods you ate the previous day affected you.
If you work up feeling energetic, the vegetables you ate are ideal for your body.
If you woke up in a tired state, etc. it could be that you may be mildly ‘allergic’ to some of the foods you ate.
Now it’s just a process of elimination to find out which vegetable or fruit doesn’t agree with your body.
By now you’ll realize that having a food journal to monitor your plant-based diet is a great way to achieve emotional and physical wellness.
Start one today and be detailed with it.
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