One of the ways that I live frugally is by eating vegan, a lot-probably 80% of my meals contain no animal products whatsoever. I will eat meat when I go out with friends, and I do occasionally eat eggs or cheese at home (especially when other people come over), but I will never cook meat.
Why I Like to Eat Vegan:
1. It’s good for my health. I totally believe that I can save a lot of money by not getting sick and eating healthily is a huge part of that. Check out this previous post of mine for details: Frugal Living-Don’t Get Sick.
2. My grocery bills are cheaper. Here in Korea, animal products are (thankfully) not subsidized by the government (unlike North America), so they are the price that they should actually be-expensive! It’s much cheaper to eat things like tofu and beans (ordered from Iherb) than a whole bunch of animal products.
3. It makes me feel good. Dairy products and meat make me feel terrible and after a big meal of them, all I usually want to do is sit on my couch and watch TV. But, after a healthy vegan meal I almost always have enough energy to go do something productive.
4. It’s good for the world. Raising animals to eat is very hard on our Earth for many reasons including: waste products getting into water sources, increased antibiotic resistance, and harmful gases getting released into the air, to name just a few. I feel happy when I can reduce my ecological footprint in some way.
5. It’s peaceful. I know this is a little woo-woo, but killing animals in many countries happens in a really violent, disturbing way. I love animals and the inhumane treatment of them doesn’t make me feel happy. Eating them is more than just eating the meat, it’s like eating the violence associated with them as well.
5 Resources to Help you Eat Vegan:
If you’ve been thinking about trying to reduce the amount of animal products in your diet, here are a few resources to help you get started. It actually is easier than you think; give it a try for a month and see how you feel.
1. Green Smoothies. I eat a green smoothie for breakfast every day. It’s so much better to start the day off with: unsweetened soy milk, berries, banana, cucumber, (random in-season fruits), excessive amounts of greens, flax-seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp heart, oatmeal, walnuts, and almonds than a bowl of sugary cereal with milk or a donut. Search on Google for “Green Smoothie” and you’ll find plenty of inspiration.
2. Iherb. This site is amazing if you live in Korea (or the USA). I order around once a month and get all the nuts and seeds for my smoothies, as well as dried beans. Most of the meals that I cook at home contain beans of some kind.
3. Moosewood Restaurant . Moosewood is my favorite source for vegan and vegetarian recipes-always delicious!
4. The Rich Roll Podcast. Rich Roll is a plant-powered long distance athlete and his podcast is inspirational for anyone looking to make some healthy changes in their life.
5. Mind Body Green. This is one of the best websites out there looking to get healthier.