My mom asked me if being vegan made it easier to navigate through the grocery store since I go through less aisles. And the answer is YES. Although I hadn't realized it until she asked me.
When I was vegetarian, yah sure trips to the grocery store were a little faster but I never thought twice about it. Now that I don't eat meat, eggs or dairy I feel like i'm on easy street.
We only go through about 3 or 4 aisles which includes dog food, toilet paper and all of our food. That's pretty good considering our grocery store is 2 stories. (Fred Meyer)
Some people think that eating vegan means depriving yourself. Of what? Nasty toxic food that is cruel and rapidly destroying our planet. Some even consider raising vegan to be child abuse..... um child abuse, really? See the previous sentence.
I am not losing anything by living plant based, I gain time, health, opportunity, deeper connection with all living things and peace of mind. I have dramatically reduced my carbon footprint, lost all my baby weight, am no longer riddled with confliction and guilt.
Oh yah and I have, statistically, saved 8 animal lives in the 9 months that I have been vegan. So ok, there's some loss there. Some loss of suffering in my personal life and in the world as a whole. I can live with that.
I know that people are intimidated by the idea of boycotting their habitual dietary process, and for good reason. When you don't know anything about something ...ugh yah there's a huge learning curve. But just like with anything, practice and all is coming.
If you practice flying through the grocery store and stopping at all your regular posts, then you'll get pretty good at that. If you practice trying new veggies instead of stopping by the dairy aisle, then you'll get pretty good at that too.
I was vegetarian for 4 years and have been vegan for 9 months. Here's what I can tell you about living plant based on the cheap, and it has nothing to do with your location.
Processed plant based meat (still 800x better for the world than eating animal meat) is expensive. I love me some Tempeh and vegan cheese but yah it adds up.
Think about it though, rice and beans are some of the cheapest foods in the world. Certainly much cheaper than meat and cheese. I know what you're thinking, "Rice and beans? This bitch expects me to live off of rice and beans?" No obviously! But you can definitely replace your meat with rice and beans.
Veggies are cheaper than you think. The key is to plan your meals and know how long your produce will last, before going bad. And when your veggies are starting to look less than perfect, throw them all in a stir fry!
The truth is, its cheap to live on plants but the idea of eating carrots, zucchini, lentils and sprouts for A MEAL really freaks people out. I get it! Ok obviously I get it. I was raised on, quit literally, steak and potatoes. (FYI you can still eat Mac N Cheese and Buffalo Wings)
It took me a while to get use to seeing my plate without meat on it. Because essentially you are just eating "sides" and once I practiced it enough, that conditioning of how my plate is suppose to look, well.... it just left me. Its no longer an issue. I don't know how else to say it. Breaking habits is extremely empowering and easier than you think.
Plus, sides are the best part. There is so much creativity that comes with eating a plant based diet. Its wonderful. No longer am I victim to consuming carcinogens with some random stuff next to it, just because that's what society says I should do. I now get to create all kinds of fun sauces and cook with colors and textures and eat literally whatever the fuck I want however I want.
Its the stuff that fuels your body, why should it be predetermined by someone else's standards? You deserve better.