A quick recap for you:
Yesterday, I was getting stuck into my Five Surprising Reasons Why I Have Become Vegetarian when I felt like point number five was so important that it needed more airtime.
My fifth important reason that I had become vegetarian was:
I WANT TO SAVE MONEY!
What? Are you crazy? Everybody knows that eating a vegetarian diet is more expensive than ramming processed food down your gullet.
It’s important to understand that these comments are often nothing but bluster, complete lies that people tell the world to give them an excuse for never changing.
Here are five reasons why I save a ton of money by eating a plant based diet.
1. No More Take Away Food
How many people have a few pints on a Saturday night and then ring Victors Veggie House for a cracking vegetarian take away meal?
The term ‘take away food’ doesn’t exist in the vegetarian vocabulary. The Chinese, Indian, fried chicken, kebab and pizza joints are locales for the carb hungry diabetic wannabes.
Food is one of your highest expenses and take away food is one of the reasons why.
2. Eating Out
The world is such a vegetarian-phobic place that there is very little point in wanting to even try and eat out. Unless the restaurant is vegetarian specific, the section of the menu reserved for the plant eaters is always Lilliputian in size.
Fast food restaurants are also off the menu with the exception of places like Chipotle. Why on earth would you go to McDonald’s and order a salad with a side order of carrots?
As I explained in point one, food is a huge expense, and so, if you have reduced your dining experiences then you won’t know where to put all the piggy banks.
3. The Price of Your Health
The costs associated with maintaining our health are on the rise, and if you continue to eat unhealthily then you are contributing to the problem.
You need to keep fit and healthy in order to provide an income for your family, and support the world as a whole. You cannot do this if you suffer illness as a result of your relationship with food, and more and more studies are revealing an unhealthy connection with our food preferences.
Eating a plant-based diet reduces the likelihood that you will become ill thus saving you a small fortune over a lifetime.
Don’t be lazy. If you really believe that eating processed junk saves you money then prove it.
When it comes to your personal costs, food will always be one of your variables. You can’t ring up your landlord and just agree to pay less rent each month, but you can buy different types of food.
Make sure you budget for your food accordingly, and if you do you will notice that eating healthily will go a long way.
5. Living a Lean Life
Being a vegetarian is a component of the Lean Life system. Once you have made the fundamental choice to change, you will see money appearing before your very eyes.
To think diet is to adopt a silo thinking mentality. We shun this in Lean Life and instead develop a holistic way of thinking. Once you start eating a plant-based diet, do you think you are going to continue to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes? Do you think you are going to continue eating sugar?
Just take alcohol as an example. The average British drinker loses five years of their life to hangovers. That cost alone will keep you in fruit and veg for quite a long time, and that’s not to mention how much money people spend on actual booze.
When I was a drinker I estimated I was spending approx. £5-7k per year on alcohol and alcohol related food choices. And that’s deemed ‘normal’ in some parts of the UK.
If you are a vegetarian, how have you managed to save money through your choice to eat a plant-based diet?
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