In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.
‘If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.’ – Denis Waitley
Straight after telling me they don’t have time to eat plant-based, a lot of people say that it is too expensive. I’ve never understood this argument. Locally grown vegetables are the cheapest food available to us. Unlike animals, they don’t require much feeding, they’re a lot easier to look after and you don’t have to transport them far. Since becoming a vegetarian, I’ve received discounts in many restaurants because my meal is cheaper for them to make. Many people in the poorest parts of the world eat plant-based food because they can’t afford anything else. That’s how T. Colin Campbell and his team discovered that a plant-based diet is better for us in the first place.
Planning ahead, preparing batches of fresh food for the week and shopping for tasty, local produce all help me to save money (which gives me more to spend on yummy treats like vegan chocolate!).