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Will You Go Vegan This Month?

If you’re somebody who’s thought about taking meat and dairy out of your diet, now might be a good time to give it a try?  November is National Vegan Month. Here are some ways to save the planet, your body, and (most importantly) your money.

Now, I’ll admit, I’m not a vegan. I tried last year to take the big step, but I am too much of a sucker for cheese, and ice cream. My mom, however, was recently able to make the switch. It can be hard to know where to start or even know what your options are if you’re not stacked on cash. Consider this a guide to some basic ways you can go vegan without going broke (or broker).

ALDI Is Your New Best Friend

My mom swears by ALDI. We live down the street from one of their stores and it has been a lifesaver for helping her try new vegan products without spending too much each time, which is especially helpful if she ends up disliking the product. She put me on to a number of new things like Simply Nature Organic Vegetable Chips and the Earth Grown Veggie Burger. I’m not going to lie; I was hesitant at first, but once I realized I could eat healthier cheaply, it changed my perspective completely.

Grow Your Own Food

The No. 1 way to start eating healthier is to start growing your own food. My mom started gardening when we bought our house, and my grandma was growing her own food for as long as I can remember. Seeing where your vegetables are grown can help put your mind to rest and motivate you to want to eat the food you grew. If you’re a busy person (and depending on the season), try growing a windowsill garden, it’s a miniature garden that sits right on your kitchen windowsill that’s usually much easier to maintain.

Go With The Vegan Fast Food Option

As more people go vegan, the more fast food options are being offered even from popular restaurants. A perfect example is Burger King’s Impossible Burger that is completely plant based and (in my opinion) was absolutely delicious. These days there’s usually a vegan option if you’re out and hungry, so do the planet a favor and look for one instead of going to McDonald’s.

Meat isn’t our only source of protein, and quite frankly, it’s holding us all back (or down since it makes us put on more weight), but you can make the switch over to veganism any time. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, because everything you need is within reach more than ever before. Leave a “Love” emoji if any of this was helpful. Stay healthy out here guys.

 

By Patience Hurston, Senior, Thornwood High School

Written by TrueStar Staff

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