Hey there! I just happened upon Alicia's book at Borders and sat down to browse. I didn't get it at the time, since I had to run...but it definitely has got me thinking. I never ever ever would have thought about attempting to go Vegan...but I am toying with the idea. Right now, I feel so completely miserable and bloated and just plain disgusted with myself at how much weight I have let myself gain recently. I did join our work's "Biggest Loser" competition and started walking. But my food choices have been poor. Why is it that to eat healthy, it costs so darn much! ugh! Just thought I would say "hi" and ask for some feedback/direction/encouragement. HELP!
Sometimes the cost of eating healthy is far better than feeling sick or having health problems that will cost you more in the end. I used to feel the same way and I understand where you are coming from. Alot of healthy foods are cheaper than you think. I gradually changed how I ate from flirting, to vegan, and currently I am working on superhero. I used to eat meat and dairy and felt bloated and unhappy. I was always getting sick and feeling yucky. Keep up the exercise you will feel better. Try new foods and healthier foods. You don't have to make a huge change overnight. Just start small if it seems overwhelming. Getting healthy and feeling better is a journey not a quick fix. So try a new veggie or fruit you wouldn't normally try. Good luck and don't give up even if you slip off the wagon just keep going. Good luck and I hope this helps.
BUY THE BOOK!!!!!!! I can not tell you how much it has changed my life! I am going on two weeks of eating vegan and I feel incredible. The daily headaches I had for months are now gone! I believe that happened because I completely reduced my sugar intake and have been eating way more healthy. I have dropped 3-4 pounds as well, without even trying! I don't count calories, points, grams of fat, nothing. As for being more expensive? Yeah, there are some things (like REAL maple syrup) that costs more but there are a lot of things that are cheaper. For instance, I go to Whole Foods and get the oatmel, quinoa, and rice out of the bins. Tofu and soy milk and beans are cheap and if you get your produce at the right places, it is pretty cheap. I went to the Farmers Market today and loaded up on veggies for the week. Trust me, I have struggled with diet and weight ALL my life and this is the best I have ever felt. READ THE BOOK! It will inspire and motivate you like you won't believe. Plus, you will have the support from this amazing website.
Thanks for the feedback/encouragement, ladies. I really do appreciate it and I do feel so welcome on this website :-) You guys are so right about taking it step by step. I will just try one new thing at a time and let it lead me to more. I should buy the book!
Oh... and I agree about how eating healthier now will save you from costly health problems later. I do plan on starting to learn how to garden, now that we have just bought a home. So that will help! I hope.
It will definatly make a change! It completely makes sense but every little step or toying with the idea broadens your mind to the possibilies. Glad to hear you are open and yes, eating real food does cost a little more but it is so worth it. Farmers Markets are amazing! We have them here in NC year round! I wish you all the best in your journey!
Hi Aprilable, Good luck on the change! One good tip I have found is to buy fruit and vegies that are in season. Oh and cheaper doesn't always mean better. In Australia (where I am) we have some places that import their fruit and vege when its out of season. The result is fruit and vege that looks great in the shop but goes bad before it can be used - therefore wasting money. Hope that helps.
Thanks again for the helpful tips. We do have local FM's here that I need to check out. And a Trader Joe's that is like a super awesome TREAT to go to :-). It just requires discipline and that is something that I have to work on (like a lot of people I am sure.) You guys sound like you have a good plan and are already on your way. I am just going to take one step at a time.
I really do appreciate the advice and support...more than you know!
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