I have been a vegetarian since 2007 after watching Pamela Anderson's KFC Crulety video by peta. I was horrified and embaressed that the realisation that although I considered myself an animal lover I had no real correlation in my head from a chicken to a supermarket chicken. Its inane but I didnt link the two not really when it came to the relatsion I was eating something that suffered.
However I have always felt a complete hypocrite in the fact i continued to eat dairy and eggs. I became reliant on quorn like substitues and wish i had went vegan to begin with.
After watching films like forks over knives, food inc and others am horrifed by what is done to animals and what also what is in our non animals based food and would like to adopt a plant based vegan diet.
HOWEVER i need help, am not sure what food to include and which to elimate. Not sure how to avoid pitfalls on a daily basis. Looking for someone or some people who can act as my vegan sponsors howevere silly that sounds.
Am a single mum who works alot but makes little cash so looking for realistic ways to boost fruit/veg instake. I couldnt possibly afford to buy constant organis fresh fruit/veg
I went straight to vegan from being a full on, cheese-loving omnivore. I was just going to do it for two months, but less than a week in, I realized how much better I felt and thought it would just be stupid to go back.
Here are the things that, I believe, helped me the most. Once you dump the dairy and get used to eating whole, plant-based foods, you'll find you have more energy, almost no cravings and you'll feel fuller and less likely to snack between meals. This will certainly save you money to buy better foods to begin with.
1. Eat whole grains. And eat as much of a variety as you can. These are your best meat alternatives, and much cheaper per serving. Go for brown rice, unpearled barley, whole wheat and other whole grain pastas, and bulgur wheat, at least to start. Pricier (but again, compared to meat/fake meat, not so much): red rice (from Asia and the US; both are fantastic), quinoa, millet, spelt and kamut.
2. Eat good greens. You should read The Kind Life if you haven't because it has a great introduction to the kinds of greens/veggies you might want to avoid or eat only small quantities of, like spinach or eggplant. But this leaves a lot of satisfying, healthy choices like kale, bok choy, other cabbage-family greens, etc...
3. Eat beans. You can start with canned beans, which tend to be very cheap for the protein, taste and satisfaction they provide, but dried beans are even cheaper. If you use canned, you almost always want to rinse off the gook (although I use them straight up in most soups and chili). Black beans are amazing and versatile.
As for what you should use organic, google "Environmental Working Group" and check out their list of fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic. There are some fruits and veggies that don't take up toxins so much, so they recommend if you're on a tight budget, to buy those regular. But things like celery you should.