Something I always find really silly and a bit, huh?! is when people say they cannot afford to eat healthy.
This is really weird to me, because eating healthy is much easier, fun and most of all, less expensive say then going out and buying a steak, lamb, a tub of Ben ‘n’ Jerrys or my pet peeve, buying an over priced pre made sandwich with unfresh fillings for what you’d buy a loaf to last a few days and a decent amount change left over… The fact is that eating healthy, and eco friendly does not cost what people convince themselves it does. Is this because of laziness, ignorance or just a lack of knowledge? Meat eaters can benefit from this too, its not a IN YO’ FACE approach to people who eat meat, but there is an ignorance to many, (definately not all) meat eaters towards the vegetarian lifestyle… The one thing i think that gets on my tits, as with most vegetarians is when they hear 2 things:
1: Do you know how much your body is missing out on (which is nonsense, fact)
2: (and ive heard this one about as much as the above) Eating meat is the circle of life (bullshit)
To the first, no, thats just not true, if you do the vegetarian diet correctly you wont miss out of anything, least of all dead flesh clogging up my colon for years to come (fact)
To the second, I gave up meat for personal views on keeping animals to later kill them for food, as well as many other cruel aspects of the meat trade & slaughterhouses and what goes on behind closed doors etc. Live export is a cruel, frustrating, sad, frightening process, which can sometimes last for up to a week. (not to mention all the horrid things that happen in slaughterhouses in the UK, USA & Europe) Veal and Lamb meat is one of the most heartbreaking parts if possible, of the meat industry today.
Making any living soul suffer, is not the circle of life. (ok, righteous rant over with)
No im not vegan, yes I tried. I eat some dairy & free range eggs. Its not an excuse, Im just telling the truth.
In all, in my own personal opinion, I know the proper vegetarian diet to of agreed with me totally. So from MY personal eating lifestyle I write the following…
Buying tins of chopped or peeled tomatoes, or passatta and making your own (much tastier and fresher) sauces is a cheap and effective way of eating (minus the additives) with any dish which requires a sauce, … vegetables are very reasonabley priced or, if you have the space, grow your own! Fruit, depending on what you are buying (ok fair enough here in Ireland it is overpriced i.e strawberries, blueberries, mangos) but keep an eye out for offers (or buy a good carton of non concentrate fruit juices) and even buy frozen (not canned) fruit (mixed berries) and veg (peas, sweetcorn , spinach etc) it all holds its nutrients even if you don’t eat right away. Swapping tinned beans for bigger, cheaper packets of uncooked beans (pinto, black, kidney, butter beans etc) saves alot and goes a hella long way further than 1 tin plus, no added salt! Pulses such as beans, lentils are nutritious, filling and super healthy and cost effective, as are seeds, porridge & grains like wholegrain rices & cous cous.Red Bell peppers have TWICE the amount of vitamin C than green ones and all dark leafy vegetables pack a mighty Iron punch! Hot and spicy food is GREAT for your metabolism, if spicy is your thing, add fresh chilli peppers to sauces or for wraps and dips a good chilli sauce form your local health food market. Team any of those with each other or fleshy type veg such as aubergine/eggplant or even Shitake Mushrooms (dried are good too) have a really meaty like taste ( put them in a wild mushroom risotto) and you will be full for longer, feel great all the time taking in less fat and spending less money.
Don’t fall into fad diets, (i.e shakes, points, and thinking you have to eat a whole box of blueberries & cherries and yawn yawn yawwn everyday) cos, you don’t. Just eat right, and I truly believe you can’t go wrong. Cooking good food is fun, and there is a sense of “mmm, i made that” too!
Its not about someone saying I eat meat, and another saying I don’t eat meat… I think some people, Ok I know alot of people who, the minuite they hear vegetarian, oh no, no can’t eat that…but really, how often do you accompany vegetarian food onto your plate? Probably alot more than you realise… and if you eat meat, yknow what, so what!? What can you do about it, the meat industry in this world, is HUGE, its sickening, but its not going to stop, and many many people depend on these processes to feed their own families. (I am NOT defending the meat trade, But unfortunately there is alot of other ailments in the meat trade and we are so far away from achieving what we want) Better treatment in slaughterhouses would be a huge change the animals need… and maybe replacing a breast of chicken, or some mince a few times a week for lentils or an extra portion of green veggies (with some lemon pepper and real unsalted butter on top) you may feel better just cutting down. Its just an idea, and you’ll save money too!
Eating right does not cost the earth, but eating wrong, in time, will.