Last Saturday, I put my feelers out on Facebook to see if there would be any interest in having me go vegan for the month of February and blog about it. The response was very strong and positive, so thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts. This is an idea I’ve had for the better part of a year now, and have decided to go for it!
Why I’m Doing This
I’m tired of hearing that you can’t save money on a healthy diet. Or that there are no coupons for things that are good for you. I’m a firm believer that you can save money and eat well. So I’ve decided to step into a very different way of eating in hopes of demonstrating that it can be done. For the entire month of February, I’ll be going vegan. Here are my goals in this challenge:
- To reach out to my readers that are following specialty diets (such as vegetarian, vegan, GF, etc.). Whether or not you are vegan, I hope that my adventures and approach will be of value to you.
- To learn from doing. Instead of just saying “hey, you can do it!” I want to gain the knowledge that can only come with actually doing it for myself.
- To challenge my couponing and saving abilities in a new way.
- To stay within our family’s $350/month food and household goods budget.
- On a personal level, to see what kind of health benefits can be realized from a plant-based diet.
Some of you tried to convince me of picking another diet. Well, sorry, no. This is the one I chose for various reasons which I won’t get into and don’t wish to debate. Needless to say, whether or not you agree with veganism, I hope that you’ll be able to follow me on my adventure and maybe gain some new ideas for eating healthfully or on a specialty diet while still saving money.
As a bit of a caveat, I should also mention that I was a vegetarian for a good chunk of my college days, so I am coming into this challenge with a little bit of know-how. I’ve also eaten vegan for a few days at a stretch before, but never a full month.
How I will be doing this
I’ve spent some time doing some research and contemplating how this will work. Here is what I’ve decided:
- My family will NOT be joining me on this adventure. At this time, I don’t feel it’s best to drastically change my children’s diets. There is much to learn about doing veganism healthfully, and I would rather focus my efforts on how to save money and eat well versus being consumed with food battles with my children. However, I do plan on introducing some new flavors and foods to them during February, and I hope to get more plant-based foods into their growing bodies! As for my husband? It’s up to him to do what he wants! I may try to coerce him into eating a few meatless meals each week. We’ll see how it goes.
- Whole foods eating wherever possible. I’m not a fan of margarine, or soy, or fakey type processed foods. My goal will be to do this as from-scratch, and healthfully as possibly. I love to cook and bake, so I’m looking forward to a new adventure in the kitchen. I’ve worked out a lot of sugar from my diet in January and hope to continue that trend in February.
- I’ll update you once a week. Watch for a post once a week where I’ll share with you stuff I ate, what I learned, and how I saved money doing it. I’ll also share how I’m feeling health wise for those who are curious. There may be some other posts thrown in throughout the month if I find particular inspiration.
- I probably won’t become vegan for life. I say “probably,” because who knows what the end of the month will bring and how I’ll feel? Regardless, I hope that I learn a lot about building meals that focus on plants, making good food choices, and saving money in the process.
A final word, for disclosure’s sake. I’m not a nutritionist, doctor, or fitness guru.Please don’t do something silly, and say “Angela at The Coupon Project made me do it.” You get the idea.
With that? Let’s get started!
If you’re vegan, I would love your advice, tips, and recipes. Feel free to leave a comment or email me at angela @ thecouponproject dot com.