I could harp on about how the Government subsidizes the meat industry but let me simply point out some facts about how we do spend money…
The average Australian household spends more on fast food than fruit and vegetables and five times more on recreation than healthy foods. As a result of our poor eating habits, we then spend nearly twice as much on medical expenses as we do on fruit and vegetables. It’s not as though we can’t afford to eat or feed our children- Australia is the only country in the world where childhood obesity is increasing faster than that of adults.
However, none of this changes the fact that it’s cheaper to feed the family at Maccas than to cook an organic nutritious meal. So, the Vegan Era Crew have been looking at ways to make it easier and cheaper to live a healthy, vegan lifestyle.
First of all, sit down and decide how much money you have to spend and go through how you spend it now. What are you splurging on? What do you really need?
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Decide on what you will and won’t compromise on. There’s no point deciding to stop buying all of your favourite things because you won’t stick to it!
I will only buy organic greens and fruit
I will not compromise on choosing organic and GMO free soy products
ORGANIC OR NOT?
Organic produce is notoriously more expensive. Depending on what you are comfortable with, you can choose organic for some things and not others. To help you decide, consider the following:
Most supermarkets now offer an affordable range of organic canned goods that are handy to keep in the pantry, such as tomatoes, chick peas, etc.
The Dirty Dozen
The following fruits and vegetables are known as 'the dirty dozen' because they are contaminated with the most amount of pesticides. Therefore, it's best to choose organic wherever possible.
3. Sweet bell peppers
The following items are considered the 'cleanest' fruit and vegetables, so you could consider buying these non-organic.
3. Sweet corn
7. Sweet peas
15. Sweet potatoes
WASH YOUR PRODUCE PROPERLY
Whether you purchase organic or not, it is important to wash all of your fruit and vegetables. You do not need to purchase a specialty wash, which will often add to the chemical load of your produce and cost you money. Simple household ingredients such as vinegar or salt will remove many of the pesticides and bacteria.
Rinse your produce first in cold water and then prepare a mix of approximately 1 teaspoon of sea salt to 1 cup of water. Soak the produce for a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly with water. Dry off the fruit and vegetables before putting them away to ensure freshness or wash them as you go, just before using.