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HOW TO BE RAW VEGAN ON A BUDGET – 20 TIPS

Oh my gosh I have passed figs Wow being robbed vegan on a budget is definitely doable I have now been raw almost ten years and honestly I don’t make that much money so I’m gonna share some of my tips with you today and of course not everything is gonna be applicable to everybody but I’m sure if you stay through the video that you can find at least one takeaway tip for yourself look at your budget I know it sounds like cliche almost annoying advice to hear in the past I’ve looked into raw retreats and they’re like thousands of dollars and the response that I get from the people who are putting it on is like well what’s the cost of your health really cat and it’s almost a trick question because of course your health is priceless but we also have to be smart about our money and if getting in debt it’s gonna stress you in the long run like mental health is something you have to care about as well so of course I believe your health is priceless but I’m also not here to tell you to buy that $12 pint of blueberries because they’re healthy for you if you’re asking how much it costs to be raw you know very likely it will cost more than a processed diet so it might be worthwhile to reevaluate your expenses and see if there’s any reworking you can do when it comes to your spending really look at where your money is going and decide if it’s important to you make your staple foods cheap ones bananas are a great example buy in bulk in order to get case discounts and this is gonna work for fresh fruit it works for coconut water or juices anything that you want to buy in bulk you should be able to get the wholesale price for something like a 10 to 15% case discount at any grocery store don’t be shy to talk to the staff at grocery stores and farmers markets as well research your nearest wholesaler some of them even do delivery get creative I found a really good grocery store one time because I was talking to a restaurant owner about where he got his produce shop locally and in season because of its natural abundance in season fruit is likely going to be less expensive than something that’s been shipped in is it being shipped in right now [Music] and of course this also helps support your local farmers find aesthetically challenged fruit or veggies at your grocery store or farmers market sometimes they have a rack where it’s already marked down to scale fruit sometimes you can even just talk to them one-on-one and say hey this is kind of funky it’s probably headed for the trash but I’ll take it off your hands for you you just want to mark it down for me I did go over this in my other video and I’ll link that below don’t waste your coin there are quite a few on this topic so I’ll start with one which would be low calorie fruit something like out of season fresh raspberries for example those are gonna be so expensive I would consider them definitely as a luxury item and maybe use some more as like enhancements to your meals if you really want to go for that flavor so adding a few into your smoothie just to get that raspberry flavor or adding them as little toppings to your desserts instead of trying to make like a whole monomial out of them I’d say to think before you buy superfoods these can be quite pricy and not always worth it don’t waste your point on smoothies from restaurants I think once in a while it’s great to treat yourself but most of the time you’ll be able to make that same meal at home for a fraction of the price lastly don’t waste your money on the pre-cut prepackaged fruits and veggies in the like quick grab fridge sections of grocery stores I know it seems convenient but it’s just their way of squeezing dollars out of you while making use of their moldy fruit that’s what they do they’re cutting off the bad sections and it’s great I think as far as like sustainability and using all the parts of the fruit but they’re quite overpriced at the end of the day nobody’s getting a deal walking out a Whole Foods with like a little twelve dollar cup of watermelon and that touches on that low calorie point from the beginning is really understand how many calories you’re getting out of each dollar you’re spending watermelons on that note be prepared for outings if you know you’re someone who’s likely to get peckish so bring food with you or simply know where you can access cheap fruit while you’re out and if you’re asking what is cheap fruit like how if I’m getting a deal that’s a great question and I’m gonna encourage you to shop around there’s definitely a learning curve to this if you’re someone who’s new to buying fresh produce something I do and would definitely recommend with regard to shopping around is I keep a digital note on my phone and as I go to the different grocery stores and farmers markets in my neighborhood I have a list of my staple foods that I kind of always buy my favorite items and I will write the different costs for each store of course costs are gonna very subtly but I start to get an idea of trends of the cost of each fruit or vegetable how that changes throughout the year and how that differs from store to store in terms of like which ones are the more fancy grocery stores that are just charging work if they can and which ones are more like budget-friendly I’d also recommend exploring Asian markets if you have access my experience is that they have pretty good prices generally and a selection of exotic fruits that are hard to find anywhere else talk to other raw vegans and vegans especially the ones in your area you can do this in person or online like Instagram or 30 bananas a day pick their brain ask where they get their cheapest stuff the raw vegan and making community is amazing and I’ve had such a phenomenal time at every gathering that I’ve been to but I would never want anyone to get this idea that they have to blow the bank on an expensive raw vegan retreat just to maintain this lifestyle cuz that’s not the case of course you have the online community for support but there’s nothing better than in real life connection and there’s definitely budget-friendly ways to do that free options include pot Luck’s in your area or a lot of gatherings are free more like one-day events that are just hosted in a park or something as for longer-term events look into your volunteer options retreats need staff festivals needs that I’ve been to at least four festivals now and I have volunteer to every single one of them and of course it’s going to be a different experience because you’re working a lot of the time but it made it possible for me actually attend on the topic of travel think about how to factor your diet into your travel plans for example it’s gonna be tremendously cheaper to be a fruitarian in Thailand then it would be in Japan it’s gonna be cheaper to travel as a fruitarian in the tropics than it would be in Alaska in wintertime for example of course your diet is not here to rule your life but it’s something to take into consideration if it’s important to you and you’re on a budget as another option maybe consider combining whooping into your travel experience if that makes sense for you you know finding a farm you can stay on work on and eat from I do have a video on this topic and I’ll link that below as well there are a lot of guerilla farming that’s happening and just natural seed spreading that’s happening so there are wild plants that you can eat from foraging is gonna be location dependent and see them dependent but definitely consider it as an option the more and more that I learned about fruit and fruit trees the more as I’m driving around I can spy them in neighborhoods so get educated on what fruit trees look like you can also access different maps online I know when I was staying in California I just googled like fruit neighborhood map or something with these keywords and I was able to find so many fig trees in my area that were just public like on the side of the road that nobody else was accessing oh my gosh I have to pass to fig Wow so there are fruit maps available there’s also Craigslist some homeowners have fruit trees in their backyard that are really just a nuisance to them and they put ads like can somebody please come pick my oranges or have free oranges that may be also accessible on Facebook groups for your neighborhood you can also put an ad on Craigslist like will come pick your fruit if I can eat it I will soon be a full-on glowing orb as the Sun that’s right here Oh better so check out your map options Craigslist and heck I wouldn’t be surprised if there were even apps nowadays that facilitate foraging consider working or volunteering even a couple times a month at your local farmers market grocery store farm or co-op I say this because employees will often read the benefit of partial discounts or extra free food plus the networking opportunities of countless I know organic can be so expensive so maybe you can’t buy it right now and that’s okay and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing maybe you can just buy some and not others get educated if you’re sensitive on which produce is most susceptible to chemicals consider secondary options so of course fresh fruits and vegetables are gonna be ideal most of the time for a digestion and nutrition etc but there’s still some really great healthy secondary options that might be worth including cuz they’re a little easier on the budget most of the time in my mind this includes dried fruit and vege frozen fruit and vege fruit and veggie juice like bottled and maybe it’s even pasteurized and that’s okay with you you know we really have to find what works best for us and at the end of the day that’s gonna be healthy or no doubt and buying like soda bah minimize eating out I say this because restaurant meals will likely not fill up the stomach of a raw vegan if being honest and maybe there’s raw vegan gourmet on offer but I find that’s not worth it for me it ends up costing me my gut with too many refined and fatty ingredients I end up just healing you’ll grow your own simple things like herbs or scallion can be really expensive in the store and practically effortless to grow at home even something like kale does pretty well a lot of places because it’s so hard me so research in your area talk to your local farmers or research online you can figure it out shop online to find the best deals for particular items so your favorite superfoods powder is flavoring supplements even kitchen equipment using powders or supplements might be helpful for you from one person to the next we’re gonna have different deficiencies or lifestyle based need if you’re lacking in particular minerals for example it might require like a whole box of mixed greens to supplement you for that those boxes can be like six to nine dollars and if you have to have that every day that’s gonna add up as an alternative you could simply add a scoop of green powder to your movie so that way you get your nutrient requirements without breaking the bank learn how to prepare healthy satisfying raw vegan meals at home this was huge for me on my journey not only did it help save me money from going to restaurants but also helped me develop my relationship with my body and food and you too and that will find your personal way that become more efficient and cost effective with meal prep so to help you with this I have my four recipe books if you’re interested in low-fat raw vegan cuisine I like to focus on Whole Foods so there’s no processed ingredients like salt or oil nothing like now let’s show you or maple syrup or agave my priority still is on the texture and taste so you’ll be feeling really satisfied and if you want to go for all four books there’s a 15% off discount just so you know those are my 20 tips I hope you enjoyed watching this video and now it was helpful for you if you would like to support me and support the vegan message give it a blank i’m sending so much love your way and support on your raw vegan journey you can do it and thanks so much bearing with me as I shift it around to accommodate this son what do you think the world are all around you

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Why I’m a Vegan and A Christian

hi everyone and today I wanted to talk to you all about Christianity and veganism and why I’m a Christian and a vegan and why I think that as a Christian being also conscious about the environment and being stewards is like really really important and so I’ve had lots of questions in the past like also you’re Christian you’re vegan like why would you be vegan when Jesus ate fish and this and the other and so I was like okay I’m gonna do a video on it so here is the my video okay so first of all at the very very beginning of creation it says in Genesis that God gave Adam and Eve when he made them in the Garden of Eden every every plant every seed-bearing tree and apart from one and I don’t was told to like tender lands and be a steward and look after look after the beautiful creation and so that was like God’s original plan for humans and to have like a relationship with with humans with Adam and Eve and for everything to be in unity and happy and everything going well and all lovely and beautiful and pretty and him to not actually eat animals that wasn’t part of it they actually in Eden had animals as companions in fact Adam was given animals first before he was given Eve to like look after so I don’t have talked the animals and I cared for them but long story but basically the animals didn’t fulfill him enough and so God decided to make him a woman and a female so then there was Adam and Eve in the garden and they all you know like happy living with the animals and eating all the lovely free I know I can talk more about about that in another video but basically we the whole in there and got in Eden cause probably plan they were basically fruitarians which is like in the perfect world it was just like the perfect site of cycle of the tree blooms fruit and it has seeds inside so obviously they would eat the fruit and the seeds have passed through and as they walk around the earth they pick them out and they grow lovely new trees in all these different vacations it’s a quite a lovely picture really but yeah unfortunately when ad when Adam and Eve got tempted by the tree of temptation and the serpent they ate the fruit from the tree they shouldn’t be eating from and it was the tree of knowledge of good and evil and so because they disobeyed God that meant that bad things came into the world and one of the one of the things that Bahamian to the world was death and that is the thing that we you know we all know happens decay in the cycle of life now happens that way and as you go through Genesis you realized that actually God in this fallen world gave humans animals to eat then so he was like to know we’re okay on the ark well when they landed back safely after the flood subsided like I now give you animals to eat as food and so they ate animals from that point onwards so yeah originally God’s perfect plan it was for us to eat plants but the survival reasons animals do actually sustain as this figure too which is great for our survival of the species right however now for a lot of people in society where there’s an option like and all the scientifically things have done is that basically that we can survive really well for a lot of people really well on vegan diets right um in different circumstances people were different with different types of foods but majority of the time more plants are good in our you know and we should be um one of the things going back to quickly about that stewardship thing is that do you think we’re being a good steward of this world supporting industries that allow these terrible things to happen to animals so the industrial farming intensive hunting baby carves away from cows and like plucking feathers out of chickens alive and grinding up little baby chicks is that morally does not morally sit well with us and that’s what you’ve got a reassertion of your personal what you’re spending our money on what we spend our money on it’s like a vote for what we believe in and if what wants us to be good stewards of the world we do the best we can but if we do know that that thing that we do purchase is contributing to the devastation of our world then that would be a biggest step to really just consciously make a decision to think well if there is a vegan option there is a plant-based option there’s a better option there is even like a better option if you still want to eat me is to go for the organic because it’s just not as damaging to the world and to the harmful animal or going for the free-range like organic eggs instead of the normal eggs there are little baby steps you can take towards that but obviously when you go to your restaurant tend to not do obviously the good quality stuff that doesn’t involve all the terrible things but that’s something to think about being a steward what are the questions obviously that comes up is like oh well Jesus came down and ate meat fish these things he fed the 5000 with the fish and the bread that’s what story has always said to me like all of us say that again it’s fine I’m like well obviously a few things I would say to that is number one the reason he did that was not to prove that he could eat me another way here the reason he did it was for to display his powers of what he was and who he was and to really just show that he cared and came to provide for people because he can provide things and there was so that was completely different moral of the story but the fact that he did use the fish was show that whatever people had at the time he was utilizing that rather than like judging them on that because we shouldn’t be judging people on their food based things we should just be you know pointing each other in good directions and better directions as we see but um obviously the practices back in that time but nowhere near as destructive as what they are now like now in the oceans with the fish they have humongous big trailers and they just basically trawl up gather in with these humongous Nets everything that exists in their field throw back things that they don’t want that they can’t get money from and then just sell the rest of the things and that is that a really good method of doing things that’s valuing our lovely earth and planet and things probably not so where we spend our money you’ve got a thing like mmm even though that’s cheaper is it worth it to allow that to happen and I know it’s a really tough one but then it’s kind of like there are alternatives so looking into those is a really good idea um but yeah I just want to say like as as as a Christian I think it’s really morally like a really great thing to really consciously look into our food because our food is the most most damaging thing to the world bonused it literally exceeds you can look at the science it exceeds why even though transport is really bad it exceeds transport even and obviously there’s loads of different things we can assess in our lifestyle but food is a really big thing and it’s one thing that we can take as a step towards that right direction like I know like close exploitation slave exploitation even just one thing about you know when we are supporting that industry not only are we supporting the workers who are in that industry which is terrible the things that they have to do they have to actually be in that environment and kill animals and as workers they have to chop it all up in things and I wouldn’t want anyone to be in that job and even the fact that they to grow huge huge fields full of grain to feed cities to feed these cows and things up these cows and pigs up with all this will this grain which could have been growing these fields could have been grown to feed populations it could feed so many more people so we’re even kind of when we are purchasing our high volumes of meat mmm eggs and cheese in that we are really contributing to you unfortunately like poverty in the world because we’re not utilizing our land resources in an effective efficient way which we should really be doing our stewards respecting our our world so yeah that’s just a few little things I wanted to mention and I hate that it’s kind of giving me some insight into Christianity and veganism plant-based eating and just remember it like you don’t have to go the full way if you want to go vegan there she just it’s everyday isn’t every choice every meal isn’t every choice you know just add in some extra vegetables into your meal I have some extra beans as well as that on the sides and then ease it out it’s fine but if there is an option to have a vegan one just go for a vegan meal a day at least that’s baby stuff in the right direction so everyone’s on the journey and I really respect everyone on their journey say yeah I hope you enjoyed that I am doing Christian mentoring so if you are interested in signing up to that the forum will be down below it’s great to have like a group to mentor that’s so much fun and we really just encourage each other on our journeys and put your children aren’t Direction chair like pretty interesting things amount so yeah I hoped I was having a lovely day and I will speak to you in my next video leave me a comment and a like bye