How to become vegetarian/vegan

All this talk about how a plant based diet is better for your health has made me curious,

How would I even switch to a plant based diet without drastically changing my lifestyle? I don’t cook, I don’t prep food. I use the microwave and toaster, that’s it.

Most of my food is pre-packaged which makes it very easy to record the calories. When there was a Trader Joe’s nearby, that was so much easier cause I would buy the pre-packaged salads. But there is no Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods in my town.

My food budget is $100/week and that includes going out to a restaurant with my girls once a week. My grocery budget weekly is about $65-70.

Past experience shows that  I won’t stick to anything that requires a drastic lifestyle change. If it’s easy to do, I will do it. For example; recording calories is so easy to do because I have a phone app, so I do that.

Past experience shows I won’t stick to eating foods I don’t enjoy. My mom eats super healthy, she eats lots of vegetables and fruits and it looks gross to me. I don’t want to eat a orange instead of a brownie. I might do it for a month, but it won’t last.

So  what would I eat if I switched to a plant based diet? I would like to include more fruits and vegetables and less processed meat in my diet. I would REALLY like to stop eating so much sugar too but that’s a different beast. I love the power bowls from Jamba Juice which are full of fruit that I enjoy, but also super expensive at almost $9 a bowl. I also like the Healthy Choice white bean and feta Power Bowl which are full of veggies and seeds, those are about $4.

I need plant based food options that are pre-packaged mostly and around $4-$6 each. Something I can just open and eat or throw in the microwave or toaster. For example currently I eat a hot pocket ($4 for a pack of 2) or a Luncheable (less than $2) for lunch and a Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine microwave meal ($3-4) for dinner.

I’ve been watching Unnatural Vegan Youtube Videos – https://www.youtube.com/user/FitOnRaw/videos

I also watched a tedTalk from a guy who ate plant based during the week and only ate meat on weekends.  I thought that was interesting.

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