Plant Based on a Budget Challenge

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As most of you know, several Plant Based on a Budget contributors will be putting together FREE meal plans to show that eating a plant based diet can be inexpensive. There have been a lot of questions about what exactly we’re planing, so I’d like to give a little clarification and back story.

The first blog post that I wrote for Plant Based on a Budget explained a little about my family’s health, what it was like for me to grow up in a low-income household and my mission for this blog. So often, I hear that being vegan is for those who are financially privileged and that it isn’t achievable on a fixed low-income — I want to prove that wrong.

Personally, I think that “food stamp challenges” and things like that are a little insensitive to folks who permanently have very little food money, so instead, we’re framing this as a “Plant Based (on a) Budget Challenge”. How smart can we be with our money? How much better can we treat our bodies? As Stic mentions in his “7 Ways to Eat Good on a ‘Hood Budget” article,  we spend money on just about everything else but preserving our health.

Another motivating factor on this blog (and in my life) has been 2 Pac’s song, “Changes”. In the song he says, ” It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes: let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see, the old way wasn’t working, so it’s on us to do what we gotta do to survive”. I seriously can’t agree more with that statement.  We are the only people who can take full responsibility for our health — it’s time to stop making excuses, and change ourselves to better our health and the health of the planet.

With this challenge, we are going to do our best to make weekly plant based meal plans that are cheap, easy and a whole lot healthier than packaged foods like Kraft’s Mac’n’Cheese or fast food burgers. I can’t speak for Terrence (who is planning for a family of four) or Grace (planning for a couple), but I will be focusing on ingredients like rice, beans, lentils, etc and produce. At least one of my meal plans will be gluten-free.  You don’t need to follow along immediately, but whenever you decide to take our challenge we’d love to hear about it. Each of us will have four weeks of meal plans. And if you would like to create your own $25 per week/ per person meal plans, we’d love to see them.

We truly, truly would also appreciate everyone keeping negative comments and criticisms to themselves. We are doing this because we are very passionate about introducing people to the idea that eating a plant based diet is accessible. We are volunteering weeks of our time and it is a lot of work. If you don’t like our meal plans, please create your own and show us how it’s done. 😉

For more information and to RSVP for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/179291438926143/

And if you have further questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail from the “Contact Us” section.

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