A vegan diet is the healthiest diet on the planet, so the long-term savings in health expenses and extra days of being able to work saves you money all by itself.
1. Despite all those pushing for “Grain Fed Beef” and “Organic Dairy” – which may be healthier than their factory-farmed counterparts – they’re not healthier than a vegan diet, and budget-wise, they cannot even compare.
2. Focus on whole foods, and try to get the most nutrients for every dollar you spend.
3. Avoid Vegan Processed junk! Fake Meat (aka Meat Analogs), Fake Cheese, Fake Milk, Fake Butter – these things are budget-breakers.
4. To prevent food from going bad, make use of your freezer instead! That way, it won’t expire even if you don’t eat it right away.
5. Focus on dry pantry staples and frozen vegetables for the backbone of your diet.
6. Focus on what called “Peasant Food” – meals based around grains, beans and lentils. They are filling and last long in storage.
7. In order to save as much money as possible, make sure to grow vegetables that can be easily stored, choose vegetables that are expensive in the store, and do your research.
Eating healthy can become expensive if you aren’t careful. However, if you follow the strategies detailed above, it can be affordable.
- Stay in the mood. Just wearing your workout clothes may motivate you to work harder even if you’re just doing chores around the house. Plus, you can get sweaty and you don’t have to worry about it. You’re always ready for a quick workout or walk whenever time allows. Wearing your workout clothes is a reminder to get some kind of exercise in, no matter how short.
- Take short fitness breaks when sitting. Whether you’re working on your computer or watching television, get up and move around for 5 to 10 minutes for every hour you sit. Pace around the room, or do 10-20 jumping jacks. It all counts!
- Incorporate strength training all day long. Do pushups with one of your his kids on your back. Try lunges, squats and other exercises while cooking dinner.
- Take short fitness breaks when sitting. Whether you’re working on your computer or watching television, get up and move around for 5 to 10 minutes for every hour you sit. Pace around the room, or do 10-20 jumping jacks while picking up toys or clothes. It all counts! Don’t forget to use the stairs whenever possible
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can live the rest of your life like most people”
Family and Friends: Bless their hearts, but unless your family or best friend is an entrepreneur, they may steer you away from the idea. Family can be a great supporter of your dreams but even they will cast doubt over my decision to start my own business. Starting your own business is risky and few will understand. As for friends, almost all of them will think you are crazy. It is hard to hang out with them because they all have their career paths laid out, working for someone.
Fear: That little voice inside your head is a powerful one. It will make or break you. You can use it as a source of motivation (which most entrepreneurs do), or let it deter you from stepping outside your comfort zone. There is no reward on the planet without a degree of risk. Risk is mitigated with focused, consistent and dedicated effort.
Finances: Too often our dreams are never pursued because of finances. Either they don’t want to leave their high-paying job, or they don’t know how they’ll finance the early days of the venture. If you are debating over leaving a high-paying job to become an entrepreneur, remember no job can compete with the emotional rewards of being an entrepreneur.
For those concerned about financing their venture early on, there’s nothing wrong with working nights while you build your dream life. Combine that with a little short-term borrowing from a credit line, or perhaps credit card, and you’ll get it done. If you really want it bad enough, you can cut back on your ‘lifestyle’ expenses until you’re a success. Good Luck Too You.