For the bulk of my adult life I have been saying that I wanted to live a healthier life, but never have. I would say things like “eating healthy is too expensive, I don’t eat poorly, but I don’t buy organic either”. So, in response to seeing prices at the grocery store, I would continue with my normal buying of food. Which granted was a lot healthier than some diets, homemade every night, etc. But I always felt “run down” and hungry. Most of my change came about when I decided that I didn’t want a vehicle of any kind again, but still have the dream of traveling the world. So, what does that leave? My legs! Now, as I could most likely carry a very heavy pack for a very long time, I also like being comfortable! Since I am no where near high maintenance this has eliminated a ton of “weight”. I don’t wear make-up, am fine wearing the same clothes for days on end, have learned how to stay hygienically clean without having to take a shower every day, don’t put crap in my hair, and have gotten to a point where I am not really using any kind of hair products anymore, including shampoos. This led me to think about food yet again. The thought of backpacking with some cheese and a chicken breast make me shudder! So, I researched, and I researched, and I researched. Turns out, we don’t need to eat meat! Or dairy, etc. Of course, I knew this already, but I had never implemented it. And all I had were excuses. Well, recently I have been on a kick to make our lives on this beautiful planet of ours more sustainable and “green”, as they say. I have discovered that shopping is now extremely difficult. I am trying my very best to purchase items that are either packed in glass or paper/cardboard. We live in a world of one-time-use plastic 😦 One time use for something that will last forever! What kind of sense does this make!? Now the world of shopping is like a battle zone, and finding things that are not packaged in plastic is damn near impossible. You think it would make sense to package foods in glass rather than plastic! But alas, this is not the case. Luckily most of the organic foods are in glass! 😀 Since we are now at a point where we are only eating some fish, honey and yogurt in regard to animals I feel great! and Full! I have been spending money on quality Olive and coconut (organic) oils, nuts, flour (whole wheat), seeds that are full of protein and omega 3’s, legumes, rice, etc. Most importantly I am doing my research!! We don’t eat soy! I can’t say if it is bad or not but I am trying to get away from gmo’s might be difficult but not impossible! We eat a lot of “snacky” food through the day as well. Trail mixes, etc. As we are still working through the rest of some of the food we have left from our “previous” ways of eating. We feel so much better. I wanted to share that, yes, organic vegetarian diets are more expensive, but you don’t have to eat as much!! As long as you do your research and make sure your body is getting the vitamins and nutrients it needs! So, take it from a single mom on a hairy budget, if I can do it, so can you 😉 More to come on the lightening on the rest of our lives 😀

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