Go Ahead and Clip that Coupon!

There’s a little bit of shaming around coupon clipping and I’d like us to get over it.  While I personally shy away from packaged foods, I know that my clients and readers can’t always shop like that, so I encourage coupon clipping, especially when transitioning to a plant-based diet.

Coupons are a great opportunity to try new products and save money, and more and more plant-based and natural food brands are offering coupons for their products.

Companies offer coupons because they want …continue reading

Learn to Grow (Some of) Your Own Food

The best food you’ll ever eat is the food you grow yourself.

It’s also the most affordable way to feed yourself.

For a couple of dollars, you can get 100-200 seeds (depending on the pack). If you receive SNAP benefits, seeds and edible starter plants are eligible purchases.

No matter where you live, you can grow at least one thing, even if it’s just herb pots on your windowsill, tomatoes on your fire escape, or a kitchen garden in your back yard or in a community garden plot. The …continue reading

Eat With Strangers

The one thing I hear again and again as I talk to people starting out on the plant-based path is how lonely the journey is. Many people find themselves with no one to get advice from or share experiences with. To avoid this, you have to seek out and build the community of people who share your values and experiences.

Here are two ways to build community around the plant-based lifestyle:

Join a vegetarian Meetup or organization.

Chances are, there’s a vegetarian society in your state that meets regularly. They may charge you a fee to …continue reading

Eating in Season is Good for Your Health

Most New Yorkers, including myself, are lucky enough to live in an area with access to quality supermarkets that offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from all over the world, in and out of season, as well as farmers markets, community supported agriculture clubs, food cooperatives, and other alternative food buying models.

While it’s wonderful to be able to enjoy a seemingly never ending year-round bounty, we’ve lost touch with the seasons and take Nature’s cycles for …continue reading

Cooking with Friends: 8 Tips for Well-Planned Get-Togethers

Planning meals for yourself can be daunting, especially if you’re cooking for one.  Eating alone can also make it easier for you to choose less than healthy meals or ready-to-eat meals that don’t give you much in the way of nutritional value or quality. So instead of opting for takeout, frozen dinners, cereal, or even ice cream, consider hosting regular potlucks. Potlucks are a great way to catch up with friends over a meal that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are 8 tips for …continue reading

Eat Real Food

Transition foods like soy burgers, texturized vegetable protein (TVP), soya chunks, seitan,  crumbles, and the countless other fake meats out there may satisfy our emotional attachments to their animal counterparts, but these are highly processed foods that have little nutritional value.

Some meat analogues may also be high in sodium and contain fillers, thickeners, and binding agents to get it to look like the very thing you’ve chosen to abstain from. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does …continue reading