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Grocery Shopping as a Vegan

Last week, my grocery shopping list was sparse. I ditched pork, red meat, chicken and fish to embrace a vegan diet. It's not because I think it's cruel to kill animals. I love animals and find them precious and fascinating -- but also tasty.  My aim was to lose a few pounds and nothing can help shed a quick five pounds like going vegan.

It's a good way to save a little money too during your trips to the supermarket. While buying an extensive supply of vegetables and fruits is expensive, not having to buy meat more than balances out the bill. To replace meat, I opted for legumes, of course. Throughout the week, I made bean soup, bean chili, and red beans to go over rice. I also cooked a variety of peas. Legumes are one of the most inexpensive ingredients that can provide a main course for families.

This vegan eating style has been something I've been aiming to try after I noticed in summer that former President Bill "Bubba Loves Big Macs" Clinton lost all his weight and claimed to experience lower cholesterol and improved heart health.

The first three days were incredible. My energy was abnormally high and I had mental clarity. By the fourth day, however, I began to miss meat intensely.  With meat banned, I couldn't buy chicken or beef broths to flavor the soup or any of my vegetables. I found that I missed the taste and began craving meat too much.

By the fifth day, I had fallen off the wagon. I did lose the five pounds I wanted but threatened to gain it all back during subsequent days when I went on a meat-eating spree.

So, I can't vouch for vegan grocery shopping as a fail-proof weight loss method, but I can say it will save you a little money on groceries (well, until fall off the wagon.)