A Food Plan I Can Afford

I like the food plan I put together a couple days back, but after spending $225 on groceries and making a bunch of vegan food that I don’t think anyone else will help me eat before it goes bad, I’m remembering why being vegan is so challenging in a family setting. The whole point of going vegan is to maximize the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet, not to go bankrupt or spend a zillion hours I don’t have in the kitchen each day to cook two different meals. The kids will eat some healthy plant-based stuff, but there’s a lot of vegan food they won’t touch. Additionally, I wanted to put exceptions in the plan for holidays and birthdays because while I might be able to never have Christmas cookies or birthday cake again, I don’t think I actually want to be that Draconian about this. I can be in perfect shape without having to eat nothing but lettuce for the rest of my life. I think the cornerstone of this plan has always been the intermittent fasting. Being vegan is great, but I’ve got enough life experience to know I can eat pretty poorly as a vegan, especially nowadays (vegan Pop Tarts and Oreos, anyone?). Instead of strictly being vegan, I think I’ll stick to Michael Pollan’s advice in “Food Rules” regarding what food I can eat when not fasting.

Food Plan to Enprison the Pig v2

  • Consume calories for only 4 hours each day (which hours is unimportant, though during the daylight is preferable) which I’ll measure using the Zero app on my phone. Tasting tiny bits of food for seasoning while cooking is permissible outside this window.
  • Eat only foods that Great Grammy Chaplin’s mother would have been able to prepare in her kitchen back in the 1920’s (if she had access to ingredients anywhere in the world)
  • Consume 66% or more plant-based products
  • Consume at least 1 cup of leafy greens every day
  • Never eat high fructose corn syrup
  • Never eat store-bought foods with any type of sugar in the first three ingredients
  • Drink at least 64 oz (half a gallon) of water each day

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