My name is Deidre and I started this blog because I hear the same two questions all the time:
You’re vegan? But what do you actually eat?
Isn’t it expensive to be vegan?
I think a plant-based diet is probably the cheapest diet there is, so I decided to document what I do to live a more frugal life.
I started following a plant-based diet in April 2018, and my diet has only improved in terms of quality and variety. I lost a bit of weight, saw a few improvements in overall health, and definitely spent tons more time researching recipes on Youtube and experimenting in the kitchen.
I see many new vegans on social media and IRL (thanks to the Game Changers!), asking the same questions I did when I first went vegan, so I decided to share some of what I have learned here. I am by no means an expert or a perfect vegan, but I have learned a few things through trial and error, and I experiment all the time.
To me, living frugally means using what I have before buying something new, repairing or repurposing items when possible, not spending excessive amounts when shopping, but also not spending too much time and energy driving from shop to shop hunting bargains. It’s also about less waste. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t go out or enjoy spending the money that I have decided to spend.
Please know that although I try to eat mostly whole foods, I don’t have any specific focus areas in my diet, e.g. I still eat gluten, soy, faux meat and dairy substitutes (occasionally). So some of my favourite recipes are healthier than others, but they are all tasty 😊
If you have any tips or things you would like me to try, feel free to get in touch!
If you live in Cape Town, feel free to join my meetup group – we meet for dinner about once a month.
Yours in veggies