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090 | Vegan Path To FI

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James and Steven pull back the curtain on veganism, talking about the health, lifestyle and financial benefits of veganism, alongside the practical details of how to actually make it work.

What you’ll learn from today’s show:

  • Terms for the conversation:
    • Veganism: essentially a belief system. Vegan don’t use animal products
    • Vegetarian: no meat products, but includes eggs and dairy
    • Flexitarian: vegetarian most of the time
    • Plant-based veganism: don’t eat any animal products
  • Steven’s veganism started with chronic wrist and hand pain.
  • James is a vegetarian body builder from Alabama.
  • What’s his story?
  • How did tacos change James’ life?
  • Vegetarian or veganism is almost inevitable for a person who is fully optimizing their meals.
  • Cheapest proteins per ounce: Beans, Lentils, Oatmeal.
  • How much protein should the typical American diet include?
  • What is the max protein amount that a body can make use of in a day?
  • Recommended sources of protein:
    • Hemp seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Lentils, Edamame, Chick peas, black-eyed peas
  • What are hemp seeds, and where can someone buy them?
  • What is protein, and what foods contain protein?
  • Why does Steven’s current diet look a little less “American”?
  • How do ethnic foods lend themselves to a vegan diet?
  • What snacks does James eat when he’s hungry?
  • What is the difference between plant-based and whole-foods plant-based?
  • Recommendation for shopping:
    • Protein
    • Berries
    • Cruciferous veggies: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
    • Leafy green – mostly dark leafy greens
  • How do James and Steven season their food to keep things exciting?
  • What does being a vegan cost?
  • How has Steven and James’ health adjusted since becoming vegan?
  • What is the most compelling reason that someone should be a vegan?
  • How can someone give veganism a try?
  • Where is James at on his journey toward FI?
  • How does becoming vegan feel similar to committing to financial independence?
  • “Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything.”
Listen to Brad and  Jonathan’s thoughts about this episode here.

Recipes

Steven’s Beginner guide to Vegan

Links to resources mentioned:

Vegan FIRE Facebook Group Mr. Money Mustache Root of Good Raptitude Mr. Money Mustache: The True Cost of Commuting Rethink the Rat Race
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