Day 8, Organic or standard? #30VeganDays
Yesterday we couldn’t post as we had many things to do but guess what? We’re still vegan and we are very happy about it 😀
It is indeed a bit challenging sometimes because Western culture is quite centered in eating animal products but when you are determined you can make it!
You can always take with you some fruits, nuts, or even sprouted seeds and have them as snacks instead of buying junk snacks that might have some animal products in them, or other harmful ingredients (always take a look at the label!). We normally bring a bottle with us to refill it with water and keep us hydrated. In my case, most evenings I put a teaspoon of chia seeds to one of the refills. Like that I am providing my body with a good dose of Omega 3, protein, and minerals.
What I am trying to say is that it is not true that in order to respect your vegan diet you need to buy anything fancy or expensive (instead of chia you can add ground flax seeds to your breakfast and salads for instance). Even if you start buying organic or fair-trade products you will see that you will end up spending less than before and feeling much better. For instance we realize shortly before launching the #30VeganDay challenge that Fair Trade organic bananas are cheaper than the standard bananas and not only that. They even lasted longer!
A lot of people do not know about it but standard bananas, like most non-organic vegetables and fruits are treated with fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and other toxic products. Click on the following link you to take a look at what is inside a non-organic banana.
Take a look at the organic or bio products next time you go shopping, I am sure you will be surprised that some of them are cheaper than you thought, or than they previously were. Else, pay a visit to local organic shops and compare prices. In some European countries such as the UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Spain there is a website called The Food Assembly that connects local producers with consumers. Some of those producers offer organic products at really good prices.
If you know about any other websites similar to The Food Assembly in your country please let us know in the comments field. Remember that by supporting local producers you’re also reducing your carbon footprint.