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New Book: How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet

Nobody likes to talk about this, but the raw food diet is awfully expensive.

As a single guy eating mostly but not 100% raw, I used to spend $600 to $800 a month on food, just for myself!

I’ve asked a lot of people eating this way how much they spend on food, and I get similar figures all the time.

And it’s not just fruits and vegetables that are expensive: every one that I know that you could consider a “health foodist” spends spends at least twice the national average on food.

Have you seen your grocery bills rise lately?

The trend is pretty scary.

I remember when avocados used to cost 99 cents each, and would go on sale for 2 or even 3 for a dollar. Now the “normal” price is $1.99 and they are often advertised on sale for $1.49!

And there’s the same trend across the board: food is becoming more expensive, and healthy food is becoming even more “premium.”

Some people say the solution is to grow your own food. But it’s been shown that you’ll spend more doing this. If you factor in the cost of the land, seeds, gardening tools, natural fertilizers, and so on, you’re not coming ahead. Unless of course, you have a big plot of land and you’re not doing anything with it. Then planting some fruit trees might be a good idea, but it will take many years until they start to produce.

I’ve always accepted the fact that food has been one of my biggest expenses.

After all, I saw food as a sort of “health insurance” and spending more for food made sense.

But as my food bills kept climbing over the past few years, it started to annoy me.

Every month, I would cringe when I would look at my food expenses.

I would often spend more on food than for housing!

I knew there was another way, but all my attempts to reduce my food budget failed.

One time I decided to live for one month on a cooked vegan diet, but the lowest I could bring my food budget down was around $300.

I thought I was doing things right, but in fact I was making big mistakes.

*The $1 a Day Experiment*

One thing that made me shift my thinking is when I heard of a couple that became sort of famous by trying to live on $1 a day (each person), or about $30 a month for food.

Their story was published in multiple newspapers and they wrote a book about it.

I was impressed by their dedication and their ingenuity, but when I looked at their menu, I was appalled. It was full of unhealthy foods I wouldn’t dare to put in my body.

However, it got me thinking.

If some people manage to bring down their total food budget to $30 a month by being smart, could I do something similar on a *healthy* plant-based diet, but for $100 a month instead?

That’s about $3.33 a day, or less than what most people spend on a Starbucks Latte.

I decided to do this as an experiment, because I do like challenges!

However, I had a few rules:

* No Clipping Coupons — I watched some episodes of a show called “Extreme Couponing” where dedicated housewives clip coupons like crazy and get several carts at the grocery stores that would cost hundreds of dollars for just a few bucks.

However, the problem with couponing is:

– It sucks. It takes time and honestly, who wants to do that?

– It’s for pre-packaged, unhealthy foods. I don’t want three dozen jars of French’s yellow mustard, no thank you. But that’s often what these coupon maniacs do. You rarely see coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables or other whole foods.

* It’s Got to Be Healthy, but Not Necessarily Raw

I decided that in my experiment would only be allowed to purchase healthy foods, but not necessarily all raw.

So my first experiment was to live on a budget of $100 a month and eat extremely well on a plant-based diet.

Later, I also did a second experiment to live on a raw food diet on the cheap, but the budget was different (and still significantly less than most raw foodists spend).

What Happened

Eating extremely well on a plant-based diet for just about $3 a day was an eye-opening experiment for me.

It was a complete paradigm shift.

I learned completely new tricks and techniques by taking my concept to a new level of understanding.

And in the process, I wrote an entire book!

This book is called “How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant Based Diet” and there’s nothing like it anywhere.

Most other books that I’ve found on the subject only give you recipes (mostly rice and beans).

I wanted my book to be completely different and cover ALL the bases.

I wanted to design a complete system for slashing your food budget and not feel deprived at all. In fact, you’ll feel like you still eat like a King or Queen!

How is it done?

I’ll tell you more about it soon.

The book is ready and will be released tomorrow as an eBook.

Stay tuned…

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.