Living Frugally: The Fiscally Fit Vegan

I know, I know, you saw the word Vegan and thought, “There is no way I’m giving up meat.” Oddly enough that very statement is at the core of what I’m tackling in today’s post. If a friend said to you, “Man, I can’t give up alcohol” how would you respond? What if they said they “I can’t give up” an illegal drug? Of course you’d see this as a problem, and you should. They’d obviously have an addiction that should be addressed as soon as possible.


Food for thought…[pun intended].

Question: “Why does the American Cancer Society recommend that all cancer patients reduce their meat intake?

Answer: Because they recognize that the less meat you eat, the less likely the cancer will continue to grow! Am I saying you must give up meat in order to be healthy? Absolutely not.

However, I do want you to consider this story.

My wife and I became vegan in 2009. She was suffering from high blood pressure and was told by a Dr. that she had a certain type of cancer. The doctor insisted that she have surgery immediately. My wife decided to go the natural route instead and gave up meat and processed foods. I was looking for a way to get back in shape so I joined her on her journey.

Months later there was no sign of cancer. Also, my bursitis stopped, my sinusitis was gone, and my memory improved greatly. Other than my wife’s initial doctor visit and two follow ups, we didn’t spend much money. There were no other doctor visits to pay for, no specialists, no surgery cost and no prescriptions to fill. We just ate the right foods, filled with the nutrients that fight cancer and other sicknesses.

I believe it was Plato who said, “Let food be thy medicine.” There’s also an old Chinese proverb that says, “He who neglects diet wastes the time of his doctor.” Maybe those who came before us knew something we have forgotten. Being in the best health helps us avoid costly sicknesses, visits to the doctor, the ER, and those high-cost medical procedures. Don’t just take my word for it. I highly advise you to conduct your own research.  On sites such as YouTube you can view the stories of many folks who have had experiences similar to that of me and my wife. What you’ll see is eye-opening!

Here’s to your physical and fiscal health.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. My wife is a vegetarian and we have very little meat in the house. Occasionally she’ll eat some fish. I eat meat outside of the house and we are not raising our kids veg. But I have seen the benefits and believe vegetarian diet is a good thing. Didn’t Einstein even believe it was the future?

    • Retire before Dad, you’re correct, Einstein did fully approve of the Vegetarian diet. I absolutely love that fact.

      • Apparently Einstein was a vegetarian towards the end of his life. He is quoted as saying the following, “I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience” and “I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”

        • I never knew he said that James. VERY good to know 🙂

  2. If the vegan diet is cheaper and healthier, then I would consider it, but I do need my meat here and there!

    • Overall, I do believe it is healthier. However, like you I am not prepared to give up meat completely. I love chicken, halibut, ono, and ahi too much. I try to consume less beef and more lean meat; along with fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain a good diet.

    • Thanks for the comment David. As far as “cheaper”, the vegan diet is less expensive in that it’s the American diet minus all meat. So if you filled your cart with everything you normally buy, then take out three meat, you’ll be spending less. However, not everyone is ready to take that step.

      As far as it being healthier, I’m convinced it is. Just google “vegan athletes” & people like Carl Lewis come up in the search. Other, strong, high performance, gold-medal winners are in the mix as well. Check out documentaries like Forks Over Knives or Food Inc.

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Adding to Taz’ documentaries to check out, Vegucated is a good one as well. FWIW, it is available for streaming on Netflix.

  3. Excellent post! While I am not ready to go Vegan, I am trying to cut out as much processed foods and meats as possible out of my life. It sometimes takes a little more work (at least, early on), but there are so many great health benefits from it. Thanks for the post!

    • Like you, I am not prepared to go Vegan. However, I have been eating significantly red meat over the last few years and I have made a concentrated effort to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Thanks for reading, Our Fine Adventure. For most, becoming Vegan requires a bit of transition time. However, as you slowly change you’re eating habits you’ll enjoy both the health benefits and the reduced impact on your wallet. I hope you’ll read/comment on the rest of this series.

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