Hello to all you raw foodies! I just joined the forum to get a bit more info about the lifestyle you guys have here. I am a regular member of the VF.net and VBB.com forums, so I figured I would give this place a try as well. There are quite a few things I am not terribly keen on discussing, but I don't think it will be an issue unless I am challenged to a debate! :D Other than that I will be browsing around a bit and trying to help wherever and whomever I can.
Basically at this point I have only one question, how do you make a LFRV lifestyle affordable? It seems to me that per calorie, fruits are much more expensive than beans, grains, soy products, etc. I love fruit, but my budget is quite limited, so I am looking for some cheapo ideas from anyone else here who is on a budget!
Bananas and dates.
Can still be expensive, depending on where you live. You sometimes see people from various parts of the states and SE Asia getting enormous amounts of food for what you pay for two boxes of bananas here.
I buy from a wholesaler yet spend four figure amounts (in both GBP's and USD) a month. Wrong country (UK).
Check this video out, it might help. =)
Where do you live and what is "cheap" to you?
UK, top tip for the summer. Get an allotment or get to help out on one.
I got a tiny plot last year and all my plans are right out of the window as I was planning a lot of runner beans again (not advisable raw) and more butternut squashes, along with onions and french beans.
BUT my neighbour has three fruit cages and more soft fruit than he can shake a stick and and let me pick all his blackcurrants and there was a gone-wild gooseberry bush nearby.
I also got given a carrier bag of gooseberries as I was on the lottie at the right time.
I'm planning to
1/ trade veges for fruit
2/ grow lettuce and cucumbers, kale, broccoli and chard etc.
3/ encourage my little gooseberry, blackcurrent and strawberry plants
4/ plant some raspberry canes
and PICK those wild blackberries til the cows come home in September to eat and freeze.
Wild greengages, if you can find a tree are divine.
Spot the pear trees in people's gardens and ASK.
Or as you I am going to go broke in a month :)
Try Freegle too. I helped a chap clear the apples on his tree and carried away two carrier bags.
Yes, and if you want a great mineral content: Rockdust, remineralise the soil.
See what the Seers Foundation has done in Scotland on acid peat soil that could only grow heather.
I think mineral content and not commercial Organic is the way forward. I heard a local commercial organic grower (also vegan) saying she would carry on growing carrots without any rotation because the price was so good. DOH!
BTW although I say I'll grow more strawberries, be careful as they seem to be a bit on the acidic side for the body (me and my dad found this).
Jack, you spend $1K a month on food??? Also, just my personal thoughts, but I won't eat dates due to their lower nutrient value, and I would like to go with some healthier fruits than bananas as well. Oranges are about the only really healthy fruit I can seem to get cheap here during the winter. :/
Thanks for the video Amanda, I will have to check out what wholesale produce places we have here. It is a tough life in the winter!
Liam, I live in Denver and cheap is just cheap, AKA the less I can spend on food the better. :) Mostly right now the best price on fruit at the store is $1/lb, but that gets expensive if your only food is fruit.
Kaz, growing a garden is a great idea which I would love for more people to do, but I live in an apartment building and the only grassy areas around are thin strips in the parking lot!