Woohoo, sister! If you've already listened to the first 6 parts of this series on how to heal your body naturally with whole plant foods, we are so very proud of you! You are a real trooper, and we know it's that kind of action that leads to lasting results. 🙌
BUT we also know that some days get so busy and life happens. Or maybe you're just tuning in for the first time. If so, no worries at all! However, we do want you to get the best results, so we highly recommend that you go back and catch Episodes #119-#124 before listening to this one!
All of the episodes in this series build upon the last, and we are super excited to share them with you.
Sadly, we get that frustration and overwhelm often accompany adopting a whole food plant-based lifestyle, because you don't know what to do besides just finding and learning some new recipes.
We're all about showing you the simple, actionable steps for building a full life you love every single day so you can get lasting results and kiss cheat days goodbye. There's a way that works, and it involves learning how to find Plant-Based JOY! 💕 🎈 This is what's often missing and why it can seem so hard.
But thankfully, it does not have to be that way!
Today we're sharing part 7, where we dive into how to save time and money with whole food plant based vegan living. We are thrilled to have you with us, and we are cheering you on, always! 🎉
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Hey there, sunshine. Welcome to the Power On Plants Podcast, where your host, Jarrod and Anita Roussel and we're absolutely head over heels for whole plant foods, and helping you navigate this incredible plant based journey. That's because our lives have been completely changed by plant based goodness. We used to struggle everyday with excess pounds and low energy, vascular disease, joint pain and lack of sleep, just to name a few. And even though we're medical professionals, we still weren't getting practical answers that actually worked. So we dug into the research, we started living what we learned. And now we both of our lives back. And that's what we want for you to the truth is you can do this, and it's not hard, you just need a way that will bring real and lasting change. And that path, it has to be simple and enjoyable. And it's got to be delicious, too. So are you ready to live your life to the fullest? Then you're in the right place because Living without limits. That's what power plants is all about. Simple up your chair, grab a matcha latte, and let's get started.Jarrod:
Well, hello there, sister. Welcome to power on plants podcast. Did that sound a little weird? Me saying Hello, sister? No, no. Okay. Well, you say it every time and it just seems like so much fun. So I thought I would come on with. Hello, sister. You just had to try. Hello, sunshine. Yes.Anita:
There you go. We're breaking him in. We're getting himJarrod:
shaking things a little bit.Anita:
Well, you are joining us for part seven. Okay, this is a nine part series, probably one of the most important things we put out on the podcast. I mean, we have a ton of great information on here. That this, we're so passionate about helping women learn how to heal, with whole plant paid so that you can do all the things you want to do in life.Jarrod:
And what we're doing with this is highlighting the steps within the success path. So we're showing you step by step, what we did to address ourselves and what gave us the health that we now have. And we we took where we are now look back where we were, how did we get here? What were the steps? What are the ways that we can make those steps easier to end delicious and enjoyable to implement? And that's what we came up with? Yeah, butAnita:
the beauty of the power plant Success Path is that we didn't just use our experience to create this because we're both medical professionals, right? Well, Jared is the medicine. I'm in nursing. So you've got to understand we're coming at this from a research back thing. So when we ended up wanting to know how to heal our bodies, when I reached my lowest point, and we were desperate, what did we do? We dug into the research and we started implementing one thing and another thing and another thing and before long we start getting results. And we're going Why didn't you buy told us this stuff? I mean, we were going to Dr. Singh doctors trying to get answers and not getting these answers, especially the nutritional ones. Unless it was something like well don't eat that thing. We talked to them about that before a lot of people come to us and say, I wanted to get better. I went to my doctor and they said don't eat that thing.Jarrod:
I remember one doctor that you went to where they actually did some type of nutritional analysis, but they broke it down to just different things, I think certain vitamins or whatnot. And it really ended up being that the solution was just a lot easier than that. And not that that's a bad thing. Because certainly if you have a certain vitamin deficient deficiency, you need to know that. But interestingly for us, the answer was a lot simpler than that.Anita:
So much easier if we had just known but now we know and thankfully we do.Jarrod:
And that's why our passion, that's why we're here.Anita:
It's changed everything. It's absolutely changed everything for us. And we see it change everything for a lot of people on a regular basis. And that's what we want for you. We don't want you to have to live like we were living 1015 years ago, we were miserable. But we didn't even honestly, I think you get to a point where you're so used to your body feeling that way. You don't even know how bad you feel. You just know you have aches and pains. But hey, that's what happens when you get older andJarrod:
and you forget once things improve. And for us, we look back, and we're remembering some of the low points and thought, wow, I didn't realize how bad things were because you get into survival mode.Anita:
Oh yeah, that was my every day you just described my everyday survival survival mode. That was it. I was living every day of my life. The precious time. I wish I could get back just surviving and just looking for some way I could get better so I could feel better. So I didn't have to sit around all day and I could get up and live my life. But that is no longer your story. Yeah, I'm so thankful that that's true. And we don't want it to be your story either. So today, if you have not listened to the first parts of this nine part series, please go back and listen to those because these all build upon each other and we're on Part Seven today talking about making the most of your buying experience. Why? Because we are so passionate about saving time and money. Jared and I are busy. We homeschool all of our children. We have, as you heard in the last episode six kits, which are really for kids. We talk all about that in the last episode. But we have four children. And we just we stay busy. I mean, their age nine through almost 17 is about turn 17. And so I cannot believe that it's crazy. We actually have three teenagers right now. And honestly, it is these are some of them. I spend days we're having so much fun with these things, but but you can still pray for us. Right? So that would be okay, we need wisdom. We always need wisdom. But we're just so thankful for these four kids. But let's talk about what we're here to talk about, which is saving time and money. Because we're all about it. I mean, this is where you do find plant based joy. The food has to taste good. Yes, that's part of there's all these steps are part of fun and joy and way of living this way, right? You gotta have your mindset, right? If you don't have the right mindset, you're never going to be joyful, because you're going to think you have to do things that bring misery because of course, healing brings misery, right. Like, if you're going to heal, you're going to lose weight, you're going to start feeling better, you've got to do miserable things like portion control. And you can only eat tiny amounts of food. So you've got to count your calories or keep up with points while everybody around you seems to be really enjoying theirJarrod:
while you're talking about healing, causing pain. Well, when you go to the doctor's office, sometimes you get a shot, that hurts, or sometimes you get yucky tasting medicine. And that's a different kind of pain, but still gonna be painful. So, you know, it just seems like that's a common misconception that it has to be painful, but it has to be painful. And we're going to tell you that it's not taste bad, right? Or taste bad. Yes, I'm assuming thinking.Anita:
So that's one of the mindset things. So he's got to taste like cardboard, it's got to be zero point, cabbage shape, okay, these different mindsets, we got to get right, then we got to get the right environment, okay. And then the food, you gotta know how to build flavors that satisfy and then your plate, you've got to find a beautiful balance on that plate. And then come savvy shopping, you got to know how to save time and save money. And really, this is part environment, too. You gotta know how to set up your environment, because there are ways to do that, that will save you time and money. So they're kind of all wrapped into one here where we're talking about time and money under this savvy shopping category. Alright, so what are some of the things that you like best that people really seem to benefit the most from? Under savvy shopping?Jarrod:
What do I like the best? Absolutely. That clients have benefited from? Uh huh. Well, I know that for them, but also for us being able to have food delivered to our home. That's a great savvy Shopping Tool. Yeah,Anita:
when you find your favorite places online to get your dried beans, and to get your nuts, I'm a wordJarrod:
we've loved and good. And there's so many things that we're able to buy, get a great price, have it shipped straight to our door. So if you don't do that, that is actually a great way a great not tool, right? What's the word I'm looking for here, it's a great method method to learn, because that will save you both time and money, right. Another way that we've learned a little bit later in the game was having fresh groceries brought to our door. Now for us, we have a whole foods not too far away. It's about a 30 minute drive.Anita:
But you look at 30 minutes there 30 minutes back, and then a time that it takes to shop when they will do that mostly for free. Lately, they've had a little bit of a fee on top of that. Yeah, a lot of it. But if you look at it, the two hours it would take to shop, what could you be doing with those two hours. And so you have to free up, you have to balance that out. And so your time is money. That's one thing we've learned as we've gotten older, I mean, your time sometimes is worth so much more than a couple of extra dollars, just to have somebody delivered to your door. So you have to think about those things as well. But yeah, I mean, there are places we absolutely love to shop. vitacost.com is one of them, definitely check them out, it's a great place to get things straight to your door. And if you let's say if you live in an area where as your standard is, I want to share one more tip here, look up as your standard because it they deliver to a certain area location and you go pick it up, but the prices are really, really good. So that's a great tip there.Jarrod:
How do you spell thatAnita:
AC, u r e, okay, I'm not sure what the website is, but look up as your standard and it will be on their website. And it tells you if they deliver to your location or not and when the pickup is, but you have to pick it up at certain time, you have to know that you're going to be available for that. So that has to go on your calendar. But then the right tools and appliances. I mean, we're huge into this about we have so many tools that we just love but it's not the beauty of healthy plant bases. You don't have to have the tools. You don't have to have to butJarrod:
they can make life a lot easier. I just had the mental image of trying to hammer in a nail with a pair of pliers. You could do it. You could depending on how big those pliers are, but it's not really designed for the job and it's not going to be efficient and as effective.Anita:
That's a great, great analogy. I'm picturing you doing that right now and it kind of scaleJarrod:
Just a true confessions here I have actually done it before I tried to do it whenever I couldn't find my hammer like, Oh, great. I've got my pliers just sitting thinking like, Okay, I'm not getting anywhere with this. Then call our finder Andrew our son, if I can, if he didn't lose it. He can find it. Yeah, that's Andrew. Where's my hammer? Five minutes later, okay, I found it was under this box andAnita:
that or singer and he never sooner? Yeah. And it's amazing. If he loses something of his eye on he can't want to best we'll have to find it. But if somebody else lost it, he can find itJarrod:
right away superpower. It's impressive. Actually. We've come to rely upon it. Like Anderson, I don't know, it's out in the garage somewhere. That's all I know. Can you find it? Sure. And then he's got it.Anita:
It's amazing. But anyway. Yeah, you've got to have those. So there are some we talk about all the time and others that we don't talk about as much. But we have our little arsenal, I call it an arsenal or you call it your treasure chest, you know, you think about pulling out this treasure chest of all these wonderful things that just make you smile. I mean, you pulling out jewel, it's like jewels, really on this lifestyle. Because if you have a blender, that'll make you a green smoothie versus a green chunky, you know, that's the difference between whether or not you ever want to touch a green BTN. I'm just saying sometimes you get burned and it's real hard to get back. So you've got to have the right thing like if you're making if you want to make cheesy soups, you got to have a high speed blender that's going to pull varieties, the Kashi so you don't have to soak them for 100 hours beforehand. Do I soak cashews? No, are so not nuts? Good? If they're raw? Yeah, cuz they could sprout a little bit. So there are some benefits to that. But is it necessary if you have a high speed blender? No. So then automatically, within just minutes, I mean, I'm the queen of under five minutes, sauces, you've got to have those will become the sauce boss, you got to learn how to become a sausageJarrod:
boss. And I will tell you, like you were saying soaking the nuts and all that ahead of time is great. But you got to plan ahead for that day. And it's not bad. That takes time. But I know for us, a lot of times we've developed recipes and ways of preparing this food that really is honestly so quick, as long as we have the just the raw ingredients. And I mean, Rob as in base ingredients for the food that we cook, right. I mean, we can throw stuff together. So we may not know until five minutes before we start dinner, what we're having. So you may not have the time. So having that high speed blender where you can just pulverize the nuts into this creamy sauce or whatever you're making is a huge help. I'm a word,Anita:
there's just no word for that kind of sauce. I mean, the sauce can make a difference between whether or not you love this way of living, you've got to know how to make this simple sauces. So Jared just mentioned something is very interesting. How do you get dinner on the table and under five minutes or less, he said, because we can just go in there and get dinner on the table in under five minutes. Okay, and we do this constantly. We don't always plan our meals. Sometimes I'll make a meal plan if I feel like okay, this week, I'm not like a meal plan. And we have ways of doing that, that make it really simple. Because honestly, most people only have nine meals that they eat on average, throughout an entire month. So if you just come up with non new meals, that you can just start together in under five minutes or less. Yeah, you don't even need a meal plan. But there are ways to do that you can make those on your own. You don't have to buy somebody else's nasty tasting meal plan that you don't like the foods you don't understand the ingredients. You learn how to fix any meal in a way that you like it that will work with whole food plant based, no oil lifestyle, and you're golden. This is your treasure chest. So now you've got these. This is the way you save time. These food formulas that you know how to just start together under five minutes. You're out you're busy all day the kids are at school or you're homeschooling all day and then you got to run here they are to an errand. You come home and you think ah I haven't even thought about what to eat for dinner. Boom. 510 minutes. Dinner's on the table. Easy under 30 I'm talking easy, but there are a lot of meals we can pull together in 10. Five minutes. Easy. Oh, very quick,Jarrod:
quick preparation. So we get the kids in there and like Kate would shoot who's our nine year old we've got some special knives that she'll use that it'll cut the lettuce on her finger.Anita:
There's a time saver. Get your kids involved because not only are you going to save time, you're going to save money by not have to bind so many pre prep things. Although we do show how to do that. You know that's important, too. Very good time saver. Yeah. And we did a whole episode on that. How do you get the food on the table fast really, really important to do that, but get your kids involved? It's amazing how much they can learn. They're interested in the food. People say how do you get your kids to eat it? Well, a lot of times they help pick the food at the store, they help cut it up. And if you've got kids for a young age, you just got to realize just like what they take in or if they the age they have a phone in their hand. You get to decide what age do they get to start learning about these things and eating these things. What foods are you going to put in their hand? You know, is the pantry just going to be filled with kit cats and junk food are you going To fill the lead, let them help you feel your property spin in your refrigerator, let them help you pick out what there is to eat. And we have all kinds of ways to get the kids involved, you've got to learn how to do that. And that brings them into the process and they get excited about and then they want to try it.Jarrod:
Well, they like going grocery shopping with me. So I'm grabbing one thing, they're grabbing something else and but to what you're saying is they become invested in it, they've had a choice and it they've picked this, they've helped prepare it. Now they want to try and eat it because they've done something,Anita:
right. And another way you can save money is by or time especially, is by book preparing foods. But I just I used to have nightmares when people would mention that. And I would just shut down. Because I pictured these. Now they used to have these groups where women would get together and they prep this all these meals and it'd be like a whole day long thing. Or women will be on YouTube talking about spending a whole weekend batch preparing their stuff. And I'm picking that is not going to work with my lifestyle. A lot of time too. Yeah, so you so what you learn is how to bulk cook certain things that you can use a multiple dishes that are very quick. And that's made quick by having the right tools and appliances. So having an instant pot is going to speed that up having a if you if you can or you own one having sent them like a Kitchenaid or Cuisinart food processor, right? If you have something like that, that's going to make chopping things and slicing things and dicing things honestly, next to the blender, that's probably the thing I use the most reducing know that instant potJarrod:
and support. And then probably number three would be the food processor.Anita:
So here's the thing, we could talk about all kinds of different things like shopping in bulk. And how do you do that, buying fresh versus local and saving money with that saving money at the farmers market and when to buy there, how not to over buy, how to join a CSA, all these different ways of saving money, I just keep going on and on about saving money in time. But I do not want you to be overwhelmed. This symptom we're really intentional about is not overwhelming. I know we give a lot of things, and a lot of tips on this podcast. But what I don't want you to do is get analysis paralysis. What that is, is where you start analyzing all this information you've got and then you go, I'm not gonna do anything because it's just too much. Now you pick one thing, you don't worry about all the rest, because you come back around and you listen again,Jarrod:
exactly, that's what I was gonna say the beauty of this is that you can go back and re listen to and then implement somethingAnita:
new. We do that all the time. I mean, we have courses that we take on different things, and we'll go through it. And we'll start implementing, and then we come back two months later, and we go, Oh, my word, we've learned so much. And we've done so much of this. And it doesn't sound quite so much because we've already put these things into practice and look how far down the road we are now. And so now we can start doing Oh, I didn't even understand what these were before. But now that I've done these few things, this is so much easier. And we put two more one more into practice.Jarrod:
And because you've taken action, you've built a foundation that you can build on and add something and you have the momentum. So that next thing doesn't seem quite soAnita:
difficult. This is what we always say, be the snowball. Okay, so you think about a snowball, how it would start at the top of the hill. And it's really small, and it's kind of going slow, but then it's going to pick up pace. If it just starts going. It's just got to start. So all you need to do is be the snowball. Keep telling yourself, I want to be the snowball, right? You want to start out and it may be a little bit slower at first because you don't know all the things. And we've mentioned several different things because we want to give you a buffet to try. But what we don't want you to do is leave overwhelmed. Okay, take from the buffet, what works for you right now the things that sound like, ooh, that could be fun. Ooh, I'm interested in that I want to implement that and go with it. And before long, things look very different. And you gain that momentum and you're rolling faster and faster and faster. And all of a sudden, you look back and everything looks so different. It's really amazing how this happens. And it happens time and time again, because hopefully plant based living just works. It just works when you know how to find plant based joy. And that's the big key in this. You got to find joy and how to do this. You've got to learn more than just recipes. It's got to be plant based 2.0 Because the recipes, they're only going to get you so far. And the sad things is is a lot of those let let me down when I was doing this, I would look at try something. This is gross. And I'd be mad. I mean, I'd seriously be upset because I spent all that time and all that money. Talk about time and money wasters, making these recipes that just fell flat. And I hated that. You know, and and sometimes you look at recipe and you feel like this looks like this is like Latin to me. I don't even know how to make these things. I mean, this is these are ingredients I don't even understand. So we're all about keeping the ingredients low on your list. So simple as you're looking for new recipes and other time savers pick ones that have less ingredients and ingredients that are not hard to pronounce. Okay, that's really important. So we've given you a lot of tips, choose from the buffet and be the snowball. We have loved having you with us again today. Hope you're having a fantastic day. Enjoy, look around you take a moment to just stop and enjoy the blessings that are around you. And be thankful for all the things that you have in your life and all the people especially that are surrounding you and give somebody a smile today. Give them something to be grateful about to. We have loved having you again and we look forward to seeing you again for part eight of this nine part series. You're a trooper, you're doing amazing. And I guarantee you if you're putting these things into practice, things are gonna start looking at and we can't wait to hang out with you again next time on power plants.