I see being #VEGAN as very similar to aiming for early retirement.
There are some powerful overlapping themes about freedom, health, enjoying a good life, and putting your beliefs into ACTION.
Veganism and early retirement are also counter-culture movements that require consistency, awareness, and an air of not caring what others think of you – if you are to succeed.
“Normal” people, do not like hearing about these crazy lifestyles. There will be criticism about how it’s not possible nor desirable. Family will worry about you. Anyone who strives for these goals are labelled weirdo-hippies who live a life of restraint.
Restraint. That’s really funny to me. Because as VEGANS who are soon-to-be early nomadic semi-retirees (that’s a mouthful!), we live waayyyyy more abundantly than anyone else we know!
Every month we get thousands of dollars richer from working our jobs. We retain most of it because of how we’ve structured our lives. It took time and effort to get here, but we made it a goal and here we are!
To know that we are building our foundation and not just whittling away our hard earned money on useless stuff feels GREAT. And it has the added benefit of us not owning too much, which will make it easier when we leave because we need to downsize to 2 backpacks and 3 bikes!
Abundance especially describes how we EAT!
When we eat with others, it is obvious how much MORE we eat compared to them. It’s common for our guests to be finished eating, while we’re still working away on servings 2 and then 3.
We pack in the carbs daily, eating foods that people who are trying to lose weight avoid, like pasta, pizza, bread, and sweet fruits. Yet we effortlessly maintain BMIs of 19-20.
How do we do it?
We are high carb vegans which means we aim to nourish our bodies with at least 70% of our daily calories from carbohydrates. We focus on eating whole plant based foods, because that is what our human bodies are designed to eat and paves the way for good health now and in the future.
This is a lifestyle that is easy to do, no calorie restrictions, and something that will stick with us for a lifetime. It’s not a gimmick diet sold to you to make a profit – avoid those, because it’s not built into the profit scheme for you to succeed onto a healthy life. Our high carb vegan lifestyle is healing and will transform your body and soul. No joke!
Yes we exercise, but not a lot (not enough!). Martin bikes about 150 km/week, and I aim for 100 km/week but this week only did 22 km and last week only 6o km. 🙁
When we move to Chiang Mai, our goal is to up our calorie intake to 3K, and ride up Doi Suthep mountain every morning. It’s a 10km ascent and I’m so excited about it. Where we live in Germany is great for beautiful biking trails but is mainly flat land, so I’ll be upping my fitness game when I ride more hills.
So grateful that we’ve stumbled upon both the early retirement and high carb VEGAN lifestyles. Our lives are infinittely better because of it, and the skills learned from one lifestyle are directly transferable to the other.
Happy FIRE-ing and VEGAN-ing! Ⓥ Ⓥ Ⓥ