At it’s core, going plant-based is dead simple: all you have to do is eat plants. But navigating this terrain in real life presents real challenges. Finding direction and momentum can feel elusive, especially in the beginning.
When people ask me how I do it, my answer tends to get bogged down in the weeds. The details and the process feel overwhelming when trying to explain it. This is probably because my grocery system is so specific to me.
My system has evolved and refined itself based on all of the gears, levers and nuances within my own life. So when I try to explain to others how it works, and how I made the switch, I often feel like I’m falling short in my answers. It can all sound a bit confusing.
But, the 10, 000 foot view has a very concrete answer: It’s Costco.
Costco is my ace in the hole, at least here in Saskatchewan. Costco makes the process simple. Someone in the company's leadership must be able to see the wave of plant-based lifestyles cresting, because the company is positioned to meet that need very well. To that end, Costco supplies me with 90% of the fresh produce and dry goods that I need to make it all “work”.
And it works very well.
The extended benefits of using Costco are also palpable. We save money because we have to buy in bulk, and, that bulk purchasing means our home is stocked with 10-14 days of good food. I don't know about you, but the less often I have to get groceries, the better. It’s good value with sustainable logistics*
I don’t think you need Costco to go plant-based; You can experiment and make the switch with any modern grocery store. But, if you have access to one of Costco's warehouses, it can be big asset, because it helps simplify the process of getting great food at a great price, in one location.*
And this is the heart of it all - that using simple solutions (of any kind) are going to tilt the odds in your favour during a process of change. If there's too much added friction, it may douse the motivation to even begin in the first place.
*Some notes: We have a household of two and a car. I realize that helps make a Costco-size grocery bill and bounty more manageable. But I also believe a single person can pull it off, and with car-sharing programs available in most major cities, it’s still an option if you don't own a set of wheels.