…which one are you?
Honestly…it doesn’t matter. Well, not to me anyways. You can be both, neither, not sure or crystal clear and I’ll love ya just the same. 😉
But there is a lot of confusion (and emotion) surrounding that tricky, thorny question.
For starters, what’s the difference between the two?
The short answer is this…
Plant-based = is a diet that includes healthy, high-quality, nutrient-dense, whole foods that come straight from well…plants.
Plant-based meals include a well-balanced mix of:
- Fresh fruits
- Whole grains
- Herbs and spices
Vegan = is a lifestyle deeply rooted in animal rights and ethics. So, in addition to abstaining from meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, honey and other edible animal products; the vegan lifestyle is also devoid of ANYTHING that comes from an animal (think: wool, down, leather, silk, fur etc.).
When it comes to the actual diets, both plant-based and vegan are considered to be more conscientious ways of eating, centered around plants.
However, a plant-based diet will often satisfy most vegans, whereas a vegan diet won’t necessarily satisfy someone who is plant-based.
Are you scratching your head now? 😕
Let me explain.
Even though there’s a lot of overlap between the two and both plant-based and vegan eaters steer clear of eating animal products, the plant-based diet focuses more closely on choosing real foods from Mother Nature that promote health and well-being.
For example, things like cheese substitutes, beyond burgers and Oreo cookies are vegan, they contain no animal products, however if you’re following a plant-based diet you’ll likely avoid these and other refined foods because they’re highly processed and aren’t necessarily good for you.
However, that doesn’t mean you wont find people with a foot in both camps. I’m sure some plant-based person is scarfing down a bucket of French fries as I write this. And there certainly are plenty of vegans who’ll pass on packaged, processed cookies.
The goal – with whatever diet you choose to follow – is to make the best possible choices, the majority of the time.
In other words: EAT REAL FOOD!
And, ah, can we please be nice to each other?
Debates on how we “should” eat can get pretty heated. Which is understandable, given the close ties we have with food, and the passion and ethical considerations that drive someone’s dietary choices.
But we have to remember that eating is a deeply personal thing and there’s no one exact right diet for everybody.
So, no matter how someone else chooses to eat, be nice and let them do their thing.
And if you feel like you need some help going forward from here (and since you’ve been so nice this whole time 😉) I’ll give you my top three recommendations for next steps:
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In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on and/or experiences with veganism and/or plant-based eating, down in the comments below.
Until next time,