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I don’t eat meat! Are you vegetarian? No, I eat a plant based diet? So you’re vegan?

That’s a common discussion you have when you try to explain your dietary requirements to most people.

For the majority of the population, trying to explain your diet can get very trivial. Most people will know what a vegetarian is. Less will know what Vegan is really about and most people don’t know the difference with vegan or whole food plant-based diet.

With so much out there on different types of diets it’s easy to get lost in the myriad of information. From Aiken’s diet, Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian to plant based, talking about the different diets can get confusing. Check out Medical news today’s post for more info on most popular diets rated by experts 2017.

With all the myriad of diets out there, each with their own benefits and drawbacks, it can get convoluted with people siding on the one that their feel works best for them. Sometimes it’s like a religious debate, defending and disputing your faith and belief in your diet.

Today, we’re here to talk about the most popular diets that are creating quite a buzz these days, vegan, vegetarian and whole food planted based.

So what’s Vegan, Vegetarian & Plant-based?

First, let’s get something straight. Vegan is not just a diet, well, it’s more than just a diet. It’s a way of life. Can you tell we’re vegans?

Ok, so what is vegan than? Well, put it simply, a vegan is a hardcore vegetarian.

Now for those who don’t know what a vegetarian is, allow me to start from the beginning and explain what a vegetarian is.

Everyone knows what a vegetarian is?! Right? Well, except this one guy, who I met in a Chinese restaurant ordering food who said he doesn’t know what a vegetarian is. He said “I don’t eat vegetables.”  I was amazed as that’s probably the first time I’v ever heard someone say that. It did explain his size though. I’m not saying all overweight people don’t eat vegetables but if you’re eating nothing other than meat and fast food, then that’s most likely the problem to the weight.

What is a Vegetarian?

In very general terms, a vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat. This is sometimes broken down further and can get a little bit confusing.

So you might get some vegetarians that tell you they eat milk based products, like milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs, but no meat, poultry and seafood. We call them Lacto-ovo vegetarians. “Lacto” means “milk.” “Ovo” means eggs.

Than there’s Lacto-vegetarians that eat milk products, but not eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, or fish.

What????

Yeah, I know, imagine having a friend who’s, lacto-ovo, lacto and vegan trying to arrange a dinner. What a pain in the ass trying to agree on a restaurant.

It’s easier to just go Vegan.

What is Vegan?

Now vegans are people who have decided to eat no meat whatsoever. That includes no eggs, milk, butter or any farmed animal by-product. Why? Vegan’s don’t believe it’s morally correct or right to eat animals.

For vegans, veganism is a way of life. These hardcore vegetarians believe so strongly that killing animals for any reason is wrong. They will go out of their way to inform you that eating meat is wrong, that killing animals for fur is wrong as well.

Look, we believe it’s ethnically wrong to kill animals for any reason and that’s why we’ve become vegan.

Especially, after watching Cowspiracy and What the health, it was the easiest decision to make. Cowspiracy shows us the impact of animal agriculture on the planet and What the health exposes the truth about how meat causes a lot of the health problems in society today.

There are heaps of documentaries out they on this but after watching those 2 documentaries, we choose veganism as our new way of life.

What is Veganism?

Veganism as it’s commonly called, is a way of life. You can check out Wikipedia’s article on what a vegan or veganism is.  Donald Watson first coined the term “Vegan” in 1944 when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England. At first he used it to mean “non-dairy vegetarian”, but from 1951 the Society defined it as “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals”.

After going though massive changes in our life, we’ve decide that veganism is the way to go. A life that is better for us, the animals and the planet.

Is that the same as plant based?

Not necessary, you can have a vegan diet that has no meat but still consist of processed foods and hot chips. It’s not a healthy plant based diet but it can still be vegan.

See, we started off with a mission to go Vegan because morally it’s the right thing to do. After doing research and reading books like “The China Study – by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell” and “How not to die – Gene Stone and Michael Greger” we’ve learnt that a whole food plant based diet is probably the most healthiest diet ever.

What’s a Whole Food Plant Based Diet?

A whole food plant based diet is the hardcore vegan diet. No meat whatsoever but not just that, it consist of whole, sometimes raw, unrefined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes.

There has been lot of research on plant based diets and has recently gained popularity as studies have proven that plant based diet is the one of the most, if not healthiest diet in the world.

Check out the following resources for more info on plant based diets,

http://www.plantbasedresearch.org/

Top 10 Plant-Based Research and News Stories of 2016

Plant Based Health Australia

For us, going vegan was a great start for us, our health, for animals and the planet. We are working our way to a vegan, plant-based diet.

What to know more about plant based diet? Check out T.Colin Campbell’s Center of Nutrition Studies Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Guide.

So there you have it, vegans, vegetarians and planted based eaters are all similar but have their slight differences.

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