With a plant-based diet and veganism both focused on eliminating meat you may be wondering what is the difference between a plant-based diet vs vegan diet?
A plant-based diet has been in the trend the last decade. Lifestyle choices regarding what we eat are now becoming more mainstream.
Restaurants are prepared for vegetarians, vegans and gluten intolerance meals just to name a few.
The consumption of a vegan or plant-based diet is something everyone can follow, which will not only benefit their health but also protect millions of animals. (No hating on carnivores… I am one of you)
If you want to improve your health and contribute to the overall well-being of the planet, then a plant-based diet is just for you.
However, before we begin our journey towards a plant-based lifestyle, let’s get some basics out of the way.
What is a Plant-Based Diet?
The plant-based diet is more dependent on eating plant foods and excludes all animal products as meat, eggs, and dairy.
During a plant-based diet, you can consume a wide variety of foods as fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and grains.
If you are less focused on consuming whole foods, and more focused on animal-based products, then you can consume bread, pasta, potato chips, popcorn, and chocolate.
Is a Plant-Based Diet Also Vegan?
A plant-based diet is a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes vs a vegan diet that is strictly against animal products, in every form.
Not only do vegans not eat meat, dairy, eggs, or honey, they also don’t wear animal products (think leather) or use products tested on animals
An individual dedicated to a plant-based diet consumes food that is devoid of animal-based meat, dairy products, and eggs. Their focus is eating plants, there goes that sweet fruit parfait…
Let’s look at the best way to move towards a plant-based diet.
Find the Motivational Factor
There are three main motivational factors behind someone taking to a plant-based diet. These three include an affinity towards animals, keeping the environment safe, and their health.
Knowing what your ‘why’ is will help you stay focused on the reason for change and move away from the word ‘diet.’
Just like any goals in life to achieve the goals of a plant-based diet you need to implement preparation and careful planning.
Why not try starting with a single meal a day?
Diving straight into a plant-based diet is not an overnight change for the majority of people.
You should go slow and wisely into uncharted waters.
Making oatmeal or porridge (if you’re from downunder) for breakfast with almond milk is a great way to start your day. It is low calorie, high in fiber, it also controls your blood sugars which means no hangry around here.
Focus on What’s In the Diet
Instead of focusing the mind on what you are missing out by not consuming a meat diet, focus more on the wide variety of things you now have on the plate.
Many think that a plant-based diet is more restrictive, as they have to cut out many food items from the menu.
However, when you focus on the new foods and dishes, moving from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet becomes much more comfortable.
In short, with a plant-based diet, you are not restricted to eating just fruits and vegetables.
It is much more than what meets the eye.
We all know that this is the hardest part. That is why it is best to introduce incrementally and transition to a plant-based diet being a lifestyle factor.
A good thing to do when you will feel down in the dumps and think of just eating that tasty sausage or chicken burger is to jump online.
Why not spend some time on Netflix and other video subscription services to know how a vegan diet has helped some of the professional athletes perform the best?
These days, the Cowspiracy is doing rounds about the harms of consuming animal products, and reveals how milk is full of puss eww.. that put me off it for three years running now.
A plant-based diet, you will not only gain the ability to fight many ailments but also leave a positive impact on the environment. In other words, the plant-based diet provides more benefits when compared to its counterpart.
Choose your fuel don’t let it choose you (unless you are addicted to chocolate like me..)
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