Vegan vs. Plant Based: What’s the difference?

Vegan Diet vs. Plant-Based Diet

If you want to see my boyfriend freak out, just call him a “vegan”. I do this just to entertain myself sometimes. We are plant based eaters. That means our diet is based on foods that grow from the earth. He doesn’t want anyone to get the idea that we are hippies wearing patchouli protesting on the street corner.

(Although, I LOVE essential oils. I use them religiously and have had life changing results. I only sneak patchouli into the blends I put on him… sometimes…. But that’s for another post.)

One could assume that means we are vegan, since by default, we don’t consume meat or dairy. That’s pretty much the rule at home, but we aren’t the people who will come to your house on Thanksgiving and turn away the meal you have prepared for us because there is turkey in it. We will eat it, enjoy it and thank you for it wholeheartedly.

I will always appreciate someone preparing a meal for me with love.

A plant based diet, as we define it, is simply that. Based on plants that grow from the earth and are enjoyed in their original form. Our focus is on nutrition and whole foods. We certainly have processed foods in our house, but we limit them and try as much as possible to prepare colorful meals that are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and lots o’ love.

The difference between “plant-based” and “vegan” may be subtle or vastly different, depending on the context. Veganism is deeply rooted in animal rights and is a lifestyle choice that involves both political and personal beliefs. Leather, fur, wool and silk are not worn as vegans not only eschew animal products from their plates but also from their entire life. Even products such as honey and beeswax are generally not considered suitable for vegans.

No rules like that for me. Although, I like animals a whole lot and not eating them is a-ok with me. I also feel great about the environmental benefits of avoiding animal products. But that’s all the preaching you will hear from me on the subject. My choice is based on wanting to fill my body with goodness so that I can live a long and healthy life. And that is truly my wish for my family and loved ones.

If you are a vegan, welcome to the site. Most of my meals will be right up your alley. If you are a paleo eater, these recipes will work for you as well, but maybe just as a side dish. Everybody: WELCOME. Only love here, folks.

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