Plant-Based vs. Vegan

After over a year and a half of posting on this blog, I have realized that I am more Plant-Based vs. Vegan!!  How did I come to this conclusion?

Lindsay Nixon author of the famous Happy Herbivore blog discusses the difference between Plant Based vs. Vegan.  Here are some of the points in her article:

What is a Plant-Based Diet? (The Difference Between “Plant-Based” and “Vegan”)

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As the name suggests, a plant-based diet is a diet that focuses around plant foods: fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, and zero animal products. No meat, fish, butter, milk, eggs, cheese, gelatin or other animal by-product. …

Veganism, according to Wikipedia, is “the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.” …

You could live on French fries, white bread, Twizzlers, Oreos and soda and still be vegan, but you wouldn’t be plant-based or following a plant-based diet. In fact, you could be vegan and never eat anything that looks like or resembles a plant. Take a look at vegan junk food such as faux cheese and imitation meat, for example. They may be vegan, but they’re not plant-based. When it comes to food, “Plant-based” refers to whole foods — beans, grains, fruits and vegetables, not processed foods that were once whole foods.

I love Lindsay’s distinction:  ‘Plant-based’ refers to whole foods!!

Also, because I (we) are also Gluten Free as well as Vegan (or more appropriately, Plant based!), I am especially conscience of the processed GF Vegan foods in the grocery stores!  Maybe these products avoid the foods we want and need to avoid, but, generally, they are NOT healthy choices.  Most are heavily laden with GMO ingredients and the processing often removes many of the important nutrients.

Personally, I love this time of the year.  I frequently our little local Farmer’s Market and buy a weeks worth of produce for a fraction of the price of processed Gluten Free Vegan foods.  I love the fresh fruits and veggies and use them in many different types of salads.

Yes, I eat an occasional can of Amy’s vegan style soups, Gluten Free noodles, or organic corn chips — but I feel so much better eating those fresh fruits and veggies.

How about you?  Do you have a local farmer’s market or are you lucky enough to grow your own fruits and vegetables?

 

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