So you've decided to move away from eating meat and dairy, but what diet is right for you? I personally don't think you need to stick to one diet but it can help with clarification so others know what you can and can't eat.
As you started researching vegetarian and vegan diets, you have probably come across a lot of different terminologies for different types of diets. To help cut through all the confusion here are some quick definitions.
Someone who follows a clean diet still eats meat, eggs etc. However, they stay away from anything processed. Which means that eat things like organic meat, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
This is where you cut out red meat and pork. All other animal products are still on the table though. You will notice at there core all the other diets below revolve around not eating red meat and pork as well.
Pescatarians are someone who doesn't eat poultry or red meat. They will, however, eat fish and other kinds of seafood. They also consume dairy, eggs, and honey. It can be a confusing term as they technically aren't vegetarian as seafood are animals.
This one is similar to pescatarian, however, you swap out the fish for poultry. Meaning a pollotarianism is when they don't eat fish or red meat they will, however, eat poultry. They also consume dairy, eggs and honey.
There are different types of vegetarians; however, usually, when someone says they are a vegetarian, they mean lacto-ovo-vegetarian. The lacto part means they consume dairy and the ovo part means they consume eggs. The vegetarian part means they don't eat any seafood, poultry or red meat. They also consume honey.
Those of whom follow a vegan diet do not consume anything that comes from an animal. Which means no seafood, poultry, red meat, eggs, dairy or honey. They often don't use other goods that come from animals such as leather and wool, which is due to ethical reasons.
Whole Food Plant-Based
Similar to the vegan diet, those on this diet do not consume any animal products. However, they also focus more on eating healthier and staying away from processed foods. Which means they stay away from packaged convenience foods and junk food even if they are vegan. Because this is more of a health-based diet than an ethical one, some followers still may wear and use items that come from animals, such as wool and leather.
A term than incorporates both vegan and whole-food plant-based diets. Those who follow this diet eat a vegan diet but don't have the same ethical stance. They also aren't as focused on only eating whole foods like those on a whole-food plant-based diet.
Those who follow this diet only eat raw plant-based foods. They believe alkaline raw foods contain beneficial enzymes that cooking destroys.
While I have included the main terms above, there are many variations and crossover terminology. For instance, I have met several people that called themselves vegetarian but still eat white meat such as fish and chicken.
While I follow a whole food plant-based diet, I have found it easy to say I am vegan when eating out. This is because while many people now know what a vegan diet is, fewer people know what a whole foods plant-based diet is.
Which diet do you think will be right for you?
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