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Vegan vs Vegetarian

Vegan vs Vegetarian

After deciding you want to move towards a plant-based diet, you have to decide if you are going to take the leap to vegetarianism or one step further to veganism. Every person has their reasons for doing what they choose and it is a very personal decision. We have put together a synopsis of each diet to help you get a feel for your lifestyle should you decide to start on this diet.

Vegan

Vegans do not eat meat, fish, poulty, and by-products that include eggs, dairy products, honey, wool, etc. Most people choose this diet for health, environmental, or ethical reasons.

The key to staying healthy while on this diet is variety. Make sure to eat meals that have fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, nuts and seeds. You have to also make sure you are getting enough calories from protein, which you can do by eating foods such as peanut butter, bread, soy milk, or baked beans.

Vegetarian

Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. People usually stick to this diet for the same reasons as vegans, health, environment, or ethical beliefs.

The key to staying healthy on a vegetarian diet is to make sure you are getting the nutrients needed. Be sure to get the vitamins, calcium, and protein you are missing from eating meat.

Restaurants are becoming more and more accommodating for vegetarians and it is easy to find meals that are healthy and give you the nutrients you need.

When deciding to move to a plant-based or strictly non-meat diet, take into consideration your surroundings. Make sure you will be able to get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. You do not want to deprive your body of this.

 

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