Plant-based is an open term and the focus is on wholesome food and nurturing yourself. A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole-grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products. It may refer to; a vegetarian diet, which includes no fish, bird or other meat; a mostly vegetarian diet; a lacto-vegetarian diet, which also excludes eggs; a whole food diet excluding sugar and oils, or a vegan diet, a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources what so ever, which extends also to not using any animal produce involved in the suffering of animals, including clothes, shoes and make-up. In a nutshell vegans do not want to be the cause or supporter of the needless suffering of animals and other creatures, in any way.
Categories can be uniting and also divisive, and people are free to make whatever choices they are comfortable with, (within reason) without judgement. Since starting this blog I have stopped eating honey and so follow what is categorised as a vegan diet. I do have some second-hand leather products, mostly very old and passed to me, but would not buy any animal produce new or consume anything from an animal, and recognise these second-hand things for what they are, reminders of the careless cruelty of the world that we are trying to change.
To be vegan may be ethical but it is only truly healthy if you make it so. You can be a vegan and live on processed soya cheese, burgers, pasta and chips; make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need from whole foods, fruit and vegetables.
I like the term plant-based, because it has obvious meaning, and also is a fairly free term, it’s not pinning people down and identifying them, it’s inclusive, it allows people to grow and change and be who they want to be, and it focuses the emphasis on whole foods. I think everyone should try as best they can to be honest with themselves and make decisions that reflect their values and health needs, and realise that change is possible and a good thing. Our needs change in this life. It may take time, that’s okay, go at your own pace, take your own path.
WHY FOLLOW A PLANT-BASED DIET?
A fantastic reason for following a plant-based diet is health, it is better for you, whoever you are, it will make you look and feel better than if you eat a non plant-based diet. It could change your life, there are so many testimonies to this, people whose depression has been lifted, whose arthritis has been cured, whose debilitating autoimmune disease held at bay. Why not give it a try, and give yourself the best chance at future optimal health? Eating anti-inflammatory whole foods that are alkalising and health giving is the best option for everyone.
be kind to yourself and the world around you and reap the benefits, now and in the future
I’d like to think, if we all really thought about it, most people would want to not be responsible for the suffering of animals, it is just that these things are uncomfortable to face, life sweeps us along, and changes can be difficult to make, especially around food, which is so psychologically, culturally and habitually rooted. We compartmentalise, that is the nature of the mind, and we can be on one hand very loving towards animals, and on the other responsible for animal cruelty. It’s so difficult in this consumerist world not to be responsible for suffering, human or animal. But trust me, it is not as hard as you may think to make a choice and alter your lifestyle habits, take it one day at a time. And if you’re not concerned with animal cruelty, then think about how much better for the environment a plant-based diet is.
who wants to be a slave to old habits anyway, let’s break free and really think about what we are consuming and why!
GO FOR IT!
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