A vegetarian is someone who does not eat chicken, pig, cow, fish, turkey or any other type of animal. However, they do include the products produced by animals such as eggs and dairy.
A vegan does not eat any animal or anything that comes from an animal – so eggs, dairy and often honey are excluded.
Someone who eats a plant based diet may be a vegetarian or vegan or they may not be. A whole food plant based diet is based on a majority of whole plant foods but may include a very small amount of meat, fish or eggs.
Which one is healthiest? Even though the words vegan and vegetarian are often thought of as being healthy, this is not always how it plays out. You can be an unhealthy vegan or vegetarian. A plant based diet emphasizes unprocessed plant based foods, so you can be sure that it is healthy.
The SECOND question I am ALWAYS asked is... how do you get enough protein? That's easy! PLANTS have PROTEIN!! Today my protein came from spinach, nuts, veggie lasagna, & a veggie burger.
In fact, today I got too much protein as you'll see from the results on my tracker! I need to get back to more whole plants; had a few packaged items today. However, I'm not very concerned as plant protein doesn't have cholesterol associated with it and excess plant protein doesn't put my body in danger of kidney stones, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or other illnesses. So not much to worry about, but I will attempt to come closer to the ideal protein as recommended for our daily allowance in the future.
In case you're wondering the World Health Organization recommends that only 5% of your daily intake be from protein. This would mean 38 grams of protein for a man burning 3000 calories a day and 29 grams for a woman using 2300 calories a day. To give you an example - for those still eating like a carnivore - 30 grams of protein would be equivalent to ONE skinless 3 oz chicken breast.
Stay healthy my friends and let me know any questions you have! I am learning more and more every day and loving this journey!
Next blog I will discuss how I am moving forward after a couple bumps on my road to health...