Plant Based or Vegan?

Apparently these are not the same thing, and to make it a little more confusing, it’s not even like the square-rectangle thing, where all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares. You don’t have to be plant based to be vegan and you also don’t have to be vegan to be plant based.

Wait, what?


There’s a whole lot that goes into answering why, but long story short, veganism isn’t just about what you eat and that’s really the big difference. Usually plant based foods are suitable for vegans, but someone who follows a plant based diet might not specifically avoid leather products, for instance. Also, on the flip side, you can be vegan and eat nothing but Oreos, potato chips, and frozen pre-made meals, none of which would be considered plant based.

I’ve tried reading about eating a plant based diet, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like the main feature in plant based eating is to avoid highly processed foods. Instead, you eat things like rice, beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I’ve seen some sources say that you can include meat and dairy, but you should minimize it, and others that say that stuff is blacklisted all together.

What I’d add based on what I’ve read is that, from a health perspective, being both plant based and vegan seems like the best course of action. So that’s what I’m trying to do this time around.

This is in part because who doesn’t want to be healthier, and also in part because science experiment. In a few months, I’ll have my annual wellness exam done and I’m curious to see the effects, not just on my weight, but also on my cholesterol and all that other stuff they’ll test.

Step one here is stop drinking pop. I’ve been trying really hard lately to limit myself to one can a day, and I fail at that horribly after a week or two every single time. I’m a fat chick with an eating disorder and zero self-restraint, so the whole “everything in moderation” is literally impossible for me.

Step two is what the crap to eat? Well, for lunch today, I had a burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, roasted red peppers, salsa, hot sauce, and a little bit of vegan cheddar shreds and vegan sour cream. Admittedly, those last two things are highly processed and could’ve easily been left out. However, they were expensive and I don’t want to throw them away. I may’ve jumped cold-turkey (pardon the expression) into veganism, but I don’t think I can do that with plant based.

I also threw a bunch of stuff into my crockpot to have chili later, and while I still have some brown rice in the fridge to go with it, I’ll likely grab some of the cheddar and sour cream as well.

At least it’s not Oreos and chips, right? One meal at a time…


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