Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vegan vs Whole Food Plant Based: What's the difference?

November 1st is World Vegan Day, and this is World Vegan Month so the blog will be devoted to all things vegan and plant based for the month!    

And, though I don’t really classify myself as a vegan, it is true that my eating pattern is vegan 98% of the time.  Being vegan can be about much more than just an eating pattern.  Since my main motivation and goals are health-related, I prefer to use the term “whole food plant based” or “plant centric whole food diet” rather than vegan.  All of these terms do mean not eating meat, dairy, eggs, fish or any other animal derived foods.

What’s the difference? 

Usually, individuals who identify themselves as vegan are motivated primarily by animal rights.   Being vegan includes not using animals for footwear, purses, couches, or any other leather/suede products.  Many vegans don’t eat honey or even refined white sugar.  Why?  Bees make honey, and they are living things.  And, a component of the sugar refining process can be “bone ash,” definitely not in line with vegan mores.

A vegan diet does not necessarily avoid refined foods, and there are plenty of vegan junk foods at the grocery store.  For example, Oreos are vegan.  Deep fried things can be vegan.  I think you’ll agree these foods are not health promoting!

By contrast, individuals identifying themselves as following a whole food plant centric diet are probably motivated primarily by health.  This eating pattern excludes animal derived foods, but it also strives to exclude refined foods as well, such as sugar, oil, and refined grains.  This way of eating focuses more on including foods that are nutrient dense, health promoting and whole. 

People who eat WFPB may or may not be vegan for ethical reasons (animal rights).  People who are vegan may or may not be focused on health and nutrition.

Regardless of whether a person is motivated by health or animal rights, eating either vegan or WF plant based both have significant health benefits.  This month, the blog will be devoted to covering topics related to how, why and what to eat to achieve excellent health without eating animal derived foods or junk food!

If you’re interested in giving it a go, I have created a simple 1 week meal plan with recipes that you can download for free by clicking here.

click the box for the free meal plan

Please share your eating style in the comments below…wfpb, vegan, omnivore, carnivore, vegetarian, or flexitarian.  ALL are welcome here. 

My goal as a Registered Dietitian and blogger is simply to help people achieve better health with nutrition and without judgment.  I take a weight neutral approach and work with people regardless of where their starting point is.  If you have any questions, or if you’d like some personalized support, please contact me via email anytime at junkfoodrehabRD@gmail.com.  And, join the private junk food rehab facebook group too.

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1 comment:

  1. I think vegans typically take their lifestyle even outside of their eating habits, and they use things like vegan shampoo. If you eat a "whole plant food" diet or whatever, you probably don't really worry about what shampoo you use.