What Is Plant Based Anyway

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Welcome the first ever #PlantingGood blog post! We’re Seed Cafe and are so excited to open in September. As we inch closer and the hype builds, we’re getting a lot of questions, such as “What is plant-based eating anyway?” “Why would I do it?” “Does it mean I have to give up every food I’ve ever loved?” (looks longingly at cheese)

What is the whole food plant-based diet?

According to Mind Body Green, a well-known website in the health and wellness space, a whole food plant-based diet means a person “avoids animal-based products, including meat, dairy, and eggs.” In addition, processed foods are not included in the diet, which means this way of eating is based around foods such as veggies, fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. (All of which we’ll have on our menu!)

So, plant-based means vegan?

Well, not exactly. While vegan generally does imply that a person avoids any and all animal-based products, there are some slight differences. For example, those on the vegan diet might choose to eat prepared vegan desserts from a grocery store whereas someone on a whole food plant-based diet would avoid them due to the processing and alternative ingredients involved.

Additionally, vegans avoid products such as clothing, shoes, personal care items and household items that contain any type of animal product like beeswax, gelatin, leather, silk or wool.

But I really love [cheese/eggs/meat].

Don’t worry, there’s hope! It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and making just a few small changes to your diet can have major positive impacts to your health, the environment and animals. Small changes you can make include:

  • Change one dinner a week to a meatless meal

  • Avoid purchasing leather clothing, shoes or accessories

  • Drink a vegan smoothie for breakfast

  • Purchase vegan cheese or a milk alternative instead of the animal-based versions

  • Try meatless protein sources like legumes, tofu or quinoa

Want to get deep on the plant-based diet? Check out these options on Netflix.

Note: these are just two examples of documentaries. We encourage everyone to do their own research and learn about how plant-based might affect you!

 

EducationPhil Doucette