What Is a Plant-Based Diet?
A plant-based diet, as the name implies, is a diet comprised of ingredients coming only from plant sources.
It's a diet that leaves out both animal products and animal-derived products, and brings in all the goodness from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, tubers, nuts, seeds, legumes, sprouts, grains, seaweeds, herbs, spices, and salts.
Animal products include meat, fish, poultry, insects, eggs, honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, and dairy. These are not part of a plant-based diet.
Is a Plant-Based Diet and a Vegan Diet the Same Thing?
Veganism is a lifestyle that focuses mainly on compassion for animal life and support of animal rights and welfare.
A vegan therefore tries as much as possible to avoid contributing to harm and exploitation of animals.
One way to do this, is to simply avoid eating any animal products. In this way, a vegan diet overlaps with a plant-based diet by including only plant foods.
But someone eating a plant-based diet doesn't necessarily have to be a vegan.
I’m a Total Beginner, Will I Need to Give up All Animal Food Products Immediately?
Not at all, friend. The key here, is to approach your new lifestyle at a pace YOU are comfortable with; baby steps, we say!
You shouldn't feel pressured or worried about making an overnight shift, since you may only end up pushing yourself into overwhelm, stress and possibly failure to follow through.
Transitioning takes time, whether hours, days, weeks, or months, before you'll be fully plant-based and feel completely satisfied with it.
So, take this time to learn the basics and become veggie-savvy. Physically speaking, you'll be in for a treat!
Will I Become or Stay Healthy on a Plant-Based Diet?
Truthfully, there is no diet or way of eating that universally guarantees positive health or a reversing of disease to all people who adopt it.
Your personal health is an individual process.
While a carefully planned, plant-based diet has clearly shown to do wonders for maintaining a person's well-being and benefit or even help reverse many serious health problems, sometimes diet on its own won't be enough.
Sometimes a person will need conventional intervention, alternative medicine modalities, certain therapies, supplements, and/or other lifestyle changes.
Yet, regardless of health situation, most people can start benefitting immediately from adopting a diet of fresh, whole plant food ingredients.
It's the position of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Australian Dietary Guidelines, that a plant-based diet is adequately sound for pregnant females, infants, children, adults and athletes.
How Will I Get Enough Protein on a Plant-Based Diet?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions you'll bump into during your plant-based or vegan lifestyle.
The reality is, getting too little protein is much harder than getting enough protein, even when you're not consuming animal products and protein-rich plant foods like beans, nuts, and seeds.
Protein chains are made of building blocks called amino acids. It's the amino acids you should be "fishing for," not full protein chains.
And various plant foods are rich in both essential and non-essential amino acids.
So, if you eat a varied diet and make sure to eat enough calories, you won't even have to think about protein, unless you're a high-level athlete or want to increase muscle mass significantly (i.e. bodybuilding).
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Huh? Us? Well, we're simply 3 cool individuals (Marco, Debbie and Nichlas) with a knack for plant-based living.
We love creating resources to help people, just like you, find solutions to the problems they struggle with.
In the context of VegByte, we're here to help you make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle smooth, fun, and easy.
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