What do we mean by "Plant-Based Diet" anyway?
Going plant-based can be one of the critical steps you can make to increase energy levels, decrease inflammation, and even offer prevention for diseases. While it's not a cure, scientific studies show the choices we make with our food is a powerful tool we can utilize to achieve optimal health, help improve the environment, and build your immune system/decrease sickness.
So what are the differences between all the various diets?
Below is just a general guideline comparing Plant-Based, Vegan, and even Vegetarian diets. While Plant-Based is typically defined as being from plants - does not include meat, dairy or even honey - there are various degrees of Plant-Based diet to many people. Some people just want to transition to Plant-Based eating most of the time, but some might still lean on a more Vegetarian diet or possibly eat meat in limited amounts. Whole-Food Plant Based diets focus on completely unrefined (not processed), whole and uses minimally refined ingredients when cooking/baking.
Wherever you are on your journey, don't let the labels define you or shame you. We all are starting somewhere, and your effort to take control of your health through whatever degree of a Plant-Based lifestyle should be celebrated!