What is a Plant-Based Vegan?

Many people choose a vegan diet for ethical, health, and/or environmental reasons. And a true vegan diet eliminates all animal products, including dairy, beef, meat, poultry, fish, honey, and eggs. The saying “If it has a mother, don’t eat it” holds true for this diet.

A plant-based vegan diet is about eating whole foods and healthy foods that are not processed. Many people say “whole-food, plant-based diet,” which is all about eating foods that are in their natural state. Think whole avocados instead of store-purchased guacamole.

When I became 100% vegan, I began eating lots of highly processed foods like vegan mayonnaise, cheeses, and butter, and I even tried faux meats (but I just couldn’t eat them). The faux meats were definitely better than eating the real animals, but it was a personal choice to just eliminate them all from my diet entirely – especially after reading the ingredient lists with loads of chemicals in them to give them the flavor and textures they have.

So just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it is healthy or good for you.

What we know is good for us is fresh fruits and vegetables. Recipes made from whole foods versus lots of chemicals are better for us than most packaged options.

This lifestyle takes some getting used to, but when you wake up feeling energy like you’ve never felt before, and things appear brighter than they normally did, you’ll know your body is getting the healthy nourishment it needs. For me, this happened when I went plant-based vegan.