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Embracing the vegan lifestyle

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Thought you could go back to eating meat now that Vegetarian Awareness Month is over? Think again! November 1st was World Vegan Day and the kickoff to World Vegan Month.

So what does a vegan diet mean exactly? Many people get vegan and vegetarian eating habits confused or find them completely interchangeable; however this is most certainly not the case. Read more about the vegetarian vs. vegan debate.

To help clarify, here is a breakdown of what true vegans will not eat as well as the different types of vegetarians:

Vegans: True vegans will not eat or typically use any products that have been derived from an animal. This not only includes dairy, eggs and meat, but any product that contains these things. They also will not eat honey as it comes from another living creature.

Flexitarians: People in this category still eat meat, but limit the amount or the types of meat that they consume. Many people claim vegetarianism but still eat fish. They would really fall in to this category (also referred to as a pescatarian).

Ovo-Lacto Vegetarians: This is the most common type of vegetarian going. These vegetarians will eat dairy products and eggs, but will not eat any meat.

Ovo-Vegetarians: These veggies will not eat dairy or meat, but will consume eggs.

Lacto-Vegetarians: They will eat dairy, but no eggs and no meat.

Pollo-Vegetarians: This refers to people who will eat meat, but limit themselves to poultry alone.

Check out this article about ingesting dairy products to learn one of the many reasons why vegans don’t consume dairy. It covers some of the eye-opening information about the way our bodies react to cow’s milk.

In keeping with the theme of the month, I personally plan to go completely vegan myself over the next few weeks just to test the waters. During the month of November, check back here regularly for any awesome vegan recipes I may concoct in the kitchen as well as local Cincinnati vegan eateries worth scoping out.

To learn more about living a vegan lifestyle, check out these websites:

http://www.worldveganday.org/
http://www.vrg.org/
http://www.examiner.com/x-5670-Seattle-Vegan-Examiner

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Comments

  • Bill 5 years ago

    I would like to add that Nov 1st was World Vegan day! So, I wish everybody a belated Happy WVD!

  • Katy 5 years ago

    Good luck with going vegan this month, it's tempting but I just don't know if I can give up cheese!

  • Jessica Prussia 5 years ago

    Thanks, Bill! You too! Katy--I don't think it'll be a big stretch for me, but I do want to find a recipe to make my own cheese alternative if that's possible (other than cheese sauce).

  • Jessica Prussia 4 years ago

    For the record, I decided to stay vegan after November. I also gave up coffee! I feel really good honestly...I've got more energy most days than I did before I stopped dairy it seems.