Why I Use the Term “Plant-based”

Wikipedia defines “plant-based” as: A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.

This is me. I’m not a vegetarian because I don’t eat eggs (unless they’re in something Mom made), I occasionally eat cheese, I don’t drink cows milk, and don’t eat meat. I personally feel like vegetarians eat eggs regularly or still use cow’s milk in their cereal. I’m also not yet vegan because I choose to still consume some animal products.

I was listening to this Earth to Us podcast the other day and they were talking about the term plant-based. They were talking about how they liked the term and I was thinking “yeah I feel the same exact way!”

I’ve watched a ton of videos on YouTube about veganism and I’ve heard of people restricting calories and foods because they feel like that’s what they need to do on the diet. I think that’s what a lot of people think when they think of not consuming animal foods. I used to think that vegetarians can’t get enough protein or there isn’t an abundance of food for those people. Well it’s just the opposite. My entire view of food has changed. I see plant foods as an abundance now. It’s goes something like “oh I can try that coconut milk base ice cream” instead of “oh I can’t enjoy any ice cream anymore.” There are plant-based substitutes for literally everything. The number of veggie burgers I’ve had in the last couple months have been amazing. I love veggie burgers now. Especially when they have an amazing bite and flavor to them! Way more than beef, I think. You can add so many things to a veggie burger – chilis, black beans, corn, etc. You can make it as spicy as you want it, you make make them as big as you want. (I still have yet to make my own). You can also top these bad boys with a ton of yummy things. I.e. AVOCADOS <3. I'm not restricting myself from having animal foods, I just don't desire to eat bacon, a chicken sandwich, or cow's milk in my cereal. But I've found that this also limits the guilt I feel of wanting to eat all the foods when traveling the world. I want to be able to try French cheese or hardcore authentic German bratwurst. I want to really travel and for me, travel is experiencing things I never dreamt of and this includes a hell of a lot of food.

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