- vegetables – any and all vegetables, including avocado, cauliflower, corn, collard greens, spinach, kale, zucchini, squash and sweet potatoes
- fruits – eat the rainbow from apples to kiwis, raspberries and bananas
- legumes – such as lentils, peas and every type of bean – all filled with plant powered protein
- nuts – full of omega 3 essential fatty acids, try walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews,
- seeds – hemp, flax and chia seeds are full of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids
- whole grains – for power and protein, try millet, quinoa, oats, whole wheat, rice and barley
- herbs and spices – fresh and dried – all types!
What Not to Eat on a Vegan Diet.
- all diary products
- processed foods which include any animal by product
What is the difference between a Vegan Diet and Plant Based Diet?
A Vegan eliminates all animal products from their diet but can include processed vegan foods such as “fake” meats, cheeses, cookies and cakes. Vegans tend to choose this way of eating as an ethical choice, taking a very real stand against the appalling treatment of animals and to help protect the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. Those who follow a Vegan diet are very likely to continue their beliefs through lifestyle choices such as vegan fashion and sustainable living.
A person who follows a Plant Based Diet eliminates all the animal products from their diet as well as eliminating highly processed foods such as fake meats, cookies, cakes and crackers. They stick to “whole” foods that resemble nature as much as possible. Often, but not always, a person who chooses to follow a Plant Based diet does so for health reasons. A Plant Based diet because of its origin will also protect animals and the environment.
What sort of Recipes will I find on The Well Fed Yogi?
The majority of recipes are deliciously and purely plant based, full of vegetables and whole grains. Here are a few to get you started:
Then there are times when we loosen the reins a little and allow some vegan food into our lives and kitchens which isn’t quite to “healthy.” These are mainly desserts, not recipes for everyday but for a special occasion. After all there are times in life that you just need a chocolate cake. Rest assured the recipes are purely vegan but not quite as pure and healthy as fully plant based. You can still feel virtuous however as they are way kinder, not containing any animal products and way healthier than a highly processed store bought item. Here are a few to try:
Why Eat a Vegan Plant Based Diet?
There are three big reasons:
- The Environment:
- Nearly half of all water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food.
- It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat VS 1 pound of wheat takes 25 gallons of water.
- I highly recommend the book Eat for the Planet by Nil Zacharias to get a better understanding of the toll animal farming is taking on the planet.
- The Animals: “Animals are my friends …. and I don’t eat my friends” – George Bernard Shaw. Neither do I like to think of them living a hideous life on a factory farm. Most animals reared for meat do not live a pretty life in the bucolic countryside as we would like to believe. Sadly most are enduring horrific conditions in factory farms. If you want to explore more I recommend reading: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Your Health: there is more and more evidence that following a Vegan Plant Based Diet is an extremely healthy way of life, reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Please click on the links to take an in depth look at the research:
Download or Print my FREE Vegan Plant Based Shopping list HERE!