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WHAT'S A VEGAN?
A Vegan is someone who has chosen not to eat meat, fish dairy or any other animal products. This includes seafood, eggs, cheese, all animals and all dairy and reject the commodity status of animals. While there are a few distinctions among the vegan community, such as raw and ethical, most vegans are against the abuse of animals and the harm the pain and harm that it causes both the animal as well as the planet.
WHAT'S A RAW VEGAN?
A raw vegan is someone who eats plant-based foods that don't exceed an internal temperature of 107 degrees when warmed or cooked, while others say the number can be as high as 121 degrees but that is a debatable matter among the raw vegan community.
WHAT'S AN ETHICAL VEGAN?
An ethical vegan follows a vegan diet but is primarily concerned about and advocates for the ethical and fair treatment of animals. Ethical vegans also don't buy, wear or otherwise support items that are derived from animals or are tested on animals. Ethical vegans tend to also advocate for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the reversal of climate change through responsible practices.
WHAT IS A WHOLE FOOD PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE?
With a primary focus on optimal health and quality of life, someone following a whole food plant-based lifestyle (WFPB) is interested in significantly reducing or reversing their risk factors for the top chronic diseases through a food and lifestyle regimen that promotes health-wealth. This lifestyle avoids altogether or greatly minimizes the use and ingestion of hydrogenated or refined oils, refined sugars and moderately processed/refined foods. They tend to focus on whole plant foods such as: legumes, whole grains, nuts, fruits and veggies. Unlike the raw vegan, the WFPB lifestyle isn't restricted by food temperature but is instead influenced by the nutrient density and food group diversity on their plate. A typical lunch plate, for example, might vary from brown rice, black beans, colorful roasted veggies or a big kale salad bowl loaded with quinoa and veggies with a side of curried cauliflower and chickpeas. Snacks might look like handfuls of raw almonds, walnuts, hummus and celery or whole fruits. The balance of these vitamin, protein, fiber and nutrient-dense meals keep them full, healthy and aid their body in the reversal of chronic conditions in a myriad of ways. WFPB's also commit to moderate daily exercise of 30 minutes a day, drink approximately 1/2 their body weight in ounces of water and get at minimum, 6 hours a day of sleep.
IS THE VEGAN LIFESTYLE A STRAIGHT LINE?
No. Someone following a vegan lifestyle may be very strict in their food choices and very health-wealthy while others, who are also vegan, may have a horrible diet laden with junk foods such as: vegan ice cream, cakes, chips, cookies, candy, heavily processed or refined foods like fried veggies, white pastas, white rice and loads of mock meats with no veggies or whole grains in sight. Vegan is a term that tells one what someone doesn't eat but doesn't really give a clear picture of what they do eat. Studies also show that junk food vegans tend to have the same chronic disease outcomes as the vegetarian and the omnivore.
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A HEALTH-WEALTHY EATER (Vegan, WFPB)
Numerous scientific studies such as the EPIC study, china study, Nurses Healthy Study and Adventist studies, prove that a plant-based lifestyle may help prevent, treat and even reverse 13 of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S.
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