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Vegetarian Vs. Vegan

There are many ethical, cultural, spiritual and health-related reasons why you or people you know may choose to not eat certain animals and or animal products and take on a plant-based diet. There are some major differences in diet to be taken into consideration if you’re thinking of being vegetarian or vegan, so it’s a good idea to learn the difference between the two. Find out more in Vegetarians versus Vegans!

Vegetarianism

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a vegetarian is, the short answer is someone who tries to refrain from eating meat, including poultry (chicken), red meat (beef and lamb), and seafood . Vegetarians often have ethical and moral concerns about the rights of animals and the way food animals are treated, the effects of animal farms and meat packing plants on our planet and in many religions (like Buddhism and Hinduism) the spiritual implications of eating another living thing. For some people it’s a matter of health, and adopting a vegetarian diet is their best bet for getting in shape.

There are different levels of vegetarianism, some people simply don’t eat poultry and red meat while others stay away from animal products like eggs. Everyone is different, and meat is a quick and easy fix in most of our diets for many essential nutrients and protein, but it is considered safe and a great to live by many people, so if you’re thinking of giving up meat it’s important to let your doctor know so that you can find the best type of vegetarianism for you! I Here are a few different ways to be vegetarian:

  • Pescatarian: These vegetarians still include fish and seafood in their diet.
  • Ovo-Lacto: Vegetarians that keep dairy and eggs in their diet.
  • Ovo: Vegetarians that continue to eat eggs but no other meat.

Veganism

There is a big difference between being vegetarian and being vegan, although ethically people choose these two dietary lifestyles with a similar concern for animal welfare. Vegans are much stricter in their diets than vegetarians, not only staying away from meat entirely, including no fish and no eggs, but also and products derived from animals like dairy and honey. The word vegan was originally coined by serious vegetarians in the 1800s who wanted to differentiate themselves from less strict vegetarians who still consumed dairy and eggs. Some vegans believe so strongly that their avoidance of animal products goes beyond their eating habits and they also avoid buying things made with animal products (like leather). There are lots of restaurants and businesses that cater to vegans specifically, but it is still much harder to do than to be vegetarian, requiring much planning and thought.

Fun Facts!

  • 1 million Americans (or 0.5% of the population) are Vegan
  • Vegan and Vegetarian diets are higher in vitamins and some minerals and are considered healthier
  • Vegetarian and Vegan diets are medically associated with lower obesity risk
  • The first Vegetarian Society was founded in England in 1847
  • Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York are the most veggie friendly cities in the States and Vancouver and Toronto in Canada
  • Tofu is a popular vegetarian/vegan replacement for meat
  • At 200 million, India has the highest number of vegetarians in the world

Have Your Say

Would you consider becoming vegetarian or vegan? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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