Skip & Nancy Stein
Plant-Based Lifestyle Consultants
Orlando Florida, USA
I thought a short description of what it means to be Plant-Based should be found on our site. Some folks are more focused on hiking/camping and the great outdoors; that is great! One of the unique things about US is that we do it all without eating meat, fish, dairy or eggs. No animal foods of any kind; well as much as possible with all the hidden ingredients in packaged foods. Thus we try to avoid most packaged foods unless explicitly stated that they are Plant-Based and contain NO GMO ingredients. Still, you can only do the best you can; especially on the road.
Here is a wonderfully simple definition of what it is to be Plant-Based. We eat the rainbow of foods and experience some of the most delicious dining pleasures imaginable. It is NOT just all salads (like too many envision).
The major difference is the focus of most Plant-Based Lifestyle folks is on Health & Wellness while that of Vegans tends to be more focused on animal treatment and promotion of animal welfare.
While, in the end, the results of avoiding all meat, fish, dairy and eggs (and derivatives) accomplishes the same objective: less/no consumption of animal products, it is all about the focus.
There are many 'junk food vegans' who are not all that healthy. Plant-Based, with it's focus on Health & Wellness avoids all (well almost all) junk food, overly processed 'food' and all GMO (genetically modified organisms). Vegans may consume GMO products and other, not so healthy products while still avoiding animal products.
Plant-Based Lifestyle and dietary regimes focus on delicious Plant Based Cuisine, not just avoiding meat, fish, dairy and eggs but ENJOYING Plant-Based Cuisine. The variety is almost endless and most Americans have no clue the diversity, flavors and dining excellence that is available with Plant-Based Cuisine.
This might be, for some, a purely semantical difference but to others it is serious business. By using terms Plant-Based we hope to convey the message while avoiding much of the controversy.