By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I am slowly transitioning to a Whole Foods Plant based diet, which is the less political version of a Vegan diet. The Whole Foods Plant based diet is more focused on as the name applies whole foods that happen to be….you guessed it PLANTS!
mindbodygreen sums it up best:
“Here’s the easiest way to remember the distinction between the vegan diet and the whole food plant-based diet: people who are vegan can eat Oreo cookies (yup, by some weird glitch, Oreo’s aren’t made with animal ingredients), and people who are whole food plant-based cannot eat Oreo’s (well, they can, they just choose not to).”
I am a little of both I guess you could say, a hybrid version if you will. I love my fruits and veggies, I eat them daily. My one guilty pleasure would have to be chips. I love Fritos and Potato chips. Sometimes I make my own potato chips, they are pretty good but not nearly as tasty as a good ole Lays potato chip.
Which diet is better?
I chose the Whole Foods Plant based diet for health reasons. There’s a lot of research out there showing this type of diet is great for our health plus studies have shown it can slow down or reverse certain diseases and cancers.
Over the years I’ve watched quite a few health documentaries and read many books on the subject. They all say the same thing about the Whole Foods Plant based diet. Eat more fruits and veggies and stay away from processed foods, fast foods and you’ll live a happy healthy life.
In the time I have been on the diet, I have noticed changes. For example when I exercise, I recover faster, I have tons more energy and I am less sore after a hard workout.
Here at Fit Frugal Dude, I love statistics and facts such as these tasty little morsels:
- Vegetarians and Vegans get plenty of protein. “Where do you get your protein?” question, is asked all the time. Plant based proteins are found in many sources, such as chia seeds, lentils, wild rice, spirulina and chickpeas just to name a few.
- Plant-based diets may offer financial flexibility. Meat is expensive and with rise in popularity of the plant based diets, meat prices will continue to rise as more people turn away from it. Vegetables and fruits are cheaper than meats and cheese, plus you can grow a garden in your backyard to help offset the cost of your weekly trip to the grocery store.
- This is a favorite of mine, well along with saving money. “ Plant-based diets help prevent chronic disease: It is well accepted that a strongly implemented plant-based diet is associated with lower rates of heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.” Plant Based News
The Vegan diet is the granddaddy of diets in this movement. Different flavors of the Vegan diet have been around for many years and used to be relegated to the hippies and tree huggers (I am sorry if this offended anyone, it was not meant to). Now it is more mainstream. A lot of people have embraced it with open arms. There are many great benefits to choosing this version of a healthy diet.
Vegan Statistics, Yes Please!
- According to PETA, the most vegan friendly city is Portland, Oregon.
- The United States has the largest concentration of Vegans in the world.
- 69% of people chose Veganism for their health. The environment was a close second.
- Veganism has grown by 500% since 2014 in the US. – Rise of the Vegan
- It takes 460 gallons of water to produce a quarter pound hamburger.
- Every minute, 7 million pounds of poop are produced by animals. That’s a lot of poo!
Vegan Role Models
I have a couple of Vegan role models I follow. The first I have followed for years and read his book “Finding Ultra“ twice. I can see myself in him, so it was an easy choice to follow him. If you have spent any time in the Vegan movement then you know of or have heard of Rich Roll. He is an Ultra Endurance Athlete and 1 of 2 people in the world to complete the EPIC 5. Which is 5 Ironman distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian islands in under a week.
Another mentor if you will would have to be Scott Jurek. Scott is another Ultra Endurance athlete who has embraced the vegan lifestyle. H’s known for running the famed Appalachian Trail and setting a thru-hike record time. All on a plant based diet.
Do you notice a trend here? A lot of athletes are switching to plant based diets and they are smashing records left and right. They feel better, have more energy, recover faster and are setting world records or in some cases creating new records.
I believe the vegan/plant based diet revolution is just starting to take off. There are many people jumping on the train daily. The health benefits are incalculable and it’s just good for the environment.
I am making the switch to a plant based diet. Will you join me?