There’s no single definition of a plant-based diet.
From vegan to vegetarian to pescatarian, it’s hard to keep the types of plant based diets straight.
Plant based diets emphasize fresh, minimally processed foods full of whole ingredients
It is considered more of a lifestyle, although plant-based diets do stimulate weight loss and improve overall health.
The general idea is to exclude animal products and stick to whole foods made from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes and other plants.
Plant-based diets do not include foods with added sugars, such as white flour and processed oils, or animal products such as meat and dairy. Depending on the diet you choose, you may wish to include eggs, seafood and/or dairy.
A fantastic way to achieve optimal health
Plant-based meals are….
- Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals
- Low in calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
- Full of protein, calcium, and B12,
- Proven to be less expensive than omnivorous diets
Flex on ’em
If you are not ready to go full vegetarian, consider a flexitarian diet, also known as semi-vegetarian. It’s the most forgiving type of plant-based diets, as it doesn’t fully prohibit animal-based foods. A flexitarian builds their diet around plants, but does allow for small amounts of meat, fish, eggs and dairy. A flexitarian diet is a great stepping stone to vegetarianism or veganism, as it provides many of the same benefits of a fully plant-based diet without the strict rules.
One great way to practice flexitarianism is to order one of your weekly deliveries from our plant-based menu, and the other delivery from another one of our menus.
Lots of fish in the sea
If you are looking for a plant-based diet that gives room for animal proteins, try pescatarianism! Also known as a lacto-ovo pescatarian diet, this type of plant-based diet removes all mammal-derived ingredients, but allows for seafood, dairy and eggs. Locally-caught fish are sustainable and very accessible in the Pacific Northwest, so this can be a good option to sustainably increase protein and heart health, while reducing inhumane animal farming practices.
Types of Vegetarian Diets
These are great options for people with allergies or dairy intolerances, as well as those looking to change their diet for environmental reasons.
Lacto-ovo vegetarianism is a type of plant based diet that prohibits meat, but still allows all types of dairy (lacto) products and eggs (ovo). This type of vegetarian diet is often referred to as simply “vegetarian.”
An ovo-vegetarian diet is a vegetarian diet that includes eggs (ovo), but bans all dairy products including milk, cheese, cream, ice cream, yogurt, and butter.
A lacto-vegetarian diet is a vegetarian diet that includes dairy products (lacto) but excludes all types of foods that include eggs including whole eggs, egg whites, mayonnaise, and baked goods that contain eggs.
Whether it is for health reasons, environmental reasons, or just to shed the last ten pounds, eating a diet full of nutrient rich plants will do the body and mind good.