Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, WFPB?

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Well, we are at that point in our lives where social media has become so time-consuming that we actually spend more time “researching” how we should eat instead of just eating good food by making smart choices.

As a Nutritionist, not a plant-based or a keto-friendly or a low carb or a vegan, just a Registered Nutritionist I thought I would offer my community a definition of what each of the above styles of eating means. With a clear and simple understanding of the options, you may then be able to make the right choice for YOU.

Here We Go!

Vegan: A lifestyle that excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, furnishings or any other purpose. No dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or honey.

Vegetarian: A lifestyle that excludes red meat, poultry, seafood but may include eggs & dairy products.

Pescatarian: A lifestyle that excludes red meat but includes fish.

WFPB: Whole Foods Plant-Based: A lifestyle that excludes processed foods, instead focuses on consuming foods in their most natural form. Limits or avoids animal products. Excludes refined foods, such as added sugars, white flour & processed oils. Pays attention to food quality and smart food choices. Shop locally when possible and eat all the colours in the rainbow. Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts & seeds.

When looking at what type of lifestyle is best for you, consider your long term goals. Is it weight loss or staying healthy as you age? It may be both and therefore simplicity may assist you in this decision.

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