Vegans and vegetarians are both people who are consuming less animal products for the well-being of the animals, health, environmental or spiritual/energy reasons. But, in this post I share the difference between vegan and vegetarian.
Difference Between Vegan And Vegetarian
So, what is the difference between a Vegan and Vegetarian?
What Is A Vegetarian?
Vegetarians don’t eat meat of any kind.
No beef, pork, chicken, fish, seafood, venison, duck, ect.
What is A Vegan?
Vegans do not eat meat. And, they also do not eat any animal by-products like eggs, dairy, or honey.
Also, vegans do not use any animal products like leather, wool, or down.
Being vegan is more of a lifestyle.
Most vegans also do not use products that are tested on animals. They are very conscious of what they are using and buying to make sure no animals were harmed in the making.
Why Go Vegetarian or Vegan?
When you consume any companies product, you are supporting that industry. Paying for it. Showing people that you like that product by consuming it.
Why Not Eat Animals:
1. Health Reasons
2. Environmental Reasons
3. For The Animals
4. Spiritual Reasons
So, How Do You Go Vegetarian or Vegan?
Going vegetarian or vegan is a lot easier than you’d think. Here are the 3 steps to take.
- Be aware of what you eat
- Substitute meat meals with non-meat meals
- Make it a habit
Have fun with it. Try new meals once a week or try turning your favorite dish meatless.
There are great options at every restaurant.
Some people go all out right away. And, that is awesome!
For some, that doesn’t work. A gradual approach can be good.
Personally, I went the very gradual approach. Slowly transitioning vegetarian meals to vegan ones. Having fun and seeing what meals I could make vegan. This took me MANY months to finally cut out all the dairy.
Now, I’ve been vegan strong for 9 months and never could go back. =)
Is It Hard To Be Vegan?
It sure takes self analysis on what you are consuming. And, many people have a hard time with the self control at first.
Habits can be hard to break. But, surrounding yourself with others that are on the path helps a ton. (Even if it is just following others on social media and constantly seeing their vegan posts.)
Will ONE Person Eating Less Really Even Matter?
Yes. Different reports say that on average a meat eater consumes about 200 animals a year. Therefor, being vegan for one year, you alone save about 200 animals!
Now, is everyone going to go vegan? No.
There is no way I’m convincing my 76 year old Grandma to go vegan. But, I can get her to try my dinners and get her to drink a delicious vegan smoothie.
So, we can inspire others. Help people learn to eat less meat. Maybe go vegetarian. Help a few go vegan. In doing so that creates a movement. A steady change in our culture for the future.