Is a Plant-Based Whole Food Diet Vegetarian or Vegan or What?

Oh, so you follow a plant-based whole food diet…  There is a little fire that burns in the eyes of some vegans when people say that to us. I’m a-gonna see if I can clarify what a plant-based whole food diet looks like.

The eclectic herb garden of humans here at the Kind & Keto collective have tried a whole bunch (more like a forest) of diets. I’m sure you’re lost in the same woods so we’re gonna drop some low carb bread crumbs to help you navigate this journey.

While there are some similarities, a typical plant-based whole food diet is very un-vegan. Our philosophy is seeped deeply in animal rights and ethics which we employ across our whole life. ALL animal products are eliminated – no leather handbags or croc skin shoes. While a plant-based diet is by definition vegan-ish, the blanket really isn’t us.

The basic principles of a Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle

Focuses primarily on plants and plant-derived minimally processed food. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes in their most natural form make up the greatest percentage of what goes into a WFPB body.

​Eliminates refined, processed foods like soft drink and junk food, table salt, added sugars, white flours, refined/processed oils, and packaged foods with artificial chemical ingredients and preservatives.​

Puts particular emphasis on food quality, promoting sustainable, organic, locally sourced food whenever possible.

Limits or avoids completely meats and animal products.

Typically adopted by environmentally conscious eaters to wish to have a smaller environmental footprint through more natural and sustainable eating habits.

WFPB and animal products 🙁

Small portions of meat, seafood, and dairy appear on the plate as a complimentary condiment to plant-based hero ingredients. It’s for this reason many vegans don’t love to be considered WFPB. We’re just vegan. Processed animal products are off the table. No bacon, jerky, cold lunch meats or sausages. Bleh! Ideally, on a standard WFPB diet you would source your animal products from local farms with free-range pasture-raised animals.

Eggs: Free-range

Poultry: Organic free-range

Beef, pork, and lamb: Grass-fed, pasture-raised

Dairy: pasture-raised, grass-fed organic

Seafood: Wild-caught smaller fish

Why Choose a Plant-Based Diet?

Plant-based diets aim to cut out processed, chemically enhanced, and unhealthy foods. It’s a lifestyle that is linked to a number of health benefits and it’s a thoughtful choice for the planet. The broad WFPB category doesn’t involve calorie counting or balancing carbs, proteins, and fats – so in that respect, it’s a relatively easy diet to adopt and get used to.

Plant-Based Whole Foods Diet Budget Secret Tip

​Unfortunately, superfoods don’t come cheap at the local supermarket (if you can even find them). You can get much better prices if you shop for some of your pantry items such as sea veggies, nuts, and hemp seeds online.

A quick note on sea veggies, make sure they are sustainably sourced, and that the waters they are harvested from are safe from toxins and pollution.

Seaweeds and sea veggies are a keto vegans secret arsenal. These nutrient-dense ocean offerings are loaded with minerals and trace elements that support thyroid function. And they are a good source of protein and fiber.

So What’s Exactly Is The Vegan Ketogenic Diet?

The vegan ketogenic diet dramatically reduces carbs and elevates the ‘good fats’ intake. Why? The aim is to enter a state of ketosis, where we train our bodies to burn fat rather than carbs. This can result in impressive weight loss if that’s your goal, improved cognitive function, and other numerous health benefits.

As a vegan, I’ll be honest…it’s really quite strict and difficult to maintain the correct ratio of fats proteins and carbs. If you’re in the category of eating eggs, small amounts of meats, dairy, and animal products, you would find a ketogenic version of a whole foods plant-based diet a whole lot easier.

Opens in a new tab.If you’re interested in giving a vegan ketogenic diet a go, the Kind & Keto crew have compiled a ridiculously delish, drool-worthy library of stories, recipes, meal plans, and resources in our hub of health, kindness and happiness.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a vegan ketogenic diet read more about it hereOpens in a new tab.. If you’re leaning towards a vegetarian or pescetarian plant-based keto diet I wrote some kind words on that too.

For those of you who wanna be WFPB with small amounts of meat and animal products – you can achieve a ketogenic version by adding small amounts of animal products to our plethora of tasty, ultra-healthy vegan ketogenic recipes.

Which Diet Is The Best For You?

Whichever tree in the forest you stop to enjoy next, we wish you all the best. Let us know in the comments how you get on.


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