As more and more people become health and environmental conscious many people are giving up the meat.
I like 9.6 million Americans are plant-based and many other Americans are adapting different plant-based diets according to their lifestyle.
What used to sound like restrictive dieting has become more accessible and adaptable. People who are looking to give up meat don’t have to plunge into veganism to be healthy or help preserve the environment. In fact you can do your part by just giving up (or cutting back) on red meat and dairy.
Below, I have created a list of different types of plant-based diets that you can choose from ranging from the veganism* to flexitarians.
The 12 different type of plant-based diets
An individual who doesn’t eat meat or any animal byproducts including dairy, honey, gelatin, and certain types of processed sugars. Vegans are focused on the environmental impact of their food choices. Veganism* lifestyles may include but aren’t limited to wearing vegan leather, using vegan hair products, personal hygiene products, vegan makeup, clothing etc.
A diet that focuses on vegetables and fruits as the base (foundation) of their diet. People who follow the plant-based diet may include meat in their diets but least likely to include dairy.
A subset of veganism, this lifestyle is considered by researchers and nutritionists to be extreme and “too restrictive”. Many followers claim it changes lives. Fruitarians focus on eating mainly fruits and plants with seeds. They also focus on plant fats such as avocados, nuts, and coconut. No meat or animal byproducts on this diet! This diet is more restrictive than it’s vegan cousin.
A vegetarian doesn’t eat any meat, poultry, or fish but may eat eggs or dairy, for religious, moral, or health reasons (Oxford dictionary). Vegetarianism has been practiced for 1,000 of years in Asia and Africa.
A vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat, poultry, fish, or eggs but does eat dairy products.
Lacto- ovo vegetarian
A vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat, poultry, and fish, but does eat dairy and eggs.
A vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat, poultry, fish and dairy but does eat eggs.
A pesecetarian may identify as a vegetarian (this is controversial) but they will eat fish and seafood. Pesectarian is a subset of vegetarianism.
Flexitarain (semi- vegetarian)
A flexitarian eats a vegetarian based diet but eats meat, poultry, and or seafood occasionally
A pollo-pescetarian eats a vegetarian based diet but does eat fish and poultry and fowl. Pollo- pescetarians do not eat meat.
A pollotarian eats a vegetarian based diet but excludes red meats, pork, and seafood. Their primary source of protein is poultry, may or may not eat dairy.
A reducetarian reduces the amount of meat they consume in order to improve their health, protect the environment, and spare farmed animals from cruelty. This diet was founded in 2015 by Brian Kateman.
So there you have it! I am pretty sure as life goes on more vegetarian types of diets will appear on the scene! What diet do you follow or are interested in?! Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading,
Post updated 3/2/2021