Just watched the Dr Oz show, and Dr Dean Ornish was on the show advocating a plant based diet to prevent and reverse heart disease. And they gave examples of meals with NO animals products in them. I'm happy that this was on the show, but why is the term "plant based diet" used so much??? Why not vegan? Also I really think that Dr Oz needs to have Alicia Silverstone on his show, we should all lobby for it!!!
The term 'vegan' tends to scare some people away. I'm sure there are many reasons for that, some are scared of something different, some connect it to vegetarianism, which is still seen in the mainstream as sort of hippy-ish, and other reasons; plus it doesn't necessarily have the connotations of being against animal cruelty the way that veganism does, and that turns some people away for other reasons, like you're telling them their way is WRONG (and they hear it in big capital letters just like that). 'Plant-based diet' has basically become the politically correct term for veganism, and is being used everywhere.
I completely agree with the last 2 posts. Plant-based is friendly and doesn't carry all the bad wrap that "vegan" has gained over the years from people who pushed agendas beyond their own nutritional intake. I hope "plant-based" and anything along these lines becomes even more popular because maybe it'll help LOWER the cost of some foods and increase their availability.
Well, the nice thing is that Dr. Oz's wife is vegetarian at least. Maybe she can slowly start to turn him as well:) In the meantime, I'm sure you can attribute many of his latest TV and email features on a "plant based diet" to her influence. Gotta be thankful for that.
I like the description "whole foods, plant based" That way vegan junk foods are also excluded ( like jelly beans and soda ). Selecting a whole, plant food for consumption is always a good idea, so the description fits the intent without a judgement about the person trying it, the way the words vegetarian or vegan would.
I am able to convince people from all walks of life to try a whole food, plant based diet. Even hunters and fishermen can understand the science behind the reasons we select these foods. Patient that choose to see an acupuncturist rarely know what to expect. If I focus on the effects these food groups have on their medical condition, they are more open to change.
After all it can be quite a challenge to resist the status quo in modern America. Dr Oz is a gem.
Exactly Justin Bean! I love "whole food, plant-based" as a description as well. We all know plenty of vegans & vegetarians that don't necessarily have the healthiest eating habits nor rely heaviest on plants. I like when it is stressed--even to vegs--why plant-based is best & not just cutting out animal produts. We need to eliminate all forms of junk food...even vegan.
Join the Discussion!
Login or create an account on The Kind Life today and you'll be able to leave comments, share photos and videos with friends, and participate in community events!