Vegan & Vegetarian 101


rainbow_rice_and_beansWhat is vegan?

Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan (pronounced vee-gan). Source: Wikipedia

What is vegetarian?

soy-whey-protein-dietVegetariansim is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal), and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter. There are varieties of the diet as well: an ova-vegetarian diet includes eggs but not dairy products, a lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy products but not eggs, and an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet includes both eggs and dairy products. A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including eggs, dairy, and honey. Some vegans also avoid other animal products such as beeswax, leather or silk clothing, and goose-fat shoe polish. Source: Wikipedia

Interested, but want to ease into making the change to a vegan diet? Try Meatless Mondays!

meatless_monday_logoSome lifelong meat-eaters may find it challenging to make the switch to a vegan diet cold-turkey (pardon the pun!) However, Meatless Mondays offers a day off from eating meat one day a week to ease into the vegetarian, and then vegan diet. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Did you know? Vegan is “The Nonviolent Diet”

11-days-to-vthechange-promoThe Vegan Diet is one of the most effective ways to reverse the course of 1) Climate Change, 2) Diminishing Water Resources, 3) Global Hunger, 4) Animal Cruelty, and 5) Public Health Crisis: obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and other lifestyle-related illnesses. Give it a try! Commit to Vegan. It is “The Nonviolent Diet.” It’s simple: Whole Foods, Plant Based, No Animal Products.

11 Days to #VTheChange!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our #VTheChange #BeTheChange #GoVegan campaign.


Forks Over Knives

Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Super Size Me

Food Matters



Food Inc.

Food Chains


Peaceable Kingdom

Live and Let Live

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The End of the Line

The Cove


More Than Honey

Vanishing of the Bees





Diet for a New America by John Robbins

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

Forks Over Knives

Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn

The McDougall Program

Neal Barnard, M.D. & the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Dean Ornish, M.D.

The CHIP Program from the Lifestyle Medicine Institute associated with Loma Linda University

The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson


Harvard Scientists Condemn Animal Protein In The Strongest Possible Terms featured in Going Vegan

The 247 lb. Vegan (NFL Star Tony Gonzalez) featured in Wall Street Journal


The Vegan Starter Kit from PETA

The Vegetarian Starter Kit from PETA

The African American Vegan Starter Kit from By Any Greens Necessary