Angela, a new reader asks a very good question…
I’m curious. Why “a movement to get away from the terms vegetarian and vegan”? I am adopting a vegan lifestyle. Why would we want to move away from those terms? Best, Angela
Dear Angela, Good Question. In my case, I would bet that I eat more fruits and vegetables than any man in Connecticut, yet I don’t refer to myself as vegetarian or vegan. Here’s why.
Let me begin by explaining that my primary focus, in this blog and in our book, is on the mainstream—the 95% who do not wish to be vegan or vegetarian–for whatever reasons. In reaching that group, I don’t want to use words (labels) that might inadvertently turn them off. So, here’s my thinking:
- Many people think that vegetarians and vegans are weird; anything with an “ism” on the end is not attractive to lots of people, me included.
- The words vegan-ism and vegetarian-ism don’t describe what you DO eat; they’re mostly about what you’re avoiding.
- Many, if not most, vegetarians eat a very unhealthy diet. Most eat dairy and eggs and the vast majority eat way too many refined carbohydrates with lots of salt, sugar and fat. So vegan is not necessarily healthy; after all, you could eat nothing but Diet Coke and potato chips and call yourself a vegan.
- So we created the 4Leaf Program that features the positive—maximizing the percent of your calories from whole, plant-based foods—still in Nature’s package. How simple is that? And it’s easy to explain what you DO eat. Whole Plants.
- We have found that people like the clarity, the simplicity and the flexibility of our 4Leaf concept.
- We have started a few 4Leaf Potluck Supper Clubs in our area; you can read about them on my blog. And we’re attracting many people who would never have dreamed of joining a vegan or vegetarian club.
Bottom Line: If you’re eating at the 4Leaf level (over 80% whole plants), I bet you’ll be eating better than 90% of the vegetarians out there—and you’ll probably be high in the top one percent of the healthiest eaters nationwide.
You might enjoy this blog post that I wrote almost one year ago—back when I was first beginning to get my “voice.” Why do some vegetarians get fat?
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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