When I share my fabulous plant based eating style with others and tell them what I can't have, they say, "Oh, so you are vegan!" NO!
Although vegans often eat a similar diet than me, the motivation is entirely different. A vegan does not eat meat because they believe it is cruel to animals. This is an excerpt from wikipedia:
"Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The most common reasons for becoming a vegan are human health, ethical commitment or moral conviction concerning animal rights or welfare, the environment, and spiritual or religious concerns. Of particular concern to many vegans are the practices involved in factory farming and animal testing, and the intensive use of land and other resources for animal farming."
Ok, so I don't believe in cruelty to animals BUT, that is not my primary motivation for eating this way. I eat this way because I'm trying to stop and reverse heart disease. Not for religious reasons, not because of the environment and not because of any moral convictions.
So, although I eat in a fashion consistent with how many vegan's eat....I am actually just a very strict vegetarian!
Trivia: I originally title this blog "The Unlikely Vegan" and then switched it when I realized the true definition of a vegan.
Now hand me my gun so I can shoot me some animals.......hello, I'm kidding!