Many have a classical view of a vegetarian or vegan diet but some of you will be following a more specific version of these which we’ve covered below.

Vegetarian

You may follow a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, plant oils, vegetables and fruits. You don’t eat any meat, poultry, fish and may or may not include dairy or eggs.

Flexitarian

You mainly have a plant based diet, you are a flexible vegetarian however, so you still include some animal sourced foods and produce. There are many subcategories to this such as pollo vegetarian if you are avoiding red meat and fish but eat chicken, and pesco pollo if you are avoiding red meat but not chicken and fish. Lastly there is the lacto vegetarian whereby the only animal produce included in the diet is dairy and eggs. This style of vegetarian diet has recently become one of the most popular diets. Yes that’s right – you are in fashion! The diet has gained popularity over its potential health benefits, that too much meat especially red meat may be the cause of many ailments by triggering an inflammatory chain.

Vegan

You are likely to follow a similar diet to a vegetarian but you are unlikely to eat any meat, poultry, fish or shellfish, as well as excluding dairy and eggs. You also avoid any by-products from animals or insects such as honey.

Raw Vegan

Your diet is plant based and raw, nothing is to be cooked and is in its natural form. This style of diet has been huge in the media over the recent years. It is extremely popular with therapists and yoga instructors. Plant based foods are rich in natural digestive aids. Another argument for their benefits is that they are in their natural state, your body knows how to process them effectively and they haven’t lost nutrients through the cooking process. A raw vegan diet is rich in antioxidants which support cells and combat tissue damage. Maybe you have chosen this style of diet to reduce the risks of cancer which may be linked to animal based diets, you follow a very natural lifestyle to the benefit of your digestion and skin.

Variations of a vegetarian or vegan diet

Free from

You may be choosing to avoid dairy and also gluten in your diet for health or lifestyle reasons. There may be an intolerance or an allergy to certain foods which means you avoid them, or you may have avoided the foods for a while, not thinking you had a sensitivity. Either way you’re now likely to feel like you have more energy than ever before, are happier, suffer less from bloating and you may have alleviated your skin problems.