BTW ICYMI, SAD is a questionable WOE. ISO a better WOE? FOK or WFPBSOS may be right for you.
Newcomers to plant-based chats sometimes feel lost and bewildered by acronyms and abbreviations for often-repeated short (and not-so-short) phrases. This tendency started long before the digital age with things like NATO, UNESCO, NASA, NAFTA, POTUS, FLOTUS, and SCOTUS. With internet chat came the emoticons and LOL, BRB, and other shortcuts. This glossary focuses on vegan / vegetarian / plant-based phrases, but I’ve included a few more that are useful. Just yesterday, after feeling like a clueless outsider for a few hours, I learned that F in a comment means Following, which puts the commenter in the loop for notifications. (I also learned that there is a better alternative to avoid clogging posts with too many comments. I’ll let someone else explain that.)
Here is a mini-glossary (a work in progress). Please feel free to comment on this page or send a note through the Contact page if there is something you want to ask about or contribute. You can search for all kinds of abbreviations at https://www.abbreviations.com/
VEGAN / VEGETARIAN
It is helpful and inspiring to think about all the wonderful, colorful, tasty food plants at our fingertips. Some days I feel like concocting a fancy meat substitute dish, but other days I can just slice an avocado or dig into a watermelon, and go to the beach! I hope you find the glossary helpful and will refer to it often as more items are added.
I am bilingual and bicultural, so I included names in English and Spanish. Since food names vary greatly from place to place, I settled on Southwest American English and Central Mexican Spanish. The links contain details about specfic items.
Animal products are bad for everyone’s health, but eliminating them flies in the face of thousands of years of habit, tradition, and even religion. It takes courage, patience, and tolerance to live a meat-free life in a meat-driven world. I try to not make a big deal of it. Good manners require me to respect others’ decisions about what to eat and what to serve, but they also require others to respect my choices when I say, “No, thank you.” I don’t define myself by a label. I am not A Vegan or A Vegetarian or A WFPB. I am a human being who most of the time chooses to eat plants and nothing else.
Whether you follow someone’s plan or make it up as you go, you will benefit from becoming conscious of everything you take into your body. Ask yourself what it is doing for you and what it is doing to you. Acknowledge your reason for taking it in, whether you eat it as food, drink it as beverage, or swallow, inject, snort or smoke it as therapeutic or recreational drug.
Fruit and Stuff is mostly about improving health through food choices, and this blog has the Do-It-Yourself Plant-Baser in mind. My hope is that everyone will switch to plant-based and make it their way of eating for as long as they live. In addition to personal health, there are moral, spiritual, and environmental reasons to do that.
If you are following a prescribed plant-based diet for a specific health outcome, by all means you should comply with the requirements of that diet and the recommendations of your health care provider, but long-term success is more likely if you assume responsibility for your health and your choices. You may choose to adhere strictly to a prescribed eating plan, but that is YOUR choice, and YOU, not the experts who designed the plan, must make decisions every day about what you eat, what you think, and how you live. You alone will enjoy or suffer the consequences of the plan you choose.
When a typical westerner goes to the doctor with a headache, we expect a prescription for a pill or shot or liquid that will “attack” the headache. We probably would not go back if the doctor massaged our feet or stuck needles in random body parts or told us to give up meat, eggs, milk, cheese, and processed foods to make the headache go away. The truth, however, is that any of these treatments could be more effective than pills, shots, or liquids because the head is connected to the rest of the body.
A body is a whole thing with many inter-related parts. Isolating a brain or a pancreas or a heart or a blood vessel may be helpful for scientists trying to understand how they work, but all the parts work together in awesome ways to keep the body going, slow it down, or kill it. Even when…
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1. Accept responsibility for your health and your choices. Advice from others, including health professionals, is helpful, but you have the final say about what you eat and how you live.
2. Eliminate animal products from meal plans. Do what works for you, and take as much time as you need.
3. Be conscious of EVERYTHING you take into your body–what it is doing FOR you and TO you and WHY you are taking it in. If you eat it as food, drink it as beverage, swallow, inject, snort or smoke it as therapeutic or recreational drug, be conscious of what you are doing.
4. Start with what you know. Meat-based meals and fast food culture make us settle for potatoes as just about the only vegetable, but most of us are familiar with many edible plants. Some are delicious with no more preparation than washing. You can try new foods as you’re ready, but don’t get overwhelmed by making too many changes or trying to understand too many “requirements.”
5. Eat a variety of foods. Eliminating animal products clears the way for health-building foods to do what they do best, but you have to provide those foods.
6. Keep learning. The more you know about nutrition the more you will be able to choose foods that build and maintain good health. Don’t settle for distorted studies as reported on social media. This Resources link will lead you to some reliable videos, books, studies and articles.
7. Have fun! If for you that means keeping it simple, then keep it simple. If it means learning about new and exotic ingredients or making gourmet plant-based meals, go for it!