I think the term “vegetarian” is confusing. It sounds as though the person eats only plant-based foods, especially vegetables, but that’s not the case; vegetarians eat eggs and dairy products as well. I like the term “complete vegetarian,” which means all food is plant-based, no eggs or dairy products are consumed. A complete vegetarian would be a vegan. In this book, I use complete vegetarian, vegan, and plant-based interchangeably.
hether you’re a complete vegetarian or on your way to becoming one, ideally, you’ll include lots of vegetables, some fruit, legumes or legume products such as peanut butter and tofu, and whole grains in your meals. Also, you can experiment with eliminating as many animal products as possible. Eat thoughtfully—that’s my mantra. Part of what this means is taking the time to think about where my food is coming from and what my food is doing to me and for me, and what my food choices are doing to the world around me.