Many people often ask what the differences are between a vegan diet and a vegetarian diet. The simple answer is that a vegan diet is one of a number of vegetarian diets. Typically, vegetarian diets are broken into three or more groups include lacto-ovo vegetarians (whose diets include eating dairy products and eggs), lacto vegetarians (who eat dairy, but avoid eggs), and vegan vegetarians (those who avoid animal products altogether). There are a number of other more specific diets that fit into one of these categories and are typically associated with vegetarianism, including macrobiotics, raw foods diets, and several others.
Vegetarian Describes a Diet; Vegan can be a Lifestyle
Typically the word vegetarian only describes the food that one consumes; however many vegetarians lead similar lifestyles. Being vegan, in the strictest sense of the word, is much more than just a diet. Vegans strive to avoid animal products in all aspects of their lives including clothing, cosmetic products, household items, and of course food. Therefore, the strict animal product-free vegetarian diet is only a part of being vegan. For most vegans the transition from a standard diet to their new lifestyle happens in stages. This can sometimes include stepping through a number of less strict vegetarian diets and then stepping up the lifestyle changes once a strict vegan diet has been achieved.
Learning about Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
Holistic Holiday at Sea has created the Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise to educate people about holistic health. Because diet is a large part of a holistic lifestyle, many of the classes and workshops focus on educating people about the benefits of a vegan diet and other plant-based diets, such as macrobiotics. The cruise offers a wide selection of vegan cooking classes, as well as classes on the theory and application of these diets.
Learn More about our Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
Book our next Holistic Holiday at Sea to learn more about vegetarian and vegan diets. Check out our Contact Page for more details on the vegetarian and vegan educational opportunities offered on board the cruise.