Simbaa K Akamaru Nutrition

What's up herbivores, in today’s blog I'm going to be answering the question are vegans and vegetarians the same?  Before I jump into that, I do want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Simbaa K Akamaru, and I am a vegan nutrition coach. 

 I went vegan back in 2017 and I never really looked back. My role is to help as many people who already are considering or thinking about being vegan or vegetarian, to help you all transition efficiently over to a plant-based or a plant-focused diet. So that's enough about me.

 Let's answer the question are vegans and vegetarians the same? 

Remember back in, in, in middle school, when you learn about geometry, think back to squares and rectangles. Do you know how all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? It is kind of the same thing over on the plant-based continuum. All vegans or vegetarians, but all vegetarians aren't vegans. You see vegan is a subset of vegetarian. To be vegetarian means you don't eat meat to be vegan means that you abstain from all animal products. So you can see all vegans are vegetarians, but not all vegetarians are vegans.

Let me explain the differences

According to the Vegetarian Society, vegetarians are people who do not eat the products or byproducts of animal slaughter. Vegetarians do not consume: meat, such as beef, pork, and game poultry, such as chicken, turkey, and duck fish and shellfish insects rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein stock or fats that derive from animal slaughter However, many vegetarians do consume byproducts that do not involve the slaughter of animals. These include: eggs dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt honey

Veganism is a stricter form of vegetarianism.

Vegans avoid consuming or using any animal products or byproducts. The Vegan Society defines veganism as “a way of living, which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.”Vegans strictly avoid consuming any foods or beverages that contain: meat poultry fish and shellfish eggs dairy products honey insects rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein stock or fats that derive from animals

About strict vegans

Strict vegans also extend these principles beyond their diet and will try, where possible, to avoid any product that directly or indirectly involves the human use of animals. These products can include: leather goods wool silk beeswax soaps, candles, and other products that contain animal fats, such as tallow latex products that contain casein, which comes from milk proteins cosmetics or other products that manufacturers test on animals

All vegans got vegan for the animals, but beyond that some people go vegan for their health. some people go vegan for social justice, and for the environment. I’m vegan for social justice and for health. Being vegan doesn't mean that you want to abstain from participating in a system that does contribute to animal cruelty and animal exploitation. Now, the thing is in our current society, the way it is set up, there is no way to be a hundred percent “vegan” because we're all profiting from animal products or animal byproducts in some way, you know? So the way I do my vegan, I try to focus on health. I try to focus it on social justice,  that's, I live my vegan. There's really no wrong way to do your vegan.


When I went vegan I essentially didn’t transition I did it overnight, just like that, but it came with a lot of negative social, physical, and mental consequences. So per the literature and per my experience, I believe the best way that you want to transition to a plant-focused diet, maybe to step into the vegetarian realm and see what it's like. I don't practice any type of hardcore veganism these days. Once upon a time, I was probably a lot more dogmatic, but I’ve learned to appreciate that everyone's doing the best that they can. Even if you're not able to completely cut meat out of your diet, as long as you’re reducing meat consumption when you can you’re still moving towards progress, not perfection.


We're all on the herbivorous continuum. And we're all working in some way just to increase the compassion and the kindness and the grace that's being extended, or you go vegetarian. Everybody has their own sphere of social justice of things or people or causes that they want to fight for. And so when you go vegan or vegetarian, it just like increases to include animals in that sphere of social justice. And so for that reason, I would say, yes, vegans and vegetarians, we are the same in the fact that we are working together to try to reduce the animal exploitation that's occurring, right? Whether you're vegan or vegetarian, you know, everybody's on the same side here and it's just a different part of the continuum. Sometimes you gotta take a break from being a vegan and people step back into being a vegetarian and sometimes vegetarians want to ramp it up and go vegan.

 You know, there's really no wrong way to go about it. So I do want to share that also, if you are vegan or vegetarian, I have something for you. And if you're thinking about it, I have something for you also. So what I've done is I've created a brand new free course. It's called how to go vegan three things. Every vegan needs to know. Now when you go vegan, there's a lot of things to consider, um, a view of vegetarians, a lot of to consider, as you know, this mini course right here is designed to help you think through some of those things to see if going vegan or vegetarian is something that's for you. Or if it's something for you right now, it's a lifelong process. It's something it's a really big thing to consider. In my course, it'll give you something to think through. 

Until next time
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Simbaa  K Akamaru, CNC

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