What “Predominantly Plant-Based” Means to Me
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Egg Nutrition Center. I was compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own.
People often ask about my “predominantly” plant-based nutrition philosophy. “Does that mean you’re vegan? Vegetarian? Do you eat chicken?”
Predominantly means just that – mainly, mostly, primarily. Some days I eat vegan, some days I may include animal products, but overall I eat plant-based.
That doesn’t cut it though for most people, they want specifics. And I get it – it’s easier to understand things when they’re quantifiable. So for those who have asked, here’s the breakdown.
I eat plant-based about 85-90% of the time. Every day is different. Most days of the week, I’m eating vegan meals, but I also have fish once a week, and 2-3 times a week I have eggs. I’ll eat dairy if I’m at a restaurant and friends order a pizza, but it’s not something I purposefully add to my diet.
Why you ask? I talk about my intuitive take on plant-based eating in this post, but I wanted to elaborate on the health reasons for including some animal products – specifically, eggs.
I started eating eggs again due to concerns about choline intake.
Choline needs are increased during pregnancy and lactation and most adults don’t get enough of this critical nutrient to begin with. Because choline is mainly found in animal products, it can be low in a strict plant-based diet.
Eggs are one of the best sources of choline with about 150 mg each. During my pregnancy, I decided to include them a few times a week as a way to meet my increased needs.
While some plant-based eaters may have an issue with egg consumption, I say – to each their own. I always loved eggs prior to becoming plant-based and have been enjoying having them back in my diet. It works for me.
At about 15 cents each, eggs are an affordable, easy source of many nutrients and I have yet to find compelling evidence to suggest that any potential risks of egg consumption outweigh their benefits when consumed in moderation.
With varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, I think eggs can absolutely be a nutritious addition to a plant-based diet.
For more info on how eggs can fit into a predominantly plant-based diet, check out this video I made in partnership with the Egg Nutrition Center:
I plan on doing another post on fish consumption soon – a tricky topic regarding health benefits vs. environmental risks!
Weigh in: Do you follow a predominantly plant-based diet? What does that mean to you?