The kids asked me the other day: “Mom, aren’t we vegan?”. I had to think a minute as to how I was going to answer. Technically no, but kind of yes.
To an 8 and 9 year old that wasn’t going to be a good answer. When you tell someone you’re plant-based they kind of look at you funny. But if you say you’re vegan they immediately put you in a box. The category of no meat, dairy or eggs ever passes your lips or is in the clothes you wear.
We eat plant-based for health reasons, based on lots of research, but we aren’t banned from every having a steak or eggs or a chicken wing.
Remember in geometry when we had to answer those “sometimes, always or never” questions: is a square a rectangle? Yes, ALWAYS; is a rectangle a square? SOMETIMES.
It’s the same concept. Is someone who’s plant-based a vegan? SOMETIMES, if they’re less than 100%. Is someone who’s vegan plant-based? SOMETIMES, if they eat whole foods and are not a processed vegan.
I came across this article from the HuffPost that explained it pretty well, give it a quick read and maybe it will clear up some confusion.