Delicious Vegan Living 101

What’s The Difference Between A Vegan And A Vegetarian ?

We received a question from Celia Jerro in Louisiana!

“Coming from Louisiana, our meals always included some type of meat (bacon, sausage, pork etc.) and bread. Could you explain the difference between vegan and vegetarian?”


Kimberly Says:

Absolutely! The difference between vegan and vegetarian is that:

A vegetarian does not eat any meat. However, they do eat dairy products, like milk, cheese, and eggs.

A vegan does not eat meat or dairy products or any animal products, whatsoever!

If you’re interested in becoming a vegan, you can always look for alternatives to the foods that you currently consume.

Dairy is often one of the first ingredients that may come to mind when thinking about vegan substitutes. But it’s really not as difficult as you may think. You can start by learning more about vegan cheese and nut milk!

I started out as a vegetarian and eventually became a full vegan and never felt better!

I hope that helps.

Love & Light,



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  1. Shelly says:

    Is there a term for me, I don’t eat red meat, pork, white meat or dairy products, being from Lousisiana myself, I eat seafood.

  2. Vinicia says:

    I’m a pescatairian Ms. Elis. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the term, but I’m basically a vegetarian, but I do still eat seafood on top of some dairy products.

  3. Vera Shabazz says:

    Dear Kimberly,
    I am Vera advocate for survivors of domestic violence and CEO of Virginia’s House, inspired by my mother, Virginia Askew. I live on the South Side of Chicago and will build a transitional housing center for survivors and their children. To reach this goal I developed a play “Somethin’s Got to Give Break or Come Untied Domestic Violence through the eyes of a Child”. I am asking you to play the lead in the play as only you can. Your presence and tenacity on screen is just fierce. Can I send you my play, I have no money to pay you at this time, but as the play picks up I will be able to pay everyone. But at the beginning it will be volunteer.
    I pray you will consider working in what I believe will be Tony or Oscar (when the picture is on t he big screen) worthy. I am eager to speak with you..
    Thank you for considering our non-profit 501(c3) organization.

    Vera Shabazz

  4. Denise says:

    Are there steps to being coming a vegetarian? You just stated that a vegetarian eats no meat but does that include seafood? Currently I do not eat beef or pork products and try to limit my intake of chicken and turkey. I can not do dairy for health reasons so that isn’t a problem. However I love fish, salmon and all seafood. I tried to do a 30 day no meat diet and it was ok, and didn’t miss the chicken or turkey. But would like to keep my seafood

  5. Gladys says:

    Hi Kimberly,
    I wanted to start off telling you how much I love your work; I have been interested in trying to be a vegan; however I am lactose intolerant and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get all the nutrients and vitamins I needed; I would love some advice?

  6. Monica Pippins says:

    I love you and think that you are such a talented actress. My daughter loves you in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. She’s 8 yrs old but I can’t keep her away from all things Tyler Perry. I just skip what she shouldn’t see. 🙂 God Bless You & Yours

  7. Doris Williams says:

    I have always entertained the thought of becoming a vegan. Do you know of any vegan diets that I could start on that can lead me in the right direction?

  8. Tosha says:

    Hi Kimberly,
    I am a full-figured (obese) 37 year-old woman with health problems. I am aware that meat has a lot of hormones etc… in it but I am accustom to eating meat. I want to become a vegetarian but is confused on how and where to start. I am not sure if psychologically, I am ready for the change but need to, how can I prepare myself ans stay motivated in the process? Also, any recipe ideas?
    Thank you.

  9. Brenda Mitchell says:

    Greetings: I’m so excited about becoming a vegetarian. I just need to know what I need to get started step by step. Any advice on keeping my all natural hair healthy and what products you feel are best ? 99% of the women in my family are totally perm free and natural. Love everything you’re doing and what you represent.

  10. Sylvia says:

    I tried vegetarian once it lasted for 2 months ran out of meals so picky a lot of things I don’t eat but I would live to start again but I need help

  11. Carla says:


    Very interesting article about vegan and vegetarian. I never knew the difference. Have you been like that all your life?


  12. CARMEN RAMENTO says:

    I would love to b3come a vegan im so tiered of eat8ng anything tondo with meat .. can u direct me on how to obtain recipes
    Thank u.. and I love ur show I have all ur movies even with tyler oerry nd oprah. .

  13. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Very informative. I am considering being a vegetarian. By the help if God. Thanks for sharing Kimberly.

  14. Antoinette Smith says:

    I am just beginning not to eat meat. I have always wondered what the difference was. Thanks for the explanation. Now I know which one I want to become and its Vegan. Now I need some help on what to eat.

  15. Benita says:

    Hello Kimberly,

    Perhaps you can provide a few tips on getting started with a vegan lifestyle. How did you transition from being a meat eater to becoming a vegan. Also, what were some of the challenges you faced while transitioning?

    Thank you

  16. Amy Pringle says:

    Hello Ms. Elise ~
    I have the same skin tone as you. My question is have you ever had to deal with acne? I am 42 and get breakouts but not so often. I’m in need of a cream or something that will help with the few blemishes that I have…. can you suggest anything? I never had this problem until now and it’s not allowing me to enjoy my days. I work with the public every day and I hate having to wear makeup unless I absolutely have to. I love having the natural look.

    Please help………
    Yours truly~

    Hopeless in the South

  17. Chloé says:

    What is the most challenging part have you ever played?.. and Do you research a characther you have to play…

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