Delicious Vegan Living 101

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

“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?”

From Celia Jerro in Louisiana


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. Here’s a wonderful article on how to transition to a plant-based diet.

Dairy is often one of the first ingredients that may come to mind when thinking about vegan substitutes. No cream cheese or cheese pizza or mac and cheese? We can still enjoy those favorites.  Learn all about replacing dairy 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!

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P.S. Check out vegan and vegetarian recipes here.



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    August 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Hi, Mrs. Elise!
    All the movies you have starred in, which role do you find the most challenging?

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:30 am

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

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    Amy Pringle
    June 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    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.

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    June 20, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    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

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    Antoinette Smith
    June 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    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.

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    June 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I’m so glad I found you! You are such a positive, kind, inspirational spirit.

    Much love from Denver,


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    Elizabeth Smith
    June 11, 2014 at 9:35 am

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

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    June 11, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Hi there

    Please share the benefits or being a vegan versus that of being a vegetarian.

    thanks in advance.

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    June 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    What do you eat? What do you drink? I too want to live & eat healthy.

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    June 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    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. .

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    June 10, 2014 at 10:31 pm


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


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    June 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    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

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    Brenda Mitchell
    June 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    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.

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    Amelia R. Tucker
    June 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I’m interested in making the transition to eating healthier, whether Vegan or Vegetarian…

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    June 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    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.

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    Doris Williams
    June 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    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?

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    Monica Pippins
    June 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    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

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    June 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    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?

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    June 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Im a vegan and luv it!!!!!

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    June 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    What products are you using for your hair?

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    June 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    What do you eat?

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    June 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    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

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    June Harris
    June 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thank you so muvh you are a lovely lady. May God continue to bless you and yours.

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    Vera Shabazz
    June 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

    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

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    June 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Can you please explain what they do eat please?

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    June 10, 2014 at 9:39 am

    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.

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    June 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Love it! We’re with you!

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    June 10, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Do you eat fish?

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      June 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Pescetarian is a person who does not eat animal products BUT partakes in eating seafood,

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    June 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

    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.

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    Kwesi L.
    June 10, 2014 at 8:33 am

    What kind of meals do Vegans’ eat?

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      June 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Tonight’s family and I had nachos with a side of grapes. ; )

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