15 Different Types of Vegan Diets: Which is Right for You?

by Alena

Only a handful of topics can stir up pretty strong emotions and controversies in the average person. Politics certainly is one of them, so is religion, and one’s food choices. Different diets seem to work and make sense to different people and everyone swears by what they are doing.

As a vegan, you might think that there aren’t many options left and that you have found the ONE right diet. Think again! There might be a lot of different types of vegan diets you’re not even aware of.

We have found that there are just about as many ways of eating a vegan diet as there are eating non-vegan diets. Experts argue about the macronutrient ratios, level of which foods are processed, cutting out certain foods altogether and so much more.

Although there is a general agreement on basing one’s diet around whole vegan foods for best health, the devil is in the detail. We highly respect the doctors and nutritionists who came up with their own concept of what has been proven to work for their patients and you will see that all of the legitimate programs below are supported by big names and big studies.

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It doesn’t mean that other approaches, like raw vegan or keto vegan diets, don’t work for some people. In fact, if you are convinced about the benefits of going into ketosis, you’re better off doing so on a purely plant-based diet. We just couldn’t always find doctors or nutritionists that support a specific diet so we included people in the “proponents” section who have been following the diet for a long time.

Please note that people can tweak and change their diet all the time and not all proponents will keep eating after a strict program.

So, naturally, you will find that YouTubers and bloggers try out different styles here and there. None of these diets we mention work by restricting calories but, instead, encourage eating to your heart’s content (ad libitum). This has been shown to be the most sustainable approach to following a healthy diet for life.

There are some advantages and disadvantages to all kinds of diets – we personally have been through a couple of those different programs ourselves and don’t adhere to any specific diet these days.

You could say that most of our meals are made up of whole plant-based foods, we ditched the oil, rarely use sweeteners and only a moderate amount of salt. We do eat out or get a treat sometimes and we both do well on slightly different meal compositions.

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The Different Vegan Diets

Overall, this article is meant to give an overview of what’s possible and it is written from an observational standpoint rather than just quoting studies everywhere.

These hard facts can be found when following the links in the “Proponents and further reading” section. And since many experts promote a whole foods plant-based diet (just using different names) with a lot more similarities than differences, we tried our best to assign them appropriately.

Now, without further ado, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the different types of vegan diets!

1. Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet

Top view of woman holding a bowl of vegan bean chili, sliced avocado and fresh herbs

Easy Vegan Chili by Nutriciously

The name of this diet says it all, pretty much. You should eat exclusively plants, choosing those that are as unprocessed as possible. Most experts will tell you that you don’t have to count calories or focus on macronutrients at all – whole, unprocessed plant-based foods are nutrient-dense and contain a lot of fiber which helps you fill up without consuming too many calories.

It gives you room to experiment and find out how many grains, nuts and fruit you want to include to feel your best. This diet is one of the best ways to heal and prevent chronic disease and kind of an umbrella term of other, more specific diets, listed down below.

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Emphasized Foods:

  • Whole grains, best eaten unprocessed but okay to include in the form of bread and pasta
  • Legumes of all kinds
  • Fruits, focusing on the whole food instead of smoothies or juices
  • Vegetables, raw and cooked (lots of them)
  • Nuts and seeds as well as some nut butter

Example Meals:

2. The Starch Solution Program

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Mushroom Risotto by Nutriciously

Dr. John McDougall’s successful program is best described as a starch-based diet with the addition of fruits and vegetables. He has been getting into the effects of nutrition on the body during his years as a doctor on the big island of Hawaii where he could see the older generations thriving on a starch-based diet while the children and grandchildren got fatter and sicker the more they Westernized their diet and got into animal products.

His program is suited for all kinds of health problems with his mantra being “It’s the Food!”. Dr. McDougall believes that once we stop poisoning ourselves with rich foods like vegetable oils and animal products, our bodies are able to heal and thrive. He doesn’t exclude salt or sugar and wants the food to be very palatable so that people stick to it for good. This diet is just about the cheapest one out there!

Emphasized Foods:

  • Potatoes are a big one here. McDougall often says that one could eat only potatoes or sweet potatoes for months on end and be very healthy.
  • Starches like corn, rice, wheat, barley, quinoa, millet and more. It’s best to eat them whole but even processed ones are fine.
  • Vegetables in all colors, starchy or non-starchy
  • Fruits should not be seen as a staple but rather as a dessert or addition to a meal. He recommends eating around 3 servings per day
  • High-fat plant-based foods such as nuts, seeds and avocados are discouraged and should only be eaten by trim, healthy people in small amounts

Example Meals:

3. High Fat Raw Vegan Diet (Gourmet Raw)

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Raw Lasagna by The Raw Chef

Most raw food diets are vegan by default, though raw foodists are mostly concerned about their health primarily. Some do include raw honey, though this isn’t a vegan food obviously. Raw vegan diets either focus on nuts and seeds or fruits as their main source of calories. The gourmet raw diet is more on the fatty side, including cold-pressed oils, nut-based desserts and heavy sauces.

None of their food is cooked above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and they believe that raw foods are superior and that cooking destroys food to a certain point, especially regarding enzymes and vitamins. Often, people switch between different levels of ‘raw-ness’ at different times in their lives – although there are some hardcore raw foodies who are all in, 100%. They use blenders, juicers and dehydrators to prepare their meals and might also be into wild edible plants.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Nuts and seeds for toppings or as a base in desserts or crackers
  • Algae & sea vegetables
  • Soaked & sprouted grains and legumes
  • Fruit and dried fruit of all kind
  • Vegetables and leafy greens that can be eaten uncooked

Example Meals:

  • Chocolate mint bars
  • Cashew cheese lasagna
  • Portobello mushroom burgers
  • Large salads with all kinds of fruits, veggies and nuts
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4. The Nutritarian Diet (Eat To Live)

zucchini noodles rolled around fork over bowl of spiralized zoodles with vegan black bean meatballs and marinara sauce

Zoodles with Black Bean Balls by Nutriciously

The term “Nutritarian” was invented by Dr. Joel Fuhrman who wanted to create the most nutrient-dense and optimal diet for human beings. It is not by default vegan as the program allows for some animal products to be added in after a few weeks of following the diet – we obviously don’t recommend that for many reasons.

As a Nutritarian, you eat a lot of vegetables, limit your starch intake and favor nuts and legumes over potatoes and rice. It’s definitely not something for people with a weak digestive system since you should be eating lots of G.B.O.M.B.S. daily: Greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds. The diet is said to be very health-supporting, healing and helps slimming down. It is low-salt, oil-free and discourages adding sugar, juice, bread and processed foods.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Green vegetables especially, colorful veggies overall
  • Fresh fruit, several servings per day
  • Mushrooms, onion and garlic
  • Nuts and seeds as well as nut/seed butter
  • Around 1 cup or more beans per day

Example Meals:

5. The 80/10/10 Low Fat Raw Vegan Diet (Fruitarianism)

Top view of green smoothie bowl with fruit toppings on white wooden table

Mango Baobab Smoothie Bowl by Feasting on Fruit

This has been arguably the most popular diet approach within veganism for a couple of years, which was due to some huge social media gurus. The chiropractic Doug Graham wrote a book called “The 80/10/10” diet in 2006, which focused on eating a lot of fresh, ripe, whole, organic fruit along with some leafy greens and nuts and seeds. This way of eating has been popularized by YouTubers Freelee and Durianrider who are both passionate vegans and athletes that wanted other people to thrive on their diet.

A couple of years ago, many vegan YouTubers were following this regimen (or at least trying to, since it’s a little hard to sustain) but have since turned their backs on it. People are most likely to succeed on this diet when they are living in hot climates and have a lot of time and money to spend on their diet. Getting enough ripe fruit is especially hard while traveling, though some people claim to have healed a lot of ailments eating that way.

There aren’t any studies proving the diet to be healthy and there are concerns about the high fruit sugar intake as well as mineral and fatty acid deficiency. It is tied into natural hygiene and proponents recommend drinking a lot of water as well as eating very simple “mono” meals consisting of only one type of food. The use of salt and other “stimulants” is highly discouraged. It is closely related to fruitarianism which we put into the same category here.

Emphasized Foods:

  • All fresh fruits like bananas, berries, mangoes, dates, apples or oranges, which are the basis for most meals
  • Savory fruit such as cucumber, avocado or tomato
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Some raw nuts and seeds

Example Meals:

  • Mango or banana mono meal
  • Green salad with a fruity dressing
  • Fruit salad
  • Large smoothies made with banana and berries

6. Junk & Convenience Food Vegan Diet

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Best Vegan Pizza by Love And Lemons

People who eat a rather junky vegan diet are most always ethical vegans who didn’t come to this lifestyle due to health reasons but either because of the animals or the environment – it could also be both of them. They typically don’t care so much about what they are eating as long as it doesn’t come from an animal.

It’s a perfect example of how a vegan diet doesn’t automatically have anything to do with healthy eating! We don’t want to talk down on anyone eating lots of processed vegan foods and there are certainly a few advantages to that. If you’re just starting out on a vegan diet and come from a very junky omnivorous past, then it will probably be easier for you to switch to vegan burgers and fries, soy ice cream and pretzels.

Most of us want to treat ourselves here and there, so you can almost always find some amount of vegan processed foods in any plant-based muncher’s diet. When you go out to a vegan restaurant, for example, there’s no shame in reaching for the vegan pizza or falafel tacos.

On another note, people who eat a more processed or junkier vegan diet don’t eat like this 24/7! You can most likely catch them drinking a smoothie or eating a green salad as well. This way of eating is also an option if you are in recovery from disordered eating and restriction since it allows you to make peace with all kinds of different foods while following your moral compass.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Fruits, veggies, grains, legumes & nuts
  • Vegan cookies, candies and chocolates
  • Faux meat and cheese products
  • Convenience foods
  • Cereal, breads, pasta dishes

Example Meals:


The following blogs offer delicious vegan junk food recipes but the owners probably also eat healthy plant-based food!

7. Detox Vegan Diet

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Green Detox Broccoli Salad by The Awesome Green

People choosing to eat a detox diet have often suffered from ailments for quite a while before turning to this way of eating. They usually want to make extra sure that their meals are very clean and rich in nutrients.

Though there is no definition of what a detox diet should consist of, you will most likely find many raw foods here (around 80% of the food is eaten raw) as well as sprouts, superfoods like spirulina, fresh juices and smoothies. Many meals include a lot of green vegetables, gluten-free grains like quinoa and have an emphasis on the “alkalinity” of the individual ingredients.

Detoxers tend to drink a lot of water and herbal teas while cutting out coffee, alcohol and soft drinks. It’s overall a pretty healthy diet and a lot of people choose to go on such a plan for only a certain period of time since it is rather strict.

As opposed to other vegan diets listed here, a detox diet doesn’t always have to be vegan per-protocol (though we always recommend that) and hasn’t been scientifically proven to be superior to other plant-based diets.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Sprouts
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • All types of other vegetables
  • Beans and lentils
  • Fresh fruit, though typically “low glycemic”
  • Nuts and seeds, preferably soaked
  • Cold-pressed oils
  • Gluten-free grains

Example Meals:

  • Raw beet burgers with avocado and kale salad
  • Green juices and smoothies
  • Quinoa breakfast with apple and nuts
  • Roasted gluten-free Veggie Nachos
  • No-bake almond butter bars

8. SOS-Free Plant-Based Diet

white plate on table with leafy greens and oil-free slat free roasted squash

Roasted Squash Salad by Hello Nutritarian

The “SOS” in this type of vegan diet stands for “sugar, oil, salt” and was popularized by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of the TrueNorth Health Center. He wanted to take a whole foods plant-based diet a step further and eliminated these 3 stimulants, seeing improvements in the health and weight of many of his patients. It’s easy for us to overeat during our meals when adding salt or sugar, both of which are highly palatable spices. Especially people struggling with overeating or binge eating will have a huge advantage eating less stimulating meals.

The 3 components that are being cut out have been discussed in the book “The Pleasure Trap” which describes how people love to get the most amount of pleasure without having to do much at all. This can lead to addictions, especially when it comes to calorically dense foods. Very few people can have just a little bit of salt, sugar or oil – so it might be best to eliminate them altogether and use whole foods instead.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Vegetables and fruits of all kinds
  • Whole grains, best if gluten-free (another possible addictive or allergenic component) and as unprocessed as possible
  • Small amounts of nuts and seeds
  • Beans and lentils

Example Meals:

  • Corn chowder over rice
  • Potatoes with black bean salsa
  • Oatmeal apple crisp
  • Kale Edamame Salad
  • Sweet potato pecan pie

9. Raw Till 4 Diet

Two glasses of thick mango smoothie on a green table with a plate of more cut mango in the background

Mango Smoothie by Loving It Vegan

Coming from a purely raw vegan fruit-based diet, Australian athletes Freelee and Durianrider (social media aliases) wanted to make a high carb and high raw diet more sustainable by adding a cooked meal for dinner to their fruit-based meals. The original raw till 4 diet is very low in fat and protein since even legumes and nuts or seeds are restricted to keep it super high in carbohydrates (preferably around 90%).

Large banana and date smoothies are followed by a few pounds of cooked potatoes, rice or pasta in the evening. There wasn’t a huge emphasis on vegetables at all in the beginning (which has changed a bit by now) and people were encouraged to eat at least 2,500-3,000 calories per day.

This resulted in quite some visible weight gain for many followers of this diet, even though they most always got into running or cycling at the same time. This very high carb diet is primarily made for real athletes and many of the former followers have since shifted to adding more cooked foods, vegetables, nuts, and legumes back into their diet.

No study or medical doctor has ever proven this diet to be effective or superior to a whole foods plant-based diet. Mono meals are emphasized here as well as cutting out salt, oil, caffeine and alcohol. You are also encouraged to drink around a gallon (4 liters) of water per day. The diet is often focused on getting very slim by eating large amounts of food, which is why it attracted many people suffering from eating disorders and it helped some of them moving forward in recovery.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Lots of fruits like bananas, mangoes, berries, stone fruit, dates, figs and more
  • Starches like pasta, potatoes, rice or corn
  • Some vegetables as a side-dish, mostly tomato sauce and leafy greens

Example Meals:

  • Banana nice cream with berries
  • Mono meal of 5 mangoes
  • Corn pasta with tomato sauce
  • A whole watermelon


There used to be a lot of social media channels following and promoting this diet but at the time of writing this article, nobody we found was still compliant. You can search for the term on YouTube for some example videos but please notice that most people have evolved their diet ever since.

10. Whole Starch Low-Fat (WSLF)

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Bowl by Nutriciously

This diet has recently been gaining popularity throughout social media due to the work of Alex and Kristen aka. Mr. and Mrs. Vegan from Los Angeles. The couple has been following a McDougall-style starch-based diet for over a decade already and is creating educational, inspiring and fun videos to show everyone how simple and delicious a healthy diet is.

The term “Whole Starch Low Fat” was born when they discovered the flaws of other vegan diets: on a whole foods plant-based diet, people could be eating too many nuts and seeds which can result in poor health and weight gain. On a high carb low-fat diet, followers sometimes end up choosing too many processed junk foods or using fruit as a staple instead of starches. From the outside, their diet approach might seem similar to other types mentioned here but they still have their unique style.

You are encouraged to fill up on starches from breakfast to dinner, eating until you’re satiated, and not worrying too much about food. Oil and refined foods should be cut out, simple sugar and salt are limited. You are free to follow this diet only throughout the week and then eat whatever you like on the weekend (which obviously won’t give you the maximum results, though).

This diet has been attracting vegans who came from a past of restricting, raw foodism or even low carb eating and has worked beautifully for the majority so far. Mr. and Mrs. Vegan make it a point that you should create delicious meals, using whatever low-fat sauces you like to stay on this path.

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Emphasized Foods:

  • Potatoes, brown rice, oats, pumpkin, quinoa, corn
  • Legumes like beans and lentils are almost always added to hearty meals
  • Fruit for breakfast and dessert or as a snack
  • All types of vegetables are encouraged to make a colorful and well-rounded meal

Example Meals:

11. High Carb Low Fat Vegan Diet

Ready To Eat Oil Free Vegan Pesto Pasta

Low-Fat Bean Pesto Pasta by Nutriciously

We have written a whole article on this type of vegan diet before. Basically, it focuses primarily on whole plant-based foods which automatically makes the diet rather high in carbohydrates. By keeping your nuts, seeds and avocadoes at bay (we know it can be hard!) you can go the extra mile, having an average fat intake of around 10-15%. Many chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease can be prevented and even reversed eating this way.

Full Guide: High Carb Low Fat Vegan Diet

It is very similar to the Esselstyn Diet and the Starch Solution though it allows for more processed foods to be included. The reason why some high carb vegans gain weight on their diet is that they include a lot of pretzels, cereal, sugar and fruit juice on a daily basis. Following a whole foods high carb vegan diet is one of the best things you can do – speaking from experience and reading the studies. It’s also usually free of oil and low in salt.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Starches, primarily whole grains, rice, pasta, potatoes, some bread and cereals are often the basis
  • Fruit can be eaten in abundance
  • Vegetables of all kinds are added to starchy meals
  • Legumes like beans and lentils are high in carbs and are eaten daily, too
  • Some nuts and seeds can be added

Example Meals:


Many plant-based experts like Dr. McDougall or Dr. Esselstyn essentially promote this diet as well but were featured separately.

12. Esselstyn Heart Healthy Diet

white bowl with a spoon and a black bean pumpkin chili with kale

Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili by Occasionally Eggs

This diet is directed to those who don’t want to develop heart disease and those who want to reverse heart disease. It’s essentially a whole foods vegan diet but without any added high-fat foods like oil, nuts, seeds, and avocadoes.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn claims that heart disease doesn’t need to exist and if it does exist, it doesn’t need to progress. In the past, he has helped former US president Bill Clinton who had a quadruple by-pass surgery in 2004. With the help of the Esselstyn Diet, he and countless others have been able to prevent a lethal heart attack.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Vegetables with the exception of avocado for those with elevated blood lipids
  • Legumes of all kinds
  • Whole grains that haven’t been polished or processed
  • Fruit which should be limited to 3 servings per day (avoid fruit juices because they elevate triglycerides)
  • Beverages: water, seltzer, oat milk, low-fat soy milk, coffee, and tea.

Example Meals:

13. Low Carb Vegan Diet (Paleo, Keto, Eco Atkins)

white bowl with kale, tofu, cabbage, avocado and vegan sauce

Healthy Low Carb Dinner Bowl by Running On Real Food

As you will see, this is kind of the complete opposite to most other vegan diets described here. Unlike the Starch Solution or the Whole Foods Plant Based Diet, this way of eating doesn’t use starches as a food staple. Since almost all vegan foods contain at least some amount of carbohydrate, it can be a real challenge to go very low carb. For many plant-based eaters, a medium carb diet is, therefore, the best choice.

It goes to show that even those who want to limit their carb intake could do so on a vegan diet. Achieving the state of ketosis takes it all one step further and requires eating a lot of vegetable oils and fats. Low carb vegans often want to lose weight or believe this diet supports their athletic performance or blood sugar control.

Needless to say, most health experts agree that a high-fat diet is harmful to your overall health and should only be tried with caution. Those who want to eat a paleo diet (free from grains and dairy) but do so as a vegan can add more protein-rich plant-based foods instead of meat. But a true Paleolithic diet wasn’t necessarily low in carbohydrates. Best estimates are that pre-agricultural people got about 35 to 50 percent of their calories from carbohydrates.

Their diets were about 30% protein and 20 to 35% fat, although actual intakes probably varied a lot over different regions. This diet can work for some people and low carb vegan diets aren’t as detrimental to your health as animal-based low carb eating plans but it’s questionable how well people do long term.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Beans and legumes (though they are often over 50% carbs)
  • Nuts and seeds as well as nut butters
  • Vegetable oils
  • Soy-based foods
  • As many non-starchy vegetables as possible
  • Some berries

Example Meals:

  • Steamed or raw vegetables with tofu/seitan and peanut satay sauce
  • Avocado smoothie
  • Lettuce wraps with tofu or seitan and garlic sauce
  • Pureed veggie or mushroom soup with nut butter or coconut cream
  • Chocolate mousse


While we didn’t find any medical experts who recommend vegan low-carb diets, you can find information about it over at RD Ginny Messina’s blog or Unnatural Vegan’s channel. Both have spoken about eating a lower carb and higher fat/protein vegan diet but they still include grains.

14. Engine 2 Diet

woman with white shirt holding two bean burritos filled with avocado and tomato

Easy Vegan Bean Burritos by Nutriciously

Remember Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn? Well, he has awesome children – one of them being Rip Esselstyn, a world-class triathlete firefighter from Austin, Texas. One day, he wanted to save a colleague from dying of heart disease by starting a “plant-strong” challenge for the whole team to find out who could lower their cholesterol the most.

By following Rip’s program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs), lowered their cholesterol (his endangered colleague lowered his from 344 to 196), and improved their overall health. The Engine 2 Diet was born. It focuses on whole plant-based foods, keeping the overall fat intake rather low but allowing some space for fun foods.

At many supermarkets, you can even buy the Engine 2 brand foods like frozen burgers, granola, crusts, hummus, cereal, and more. This makes the diet very convenient and especially attractive to busy people or those who are used to eating a junkier diet. Engine 2 excludes all animal products, oils and limits refined sugar and sodium.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Whole grains and whole grain products like bread or pasta
  • Legumes like lentils or black bean burgers as well as hummus
  • Veggies, especially green ones
  • Fruit and dried fruit
  • Nuts, seeds and nut butter

Example Meals:

15. Plant-Based/Just Vegan

close-up of a bowl with whole food plant-based mac and cheese with broccoli and a spoon

Vegan Mac and Cheese by Nutriciously

Finally, there are many people who just eat a plant-based or vegan diet without following any advice or guidelines. They come from all types of backgrounds, want to do good in the world and treat their bodies well with nourishing food but are not very dogmatic about it all.

Some of them have gone through different phases of vegan eating, such as high carb diets, low carb diets, maybe even raw food diets and now just settled at a reasonably healthy plant-based diet. They don’t exclude any plant-based foods like oil or sugar per se and change their diet around whenever they want to, in order to meet their needs. Plant-based eaters still focus on rather healthy foods but aren’t afraid to add any treats in as well.

Emphasized Foods:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grains and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Tofu, mock meats, sauces, dressings or packaged food with oil and sugar
  • Pretty much anything else that’s vegan!

Example Meals:

More Honorable Mentions & Variations

Some less popular diet programs, which are very similar to those we presented above, include:

  • Biblical Daniel Diet
  • China Study Diet
  • CHIP Program
  • Hallelujah Diet
  • Kempner Rice Diet
  • Macrobiotic Diet
  • Natural Hygiene Diet
  • Popper Diet
  • Pritikin Diet

​For anyone wanting or having to restrict other foods or food groups, there are options for the following:

And that concludes our overview of the many types of vegan diets. ​Lastly, we encourage you to do your own research and try out different styles of eating. As you could see above, everyone’s needs and preferences can be met on a purely plant-based diet.

Which eating styles mentioned above have you tried? Which ones did you like the best and adhere to now? And did we forget about something? Let us know in the comments below.

Alena sitting in a cafe with a bowl of fresh plant-based food and a glass of coffee in front of her

About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

24 thoughts on “15 Different Types of Vegan Diets: Which is Right for You?”

  1. Have you heard of Dr. Lawrence Wilson? He says it’s best to eat around 70% cooked vegetables, around 10% whole grains, and that it’s extremely dangerous to not eat any animal protein, and that it should be around 15% of the diet. Healthy fats are around 5%. All raw vegetables and all fruit are avoided. Do you think he is trustworthy? He gives all his reasons here on why he thinks veganism is so dangerous.

    • Hi Daniel,
      thanks for your comment. I cannot see how a diet that’s made up of 70% cooked veggies can be sustainable and offer you enough energy or nutrition. Raw vegetables like leafy greens are incredibly nutrient-dense and healthy, so nobody should cut them out per se (unless you have a specific illness perhaps). I honestly don’t have the time to look through the whole article you mentioned but there aren’t any magical nutrients found in animal protein that you cannot get from plants. Food always comes as a package of nutrients and animal products give you many of the things you don’t want like cholesterol, saturated fat, hormones and more. Even the ADA stated that vegetarian and vegan diets can be healthy for every stage of life (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864), large studies show that populations get healthier and live longer the more plant-based foods they consume. The top of the list? The vegan Adventists from California. https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/adventist-health-studies/
      The, there’s only one diet that can treat and reverse type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which is a low-fat vegan diet. So shouldn’t this be our default? Thousands of people die because of such preventable diseases each year.
      Try it for yourself, get your blood levels checked and see how you’re doing. Any diet that’s high in plant-based foods is better than a typical Western-style diet.
      Hope this was helpful :)
      Take care

    • There are plenty of cultures with heathy people living on mostly or all vegetables. Take Buddhist monks or wealthy (not malnourished poor folk) Hindus. What might be true is that it’s easier to miss out on some nutrients if you go on a peculiar diet. Then again, it’s easier to get heart disease on a fast food diet!

      Alena, what do you think about orthorexia? I wasn’t even aware how bad it could get until recently. Or even just being OCD? I do think that a healthy mind is crucial for any diet plan, vegan or not.

  2. Any one know how to lose weight on a vegan diet? I’ve lived the majority of my life on a eat whatever I want junk diet, last June I very happily transitioned into a clean, whole, organic (processed sugar, simple carbs, processed foods of all kinds, dairy free) diet. I ate only organic, local produce and local, organic lean meat and eggs. Over the course of 8 months, I lost 60+ lbs! I was ecstatic!!! Then I started watching the food documentaries!!! Food Inc, Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, etc, and became outraged with the whole Animal Ag business and decided to no longer consume animal products for ethical, environmental, health, and personal reasons. So… now it’s WFPB for me, and ever since making that decision and eating WFPB, I haven’t lost any more weight. I still have 20 left to lose (and my husband following my path still has 35 to lose), but the scale hasn’t budged in 3 months!!! Any advise?

  3. Great post, tons of value here and plenty of different vegan options to spice things up. The High Fat Raw Vegan Diet has been what I’ve been doing for the past 6 months. Me and my girlfriend have loved it but have been getting a little bit bored of the options. This really exposed a lot of new delicious options for ourselves and for our locals in Miami. Thanks for the awesome post!


    • Very happy to hear that your vegan diet has been working for you in the beginning! We’re definitely on the lower fat train after listening to many professionals and large studies. Hope you’ll find some new ideas here to switch things up and make it work for you :)

  4. Thanks for the ovely list…it’s all good!
    I would recommend Janice stanger’s book called The Perfect Formula Diet, a masterpiece!

  5. No offense, but, just to be clear, what you are describing is not a “vegan diet”, but a plant-based diet.
    “Veganism is 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.
    There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as products like leather and any tested on animals.”
    “It’s not just about diet [although it’s a good start!]
    Vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, with compassion being a key reason many choose a vegan lifestyle. From accessories and clothing to makeup and bathroom items, animal products and products tested on animals are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately nowadays there are affordable and easily-sourced alternatives to just about everything.”
    Much more at this link:
    As a going-on-30-years vegan, I know that it can take some time to adopt a vegan lifestyle (rather than a diet) and there’s no such thing as perfection, but it’s easier than ever. And it’s ever-more crucial to saving our environment, as well.
    And check out http://www.ecorazzi.com/2016/01/28/if-you-are-on-a-plant-based-diet-stop-calling-yourself-vegan/
    “I know that if people are comfortable with trading steaks for green smoothies, they have the capacity to care and a ton of patience. All I ask is that the plant-based people consider the next steps,…”
    “Eating a plant-based diet has many benefits, but switching to veganism has the ability to make a difference in more than just your own life.”
    All the best, Bryanna

    • Hi there Bryanna,
      I appreciate you taking the time to share your opinion on here! And I agree about the definition of veganism not just being a diet. Both Lars and I are ethical vegans, trying to help others make the connection and start acting differently – most people are interested in their health and personal lifestyle which is why we focus on that part. We probably don’t use the term “vegan” as per this definition 100% of the time (telling people they can just eat more vegan meals per week or so) but as it as used by most people, meaning just not eating animal products first and foremost. I know that just because you don’t consume them doesn’t mean you’re a full blown vegan but we want to make it more inviting and interesting to everyone so they can start making important changes before they feel they can “commit” it to 100%. I just hope you understand what I mean here. I’ll make sure to differentiate between vegan and plant-based more in the future and maybe dedicate a whole blog post to this topic!
      Best wishes,

  6. There truly are opposed opinions concerning vegan and plant-based diets, just like opinions and research about every other diet. What’s ultimately most important is to listen to your body and find what works best for you. Alena gave many excellent examples of plant-based diets that anyone can try and see if it works for them. As a vegan I settled on a diet that is good for me concerning my health, but also a diet that emphasizes compassion, animal and environmental welfare, points that are important to me. And there are so many recipes from amazing bloggers, I can try something new almost every day.

    • All great points, thanks for your feedback! I think many start out on a vegan diet because of health concerns and narrow their diet down to just a couple of foods/food groups… but over time you’ll get to know your body better and the diet naturally shifts. It’s totally fine to eat differently at different points in your life, too :)

  7. This is soooooo helpful and well researched. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed reading all your thorough research. :)

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  12. After having moderate-severe anorexia and then orthorexia, i now just use intuitive eating. However, my overall eating pattern is guided by a wish to be as climate and animal friendly as is possible for me at the moment. It is now (after massive extreme hunger after years of massive restriction!) mostly whole foods, almost entirely plant based and the most at peace with food that I’ve been for years.

  13. Of all the different types of vegan diets, whole food vegan diet is the yummiest and it tends to cover a whole lot of food spectrum to give you all the nutrients you need



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