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Plant Based Acronyms & Terminology

Sometimes trying a new thing can be intimidating. Acronyms ( abbreviations of a phrase or a word) and new terminology can defiantly be a communication barrier. Here are some of the Plant Based Acronyms and Terminology you will likely encounter during your journey.

CARB - Carbohydrates. One of the three macro nutrients or sources of energy (calories). They are made up from Fiber, Starch and Sugar.

COMPLEX CARB- Carbohydrate Molecules that are strung together in long, complex chains. Fiber and Starch are Complex Carbs.

CF- Cruelty Free. Products not causing harm to animals.

Daily Dozen - A plant based food tracking program from Dr. Michael Greger.

Diet - Usually meant to indicate the kinds of food that a person, or community habitually eats.

Evidence Based- any concept or strategy that is derived from, or informed by, objective evidence—most commonly, non biased research.

FOK - Forks Over Knives. A Documentary, Cook Book, Website and Products supporting a Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle.

GBOMBS- A Plant Based dietary focus coined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds.

GF- Gluten Free. Gluten is a part of a Whole Food Plant Based diet; though people may have medical reasons for avoiding it in conjunction with eating Whole Food Plant Based.

HNTD - How Not To Die. A book by Dr. Michael Greger

KETO- A diet focused on fueling your body with Ketones instead of Glucose. This is not a Whole Food Plant Based compatible way of life.

LV- Lacto Vegetarian; a diet that does not include eating meat and eggs, but does include dairy products.

HCLF- High Carbohydrate Low Fat aka Whole Food Plant Based

HFLC- High Fat Low Carbohydrate also known as Atkins also known as KETO

LF- Low Fat

LC- Low Carbohydrate

MM- Meatless Monday. A movement to encourage meat eaters to attempt eating plant based one day or meal a week.

Minimally Processed- Mild altering of food that does not remove the health benefits or the original food or increase health risks.

NF- Nutrition Facts. The Nonprofit Organization of Dr. Michael Greger

NUTRITARIAN - A person following Dr. Fuhrmans nutrient dense diet.

PB - Plant Based - A diet centered around foods made from plants. Plant-based does not necessarily mean vegan, which entirely excludes animal products in all aspects of life. It also does not indicate a focus on minimally refined foods.

PBNSG- Plant Based Nutrition Support Group.

PCRM - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Plant-strong - A Plant Based diet that is for those who can have overt fat such as nuts, seeds, avocados, and tofu - Taught by Firefighter Rip Esselstyn, founder of the Engine 2 Brand.

Plant-perfect - A Plant Based diet that is for those dealing with heart disease or other conditions who have to be more discreet with fat consumption and so eliminate nuts, seeds, avocados, and tofu. Prescribed by Cleveland Clinic cardiologist, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

RAW - A way of eating without cooking

SOS- Salt Oil Sugar, which usually means they do not consume these items.

SAD- Standard American Diet

STARCH- Foods high in starch include bread, pasta, rice, root vegetables, corn, beans, potatoes, oats, noodles, cereal and various grains.

STARCHAVORE- Dr. McDougalls term for his prescribed Plant Based Diet followers. Focused on bread, pasta, rice, corn, beans, and potatoes.

NOSOS - No Salt Oil or Sugar

WFPB - Whole Food Plant Based. This term was coined by Dr. T.C.Campbell when describing the diet he recognized as health promoting during his famous China Study research. He has since elaborated on the definition to say it is a diet without animal products and focused on whole or minimally processed plants.


VEGAN- An ethical lifestyle; Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, in diet and beyond, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals.

VO- Vegan Option

WOE- Way of Eating.

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