The term “vegetarian” seems to have become universal for all types of vegetarians out there.
But what vegetarian means to one person might be completely different from another’s interpretation.
So, which vegetarian are you? Did you know there are different types?
- Total Vegetarians: Eat only plant food. No animal foods, including fish, eggs, dairy products, or honey are consumed.
- Vegans: Omit all animal products from their diets and most usually eliminate them from the rest of their lives–leather, wool, silk.
- Lacto-Vegetarians: Eat dairy along with plant food.
- Ovo-Vegetarians: Eat eggs along with plant food.
- Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians: Eat eggs and dairy products along with plant food.
- Pesco-Vegetarians: Eat fish along with plant food.
- Pollo-Vegetarians: Eat poultry, such as chicken, turkey and duck, along with plant food.
- Fruitarians: Eat fruit, nuts, and seeds, and other plant food that is gathered without harming the plant.
- Flexitarians: Eat a mostly vegetarian diet but sometimes eat meat.
Personally, I was a vegetarian for 6 years of my life… 8th grade-freshman year of college. I specifically was a lacto-ovo-pesco vegetarian. I basically just cut out meat and kept fish, dairy, and eggs. I don’t think I’d be able to eliminate all of those because my reasoning for becoming a vegetarian wasn’t rooted in a deep belief or due to health; I just didn’t like meat at that time of my life. I know, it’s a boring reason, but as I got older I started to learn how to prepare meat myself and now grilling it is my favorite way to enjoy it.
Are you a vegetarian? What type? And if you’d like to share… what was your reasoning for becoming one?
**And remember, depending on the type of vegetarian diet followed, you may be at risk for certain nutrient deficiencies, including: protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and zinc. So take your multi-vitamin and consult a Registered Dietitian, such as myself, if you have any questions.**