Do you know what your eating style is? I knew I did not eat red meat, but I never knew there was a name for it. I have heard of vegetarian, vegan, carnivore, etc, but did no’t realize there were more. Vegan, Lacto-ovo vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, partial vegetarian, and flexitarian are all terms for different eating styles. According to a recent article I read, flexitarian is the newest of these styles.
What is a Vegan?
- Only eat plant based food
- Avoid all food that’s made from animals
- Includes avoiding: meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, cheese, honey
Food, clothing, cosmetics, etc. that are Certified Vegan can carry this label. Find out more about veganism H E R E!!
- Consume no meat, poultry, or fish
- Will eat eggs and dairy products
- According to Wikipedia, it’s the most common type of vegetarianism in the Western world
- Nearly 2 million people in the US have this eating style
- Avoids all mean, poultry, eggs and fish
- Will eat all dairy products except yogurt that contains gelatin
Here is a blog by a lacto-vegetarian.
Examples of food to eat: egg free pasta, potatoes, soy, beans, barley, cous cous, fresh fruits, nuts, chickpeas, fruit juices, kale, tahini, whole grain cereals
What is an Ovo-Vegetarian?
Avoids meat, poultry, fish, and dairy
Will eat eggs and honey
Gelatin (made from animal bones, hooves, and tissue), rennet (can be made from stomach lining of lambs/calf’s), and carmine (cochineal, or natural red 4 is a dye made from insects) are avoided
- Avoids red meat
- May eat fish, poultry, dairy, and eggs
- No soy or gluten alternatives needed
Check out the blog of a Partial Veg H E R E!!
- Has a flexible attitude towards food
- Eats mostly a vegetarian diet
- Includes occasional meat or fish
- About 3% of Americans are TRUE vegetarians, so if you flip flop this is you
- Called meat eating vegetarians by the Associated Press H E R E!!
- What WebMD has to say H E R E!!
What is a Pesco-Vegetarian?
Avoids all meat and poultry, except fish
The list could go on and on. I know you have heard you ca not judge a book by its cover. This applies to people and their eating styles too!! Try something new, you never know, you may like it. I personally think it would be extremely hard to be a strict vegetarian or vegan. It was hard for me to stick to my no red meat rule in the beginning. I do not think I will ever be 100% meatless, but generally speaking I do not eat much meat. When I do, it is usually ground turkey breast, and maybe chicken or seafood.