Varying Degrees of Vegetarianism
A vegetarian is as a person who never eats meat, fish, poultry, or anything made from animal byproducts.
If you are seriously thinking about cutting meat out of your diet, you might be interested to know that there are different types of vegetarians.
There are also other categories for people who can be considered semi-vegetarian.
For example, some people have significantly cut down on their intake of meat, but they still enjoy a steak every once in a while.
Then, there are other people who never eat meat, but they still eat seafood.
Neither of the two scenarios listed above would qualify a person as having a true vegetarian diet; however, they each have their own distinct category.
Types of Vegetarians
There are three basic types of vegetarians, and the differences have to do with the extent to which they avoid animal products.
- Lacto Ovo Vegetarian is the category to which most vegetarians fall. This diet excludes meat and seafood, but it includes eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt and ice cream.
- Lacto Vegetarian is a diet that excludes meat, seafood, eggs and products made with eggs. However, all other dairy products are consumed.
- Vegan is a term that is more of a lifestyle than just a diet. Vegans do not eat meat, seafood, eggs, and all other dairy products. Vegans totally avoid animal byproducts such as honey, gelatin, etc.
Beyond diet, vegans avoid using materials made with animal products, such as silk, leather, fur, beeswax, lanolin, etc.
- Semi-Vegetarian is the proper term for the diet of a person who only occasionally eats meat.
- Pescatarian is a diet that excludes meat, but includes seafood.
- Pesco Pollo Vegetarian is a diet that excludes red meat, but includes chicken and fish.
- Pollo Vegetarian is a diet that excludes red meat and fish, but includes chicken only.
- Raw Foods diet consists of uncooked vegetables, fruits, beans and grains.
If you are just learning how to become a vegetarian, you might start out with one of the less drastic categories and work your way up to becoming a full-fledged non-meat eater.
Or, you might just find that either of these categories will be well suited for a lifelong plan.
In any event, when you cut out or cut down on your intake of meat, your body will thank you for your decision to lead a more healthy life.