Vegan – Vegetarian – Flexitarian – Pescetarian

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vegan-fruits and veg.Are you any of these?  If you are, perhaps you should be writing this blog instead of me.  This is just a fun article, with a little seriousness involved at the end.

I find it interesting that there are so many variations on being a vegetarian.  It seems to be an ever changing description of what you are eating.  But we all need to keep up on our vocabulary, so I will attempt to update you on the meaning of each of these words.  If I am wrong or my description doesn’t coincide with yours please accept my apology as this is not a medical report.

Vegan—a type of vegetarian diet that excludes all animal by products including eggs, cheese, and dairy products.  Some also exclude any foods that use animal byproducts in the processing.  This includes white sugar and some wines.  They also avoid the use of animal products, such as leather products, fur, and wool.

Vegetarian—this diet mainly excludes all types of meat in their diet.  There can be variations on the meat and animal byproducts.

Flexitarian—this diet consists of mainly fruits and vegetables.  Occasionally, they will indulge in meat, poultry, or fish.  So if you are at a BBQ and can’t pass up those delicious ribs and someone says they thought you were a vegetarian—correct them by saying you are a flexitarian.

vegan-seafoodPescetarian—this is mainly a vegetarian diet, but seafood is also included.

So you see there are many variations of a vegetarian diet to fit your individual needs. On a more serious note, it is not my place to say whether these diets are healthier for you or not.  This is something you need to discuss with your doctor.  It is an individual decision to be made based on your specific health problems.  Eating this way is a science.  There are certain foods that need to be eaten together to give you a balanced diet.  You really need to know what you are doing.  Also, if you are pregnant, eating in this manner can sometimes cause problems for your baby once it arrives.  You seriously need to consult your doctor and a dietitian if you continue this type of diet while being pregnant.

I would appreciate any comments you may have on this subject as I still have much to learn.  If you think this is interesting give us a LIKE.  Hope to hear from you.

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