Apparently there is a whole subcultural in Veg-Land that spends a LOT of time and energy creating vegetarian classifications. Miles of discussion boards are spent arguing about who is a "real vegetarian" based upon those classifications. Loads of "discussing" and tons of opinions left me no alternative but to decide for myself - Who am I?
Vegans eat nothing (flesh or by-product) from anything that ever had eyes. By-products include all animal milks, cheese and dairy in general.
Vegetarians (this is where it gets sticky) eat dairy. Some would call you a "Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian". One could conclude that if you didn't eat eggs, you would be a "Lacto Vegetarian". Right? I don't drink the milk here and I buy vegetarian cheese but I won't avoid sour cream and odds are, I'll use butter. Lacto/Check. I like eggs. Ovo/Check.
I'm getting that you're categorized by what you DO eat. Vegetarians who eat fish are called Pescetarians. Who knew?
In this months Men's Journal (best mag ever btw - I read it cover to cover every month and have learned more than all my InStyle's and Glamours combined!) Kevin Gray wrote a great article called "The Rise of the Power Vegan" highlighting several elite athletes (NFL included!) who are Vegan. One was a guy named Michael Arnstein who is a "Fruitarian" - he needs four refrigerators to hold all of his fruit. He ran the Boston marathon in 2:28. Quote from Mr. Arnstein "Literally, my shit does not stink. If I took an orange and blended it and put it in a bowl, you would not know if I had blended it or just crapped in that bowl." WOW.
I don't know how to segue from that but... Here's how it shakes out: I am lucky to live on a beautiful Caribbean island with wonderful fish. The fishing dock is less than 5 minutes from my house and I know that the fish is healthy and unprocessed. I feel great about eating that fish occasionally.
On the flip side, I battle the grocery store and importation of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis*. Any visions you have of wonderfully stocked fresh fruits & veg in Barbados are way off track. Our fruit often borders on rotten right off the truck - it took me three tries of $15 pineapples before I finally got something edible. Our veggies can be the saddest things you've ever seen.. sad sad cucumbers. We have no peppers to speak of - poblano, chipotle, green. And you can count on a small package of wilted, anemic asparagus spears to cost around $10 usd. I make every effort to eat local fruits but c'mon - how many mangoes do you think you could down during mango season? (My personal record is 172) The environment takes a 100 times greater hit from importation of my Fuji apples than eating the fish off the dock.
Verdict: Color me a lacto-ovo-pescetarian! I'm good with it!
**Just found another one! Those who "limit" meat or only eat small quantities are now called Flexitarians. Seriously.
*The very mention of Whole Foods, Wegmans, Harris Teeter (heck, even Publix!) produce department brings tears to my eyes.