What is your definition of a Vegetarian?

So many people claim to be vegetarians these days.  Yet they eat chicken, turkey, fish or shellfish?

When a person states, "I don't eat meat."  What exactly are they saying?  "I don't eat RED meat?  I don't eat ANY meat.  I eat fish only?  I don't eat shell fish?  I eat only fowl?  Or do they real mean, I do not eat any flesh of any kind.

After 25 years of no red meat, or pork.  15 years of no chicken or fowl.  And the past 5 years without fish or dairy.  I only know claim to be a vegetarian.  Although people have "labeled me" as a Vegetarian for the past 25 years, what gives?

I have always found it disrespectful to the true vegetarians who practice the lifestyle.  But now I wonder if I am just being anal about it?

Thoughts??

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Comment by Amberlynn Avery on January 18, 2012 at 3:03am

I don't think you're being anal about it. Vegetarian is not eating meat, what-so-ever. So pork, red meat, chicken, or fish. If you eat fish, you're a pescatarian. Dairy and Eggs? lacto and ovo vegetarian. But if you are eating actual meat, you are in no way a vegetarian. That's how I feel.

Comment by Ginelle Doubleyou on January 18, 2012 at 12:47pm

I would say being a vegetarian is eating nothing with a face. No flesh of any sort whether it be fish or shrimp.

Comment by Becky McGarry on January 19, 2012 at 10:04pm

I, also, define being a vegetarian as not eating anything with a brain/face/feelings.  Although I consider myself lacto-ovo, that will stop when the food I currently own is gone.  I do not find it cost effective to buy an entirely new pantry and refrigerator's worth of food to eliminate products made with eggs or dairy.  I've only been a vegetarian for a little over a month, but I am proud to label myself as one.

Comment by tj goodwin on January 19, 2012 at 10:25pm

seems to me you are purely vegetarian for 5 years, that is a wonderful achievement; the past 25 years was your processed to be vegetarian, by not eat meat 101.

i was learn to be vegetarian for many2 years ago by not eat meat 1x a week then 2x a week, 2weeks a month- a different way but  the same process can't be say i'm vegetarian yet at that time, now 1'm about 5 years being a vegetarian. thanks

Comment by Julie Dillon on January 24, 2012 at 10:47am

TJ:  Your process of elimination is what I call the "harm reduction program" Worked well for me over all these years and it seems to be working for you too!  Enjoy the energy from cleaner eating, and thank you.

Comment by Julie Dillon on January 24, 2012 at 10:48am

Hey Becky, welcome to the Vegetarian lifestyle, you should be proud :) 

Comment by J S on February 2, 2012 at 12:34pm

I grew up thinking vegetarian meant no meat and I still believe that.

No eggs and dairy (honey is under debate by many still) means you eat like a vegan but until you stop wearing leather, wool, silk etc, you're only eating like a vegan (which is still damned good in my opinion.)

I'm only vegetarian for now with an occasional bout of vegan eating. 

Hope y'all are having a lovely day! 

Comment by Asheley Shaw on February 2, 2012 at 12:51pm

Vegetarianism is awesome! I consider it eating no meat, from any animal, period. My husband and I are vegan and welcome everyone to the veggie lifestyle! The health benefits from vegetarianism/veganism is amazing!!! You can google different kinds of vegetarians and most sites explain it clearly. Seems like the past 5 years you've been a veg head :) WELCOME!!!

Comment by Yeshaya Amichai on February 4, 2012 at 10:25am

My opinion of a vegetarian is no animal meat. In an ideal world all effort should also be made to purchase organic milk and eggs from local farmers. In my opinion a vegetarian is against all forms of factory/industrialized farming.

Comment by Xiao Kang on February 5, 2012 at 9:54am

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