Level 5 Vegan – “I am a Vegan who won’t eat anything that casts a shadow” – Jesse from the Simpsons. Obviously this is not real, but in my research I have found 14 different types of Vegetarian so who knows, maybe one day!
It can be quite easy for certain types of Vegetarians to look down on others who haven’t given up as much. But, if you are on the road to a Vegan diet then – Good for you! All types of Vegetarians are looking for the same goal of a meat free society and it’s important we show support and compassion for those who are starting slowly. #MeatFreeMonday (a twitter expression for meat eaters to have a meat free day) should be celebrated and supported!
Here is a list of the ones I have found so far…
1. Vegetarian – Also known as a Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian or a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian. Vegetarian is a widely known term. This is someone who does not eat meat or fish but will eat animal products including eggs and dairy.
2. Vegan – A person who does not eat or use animal products. Including wearing animal products.
3. Raw Vegan – A Vegan who only eats raw food.
4. Fruitarian – A person who eats only fruit and veggies that doesn’t “kill” the plant. Term made famous in the film Notting Hill.
5. Freegan – Vegans who only eat food they can harvest for free like growing their own, hedgerow foraging or even dumpster diving!
6. Macrobiotic – Is known to have health and healing qualities. This includes whole grains, fruit, veggies in specific amounts. There is also the occasional eating of fish. They do not consume refined oils or sugar. A large proportion of this diet is based around Asian veggies including lots of sea weed and sea vegetables.
7. Alkaline Vegan – A vegan who eats no acidic foods to promote the body to become more alkaline and therefore more healthy.
8. Locavore – A person who only eats food grown within a 100 mile radius of their home. Mostly they do not eat meat by default.
9. Lacto-Vegetarian or Lactarian. A normal vegetarian diet, which includes dairy and dairy products. However, they do not eat eggs.
10. Ovo Vegetarian, “eggetarians” or “Ovo” A vegetarian which includes egg but does not eat any dairy products.
11. Pescetarian or Pescatarian – A traditional vegetarian with the addition of fish and seafood.
12. Pollo Vegetarian – A person who has a veggie diet but also eats poultry including chicken, turkey and duck.
13. Flexitarian or Semi-vegetarian is one who mostly eats in a vegetarian way but with the occasional use of meat. This is quite a new term and is not widely accepted yet.
14. Pollo Pescatarian – A person who doesn’t eat red meat. This is the first step towards a vegetarian diet. Often done for health or environmental reasons.