Vegetarian Definition

» Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Environment, Ethics, Health, Vegetarian Definition, Vegetarian vs. Vegan | 0 comments

Vegetarian Definition

What’s the definition of a vegetarian, or a vegetarian definition?

A vegetarian definition?  Well, that’s simple.  Right?

Vegetarian Definition:

Someone who doesn’t eat meat — no beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, fish, or otherwise.

But wait…a lot of people would say that a vegetarian is more than that.  That a vegetarian is an activist for change.

Okay…so, then:

Revised Vegetarian Definition:

Someone who doesn’t eat meat because they’re trying to make a change in the world of animal cruelty.
Got it.  But…wait.

Some people aren’t as concerned with animal rights…they’re just going vegetarian because they know that cutting meat out of their diets reduces cholesterol and makes them healthier.  So, let’s see…

Revised, revised Vegetarian Definition:

Someone who doesn’t eat meat because they’re trying to make a change in their health AND/OR the world of animal cruelty.
I think we’re pretty close.

No matter what your “vegetarian definition,” the bottom line is that a vegetarian is someone who is making an effort to reduce or eliminate the amount of meat they put into their mouths.  No matter what, this is a noble effort and not always an easy task.

If you’re just kicking the tires on the whole thing and looking at what going vegetarian can do for you, for animals, or for the good of the environment/planet, there are positive effects on all three fronts.

We already mentioned that, from a health standpoint, going vegetarian can reduce cholesterol, potentially lower your risk for major diseases like hypertension and cancer, and give you more energy and vitality.  These are well-researched, proven facts and meatless men and women all over the globe are enjoying these effects.

From an environmental angle, there are some studies out there that report that the animal production industry contributes more pollution to our atmosphere than all the SUVs on the roads put together.  More animals means more manure, which leads to more toxic gases and harmful bacteria.  And so forth.

And as far as ethics, you’ve probably heard at least some of the reports about how horrible the meat industry is.  Millions upon millions of animals are raised and slaughtered in absolutely horrid conditions every year.  “Inhumane” doesn’t begin to describe it.  If we applied animal abuse laws to factory farms, there would be a lot more people in jail.

If you’re looking for the different types and levels of vegetarians, or a true vegetarian definition, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian: The most common vegetarian definition.  Doesn’t eat any animals — cows, chickens, turkeys, fish, goats; anything that has a heart or a face
  • Ovo Vegetarian: Eats eggs but not dairy
  • Lacto Vegetarian: Eggs dairy but not eggs
  • Vegan: Doesn’t eat any animal or product from an animal; no eggs or dairy (or sometimes even honey)

Vegetarian DefinitionSo again, no matter what the “vegetarian definition,” there are endless reasons to go veg.  As far as how to get there, check out some of the other resources on this site.  There’s a free 12-part mini-course available to you immediately on the top right of the page — all you have to do is enter your email address (no spam and I don’t rent or sell your address– I promise).

If you’re looking for something that will really kickstart your veg adventure and give you all the tools you need to make the switch and stay that way, check out the Vegetarian Done Right video series.  It’s a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use video course that covers every aspect of making the change and sticking to it.

In any case, you’re doing the right thing by looking into vegetarianism.  Congratulations!

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