When I stopped eating meat I was called vegetarian. That was about 20 years ago. Today I would be called a vegan by most people. A vegan does not buy any leather products, nor use or eat anything that requires killing or hurting animals. I use all my old leather products until they are no more useful, but wouldn’t buy any new ones, as I know what I know today. For me as for most people the change is a process, a process of learning, thinking and committing to what feels right. It’s a step by step process. I’ve met very few that changed from one day to the other and it is normally when they get a life-changing piece of news, like a diagnose.
It feels right to not support the industry that has animals as resources for their goods. I don’t buy anything that requires killing (not directly anyway, or as I know of). Nor do I buy dairy or eggs. But if I have a coffee at a bar and they don’t have soy milk I wouldn’t get upset. I accept that I’m a minority and would take a ‘cortado’ which is a coffee with a little bit of milk, like an Italian macchiato. I surely wouldn’t try to convert the bartender to veganism!
If I haven’t planned my food intake or something came up that I couldn’t foresee, and I don’t have any healthy plant-based food around, I wouldn’t starve. I’d probably go for the omelet, or dairy such as yogurt but probably not the cheese as it’s made with rennet that requires killing a calf (which many don’t know). So, what am I? I’m not eating a 100% anything. Do I need to be labeled? I choose not to be a 100% anything. If I do it would make me a fundamentalist and I find that more unhealthy than anything else I can think of.If anything I would see myself and my partners at Olive Retreat as ‘sustainabilitarian‘. My advice to you is to learn and feel what is good for you.
Fruitarians only eat fruit. The most common today is to be a vegetarian, that only eat plant-based food with eggs (ovo-vegetarian) and dairy (lacto-vegetarian) or both (ovo-lacto-vegetarian). A pescatarian is a vegetarian that also eats fish. Plantarian is a new word that popped up a few years ago and labels the ones that only eat plant-based food, and that is probably me most of the time…if I need to be labeled! Veggie-tarian is OK too! At least I don’t get confused with being a planetarian 🙂