BF Basics: Veggie Tales was composed by four-year post-op and 25-year vegetarian, Kelly, better known as Poet Kelly on Obesity Help. This series is written in her voice with the full endorsement of Bariatric Foodie. If you have any questions for Kelly about any of the information provided, please leave them in the comments and she’ll gladly respond.
types of vegetarians, though.
- Ovo-lacto vegetarians eat eggs and dairy products, but no
beef, chicken, fish or other meats.
- Lacto vegetarians eat dairy products but no eggs, beef,
chicken, fish or other meats.
- Vegans eat no animal products at all, including no eggs, dairy
products or honey. Vegans, and
sometimes other vegetarians, try not to use animal products for things
other than food, too. For instance,
they don’t wear leather shoes or belts and don’t wear fur coats. They might try to avoid using cosmetics
and other products that have been tested on animals, too.
- Pescatarians aren’t really vegetarians, in my opinion, but
some consider themselves vegetarians so I won’t quibble over semantics
here. They eat fish but no other
animals. They usually also eat eggs
and dairy products.
- They believe it’s
healthier than eating meat.
- They believe it’s wrong to
- They don’t agree with the
way animals raised for food are treated (including the way laying hens and
dairy cows are treated).
- They are concerned about
the environment (raising meat for food is much harder on the
environment/creates much more pollution than raising plants for food).
- They are concerned about
world hunger (the amount of grain raised to feed one meat eater would feed
- Some practice religions
that encourage a vegetarian diet (like Seventh Day Adventists, Hindus,
Buddhists and many pagans).
- They just don’t like meat.
- A few people become
vegetarian after weight loss surgery because they find they no longer
tolerate meat well.
their diet than others and some eat no animal products at all while others eat
eggs or dairy products.
healthy. After all, vegetables aren’t
fattening, right? But vegetarians don’t
just eat vegetables. Trust me, if you
eat no meat but eat lots of pasta, bread, cheese pizza, potato chips and ice
cream (you can get rice milk ice cream if you are a vegan), you’re not going to
be skinny! Know how I know? Yeah, I learned that the hard way.
all the same.
vegetarians. They are not all the
same. Some are skinny, some aren’t. Some eat a very healthful diet, some eat lots
of junk food. They choose not to eat
meat for different reasons. Some are
really strict about not eating meat and some are more laid back about it. Some are very into health and fitness, some
are couch potatoes. Some are very
involved in the animal rights movement, some aren’t.
need to know is:
- Overall, the term
“vegetarian” refers to a person who chooses not to include meat in their
- Some vegetarians eat no
animal product at all while some at eggs and/or dairy products.
- There are lots of
different reasons for becoming a vegetarian.
- A vegetarian diet is not
automatically a healthy diet.