Vegetarians will eat dairy, and some eat fish, or eggs(which is BS). Vegans won't eat anything that came from a living thing at all. Not even a chocolate bar with dairy in it! I think they fail to realize plants are living things. They might not have eyes but the are alive. Grass and dirt is what they eat.
Most of Vegans don't consume animal based products (not things that came from living things), some do it for health reasons, some as a way to self control, others do it as a protest against meat market.
How's eating fish, dairy or eggs BS?
Semi-Vegetarian- are usually those that eat fish, or those that eat chicken, some consume meat, but very rarely (it's just a label)
Vegetarian - those that consume dairy and egg products (sometimes also refferred as Lacto-Ovo Vegeterians)
Lacto-Vegeterians - those that cosume dairy products, but avoid eggs (usually due to allergies)
Ovo-vegeterians those that cosume eggs, but avoid dairy products (usually due to lactose intolerance)
Vegans or sometimes also Vegeterians - those that do not consume any animal based products, some won' touch it, some won't even buy anything that may contain animal products like leather, certain cosmetics, even photo-paper and film as it contains gelatin derrived from animals.
I consider myself Lacto Ovo Vegeterian, as I do consume dairy and egg products. Both my parents are vegeterians, my brother is the only one that consumes meat products (usually outside of the house). We do buy raw meat for the dogs on regular basis. Usually even becoming vegeterian leads to other healthy choices, as you are more aware of what's on the market (you don't have to be a vegeterian to be healthy). I see nothing wrong with consuming meat and fish, as long as it's not on daily basis, and it is actual meat. I do not consider store bought burgers and sausages anything close to healthy, as they contain god knows what, and sometimes I even doubt there are still traces of meat in those things. (I have nothing against home made products, that YOU yourself make at home, however it is not the case with the majority of population). Even a good chunk of meat has a good chunk of hormones in it (say much less than 50 years ago), but then you have to be aware of the pesticides, herbicides used on your fruits and vegetables, even GMO products. So you have two know both sides of the story before you choose what's right for you.
Of course ideally, you'd be eating clean greens and clean meat.
But sometimes the choices are not between bad and good, but between bad or worse, or good and better. In this case between GMO products full of pesticides, or meat that was fed GMO products full of pesticide and then pumped with hormones and antibiotics, so they would be 'meatier and have no problem digesting those GMO products, especially corn, which is often fed to cattle (when it is not their natural food). Mind of you most of the milk and eggs contain the same hormones (guess where it comes from), but sometimes even cutting down on those products helps.
Again you have to remember that not all vegeterians are healthy, as some will not eat meat, but will consume bread, and cakes, and sweet stuff 24/7 ,not enough fruits and veggies, and end up looking like balloons in a matter of weeks. So whether you decide to go vegeterian or keep eating meat, as long as you make healthiest choices, you should be fine. If you do decide to go vegeterian, do a lot of research (www.goveg.com
) is pretty good for fome information, but there are plenty of sites all over the net.
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I do agree with dogged and milew, try cutting down on processed carbs and refined sugars, see how you feel