After 25 yrs. as a vegetarian, I thought I was pretty clear on all my definitions and such, but something struck me the other day that made me stop and think. If a lacto-ovo vegetarian removes the lacto-ovo element from his or her diet (eating vegan fare only) but is not following any other vegan lifestyle practices, then what "category" does the person fall under? I've heard a few people refer to themselves as "strict vegetarian" over the years. Would that be the proper term?
My stepdaughter recently switched to a completely vegan diet after watching the documentary Food Inc. She calls herself a vegan now, but it occurred to me that she probably hasn't made a similar switch in other aspects of her life, such as apparel and cosmetics, etc.
I brought this up among my compadres in the cooking community. But understandably, none of the omnivores want to touch it, for fear of being lambasted by anyone vegan or vegetarian. (Don't blame them - the cooking forums folks get a little unruly sometimes!)
I welcome your thoughts but also hope everyone will keep their comments respectful. Thanks!
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