Okay, so I'm not vegan myself. I've been yoyo-ing back and forth with my diet for ages, and really do want to go as far as becoming a vegan at some stage. A lot of people tend to be very confused about the different types of diets surrounding veganism/vegetarianism, so I decided to (along with some really cool vegan and vegetarian substitutes) explain just what the different types are.
Firstly, I'm a pescetarian. This is not vegetarianism, but some people seem to say that it is because they believe that fish don't feel anything or something like that. I personally do not consider it to be vegetarian simply because fish are being and me eating them means that I'm eating something living. Simple.
Then you have vegetarianism, which on it's own is just not eating meat. This usually includes anything like gelatin because it is still a part of the animal, so no jelly! Now there are lots of different types of vegetarianism, which aren't necessarily important, so I will only discuss them later on in this post, as I want to talk about veganism first.
Vegan diets are the most extreme of them all- no animal by-products at all. So no honey, no dairy, no nothing. I really admire those who are able to stick to such a diet. I have tried it before but I end up seriously struggling with my iron levels. Sadly, at this point in my life I actually don't have the time to eat like that. And I find that a lot of vegan ingredients are quite expensive (things like tahini, quinoa and coconut oil- although if you buy them once they last forever, I just can't afford to buy them once even!). And the problem is, vegan meals aren't very interesting unless you use all of these different things. Which in a way is very good, it teaches you how to cook wholesome food creatively.
Now, for the different types of vegetarianism. I didn't know all of these myself until I came across them while looking for vegan meal ideas, but now that I've found them I might as well share them with you.
So, there's lacto vegetarianism and lacto-ovo vegetarianism. Lacto vegetarianism involves dairy, but not things that contain animal rennet, which involves things like eggs. On the other hand, lacto-ovo's eat all eggs and dairy. Ovo = eggs. Easy. Got it? Good. You also, finally, have a fruitarian diet which is rather self explanatory- it's a diet that consists mainly of raw fruit. That actually sounds delicious!