Off Topic Blog of the Day: Are You REALLY a vegetarian? WHY?

Oct 18, 2009, 3:44 PM |


So, I've finished this week's project and I started thinking about something.  I get asked a lot of questions upon logging onto play live chess.  The first one is almost always, "Oh, so you're name is Veggiegirlie?  So, are you, like, a vegetarian?"  This is a valid question.  I am suprised that people are actually intrigued by the origin of my handle.  Yes, I am. I've been an ovo-lacto since I was 9 1/2 years old.  When I was in HS I'd attempted veganism but because of Ignorance regarding iron and proteins I'd turned anemic.  My vegan lifestyle had lasted for roughly 5 years.  Now that I"m older and wiser and and am attempting to be more conscious about what I consume, I've decided that raw food veganism is the way for me.  Note that I stress for me because I chose vegetarianism.  I don't wear my ideals on my sleeve and I don't expect for people to convert me to an omnivore.  I decided this at a young age because I have a strange palate.  For some reason,  I don't like the consistency and texture of any meat.  I don't consider myself an ethical or environmental vegetarian but do give props out to people who do live their lives passionately for whatever reason they deem worthy (chess?).  After all, we live in somewhat apathetic times and it's always good to know that there are those who still have OOMPFH for something, right?

Ok, soo.....

I know this is a rather odd topic to post on a chess sigte but I literally get asked on a daily basis therefore I've decided that I'd address it rather than seem rude by ignoring it when asked.


Oh, here's a pseudo-hiarchy for those of you that might be wondering:


*Fruitarianism is a diet of only fruit, nuts, seeds, and other plant matter that can be gathered without harming the plant.

*Su vegetarianism (such as in Buddhism), excludes all animal products as well as the fetid vegetables: onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, or shallots.

*Macrobiotic diet is a diet of mostly whole grains and beans. Not all macrobiotics are vegetarians, as some consume fish.

*Raw veganism is a diet of fresh and uncooked fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.

*Dietary veganism: whereas vegans do not use animal products of any kind, dietary vegans restrict their veganism to their diet.

*Semi-vegetarianism: A diet that excludes certain meats, particularly red meat, but includes others.

*Flexitarianism: A diet that consists primarily of vegetarian food, but includes occasional exceptions.

*Pescetarianism: A diet that is mainly vegetarian but also includes fish.

*Lacto-ovo vegetarianism- do eat eggs and dairy products

*lacto vegetarianism- do eat dairy products

*Ovo vegetarianism- do eat egg products