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Good news for you fish eaters out there, pescatarians is now recognized as an official word by Merriam-Webster dictionary. They define a pescatarian as a vegetarian who eats fish as well. There seems to be a growing number of ways to classify eating habits, from flexitarian to (I just saw this diet in Self magazine) "part time vegan."

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Leaia Leaia 7 years
I'm vegan, except I do eat fish, so you could call me a pescagen. I don't eat eggs, dairy products, or meat. Although I do eat honey.
izzyvalentine izzyvalentine 8 years
No red meat for me- only chicken and fish. I'ts preety easy for me, considering I was a vegetarian for 2 years and I never fancied the taste of red meat anyway.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Inadvertent-vegetarian. I've become vegetarian without meaning to. I started eating healthier and lost my taste for meat.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
Can Crunchy be a category? I love crunchy veggies or crunchy cereal in my yogurt etc..
Luckyslushy Luckyslushy 8 years
My roommate eats fish and chicken and calls herself a vegetarian. I've been a vegetarian for over 10 years... and YES I consider fish and chicken meat. It's the flesh of an animal... She's cheating! :)
HipMom HipMom 8 years
Flexitarian. I rarely eat red meat or consume dairy, but I do eat chicken, fish and eggs. I also eat beans and tofu though. And of course lots of fresh veg and fruits.I think it's possible to be healthy as a vegetarian or as an omnivore - quality and freshnesss of food has much to do with it - but I don't think we are all built the same way so "one man's food is another man's poison".
HipMom HipMom 8 years
Flexitarian. I rarely eat red meat or consume dairy, but I do eat chicken, fish and eggs. I also eat beans and tofu though. And of course lots of fresh veg and fruits. I think it's possible to be healthy as a vegetarian or as an omnivore - quality and freshnesss of food has much to do with it - but I don't think we are all built the same way so "one man's food is another man's poison".
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
I'm vegan but I'm not militant about it either. Some vegans are opposed to eating honey and such, which I don't think would be right for me.
vegan-musician vegan-musician 8 years
i've been vegan (obviously) for almost 7 years, but i'm not "militant" about it. my husband is omni, and so is my family. this is a personal choice that works for me. i'm always happy to share when someone asks, but it's not a matter of judging others. if it were, i'm sure others could find plenty of things to judge me for!
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 8 years
I'm an omnivore, I eat everything that I like. I eat meat about three nights a week, I want to limit my intake to a healthy level.
kitty17 kitty17 8 years
i don't eat red meat but i eat fish and occasionally chicken. but i don't drink cow`s milk, only soy.
em113 em113 8 years
though that's probably, harsh and inappropriate language, so I'll apologize before it pre-flag.
em113 em113 8 years
wow, you're an @ss.
em113 em113 8 years
wow, you're an @ss.
omega2 omega2 8 years
I guess I'd be considered a Flexitarian...I eat chicken and fish, but no red meat. I stopped it eating it over 10 years ago for the simple fact that I just don't like it. The health benefits are a pleasant side effect!
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
Hee hee at the dandelion shoots comment. Somebody said something similar to me the other day, as I was sitting down with a plate of chickpea, sweet potato and pumpkin curry, baked falafel and sweet and spicy couscous - and they were sitting down with a greasy piece of fried mackerel and four hot chips. Ovo-lacto vegetarian, happy to be one, and of the firm belief that people's individual diets are their own business! :)
FinnKelley FinnKelley 8 years
"Finn - No, people are designed as omnivores. Our digestive tracks aren't the same as carnivores because we aren't carnivores - they are longer so we can digest both meat and plant matter (Bears also have elongated digestive tracks and are also omnivores). Our teeth are also designed to handle both meat and plants - compare them to a true herbivore such as a horse if you don't believe me. If people were designed to eat only plants, please explain our need for vitamin B-12. And don't tell me the few vegetarian sources you can get it from because humans for the most part have not evolved to eat those foods.The only reason people can be vegetarian and thrive today is because we are able to supplement our food supply with proteins such as soy and other more modern products. Throughout most of history man has not had that kind of luxury and had to get their protein from animal sources, so it makes no sense to claim that people are ill-adapted to these foods. There are no traditional societies that consumed no animal products whatsoever (there are plenty who ate mostly plants though, just as there are some who ate almost exclusively animals like the Inuit). If you know of one please let me know!I don't care if people are vegetarian or vegan, but to say that meat is unnatural or harmful for people to consume is just misinformed. The truth of the matter is that people have been thriving with all sorts of ratios of plant and animal matter for hundreds of years now without most of our modern illnesses, so people are very adaptable to all sorts of diets. I also do extensive research on nutrition; clearly we have been looking at different sources."We clearly have conflicting evidence on these points. If speaking from an experience point of view I can tell you that after 5 years of living exclusively on fruit and leafy greens I have had regular blood analysis and have no deficiencies. I take no supplements and am a fully capable both mentally and physically. Based on the opinion you've presented, this isn't possible?Take B-12. What do you actually know about this bacteria? From your post, not much of anything other than that it exists. B-12 is found in soil and is on plant matter when you eat it providing it is unwashed and raw. It is more readily digestible in this state. You also might be interested to know that humans naturally produce their own b-12 when healthy, and also that vitamin b 12 deficiencies are found more commonly in those following a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) than those following vegan or vegetarian diets. I'm curious as to where you think herbivores and frugivores get their b-12, seeing as though they eat grasses and leafy greens and other plant based matter. I'm thinking you must assume that it just appears magically? Otherwise one might come to the conclusion that they're either obtaining it in their foods or producing it themselves. And as if by magic science actually knows the answer! You see, just like humans, they obtain it both from food as well as producing it themselves. Wonderful, isn't it, research. Your definition of thriving is apparently much different from my own. You see, in my world, a thriving society doesn't suffer from an inevitable disease. In my world, I've seen many people reverse "irreversible" diseases not with pills and FDA propaganda but with dietary changes. Cancers, fibromyalgia, and diabetes being the most frequent. I know from these experience and research on the subject that proves that consuming meats and various other cooked foods are the source of our modern illnesses. I know already that you will disagree with me on that but I'm curious as to your opinion on this; The only species that develop disease are those that consume cooked foods, humans and domesticated animals. Is this coincidence? Is your excuse stress, pollution... Chocolate? It's funny you should mention the Inuits, as this is a better example for my argument than yours. Inuits, traditionally, have suffered from extreme forms of disease, obesity, osteoporosis, depression and had a very short lifespans (something around 25-35 years on average) So it does actually make perfect sense to claim we are ill-adapted to these foods. Especially given the knowledge that humans have only been regularly consuming cooked foods for around... 10k years? It takes a bit over 50 thousand years to make an evolutionary step necessary for the proper digestion of the foods we're eating - And by that rate, society will have imploded on itself anyway so I think we can rest assured EZ Cheeze will never be a health food.
FinnKelley FinnKelley 8 years
" Finn - No, people are designed as omnivores. Our digestive tracks aren't the same as carnivores because we aren't carnivores - they are longer so we can digest both meat and plant matter (Bears also have elongated digestive tracks and are also omnivores). Our teeth are also designed to handle both meat and plants - compare them to a true herbivore such as a horse if you don't believe me. If people were designed to eat only plants, please explain our need for vitamin B-12. And don't tell me the few vegetarian sources you can get it from because humans for the most part have not evolved to eat those foods. The only reason people can be vegetarian and thrive today is because we are able to supplement our food supply with proteins such as soy and other more modern products. Throughout most of history man has not had that kind of luxury and had to get their protein from animal sources, so it makes no sense to claim that people are ill-adapted to these foods. There are no traditional societies that consumed no animal products whatsoever (there are plenty who ate mostly plants though, just as there are some who ate almost exclusively animals like the Inuit). If you know of one please let me know! I don't care if people are vegetarian or vegan, but to say that meat is unnatural or harmful for people to consume is just misinformed. The truth of the matter is that people have been thriving with all sorts of ratios of plant and animal matter for hundreds of years now without most of our modern illnesses, so people are very adaptable to all sorts of diets. I also do extensive research on nutrition; clearly we have been looking at different sources. " We clearly have conflicting evidence on these points. If speaking from an experience point of view I can tell you that after 5 years of living exclusively on fruit and leafy greens I have had regular blood analysis and have no deficiencies. I take no supplements and am a fully capable both mentally and physically. Based on the opinion you've presented, this isn't possible? Take B-12. What do you actually know about this bacteria? From your post, not much of anything other than that it exists. B-12 is found in soil and is on plant matter when you eat it providing it is unwashed and raw. It is more readily digestible in this state. You also might be interested to know that humans naturally produce their own b-12 when healthy, and also that vitamin b 12 deficiencies are found more commonly in those following a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) than those following vegan or vegetarian diets. I'm curious as to where you think herbivores and frugivores get their b-12, seeing as though they eat grasses and leafy greens and other plant based matter. I'm thinking you must assume that it just appears magically? Otherwise one might come to the conclusion that they're either obtaining it in their foods or producing it themselves. And as if by magic science actually knows the answer! You see, just like humans, they obtain it both from food as well as producing it themselves. Wonderful, isn't it, research. Your definition of thriving is apparently much different from my own. You see, in my world, a thriving society doesn't suffer from an inevitable disease. In my world, I've seen many people reverse "irreversible" diseases not with pills and FDA propaganda but with dietary changes. Cancers, fibromyalgia, and diabetes being the most frequent. I know from these experience and research on the subject that proves that consuming meats and various other cooked foods are the source of our modern illnesses. I know already that you will disagree with me on that but I'm curious as to your opinion on this; The only species that develop disease are those that consume cooked foods, humans and domesticated animals. Is this coincidence? Is your excuse stress, pollution... Chocolate? It's funny you should mention the Inuits, as this is a better example for my argument than yours. Inuits, traditionally, have suffered from extreme forms of disease, obesity, osteoporosis, depression and had a very short lifespans (something around 25-35 years on average) So it does actually make perfect sense to claim we are ill-adapted to these foods. Especially given the knowledge that humans have only been regularly consuming cooked foods for around... 10k years? It takes a bit over 50 thousand years to make an evolutionary step necessary for the proper digestion of the foods we're eating - And by that rate, society will have imploded on itself anyway so I think we can rest assured EZ Cheeze will never be a health food.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I picked Flexitarian because I go through phases where I eat a vegetarian diet and I sometimes eat chicken or fish. I think the beauty of the human body is that it is very flexible as far as nutrition needs go...humans can survive on a huge variety of foods that will give them proper nutrition. Humans are true omnivores, as they don't have the short digestive tracts and razor sharp incisors that true carnivores have and we don't have the specially developed digestive systems to digest cellulose that herbivores have. However, we have to get certain (essential) amino acids from food sources, meaning that we need certain proteins in our diet. Those proteins are generally found in meats/eggs/dairy, but if you choose the correct plant combinations, you can get all the amino acids you need.
emlod10 emlod10 8 years
I'm with Rose Cullen! hah its so gross - once i make it i dont want to eat it. blah.
Lovecat Lovecat 8 years
I guess I'd say I'm a pescatarian. I rarely eat seafood or dairy. I cook all vegan! Yum!
Lovecat Lovecat 8 years
I guess I'd say I'm a pescatarian. I rarely eat seafood or dairy. I cook all vegan! Yum!
simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
I eat fish and chicken, but never any red meat. I love veggies most though and I can do without any meat at all. I loathe red meat....
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 8 years
Oh, and also, I haven't really been calling myself a pescatarian, although I guess that's what I am. I haven't been calling myself anything, really, cause I somehow do feel guilty for going back...
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