Eating Style Definitions


Omnivore– A person who chooses to eat both plant and animal products

FlexitarianA person who chooses to eat mostly animal products, but also eats animal products occasionally

Pescetarian– A person who chooses to abstain from all meat except for fish

Semi-Vegetarian– A person who chooses to eat some types of animal products, but not others.

Pesco-Pollo-Vegetarian– A person who eats fish, poultry, eggs, and milk products, but not red meats

Pesco-Vegetarian– A person who eats fish and milk products, sometimes eggs, but not poultry or red meat.  Also known as a pescatarian.

Pollo-Vegetarian– A person who eats poultry, eggs, and milk products, but not fish or red meat.

Vegetarian– A person who chooses not to eat any kind of meat, poultry, or fish, but does eat some animal products.  There are different types of vegetarians.

Lacto-ovo-vegetarian– A vegetarian who eats milk and eggs

Lacto-Vegetarian– A vegetarian who doesn’t eat eggs but does eat milk and milk products

Ovo-vegetarian– A vegetarian who doesn’t eat milk and milk products but does eat eggs

Vegan– A person who chooses to abstain from all meat, poultry, fish, and animal products, including milk and eggs.  Some vegans choose not to eat honey.

Raw Foodist– A person who chooses to eat only raw, unprocessed foods that haven’t been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.  This food choice can also be divided into subcategories.

Raw Vegan- A vegan who eats only raw unprocessed plant foods.  This is the most common type of raw diet.

Raw Vegetarian- A vegetarian who eats only raw unprocessed foods, omitting meat, poultry, and fish, but allowing eggs and milk products

Raw Omnivore- A person who eats any food that can be consumed raw, including meat, poultry, fish, milk products, and eggs.

Raw Carnivore- A person who consumes a raw diet of 100% animal products.  There are a couple of variations of this, including the Primal Diet (meats, dairy, and few fruits and vegetable juices) and the Paleolithic Diet (raw meats, eggs, and some plant foods, but no dairy, grains, and legumes).

MacrobioticA person who chooses to eat grains, vegetable, fruits, and legumes, avoiding refined and processed foods.  Some macrobiotics allow the occasional use of fish.  There are vegan and vegetarian versions of the macrobiotic diet.

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The eating style I’ve chosen for myself most closely resembles the macrobiotic, which is the type of diet this blog is advocating.  Not sure where you fit in?  Use my dichotomous key to figure it out!

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