What Kind of Eater Am I? · 5 April 2013

I am not really into labels, but I thought I would look up what type of eater I am.

As my wife is so fond of pointing out, I am not a vegan. Especially, when it comes to reasons for the way I eat. Besides not worrying about the compassion thing, I still eat eggs and fish occasionally. And I eat honey.

I looked on the internet to see what types of vegetarians eat fish and eggs. I found some good definitions at

After reading through the different definitions, I decided that I am not a pescatarian, which was my original search keyword. I am not strictly vegetarian either since I have cut out the dairy. (Most people think of vegetarians as people who eat eggs and dairy – lacto-ovo vegetarians.)

It turns out that I am closest to eating a macrobiotic diet. This type of diet includes the unprocessed whole foods that vegans eat and keeps fish in the diet as well. People following a macrobiotic diet eschew sugar and refined oils, which is something I aspire to do as well. But I am not there yet.

When it comes down to it, I am really not any of the different types of vegetarians. I am not vegan, pescatarian, lacto-ovo, or even macrobiotic. I do not fit neatly into any of the vegetarian or other eating types. But I am okay not fitting neatly into a certain category of eater. I am not really into labels anyway.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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