5 'Vegetarians' Who Are Just Lying to Us

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veggiesIt can be lonely out there being a vegetarian. Depending on which survey you're reading, only about 3 to 5 percent of the American population bypasses the meat at suppertime. And if you actually sit down with them, it seems that a good chunk of them are lying about it.

Yes, I said lying. They know who they are, but as a woman who's been practicing real deal vegetarianism for 15 years, I'm willing to out them. If these people tell you they're vegetarians, you're allowed to roll your eyes:

1. People who eat fish. They love to call themselves vegetarians, but as long as they're eating anything from the ocean (or the lake, or the river), they're actually just confused pescetarians. Some will argue that fish aren't meat, but according to Merriam-Webster, a pescetarian is "one whose diet includes fish but no other meat." Get back to us when you give up that shrimp habit, and we'll talk!

2. People who eat meat occasionally. As I say to my 7-year-old, what part of no don't you understand? Vegetarians eat NO meat, no meat on odd Fridays and even Tuesdays. Either you cut it all or you don't (ahem, Gwyneth Paltrow!).

3. People who maintain a junk food diet. OK, so technically if you eat potato chips and drink diet soda all day, you may not be eating meat. But you need to actually eat VEGETABLES to be a vegetarian.

4. Vegans. Maybe lying is a strong word for this group, but there's a very distinct line between what a vegetarian will eat and what a vegan will eat. The latter cuts out all animal products, even eggs and dairy, and about 89 percent of vegans are pains in the you-know-what. On behalf of vegetarians (and the 11 percent of really cool vegans), please don't assume we're the same just because they sometimes drop the word!

5. People who eat chicken. No red meat is not the same as no meat.

Do these fake vegetarians drive you nuts?


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cleig... cleigh717

I hapn to be a really @ cool non-judgemental vegan and as a vegan ain't no way in hell ne1 is getn away with caln me a vegetarian. I mean its the difference between healthier and healthiest. The only ppl who don't know the terms r meat eaters who also think being pescatarian is vegetarian. Which is not either. And define junk food. Their is evn raw junk food nowadays. You r vegetarian if you don't eat animals. That's it. Its really not confusing. Ppl who bend the rules make it so bc they aren't aligning themeselves with the true definition.

nonmember avatar Thinker

My BFF decided her and her husband were going to be vegetarian. Put it this way, he's only vegetarian when she's around to monitor him. He started coming home late for dinner because he was getting eating a pre-dinner burger on the way home.

cleig... cleigh717

And its not lonely being a veggie. Its not like you don't eat anymore. Get a salad and be happy about it. And as a vegetarian you can enjoy that creamy dairy-based dressing. Or some vegetable smothered in cheese. Or eat before you go. its a lifestyle too ya kno.

monke... monkeydavis05

i was a pescetarian for about a year, and i was constantly correcting people who called me a vegetarian for this very reason. i didnt want t come off like i was trying to pretend i was a vegetarian (my sister has been one for about 15 years). so i knew  the difference

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

A vegan diet is also known as strict vegetarian. Strict vegetarian refers to a diet free of animal products while vegan is a complete lifestyle that avoids all animal use; no animal testing or wool for example and usually no pets.

Some argue that only vegans are real vegetarians since a lacto-ovo diet still leads directly to animal deaths; veal is a by product of the dairy industry. Personally I think every little helps. If you can only do lacto-ovo or only go veg for lunch you're still doing better than someone who eats McDonald's three times a day but I would like people to use labels accurately because not doing so just causes trouble for everyone.

MaryC... MaryCimino

I hate the ones who shove it down your throat.

"Do you know what that Chicken had to go through so you could eat it?"

"Why yes I do, I worked in a chicken plant for almost 6 years. It looks nothing like you see in those PETA videos so shut up and let me eat."


nonmember avatar Maria

And then there are those, that eat or don't eat whatever they want but don't yell about it on every single corner!

jagam... jagamama0710

LOL I loved #4. I only know one person who is vegan that is actually totally normal about it and not a judgemental bitch towards non-vegans. I don't know what it is that makes so many of them so angry...

"Fake vegetarians" don't drive me nuts. I don't care about labels. What drives me nuts are people who rag on anyone who has a different diet than them. Just don't be an asshole. It's so simple. 

tuffy... tuffymama

If you do some real research beyond vegetarian magazines, you'll find vegetarian isn't actually that great...

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