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Don’t be a junky 10/06/10

Vegetarian. Junkatarian. Flexitarian. What kind of veggie are you?


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In an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Mary-Jo Sawyer touches on a variety of different vegetarians – the traditional lacto-ovo, lacto and vegans.

But in this article she introduces two extra categories worth looking at

The Junkatarian
Mary says, “Vegetarians who avoid meat but dislike many fruits and vegetables may fill up on junk food instead. Some people might call this type of vegetarian a ‘junkatarian’”

I am sure many vegetarians are familiar with how easy this can be – rather than steam some veggies,you fill up on a spinach and feta pie, macaroni and cheese or pizza and some chocolates. The idea that vegetarians are always healthy, can often be very wrong.

The Flexitarian
“These individuals are part-time vegetarians and may limit animal products a certain number of days of the week. You’ll see weekday vegetarians, or those who eat vegetarian once weekly, such as on ‘meatless Mondays’.”

Interestingly, the writer references an interview with Ingrid Newkirk (president of PETA), where she says that many activists are becoming more flexible about their goal and hope to get people to eat less meat overall, even if they won’t go strictly vegetarian.

Read the full article here.

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Laura Cooke is the editor and creator of the Veggie Bunch website and community.


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