If I had a nickle for every time I get asked “Do you eat fish?” when I say I’m a vegetarian I’d be rich! This was the statement I made a couple of weeks ago to a friend when we were out for dinner & the waiter asked me if I wanted to look at the seafood options since they’re “vegetarian”. That got me thinking: How many people have the same notion? So I took a little informal pole the last couple of weeks among my family & friends & was surprised to discover they all thought the same thing: vegetarians eat fish. Afterwards, I talked to my pescatarian (only meat they eat is seafood. Read this post to see the difference between the several non-meat lifestyles) friends who shed some light on the subject…
According to the pescatarians in my life, it is much easier for them to describe their lifestyle choice by saying they’re vegetarian. “Not many people know what pescatarian means so its easier to describe myself as a vegetarian instead of a pescatarian,” said my friend. I can understand where they’re coming from, when I first became a vegetarian a lot of people didn’t know exactly what that mean. A vegetarian (there are different types of vegetarians, like lacto, ovo & lacto-ovo, which is what Katie & I are) does not eat meat of any kind: no beef, pork, poultry or fish. Now, because more & more pescatarians are adopting the vegetarian label while eating out, restaurants & others now think vegetarians eat seafood. I’ve been to restaurants that offer no vegetarian options & several seafood options & proudly say they are catering to vegetarians — not the case.
That said, I have nothing against pescatarians (or anyone for that matter): I am all for supporting any form of less meat consumption, whether that’s adopting a pescatarian lifestyle or just enjoying one meatless meal a week, it all makes a difference! My intentions with this post is to clear up any questions there may be about vegetarian choices, particularly why having more vegetarian options while eating out, are important. Now let’s go eat some veggies!
Did this help clear up any misconceptions you may have had? If so, what were they? We love to answer questions about the vegetarian lifestyle so feel free to send them our way!