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Recent research has found that vegetarians live up to 6 years longer than their meat-eating counterparts.

If this is your first venture towards being vegetarian then the "New Veggies Information Path" here on your left should make things easier for you. Just follow the seven step menu to help you on your way to a healthy, animal friendly lifestyle!

IMPORTANT: Before making any extreme changes to your diet, VeggieGlobal suggests that you seek medical advice first.
This is so you can be individually assessed for any possible nutritional deficiency you may already have - or in case you have any other health problems that require a specific diet.

Becoming Vegetarian ... The Moral Maze

What exactly defines being Vegetarian, Vegan, Fruitarian? .... And what about the new "imposter-arians"?!

Being Vegetarian - The problem with the word vegetarian is that there isn't actually a universal meaning of the term which defines the types of foods which should always be omitted. For example, besides no meat or fish, the usual meaning of vegetarian in India also means no eggs ... and this is what is also generically termed as lacto vegetarian. So in India, if someone says they are "vegetarian", it can mean something quite different in another part of the world ... i.e. if you are a "lacto-ovo vegetarian" that means fish and meat are out but eggs and dairy are OK.
For whatever reason you are becoming veggie and whichever type of vegetarian, you can't call yourself vegetarian at all if you eat any kind of fish or meat - or if you eat cheese with animal rennet or any foods with gelatin. (There are lots of other hidden animal-derivatives in unassuming products which you can
learn more about here)
Animal derived clothing - to wear or not to wear - is just the first turning into the complex moral maze of becoming veggie, so before you go throwing away a perfectly good pair of leather shoes and woolen jumper see
VeggieGlobal's Q and A regarding the vegan clothing quandary.

So remember, to be a "non-hypocritical" or "responsible" vegetarian, it's:

No meat.
No fish.
No fish eggs (fish are killed to collect them).
No cheese with animal rennet.
No wines, beers or spirits with animal-derived fining agents or colouring.
No food products with gelatine (parts of hooves and legs of horses and cows).
No food with animal-derived ingredients and colours (see nutrition site).
No new leather (but best none at all).
No fur.
No new silk.

And ... if you really want to be a well-tuned-in 21st century veggie, make a conscious effort not buy foods or other items that destroy precious animal habitats. This includes foods with palm oil - produced by flattening rain forests and in turn killing thousands of primates and other animals (see more here). Also, always check the source of organic soy based products, because again, rain forests are being wiped off the face of the earth to grow organic soy beans. (see more here)
So, with palm oil and soy, ask questions in your supermarket to find out from where
exactly the ingredients were sourced ... If from the Brazilian or Indonesian rain forest areas, then don't buy it.
And one other thing you may not have previously thought about ... don't buy jewellery that has been made from new-mined precious metals or stones ... (and obviously no pearls, and other animal-based derivatives) Only buy jewellery made from recycled precious metals and reclaimed antique stones. The jewellery mining industry is responsible for continually digging up huge swaths of natural forests, rivers and hillsides, destroying complex eco-systems forever and displacing flora and fauna in its wake. Don't be greenwashed by so-called "ethical" jewellers trying to sell you fair-trade gold, silver or platinum either. All fair-trade precious metals are new-mined ... and whether they try to convince you it's ethical qualities with words like "green" "sustainable", "organic", "natural" etc ... don't be fooled. We repeat, it is mined and most of all mining is NOT a "sustainable" industry ... once the gold is mined, it's gone.
For more on this see
VeggieGlobal's Q and A's.

Being Vegan - Vegans won't eat any dairy products, eggs or honey, even though animals have not been killed to supply the product. This is because vegan ethics reach deeper into the moral maze about what kinds of animal treatment causes suffering.
In fact, dairy cows do suffer quite considerably as a result of being constantly "primed" for milking throughout their lives, so even plain vegetarians should seriously consider abstaining from dairy products. (More on this at Veggie FAQs)
Again, eggs are an area of justifiable concern. Questionable farming techniques generate far too many grey areas regarding the treatment of hens. Battery hens live in appalling, cramped conditions and have a very short life because of this. Through lack of proper nutrition and exercise, they suffer broken bones and to increase their laying cycle they never see real daylight. Don't be sucked in by free-range / organic options either. The food indudtry is rife with "greenwashing" half-truths and much of what is promoted as being ethically acceptable is far from it.If you can get to being a vegan after being veggie for a while then great, but make sure you know how to replace the nutrients that you would have got from eggs and dairy. (The Nutrition Guide and The Turning Year should help on the "New Veggie Information Path" menu). If still wish to eat eggs then source them from a local smallholding who may have free roaming hens who live out their full lives as as companion animals. Or better still, help support your local battery hen rescue place by buying their eggs.

Other diet-based terms - Fruitarians don't eat cooked foods. This is also known as being on a "raw food diet" The idea is that as soon as you cook food, nearly all the nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes are destroyed - and nasty free-radicals are often produced. So, an uncooked raw diet is probably the most healthiest of all and worth a try if you can find enough time and variety of raw organic fruit and veg to sustain yourself.
There have been other trendy diet-based names hitching a ride on the veggie bandwagon in recent years ... but they are impostors! Hiss hiss! The most ludicrous of these terms is "Flexitarian" which means that one eats meat and fish sometimes and vegetables sometimes ... yes, exactly ... that's flexible, just like around 95% of the world's population. Whether one puts just vegetables on their plate sometimes or meat and fish on a plate with vegetables sometimes in no way deserves a tag which clearly aims to monopolize on the term vegetarian, but without the animal ethics. However, by being tagged as "flexitarian" - thanks to irritating, Americanized marketing gobbledegook - its an irreverent excuse for the easily swayed to ingratiate themselves with a "green-lifestyle" label. Bizarre and pointless? Yes, we know, but there you go. In fact, you could argue that such a superficial and meaningless sounding term debases the vegetarian ethic and even mocks it. Still, it's making the "flexitarian" diet book industry millions, so do they care?!
"Pescitarian" means one eats fish and vegetables but no meat. Although jargon, it's not such an irreverent word as "Flexi" (which means any-which-way), because at least there's a hint in the word "Pescitarian" ... as in "pesci", which umm ... means fish (as long as you've learnt your Italian!).
These two newish marketing ploys may inadvertently save a few animals by suggesting that they are eaten in moderation, but remember that neither of these "-arian" tags have any ethical connection whatsoever with the non-animal and non-fish diets of veg*nism: vegan, vegetarian and fruitarian. You are not indirectly killing animals if you stick to any of those three.
By the way, there's even a term "meatarian", which we don't have a problem with. At least it describes a diet choice ... They eat meat and no veg. Fair enough ... the word makes it crystal clear!

Note:
Remember, if you are just turning veggie, VeggieGlobal suggests you stop eating fish sooner rather than later, because the world's oceans are being depleted of fish at an alarming rate.

Staying on course - Choose your level of veg*nism ... and whichever your choice, you should find guidance of all kinds scattered around VeggieGlobal (and Looking-Glass) to help you on your path to a naturally aspired lifestyle!

The next step (3) - on your New Veggie Information Path is the Veggie FAQs

If you want to read more about the light and shade of vegetarian, animal welfare and environmental ethics see "Cow to Clown" .

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