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Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition

We began this Advice section as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health.  We believe that the information contained herein is true, but are not presenting it as the only solution to a problem.  We, personally, have found that a vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found.   Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body.  If you have a health problem, see your own physician.


Hi there.

I just wanted to know there a such thing as semi-vegetarianism? One who just eats fish or chicken, but no other meats.

>>Hi, Andrew: Thanks for taking the time to learn the differences. The fact is there are a number of types of diets that call themselves Vegetarian:

--Some call themselves Vegetarian if they refrain from eating "red" meat but still consume fish and fowl as well as products made from animals.

--Ovo-lacto Vegetarians refrain from eating beef, fish or fowl but do include eggs and dairy products in their diets.

--Vegans (pronounced: VEE-guns) consume no flesh food of any kind nor any eggs or dairy products and strict Vegans even refrain from wearing or using anything made from animal products: ie., leather shoes, purses, clothes, etc.

I noticed they were in your definitions, but your page seemed to imply they weren't really 'vegetarians'. I know you can't classify them under that particular area, but is semi-vegetarianism still a separate classification, and not just say "Vegetarian" and "Non-Vegetarian"?

>>To my knowledge there is no separate category. It's just an individual choice. Ideally we accept people in whatever stage of vegetarianism they might be as at one time or another most of us evolved from being meat eaters ourselves.

I'd appreciate any help you could provide me in this area, as I am doing research on these subjects. Thanks in advance, for anything you can do.


"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.

As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over."

>>You might find more info to your interest on our website, Andrew, and I like your quote above.

And if it's not too much trouble I'd like to see the final version of the work you are doing. Let me know if I might be of more help.

Gerry Coffey, Health Educator/Councilor/Public Relations Officer




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