I am currently a demi-vegetarian. What is that you say? Well, most people would consider it a half or imperfect vegetarian, however, I am a firm believer in a diet that is "perfect" for the person consuming it.
I have been working with my diet since high school. Last year, I stopped eating red meat because it just seemed too hard for my body to digest, and I have never really liked the taste of chicken (that being said, I will eat something with cooked with chicken broth). After watching Food Inc. last month, I decided to give up all meat, but still eat eggs and fish. For me, it can be a struggle to get enough protein in my diet- thus demi-vegetarianism it is.
This can be hard to explain (and hard for people to rationalize), which is why in many instances I simply refer to myself as vegetarian. This makes things easy. For this same reason, I often look to vegan options in the grocery store and at restaurants. Since I can't eat dairy, it just makes things easier by eliminating the possibility of eating something that will make me sick.
Fortunately for me, my family is EXTREMELY supportive of my dietary restrictions after all these years. As because we were raised as good eaters who will try anything once, everyone eats my vegetarian and vegan creations (sometimes without knowing- I love watching family members devour something without the slightest idea that it is vegan). Here are some of our recent demi-veg celebrations:
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