i eat mostly vegetarian food with some fish, very limited eggs and even more limited dairy.
i identify more as a vegetarian because it's easier to say that i am in a context where i might not know people well, so that i'm not sitting there explaining my diet ad nauseum and/or having nothing appropriate to eat. and in terms of using animal products for non-dietary reasons, i'm even in the vegan camp, i avoid leather. to some, that might be hypocritical, but to me, it's about mindfulness.
i don't like the religion analogy because it doesn't allow for nuances. either you're christian or you're not. but i believe you can be, like me for instance, 95% vegan with occasional consumption of animal products (fish, fish oil, eggs) for health reasons (as a nursing mom i have found that my body is much healthier with a little bit of animal protein...does it make me happy? no...but my dd deserves a healthy mama.) i BELIEVE in veg*n and
that it is the healthiest, most earth-conscious diet and lifestyle to ascribe to. but i also believe that you can be an omni and make conscious choices.
instead of sitting around engaging in a veggier-than-thou pissing contest, can we talk about how we can all, veg and omni alike, change the world by making mindful food choices? if you're omni, let's put those factory farms out of business and support small local meat providers. if you're pesco-, purchase wild caught fish that isn't on the overfished list. if you're veg*n, support organic produce, and also buy local as much as you can. if we can let go of the (restrictive) labels we can all realize that we're all in it together, and we CAN make a difference, regardless of what ends up on our dinner plates at the end of the day.