i don't really fit into a category (my description is on the debate thread). it's easiest for me to say "i'm vegetarian" when asked. Well, usually the answer is just yes, because people say "are you vegetarian?" and i answer them.
then, they ask "do you consume dairy, eggs?" and i say "i strive not to" and then explain when i might or do. They're usually happy with those answers. I'm happy with those answers.
As for what VK said, i'd like to point out that for those of us who were omni, we were raised in an omni culture. Even though my thing may not be seafood, chicken, beef, pork, etc were in my household growing up (and still are at my parents of course.) it's all around me in steak houses and other restaurants. i know many hunters and local farmers and enjoy them immensely as friends. They invite me to things (bbqs etc), and they give food to my husband (very generous considering our current economic position). They offer it to me, and i turn it down.
I've never liked seafood, so for me, giving it up wasn't any harder than VK giving up land animals. But, it also wasn't hard for me to give up what i knew once i decided to do so. I don't get cravings for it, and i don't want it. It's ok to decide to transition to vegetarianism, to think about giving up what is part of your heritage or culture, and then to make the decision. I honor that. I'll give an example that i think is similar.
my husband and i were both raised christian. I'm catholic; he's UCC. I love catholicism and feel very at home there. I've also practiced zen meditation for 13-14 years. He's practiced zen meditation for 8-9 years. We both practice yoga. Basicly, our spiritual disciplines/faith practice is important to us. Equally important is our desire to practice together--to have a sort of "cohesive" practice with a community. He came to the catholic church with me many times, but discovered that he didn't want to "join" because there were some things about the church that he didn't agree with. I can understand that--and he can understand why i would "work within" to change the things that i don't like.
We tried UCC, and we tried a number of other churches in our area. We found that they weren't for us. Then, we found a zen meditation group. We started to practice with them. We practiced with them for a long while (a year or so) but found ourselves missing our christian celebrations. Not that we were avoiding them--but when you have the buddha's birthday celebrations on Dec 8 and children's day on the 16th, and then a new years thing, and a thing in feb, and one in april, and so on, it's tough to celebrate those AND your christian ones. So, we sorta relied on our parents for those celebrations and had fun withthem. But, we weren't "really" participating as muchas we would like.
So, we thought it would be good if we could find something that was "zen" that we both could practice, that wasn't particularly "buddhist" but rather was christian, but not like a normal church.
we chose quaker meeting after a bit of serendipity, and it was the right fit. We wanted something that was "just us" and also honored our heritage. People would say "if you believed in "zen-ness" more, then you should be zen. You should pick one and go with it--and heritage is not a good enough reason to stick to a particular religion.
See, ultimately, we belive that most religions are the same, are ok. we wanted a place that was both 'zen' and christian to honor and practice our heritage. I still consider myself inherently catholic, but i worship where we fit.
I see veggie-ism much the same way. Well, diet i guess. many of them are good, healthy, and whatever--just different approaches for different folks. And therefore, it's ok to say "my heritage is this, and that's why i choose to continue this way"
basicly, most all of it is good.
be well and happy!