I should have added this lifestyle after Pescatarian but chose not to because I wanted to explain what "lacto" and "ovo" mean first. Lacto-ovo vegetarians are the ones who are allowed to eat both dairy AND eggs. Anytime you see a vegetarian eating an omelette with a glass of milk is lacto-ovo.
Lacto stands for "milk" in Latin. The food options are much broader, but must be eaten at the right proportions. They receive calcium from milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products while receiving protein from eggs. At this point, no animal flesh is consumed, so they do NOT eat chicken or fish. An important thing to remember is that there is no type of vegetarian that eats chicken. The only poultry that lacto-ovo vegetarians only consume are eggs.
Things to Look Out For: Dairy and poultry combined can cause lots of fat intake which can give people high cholesterol levels and not be able to absorb enough vitamin D. Exercise is crucial in any lifestyle, but lacto-ovo's must keep active and not eat more dairy and eggs than vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes. Leaning more on the ovo-vegetarian side is okay too by drinking non dairy milk (rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.)
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