Is a Vegetarian Diet Right for You?

When I decided to adopt a vegetarian diet 30-plus years ago, I embraced it completely and never looked back — no more steaks, ribs, or burgers. But, this path to vegetarianism worked for me — you may not be ready to commit entirely to a meatless diet. But, that’s ok. You have to decide what works best for you.

Adopting a vegetarian diet is a big decision and takes discipline, along with real commitment. It’s easier to embrace this way of eating when you have others to support you. But, if you’re attempting to go it alone, without the motivation of family and friends, your journey may be a little more difficult.

If you’re thinking of becoming a vegetarian, but not sure if you can commit entirely to not eating meat, then try a modified approach. Check out the different types of vegetarian diets below, and see if there’s one that works for you:

  • Semi-Vegetarian or Flexitarian
    Fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy foods, eggs, and small amounts of meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.
  • Pescatarian
    Fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy foods, eggs, fish and seafood, but no meat or poultry.
  • Vegetarian (also known as Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian)
    Fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy foods and eggs, but no meat, poultry, fish, or seafood.
  • Vegan
    Fruits, vegetables, nuts, but no animal products or foods, including eggs or dairy products.
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